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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Tiling Begins and the first ever GIVEAWAY!

Guess what we started over the weekend! :)

Yes, the tiling has begun, which means we are another step closer to having a finished kitchen!  

I woke up Saturday morning to find that Vern had already made a trip to Home Depot to pick up tiling supplies and had maneuvered different versions of subway tile against the wall for comparison.  Originally we thought of going with individual subway tiles, but instead we chose to go with the smaller grouped tiles. 

I had wanted to avoid smaller tiles only for the fact that I've read they can be difficult to work with. For us though, this tile wasn't too small (like penny tile) and proved to be pretty easy to install. Often smaller tiles are held together by mesh, but these are held together by little bubbles of glue which were super easy to cut with a razor blade when we needed to remove individual tiles.

When it came down to it, we realized that the individual subway tiles would require a lot of spacers and time so we choose the smaller ones.  This is our first tiling project and we didn't want to screw it up...and by we, I mean Vern because lets face it - I really just took pictures.

Once we decided on the tile, Vern picked up a few boxes and got started.

There really isn't much to it.  Using a notched trowel he spread the pre-mixed thinset onto the wall, using the notched side he created grooves that would allow the tile to adhere to the thinset.  

See, I told you...Vern did all the labor. :)  

We used a combination of a tile saw and a Dremmel with a tile cutting bit to make the cuts around the outlets and light switches.  The cuts weren't very complicated, which helped keep the project moving along quickly. 

We were a little unsure what to do when we came to the corner around the wall (poor planning on my part).  A few Google searches later and one frantic trip to Home Depot produced the bull-nose corner pieces. These round out the corners and give the tile a good stopping place.  

Roughly 6 hours later we had a freshly tiled backsplash. Whoo hoo!  The thinset needs 24 hours to cure before we can grout, seal and caulk.  To be on the safe side we decided to give it 48 hours total.  

We still have the entire wall behind the stove to do, but before we can tile we need to build the floating shelves, fix the drywall and install the range hood (which won't be delivered until November 1).  At this point we will have our kitchen back within the next few weeks! Ahhhh, one tiny sentence produces so much happiness.  

Over the weekend the ceiling was also (mostly) finished.  Vern sanded everything down and painted it with two coats of primer and one coat of ceiling paint.  Late Friday night though we discovered a small area in the kitchen that was beginning to bubble up and become discolored. 

To make sure that we didn't have any leaks in the attic Vern removed the bubbling drywall and the surrounding area.  Turns out a can light used to be installed in that part of the ceiling and the drywall used to fill it was disintegrating from not being installed properly.  Vern cut a new piece of drywall, taped it and patched the seams with joint compound.   

It was tough to see the almost finished ceiling take a step back, but Vern's confident that it won't take much to make everything look seamless. 

It's amazing what the removal of a beige popcorn ceiling can do for a room! :)  We're inching closer and closer to the finish line, so to celebrate we're doing our first ever giveaway!

Enter below to win a $25 gift card to Home Depot, all you have to do is either "Like" TP&Co.'s page on Facebook or comment below telling us one update you wish you could do to your own kitchen, or do both for double the chance to win.  A winner will be chosen on Friday, November 7, 2014.  Good luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway

6 comments on "The Tiling Begins and the first ever GIVEAWAY!"
  1. I would really like to remodel my entire kitchen, but the first thing I'd like to do would be the floors which are currently a horribly scratched, white/blue tile printed vinyl flooring. I would redo them with laminate plank(Pergo) or just a more durable and modern vinyl flooring.

  2. I'd definitely remodel our bathroom, it has 60s blue tile and a blue tub!


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