Our kitchen renovation is finished! I’m so excited to share the finished project with you!
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If you’ve been following along with me on Instagram, you know that my husband and I have been working on a little kitchen renovation. Last week I shared the reason we decided to go ahead with this kitchen renovation, and what backsplash tile we picked out (read all about it here).
In a nutshell, we wanted to brighten up our kitchen, but didn’t want to paint our beautiful wood cabinets. We chose this cool hexagon tile for our backsplash, and YOU GUYS!!!! It turned out so amazing! I just love the way my kitchen feels so much cleaner and brighter! Here’s what our kitchen looked like BEFORE…
And here is the after picture.
Can you even handle that bright white backsplash? Ahhh, it’s like a breath of fresh air.
I also wanted a pot filler above my stove, which meant that we had to relocate our microwave (to the pantry) and add a range hood.
I think above my stove is my favorite part. Doesn’t it look SOOO good?
I don’t know. I kind of love my kitchen sink too. It’s a toss up between the pot filler and this sink. LOL.
Do you want to know how to replace tile backsplash? If you’ve never laid tile before, I promise it’s a lot simpler than you might think. If you are unsure, Floor & Decor hosts little workshops in every store on every Saturday. Just check with your local store for times, and go in on a Saturday and they will walk you through everything before you get started. But I promised I’d walk you through the step by step, so here we go.
1. Prepare Surface
Make sure you have a clean, smooth surface for your tile. We had to rip our old tile off, which left us with some uneven drywall. Before we laid any new tile, we puttied and sanded to make sure everything was pretty even. It doesn’t have to be perfect because your thinset will fill in some of the imperfections, but you’ll have a better time tiling if you make sure your surface is ready.
2. Measure and plan
Since our tile was interlocking, we had to think about how we were going to lay it before we even started. If you have a less complex tile like a subway tile or something, there won’t be much to think about. But with our hexagons, we wanted to make sure we started with a straight line, and we held up our sheets so we would know where our tile would go to and how many sheets we’d need. This also meant we needed to cut one edge of the hexagons to be straight (where it met up against our countertops)
3. Lay tile
I loved this tile because it came in a sheet, so we didn’t have to lay every tile individually. It was really easy to work with and I actually had a lot of fun doing this with my husband. We started in the middle of our wall so our grout lines would line up with our window.
We used premixed thinset. It is more expensive, but since we only had to buy one bucket, it was worth it not to have to mix it all up ourselves. Just spread some thinset on your wall, making sure it’s spread evenly. Then push your tile up against the thinset on the wall. Start at the countertop and work upward, using tile spacers between the sheets of tile so you get even grout lines. Hold your sheets up before you stick them on the wall so you know if there are any cuts needed before you apply the tile.
Grouting might just be one of my favorite DIY things to do. It’s like the DIY version of icing a cake. Haha! I used this premixed grout and loved it because I didn’t have to wonder if I had mixed it to the right consistency, it was just ready for me.
Make sure to follow the directions on the back of the package. Basically you just smear the grout onto the tile with your float, ensuring your grout is pushed into all the spaces of the tiles… yes, I’m using very technical terms here. I found it was best to grout small areas and wipe the excess as you go. You want to wipe off the extra grout before it dries on your tiles. Just keep a bucket of water and a sponge handy and wipe as you work. Make sure to change your grout water frequently so you have a clean sponge to work with.
5. Finish up
If you need to seal your tile or grout, wait until everything is dry and then apply. Since I used porcelain tile and the grout I used didn’t require a sealer, I didn’t need to seal anything. But if you are using a marble tile, you’ll need to seal your tile. And some grouts require a sealer. Check with the Floor & Decor people and they’ll know if you need a sealer or not. If you don’t, then you are all finished and good to go!
Seriously, guys, I’m in LOVE!!!
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