Monday, 8 October 2012

Tile Backsplash

I have been meaning to procrastinating my kitchen backsplash project for a little while quite some time now.  You see, I work in a tile store...and can't seem to find a tile guy with 10 seconds in his schedule to help us!  My DH & I are quite handy people, but have never tiled.  That is something very new for us.  My DH was a little  very intimidated by the whole thing.  Part of the problem is everyone knows I work in a tile place, and if WE do a crappy job, it might reflect on our place of business.  Also, when my co-workers come to our house, it could end up quite embarrasing!  Anywho...we tackled the job, and with a little help & some lessons form an installer, it is complete!  There are some mistakes...some imperfections...but all in all the wall that the installer did looks fantastic...and the walls we did after he left look acceptable.  :)





The little insert is "Aged Nickel"

We wanted to choose a tile that suited our 100 year old house.  We didn't want the modern glass or stainless steel that a lot of people go for.  It just doesn't suit our house.  It was because of that fact, it took me a long time to decide.  Also, our counter top & our cupboards are a little monotone, so we needed a contrast.  A focal point.  So, this is what we came up with...


 The only issue we have with it now is we both feel we need to repaint the kitchen!! uggg, picking paint colours can be so hard!

Here is the realistic view after we "moved" back in!  I often wonder how some people exist without any clutter on their countertop?  They must not use their kitchen other than to order dinner & open the boxes.

Sunday, 7 October 2012


It is Thanksgiving here in Canada!  The leaves are vibrant in the hills, and the fall harvest is on the table.  It doesn't get any better than autumn in Canada.  I am very fortunate to live in a place with 4 full seasons, but fall is my favourite.  I did a little decorating on my back verandah...because we are renovating the front of the house.  It is far from perfect yet, and have more to add soon.  But, in light of the Holiday, here is what I have done so far.  Enjoy :)

I plan on making some burlap curtains for the washstand & the shoe bench.
My favourite item is the watering can...which has a fresh coat of bright yellow paint <3
& a burlap bow
We tiled our backsplash yesterday, and will be grouting that come back in a couple of days to see what we did!

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!