At worst I feel bad for awhile, but then I just tile, I go ahead and tile

Mary was in Brooklyn this weekend for a baby shower (congratulations!) so I really turned the house work into high gear.  First, the ceiling and closet in the bathroom got painted, and while that was […]

Mary was in Brooklyn this weekend for a baby shower (congratulations!) so I really turned the house work into high gear.  First, the ceiling and closet in the bathroom got painted, and while that was drying I tackled the backsplash in the butlers pantry.

We used k101 (that’s a color, folks) DalTile subway tiles from the Rittenhouse Square (yeah Philly!) line.  6 by 3 field tiles and a nice chair rail piece to finish things off.

Here you can see how the chair rail pieces finish off the corner (and you can also see how I taped off the marble so I wouldn’t spill any mortar on it).  You can also see two (yes two!) different mitre joints… let the good times roll!  Also pictured is one of our many new outlets (this one actually is GFCI – the one with the reset button is on the other side of the window).  Now we can use the toaster and the lamp!

 

I opened up some of the slab to give a better idea of how things will look.  Keep in mind this hasn’t been grouted yet (we’re thinking light light gray), so the lines won’t be as jarring when all is said and done.  While we’re at it… did you notice that sweet ogee action on the side of the slab?

I don’t know if you can tell, but my hair turned white during this project.  Not because I was nervous, rather the spray from my wet-tile-saw.  (In order to keep the blade cool and lubricated, there is a little tub of water that it sits in.  Great for sawing.  Not so great for hair and everything else that you may have been hoping would not be covered in liquified tile spray.)  I’m really happy with the Vance Worley glasses, BTW.

I probably should clean them out… but I’ve just been buying those “Homer buckets” for like $1.50 at Home Depot and tossing them. Sorry, it’s just way easier.  Grout spacers are 3/16 – trowel has v-notch.  For this project, I mostly back-buttered the tiles, as opposed to covering the walls with mortar.

 

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Ryan is an attorney, father, husband and tinkerer.