Monday, March 4, 2013

In Which We "Tile"

I know I've spoken about Pinterest before. And how awesome it is. And how much I love it. Sooooo many great recipes on there. SO MANY.

I have a pinboard just of pins I've tried. Twin does as well. I've even blogged about projects here as well.

So, shocker, here's a blogpost about another project we've tackled after finding it on pinterest.

Our kitchen was kinda blah. I mean, sure it was serviceable. But we've been planning on pulling down the wallpaper border since we moved in 4.5 years ago.

Sigh. Sure is "quaint"

Obvs, that didn't happen.

One of the things that particularly bothered us, though, was our lack of back splash. Like, really? Come on. How hard it is to put of a back splash?

But tiles can be expensive. Well, at least the style we like. But then we saw a pin about Smart Tiles. Which are gel tiles pretty much like stickers you put up. They're heat and moisture resistance, and good for kitchens or bathrooms. Sticker tiles? Yeah. We could whip that out a lot quicker than regular tiles that need to be cut and grouted.

So here's the before pics:

Clearly we'd already pulled down some of the border here

Ignore the mess. We were in the middle of cleaning up and moving stuff before we could start when I took this photo

There was a bit of a learning curve using the smart tiles, but not much. They were easy to use and we did a big chunk of our kitchen in just a few hours.

close up photo of the Smart Tiles


Finished pic of the new wall

We're super happy with the finished result. Now we just have to paint the remaining walls and then at some point in the future do something about our shitty counters.

How about you? What did you do over the weekend?


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Looks great! I could handle sticker tiles. (Because otherwise Mr. Handyman is not my name.)

Summer Frey said...

Ooh, those are cool! I'll have to show them to Spouse, who IS a Mr. Handyman and may not want to do something so easy... :)

Matthew MacNish said...

Whoa! It looks really nice.

Maria Zannini said...

Re: What did you do over the weekend?

For one thing, I didn't tile. LOL.
I spent most of the weekend working on covers for other people.

Rena said...

Awesome! I'm a huge fan of home renovations. I have the bug. We've done a bunch of stuff like that from time to time, and I have to say, I love the transformation (it reminds me of well edited novels...)

Teebore said...

Pretty snazzy. I'm a gonna have to remember those when it comes time to re-do our back splash.

Patti said...

Looks great. I watched a lot of basketball then sat inside all day Sunday because of the snow storm.

Janel Gradowski said...

I've never heard of stick on tiles. They look like the glass ones that I love. Cool! Unfortunately replacing my backsplash would involve removing bricks. Of course, wielding a sledgehammer would be kind of fun. :)

Anne Gallagher said...

Wow, this looks awesome. I saw a few episodes on DIY using smart tiles and I so want to get them.

Congrats on your kitchen. Wanna do mine?

Catherine Stine said...

Wowee! I LOVE tiles and these are super cool! I actually went through a period where I made tiles. I designed some with little illustrations for our bathrooms. My fave ones were new spins on Indian gods and goddesses. At some point I plan on doing more of them.

Southpaw said...

Looks good! I like the idea of sticker tiles.

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

Wow! That looks amazing. I love it!! My husband redid our backsplash last summer and it makes a huge difference. Don't you just love Pinterest? I get so many recipes off it. Some aren't so great, but for the most part, I've found some winners. My favorite is cola cake. Oh my gosh, I could eat that straight out of the pan with a fork. Or my fingers. So good.

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