Thursday, January 5, 2012

Smoke 'Em If You Got 'Em.

So, guess what?

My backsplash is done, man.

And it was really fast. And yet, it wasn't fast.

That picture you see up there was about the time I needed to pull the oven away from the wall.

And there are no words. (shudder)

But I will try:

Rubbish. Filth. Slime. Muck. ("boo, boo, booooooo").


(randomly placed, slightly blurry child shot.)


Here, stare at my bum for a minute while I talk.

This is my 8th grout project-- and somehow, I keep forgetting just how freaking long it takes to clean up grout mess. It's like having a baby-you forget how painful it is until the next time you do it.

You wipe it clean, and then you wipe again, and again, and again, andagainandagainandagainandagainandagain,

and then again.

I'd also like to mention my ultimate freak out during this project- the shadows at night gave it the illusion that the tiles were going in every direction. Made the hubs keep coming up/down over and over to tell me I was imagining it.

It's how I roll.

Psst: I totally splurged and bought a fancy light switch cover.

Isn't it like, totally, molding-ish cute?

So, smoke a doobie if you've got one, 'cause we are done here.
A before and after?


And another?
Before,

and after:

I'm not taking a picture of my floor. I do have a word for that:

cesspool.

36 comments:

Happy Housewife said...

That turned out beautifully! I am completely jealous.

Nicki Rocky said...

Looks wonderful Mandi. I know what you mean about tile grout being messy but lining up all those tiles satisfies my inner anal tendancies if y'know what I mean ;o)

james and bess said...

it looks so great! thanks for the hard truth about grout clean-up. on all the diy shows, it takes about 0.2 seconds and they act like it's the easiest thing ever....

a quick question: how far down behind the stove did you tile?

bess :)

Mandy @ Sugar Bee Crafts said...

I CANNOT believe the deal you got on those - they look amazing, not at all like normal clearance garb....

The Egan 4 said...

AMAZING!! Great deal and it looks fabulous!!
I love your blog and you!!

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

The backsplash looks fab, Mandi. It definitely adds a little something something....texture, visual interest??? I don't know but I like it. And now I'm looking around my kitchen which is actually a very similar layout to yours, and I'm thinking the bologna 8" backsplash might have to get ripped out? Hmmmm. hmmmmmmmmm.

Now tell me about that ginormous goblet in the open shelving....?????....????? :)

Bronwen said...

Your blog is such a breath of fresh air! Thanks so much

Attempting Aloha said...

Did you just quote Spaceballs AND Princess Bride in the same post? I may have a girl crush on you.

And I installed almost identical backsplash in our kitchen. Ours was also $4/sheet, but it has blues and grays in it. Different. But the same. ;)

AND, I think we might have twinner countertops. Is that Absolute Black I see? Or perhaps Galaxy Black?

Aloha and "smoke if ya got em",
Charlie

Jen said...

That's so puuuurtty!! The best part is that it was so flippin cheap! I LOVE that!!!!

Karen Jerread said...

got no doobies but love the tile. What a find and it compliments your kitchen so well.

Udygirl said...

Love it! You always do such a great job. :D

Libby said...

Premo job there Mandi! It really looks very good on the wall...sometimes things look a little 'iffy' until they're where they should be. (I'm thinking both clothes AND house stuff here)

Again, you rock girl!

Bethany @ A Fish Who Likes Flowers said...

This turned out beautiful!!! (not that I would expect anything less from you!) The colors of the tile goes so well with your kitchen. kuddos to you!

Maureen said...

Mandi,

Oh this has added so much to your kitchen! I love it! We have small square blue glass tiles to put in a bathroom remodel that's been on hold for months. I need to bite the bullet...

Maureen

Terry said...

It's just the jewelry of the kitchen, don't you think? Lovely.

KellyMac said...

So pretty! Your kitchen is gorgeous! Thanks for always sharing(:

Heather said...

Awesome! I love glass tile and it looks great as your backsplash.

MariaT said...

$20 very well spent I say!

Connie @ Measured by the Heart said...

I was gonna post a comment and then my 2 yr old came running in saying get a towel, I'll get a towel and clean it up. So...I gotta go.

Rach said...

"stare at my bum..." you are so funny.

It looks amazing. You are just incredible.

I'm totally digging your Above the microwave shelving again too....ahhh the backsplash looks awesome.

Laura at Ms. Smartie Pants said...

ok am I seeing little flecks of of something shiny in your countertop cause it sure looks like it and I am thinking that is puuuuurrrrfection with the tile. I'm not trying to give you any work cause God knows you are always on it girl, but those white dishes would sure pop if there was a color on the back of that cabinet. Loving the molding, guess I missed that project! Keep em coming, your good at what you do!

michelle@somedaycrafts said...

Holy cow! That looks even better up on your wall than it does in the box! Beautiful! Now I am jealous! (My kitchen is still torn apart with no end in sight!!!)

Lori said...

Of course it is done. Yes the grout thing does take a while. But oh the relection of the tile on the island. Wonderful.

The Miller Five said...

It turned out beautiful! You did a great job. When we get to redoing our kitchen...after all the bedrooms and the living room...I would love to do a back splash just like yours. Great job!

Emily said...

That looks beautiful!

Brown-Eyed Girl said...

Woah! I didn't think it would make that much of a difference, but it really does, doesn't it? Makes everything look so much more complete! Good job!

Neckmeat said...

I love that look! Kitchen's looking spiffy! :)

SueAnn said...

The tile turned out great! You are so right about grouting..,messy messy messy!
A thankless task.
Glad yours is finished
Hugs
SueAnn

Layne Bushell said...

It doesn't disappoint at all. It's beautiful... I wanted to catch a peek when I dropped the bread off this week but you weren't home. I'm comin' down to snoop. Love it!

Joanna said...

Ooh, Mandi, it looks SO good.

calikas said...

wow that looks amazing!!

WhettenWild said...

It looks awesome! Good job!

Spencer & Lorilyn Crum said...

Absolutely fantastic! This looks Inredible! You go Glenn Coco! (Mean Girls, anyone? Anyone? Bueller? )

Leca said...

oooh la la! I likey! I covet your glass back splash. I really want one too.

Carrielyn said...

This is all I have:

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Okay, and I do have to say... as I was scrolling down, and the lightswitch plate came into view, I was totally "MOLDING!!!!!!!!"

But back to the !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-Lisa said...

Backsplash looks amazing! The colors work so well with the rest of the kitchen. Great job.