Alright. Now we're prepped. Now we're ready. It's time to start tiling. It was actually a pretty quick and fun renovation. There wasn't a lot of space to cover, and the subway tiles were super easy to cut with my favorite tiling tool- the snap saw. Dad got started on the installing, while I did the cutting.
The next morning after a little book reading and scrambled eggs eating with the boys, it was time to grout. We went with "Dove Gray," which was a medium toned gray. I was worried about going really dark since point of this tile was to lighten things up in here, but I definitely wanted the definition of the darker grout to give the wall more depth. You've seen me grout before (Kitchen Backsplash, Downstairs Bath, Main Bath), so I don't need to go over the details with you guys. Basically you smear it in and then 10 minutes later wipe it off.
Then I want to pet it.
The other side went pretty fast too.
While we had the wall open on this side I wired in some under cabinet LED lights on this side. I love how they sparkle off the new tile.
The funny thing about the window on this side of the Kitchen is that we were all certain it was white, right up until the time we placed the bright white tile right next to it.
"Oh hey there, blue-gray window."
We'll have to wait until the weather warms up to paint it so we can crack it open for a day or so. This baby needed a refresher anyway after we pulled down the old window treatments.
When we put on the grout I thought "Perfect color! Fist pump!" Later after it dried I was less enamored. It's lighter than I was planning on, but in the end I think it does just what we wanted- provides dimension without making it too dark. Happy accident, I guess.
If I'm being honest I had big hopes that this tile would fix all our Kitchen problems, but now I think it just makes the cheap counter and "fancy" dark cabinets look worse. I mean, it's definitely an upgrade. But since we've finished I can't stop myself from searching the internet for cabinet door making tutorials and white stone counter top options. It's a sickness.
Before and afters do tend to help though.