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Whipping Up A Backsplash

I thought phase one of tiling was difficult, but phase 2 (grouting) isn't exactly a walk in the park. My fingers are raw and blistered. I didn't think to put on rubber gloves until I was almost finished sponging off the grout, so I've got some seriously wrinkled fingertips, too.

That's a picture of my pale grey grout up top. Mixing it up with my drill and a special grout paddle reminded me of making cake batter. The $12 paddle was worth every penny. It's exhausting enough to do these DIY projects, so power mixing, as opposed to hand mixing, is definitely the way to go.
This is just a little peek. I tiled a heck of a lot more than what you see here. Now I just have to seal the grout and caulk around the bottom where the tile meets the countertop. I skipped a 4" granite backsplash and tiled from the base of the countertop on up, which is turning out nicely.

The tile is looking great, but I can't fully appreciate it until I paint the walls. The old yellowy white paint is totally clashing with my crisp white tiles and pale grey grout. I finally decided on Benjamin Moore Gray Owl for the walls, which almost matches the grout and for the trim and window, Sherwin Williams Pure White.

No painting today, though. Tiling has wiped me out!


5 comments:

alissa said...

What a beautiful backsplash and kitchen redo! I love the gray grout with the white subway tile. And your counters are gorgeous!

If you are having trouble with your kitchen outlets, plastic box extenders are very DIY-friendly and they will make everything look a lot better. There are some great tutorials on youtube and anyone can do it. The important thing is to be safe - always make sure you turn off the power before touching the outlet! And pick up some extra-long screws for the plate if they don't come with the extender.

Vanessa said...

Thanks so much Alissa! Sometimes the DIY videos make things seem easier than they are, so it's nice to have an opinion from another DIYer!!

chelsea barrow said...

I am using pure white on my cabinets and was wandering the name of the white you used for your subway tile? Who knew there were so many whites.

chelsea barrow said...

What color white subway tile did you use? I have painted my cabinets pure white with a blanco romano white granite. Who knew there were so many whites. I brought a sample home from Lowes and it looks a little dingy with my bright white. Thanks.

Vanessa said...

Hi Chelsea. I don't recall the name of the color. It was the only American Olean white 3x6 tile in stock at Lowe's. I hope that helps.

 
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