Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Tile Backsplash DIY

We have lived in our current house almost 6 years. We bought the house with lots of plans to update and change things, but it always seemed like once we had the money saved to do something, there was something more important to dedicate the money to. We have decided to do little things ourselves (or try to) to save money.

I have to admit that we don't have a lot of experience "doing" home projects, but we like to watch DIY. I also admit I was nervous that we might become a "Renovation Reality". If you haven't seen it, it is a show that chronicles the experiences of people doing DIY projects and frequently biting off more than they can chew (so to speak) and practicing Murphy's law.

When we moved in the backsplash was only behind the drop-in range and was pink/blue/white tile (I wish I had pics).

I painted the tile first and the paint peeled.

I didn't start taking pics until after hubby had ripped down the tile and taken down the vent hood.

So - before -

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Here are some "during" -

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And now the "almost after" (we still need to caulk)-

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Hubby did a great job, didn't he?!!

If you want to do this yourself, you can. Just do what we did - google "DIY backsplash tile" and talk to your resident Home Depot expert.

Now, what should we tackle next?

9 comments:

Kimberly said...

Wow, great job!

Cindy said...

We have thought about doing this too. There are just so many other things that need tending to too. Ugh do home renovations ever end? Yours looks awesome by the way. Can't wait to see the next poject.

Ann said...

Awesome job! I have no patience for that sort of thing.

Rebecca said...

Beautifully done! You're hired! When are you coming down? lol

Seriously, though, congratulations. It's always rewarding to finish a "fun" project -- something that is a little more beautiful than the broken pipe or the leaky roof. The "tyranny of the urgent" really gets old!!!

Have a great week!

Yankee Girl said...

That looks beautiful! After seeing your pictures I feel like maybe I could do this too!

Thanks for visiting my blog!

Jayne @ Misplaced City Girl said...

It looks really good.

Sarah Dawn said...

Simply amazing! I have never tackled a job like this one before.

Delighted to meet you.

Blessings from Costa RIca,
Sarah Dawn

Cindy DG said...

GREAT job!
dropping in to say HI from SITS :)
Cindy
http://vegetarianmamma.blogspot.com

♥ Teresa ♥ said...

That looks AMAZING! We moved into our new home, that my husband built, last year. Since he was the builder, there are still quite a few things that still need to be done, the backsplash being one of them. I've been looking at different styles, patterns, colors, etc. that I would like. Yours is beautiful. I am going to bookmark this so I can show him. Y'all did a fantastic job! You should be very proud!

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