Tuesday, March 3, 2009

I have skills

With the wallpaper down the kitchen looks much better. After a trip to Home Depot with my sister-in-law, I decided that a tiled backsplash would be inexpensive, easy and just what my kitchen needed.

If you didn't know this before, I have a Bachelor's degree in Geology. Does it come in handy, 8 years later? Not so much. Unless you count all the amazing dinosaur facts I can relate to my children when we visit the museum. One part of my education did actually have a practical application though - I can use a wet saw! And not kill myself! So I felt totally confident tackling this project almost-on-my-own.

I decided on this travertine-like ceramic with bronze accent tiles (the real travertine was beautiful but 3x the money and more porous - I thought it might be harder to clean). These 2-inch tiles come in 12x12" pre-spaced sheets that are oh-so-easy to put on the wall.

So go ahead and excuse the picture of my rear end. Joe thought it was funny that I was hanging off the counter trying to press all the tiles into the thin-set. Plus it's proof that I did the majority of this work my very very own self.

Remember the before? Fabulous cornflower blue and petal-pink vinyl wallpaper?


And...



Tada!!


12 comments:

The Mathews Four said...

Okay it seriously does not even seem like the same kitchen. The tile makes your appliances even look newer. Awesome job Jeri! And cute tushy picture, too. You should be proud of yourself... on the tile AND the cute tushy. :D
-Jessica

Valerie S said...

That is the most beautiful back splash I've ever seen. I hate mine now. Dumb white tiles.

Kiersten said...

That is so beautiful!

Sarah said...

Wow! That looks really good!

AzĂșcar said...

It looks FANTASTIC! I heart mosaic.

Becca Jo said...

I LOVE IT! good job friend!

Sudar Clan said...

It looks awesome!

Jill said...

Jeri it looks gorgeous I am jealous! Nice bum too ;)

The Beals said...

WOW!!!!! IT LOOKS AMAZING!!!!

Ali said...

You are so awesome. Mad skills!

Kelsey Norwood said...

Ooo-la-la, I love it. Come to my house???

Megan said...

Oh my heavens it makes the kitchen look entirely new! Very impressive! I never thought about my wet saw skilzz coming in handy with redecorating!