DIY Home Projects

There is a great satisfaction that comes when you finish a home project that you’ve been wanting to do. Since we moved into our home two and a half years ago, I’ve wanted to put in a back-splash and new faucet in our kitchen. We finally found an open Saturday and got to work. It’s amazing the projects you can do that don’t cost too much that can make such a huge difference.

Here are the supplies you need:

*12×12 tiles of your choice
*adhesive to back the tiles
*an adhesive spreader
*a flat bottom spreader tool for spreading the grout (different than adhesive)
*a large yellow sponge to wipe the grout
*a towel to clean after you’ve sponged
*possibly a tile saw (we ended up renting one)
*Calk to seal the edges

We started out measuring the first piece so that it was exactly side to side and top to bottom where we wanted it above our oven. Then we started at the left and worked to the right. We spread a generous amount of adhesive and then applied the tile and pressed as hard on it as we could. Some of the adhesive came through the little tiles-which I quickly wiped up. We aligned the tiles so they connected and just kept moving through the kitchen. It took us about 4 hours to apply on and then 5 hours to let the adhesive dry before we applied the grout.

Here are the before pictures:

Here are the working pictures (which I am missing out of! :):

And here is the finished product:

I also painted our downstairs bathroom while my husband was out of town last week!
Here are the before pics:

And the after pics: p.s I used Dover Gray satin paint (Olympic)

Other Posts to check out:
6 Step Banister Redo
Nursery Redo
Bathroom Side Table
Mudroom Lockers

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12 Responses to DIY Home Projects

  1. Holly 04/25/2011 at 10:27 am #

    Good job Mark and Nat! It looks great! I can’t wait to see it in person.

  2. Christine 04/25/2011 at 10:49 am #

    Looks great! Love what you guys did!

  3. Suzanne 04/25/2011 at 10:50 am #

    Beautiful! You’re an inspiration…I don’t know if I would ever tackle a home improvement project solo. 🙂

  4. Comeca Jones 04/25/2011 at 10:57 am #

    You did a grand job I love the cabinets.

  5. Cali 04/25/2011 at 11:04 am #

    Love it! It changes the whole look! Love the bathroom too.

  6. Ashlee 04/25/2011 at 11:29 am #

    Good job Nat! They look great! I can’t wait till I have a house that I can do improvements on. Ha ha. Maybe someday….

  7. Emily 04/25/2011 at 11:56 am #

    Thanks for sharing those pictures Nat! I made Micah come look at the before and after pictures because I want him to do a back splash for me too! I LOVE the color of the bathroom too! You should go back and write what color it is for all of us! Great job!

  8. Leanne 04/28/2011 at 10:04 pm #

    Oh my gosh! How beautiful! You did an amazing job. Thanks for linking to Home Decor and Organizing Link Party. I’ll be featuring this later this week.

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