Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Home renos continued...

 This month we installed a back-splash behind our kitchen counters. This is a before shot.
 Jasper is the foreman of this construction site...
  Type of rock tiles we used...I like natural rustic and rough finishes. These tiles were fairly straight forward to install as you don't need to grout them. You apply tile adhesive to the wall and to the back of the tiles...then press and push the tiles onto the walls. The most tedious part for Dino was cutting them to fit around the electrical outlets...he did a wonderful job!!!
 We used Off White Quartzite...lovely warm/cool colors to this type of rock...it also has a bit of sparkle.
I wanted to add a cool white tile to go with the white farm sink and to add some contrast to an otherwise warm toned kitchen and paint scheme.
 My man at work...measure twice...cut once.
Me above buttering up the tiles with adhesive.
Adhesive added to back of tile.
Tile adhesive we used.
 I just finished making the chalkboard with Dino's help...and I just ordered some easy erase chalkboard pens...the nice thing about them is that they don't smudge and make a mess like real chalk...I can't wait to start doodling. I will take some new photos of the completed kitchen soon.

In the meatime we are gutting two bathrooms and renovating my studio which didn't get done when we moved in 1 1/2 years ago. We can see the light at the end of tunnel now and our home renos are almost complete. 

I am sorry I don't have any new pieces of art to share with you...I have been a busy gal! Hopefully I can take a day here and there to create something...but at this time I can't make any promises,



WoolenSails said...

The kitchen looks wonderful, love the big sinks.
I have seen the chalkboard paint, think that is a fun idea for the kitchen. Our kitchen is falling apart and too small, so we want to rip out the wall and extend it, so a major job to save up for.


The French Bear said...

Susan, it looks so great, I love your farmhouse sink. I have a chalk wall and never knew about those pens, thanks for the info!!! Jasper looks sweet, ready to jump in and help you butter the tiles, lol!!!

Lee said...

Did you use black board paint ? I read on another blog that the pens don't wash off things covered with that paint...there is a shadow left. Just a warning~maybe try it out before hand.
Love your backsplash~Thanks for sharing the excitement!

Kays Kids said...

Your kitchen looks very swish. Great work.

Catherine said...

Oh my gosh! Jasper is so cute ~ he melts my heart!
Your kitchen looks wonderful!

Stacey said...

Love it Susan! I never get too far it seems, but you are always a soft place of blogland to fall. Now I am inspired to do something with our kitchen! I must share also... you have inspired me for so many years with your mice...I would not be on that path without your inspires!


Willow said...

Glad Jasper is well and supervising that big renovation you have in progress!
I was looking back on the critters you had up for adoption before Christmas ~ I am kicking myself for missing out on that adorable little sheep pin keep ... I loved his face ! I hope to see more little sheep pin herding back to your site soon .:)

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