Our Mosaic Tile Backsplash1:41 PM
Those of you who follow me on Twitter (@jmarq002) know that this weekend, my fiance and I quite proudly installed a small mosaic tile backsplash in our kitchen. The lack of one has bothered my h-2-b since we moved into this house two and a half years ago. However, an overabundance of outlets led us to decide not to tile the entire area between the top and bottom cabinets but rather just add a classic four-inch border. This way, the kitchen looks "finished" and it draws your eyes away from all the outlets.
It was on Sunday that my fiance decided "today is the day." And, when he or I decides this regarding home improvement, that means we need to proceed immediately. By the next weekend, we will have lost our resolve. So, off to Home Depot, then Lowes, then back to Home Depot we went. With the tile, adhesive, grout, and tools needed finally in hand, we headed home to begin the project.
|(Our little Breakfast Station - Before)|
|(Tile applied, adhesive setting)|
When my fiance came home from work Tuesday evening, we began attempting to remove the haze using the white side of the sponges, as instructed. It did nothing! Next, we tried a green Scotch-Brite pad. This worked but left green all over the grout! Once we cleaned that off, we tried a 50/50 vinegar/water mix and a Dobie sponge. For all you DIYers, I don't care what the books say, try this first! The vinegar took the haze right off with very little elbow grease! We actually couldn't believe how quickly that part of the project went. Then, I wiped all the tiles down with a wet microfiber cloth to remove any residue and vinegar odor.
|(Our Breakfast Station - After)|