There were certain projects in our new home we left to the builders and others we left to ourselves. (By ourselves I mean with the guidance of my father.) This project was actually completed back in December but I’m just now getting around to sharing it with all of you.
One of the first projects I wanted done in the house was to tile the kitchen backsplash. Picking out the right tile can take your home from looking boring and basic to having tons of character. I’ll be honest, I was torn in so many ways as to what i wanted the end result to look like. I know doing subway tiles is really “in” right now, but I knew Sean would never go for white tile (we already have white cabinets) and I just wasn’t finding another color that I gravitated towards. If you know me, you know I don’t do anything cookie cutter or by the norm. Thus, when I saw the option to do a stainless steel tile backsplash I instantly got excited. I must say, I did have the option to do a subway tile version but opted for the uniqueness of a mosaic pattern instead.
Here’s some photos during the process of installing the tiles. Sorry if they aren’t the best quality!
I absolutely love how it turned out in my kitchen but owe a big apology to my Dad and Sean for picking out one of the most difficult tile patterns possible! This DIY project took us almost 18 hours to complete over the course of 2 days and hundreds of teeny tiny tile cuts that Sean risked his fingers over. What we didn’t think about was filling in all the tiles along the top, bottom, sides and near outlets. This required a ridiculous amount of measuring, cutting and placing. If you decide to do something similar in your house, just keep that in mind.
While the work was being done, I was in charge of measuring and placing the individual tiles along with making sure we had something to eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner (believe me, I was happy to have a reason to step away!). My Dad was in charge of placing the larger sheets of tiles and helping anywhere else (basically a jack of all trades). The thing is, that wasn’t the worst part. The part I hated the most was grouting this mosaic masterpiece! Oh my goodness, that was the most tedious undertaking that I hope to never repeat.
Needless to say when it was all done I treated both of them to a steak dinner with all the fixings. The thing is, I have plans to backsplash in all the bathrooms and the laundry room but it just keeps getting shuffled further and further down the list. I think if I try to bite that bullet too soon my Dad might never come back to visit me!
So what do you guys think, do you like how it turned out? I know it’s not for everyone, but I do love how it brings a unique, not often seen, character into our new home!
Keep Living a Stylized Life.