Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Not My Kitchen Reno

We interrupt our regularly scheduled series on my kitchen reno to announce that Chris and I received the "Best Sister and Brother-in-law" award for spending all of last weekend installing a backsplash in my sister's house. That's right, ladies and gentlemen, we spent the entire weekend working on someone else's kitchen.
As ironic as that sounds, it was actually kind of fun and very gratifying to see such dramatic results in such a short amount of time with relatively little expense.

Her home, which she shares with her husband and two sweet boys, is your basic builder grade house. She wanted an upgrade that would make the kitchen brighter and break up the silver-sage paint color that the builder used liberally throughout the house.

Oops, we jumped the gun before I could take any true "before" photos, but you get the picture: Borrrrrrrrring.

We started out by roughing up the walls with a sanding block (this part was so easy even a four year old can do it.)

Chris mixed up the mortar and we started putting up the sheets of 4x2 inch white glass tile (my sister bought them here). The sheets went up easily, but cutting the individual glass tiles around the outlets and light switches was really tricky. I used tile nippers and I'm sure there must be a better tool as I ended up with tiny glass cuts on my exposed arms and legs. Safety goggles and gloves are a must! 

The hardest part BY FAR was switching out all the off white outlets and light switch covers with white ones. Builders, why do you insist on using off white?????

We allowed the mortar to set and started grouting the next day. I picked out Delorian Gray colored grout. Already starting to look good! 

Chris and I were anxious to pack up and head home, so we didn't wait as long as the grout directions indicated before wiping off the haze from the tiles. The result in these "after" photos is that some grout lines are still darker than they will be once dry.
I love the way the white glass looks with the light flecks in the dark granite countertop.
I think the icing on the cake will be to switch out the light over the kitchen sink with a new pendant. Maybe during our next visit...

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