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Sunday, April 23, 2006

Out on the tiles

The weather was just plain craptacular yesterday, so we finally got ourselves motivated to tile the backsplash behind the kitchen stove. I had hung the concrete backer board a few weeks ago, but other things came up taking focus away from the tiling itself.

For the first tile job either of us has ever done, we think it came out pretty good. We have a few little spacing issues, but we're not too concerned. We still have a few tiles left to hang, way up at the top, before we can grout. Which I'm sure will be an adventure unto itself.

The mortar (which smells like a bad day at the beach, I might add) was a little tough to work with at first; I kept dropping bits while I refined my technique. Once I had that down, we were in good shape. We're pretty happy with the results and can't wait to see it with the grout finished. It adds a lot to the room and adds a lot of dimension to the area behind the stove. As always, photos are in the gallery linked at the right.


  • That's gorgeous! For first-timers, you both did great! Don't be intimidated by the grouting. It's a little tricky doing it on a perpendicular surface instead of a floor, but it's doable. The only time I saw anyone do a wall like that, he taped a piece of heavy construction type paper along the bottom of where he was grouting, and let the paper catch the dribbles. In your case, it would end up coming out from the wall and sitting on your stove.

    Good Luck!!

    By Blogger neen, at 4/23/2006 9:08 PM  

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