11/10/10

Kitchen Renovation - Part 2


Yes I am still here, just very busy times, but I promise to be a better blogger!


One of these things keeping me busy has been finishing our kitchen renovation.


The countertops we paid someone else to install, the Hubster installed the new Corian sink and I decided to take on desiging and tiling the backsplash myself.


This is the finished result and I had a ball doing it, I just really enjoyed my first attempt at tiling. At some point I will now take on tiling our en-suite bathroom too!


It all went smoothly, especially once I realised 2 mosaic tiles perfectly filled the awkward gap all around the window. This could have been a tile cutting nightmare, but it ended up as an easily achieved focal point.


We went for a mix of porcelain and glass mosaic as the highlight, I found tiles that really complimented the new countertop well.


Above the cooker I came up with a unique design of our own, utilising more of the pretty glass mosaic tiles. Lots of cutting and nipping involved but it turned out great.


Our kitchen is complete finally, we are really pleased with it and thanks to the Hubster for his valuable grouting and clean-up help.

If you've never tried tiling because it seems hard, do what I did. Watch helpful You Tube 'how to' videos, buy a good tile cutter, lay out your design before you start and then just take your time. I now look at my beautiful kitchen and get even more satisfaction knowing I did it myself and saved us a fortune in labour!

18 comments:

Gaelyn said...

Wow, you have been busy. Wondered what was happening. The tile job looks superb. I like your design and textural quality. That must have been a lot of work. Yet very gratifying. So now that the kitchen is done, when is the party? Or is there another room next? Hope you're having a good school year. Miss ya'

gigi-hawaii said...

Great job, Sarah! Looks professional.

So you're tiling the bathroom next? Wow!

Rob G said...

Love your work!
The kitchen looks wonderful and your tiling looks like a professional job. Well done.

Almost American said...

Wow! What a lot of work that clearly was! Nice job Sarah!

Sherri said...

Sarah!! I was going to send you an e-mail last night to make sure you were all right and I got distracted. I'm so glad you posted today and look at your kitchen!! Great job!! The tiling is superb!!

Expat mum said...

I have in fact, fancied tiling, but with about 5 unfinished projects in the house, I would be silly to start another one.
Oh, and you're mentioned in my current post BTW.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Great job. My wife is not afraid of doing new household projects either.

Daryl said...

Cooker = stove ... love the whole look of it and that you did it mostly yourselves .. what a great feeling!

Vickie said...

Sarah: What a GORGEOUS kitchen! You have a wondrous talent and eye for detail.

George said...

Your kitchen looks gorgeous. It looks beautiful and I like what you did with the mosaics.

Jill of All Trades said...

Love it. I have red(s) glass tiles and I love them. The design thing is great, what fun.

Star said...

You've done a great job with the tiling Sarah. It looks wonderful. So glad it all worked out how you wanted it to.
Blessings, Star

Rusty said...

Beautiful work, stuning results. Now I guess you have to do some cooking? (Grin as I duck and run)!
ATB!

Linda Zoldoske said...

Lovely! You did a great job!

Flea said...

Oo, nice! I love it! You did a great job with the tile! Tile is one of my favorite home dec jobs. Makes everything pretty!

Alanna Gracia said...

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Kay said...

I loved seeing all your remodeling photos, Sarah. You did a great job! You are very adventurous. We tiled our kitchen also but stuck to plain white tiles.

Pat said...

Beautiful, Sarah, and kudos to you for doing the tile work yourself! I'm impressed. I like your choice of tile and the designs you made-very nice.