This kitchen project has been like RuPaul…dragging on and on. Seriously Glamazons…I need to get it wrapped up (I also need to actually finish the space – gah!) but getting you up to speed is priority number one. I have to apologize to ya for the lateness. I didn’t pre-write a single post before having Weston, so I’m really trying hard to keep up with being really far behind.
If you are new to this scene, our kitchen started off as a brownish and tannish box. After a little bit of paint and sweat, we turned our box-o-chocolate into…
a crisp and and contrasting black-n-white cookie 🙂
Our tiling was only partially complete…we had the backsplash up but there was some finishing that had to take place.
We planned on open shelving on the one side of the kitchen window and that meant there was no real ‘end point’ created by a cabinet, wall, or true corner. Our plan was to just create a border by using a pencil tile. We picked a matching marble 12″ tile at The Tile Shop….it’s simple and clean….keeping the focus on the hex (exactly where I think the focus should be!)
Ignore the fact that I am huge here. Can you even believe that I was still two weeks from my due date? And I went two more months after this? Holy weight gain moley?!
Okay – back to the pencil tile. The real issue was how we were going to install it. Were we gonna do it on its side like this…
I liked the fact that on the side it had less lip from the hex…but I didn’t really like the curved edge being on the outside…
And then there was the traditional way to install it…on it’s rear end (awkward tile moment). The only problem with this was that it stuck out really far from the hex and I didn’t like that either.
Enter the tile saw. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…DIYers need this in their arsenal of tools. Tool junkies like us would not live without it….or at least tile without it. It’s worth its weight in diamond tipped blades 🙂
Okay…so we decided to go with the more traditional route but to cut some off the rear end of the tile…a De-J-Lo-ification if you will. We used the hex tile to give us an idea of how far out we wanted the edge lip and then lined up the tile blade to cut the rest off.
Jeremy was the tile saw operator for the kitchen. I can’t imagine trying to squat over that thing while being 38 weeks pregnant. Well…revise that….I can imagine squatting….I can’t imagine getting back up.
So the important part about doing this is to go really really slow. You don’t want to split that pencil tile.
After all the pieces were cut, it took literally five minutes to install them. I just back buttered each one with adhesive and stuck them on. Of course I did make one really annoying mistake. Can you spot it?
I wish wish wish I had requested Jeremy to miter the corner pieces to make it cleaner. It’s a small thing but seriously…I know better. I sat there the following evening looking at it thinking ‘why does that look funny?’ and then had an open-palm-to-the-forehead moment. Can I blame pregnancy brain? It’s like when you forget your social security number (did that) or your child’s middle name (also did that) or your parents address…where you lived for eleven years (the shame). So if you tackle this at home…learn from my mistake, mmkay?!
We also had to install a tiny teeny shmidgling of a tile above the other side of the window…
Okay…so then we ran into a different problem. The bottom full pencil tile and the one that connects the side to under the counter…those two…they were on shaky ground. You can’t build a house on sand….and you can’t put tile on shaky drywall paper.
So I pulled the bottom two off right away and glued the drywall tape back down. Yes, I used Elmers. They sell it at Lowe’s…it totally counts as a builders tool 🙂 After it was dry, I used joint compound to fill in the hole. It didn’t need to be perfect…it just had to be solid and fairly even with the other pencil tile’s foundation.
Oh and yes, I got this bucket of joint compound and so far, it’s been pretty awesome. It creates a lot of dust if you sand dry…and it does average with wet wiping….but the drying time is what got me…its FAST.
Okay – so now time for GROUT! SHOUT FOR GROUT! Seriously…do it…this kitchen remodel is getting boring and shouting at anything makes it exciting. trust me…it works. We do it anytime someone opens a shirt or clothing item at Christmas…you’d be surprised at how exciting everyone gets to receive clothes now. Cheering goes a long way my friends. Plus, I would love to imagine you shouting for grout at work 🙂