Ok, you guys! I am so behind it’s not even funny. Life has just gotten the best of me. I am just trying to keep my head above water most days lately. So my goal the next few weeks is to get the blog updated for you guys with all that work that we have done and helpful DIY and Tips for you guys for your next projects. I can tell you enough how much we love each of you and love all your support and love you show to us. Ok, so I will do a list for you at the bottom of all that I used for this project. Here is a quick BEFORE and AFTER for you to start! Does it not look so much better!!
Ok, so let’s get talking about the backsplash. You guys you can do it! I believe in you. It is actually a simple thing to do just tedious. If you are doing a simple pattern or using a simple backsplash. So today I am going to show you what we did in the laundry room. We just used a simple white subway tile. I LOVE subway tile it is simple and classic looks good anywhere. So there are a couple options for when you are you are going to buy this set. There is pre-made thin set that you can buy that is what I used for the backsplash because it was easy and I did not need a lot or want to mix up a lot. It is a lot more expensive though. It is more then double then if you were to just buy the bag of thin set and mix it up yourself with water.
So there are a couple options for when you are you are going to buy this set. There is pre-made thin set that you can buy that is what I used for the backsplash because it was easy and I did not need a lot or want to mix up a lot. It is a lot more expensive though. It is more then double then if you were to just buy the bag of thin set and mix it up yourself with water. You need to have a tool called the mixing paddle that attaches to a drill to mix it all up though. So realistically it is not much more unless you have all the tool to mix it and if you don’t have a huge area you are wanting to do. So if you want to save hassle and just doing back splash I would jus buy the pre-made stuff. If you need to save money though the bag of thin set is also a great option and it really is not that hard to mix up and only cost like $7 a bag. You will also need a Trowel I love this one I got it is the
You will also need a Trowel I love this one I got it is the 6 in. x 2 in. Notched Margin Trowel it was the perfect size for doing smaller tiles. So when you are laying out the thin set on your tiles you need to lay it out then make sure you are going at an angle to get the grooves in the inset on the tiles. (Shows in picture below) once you get your first layer of tiles down then stagger them. So since the tiles are 3×6 then you want to take a ruler and measure the tile to be in the center line of the tiles below. On every tile, you lay you will need to use tile spacers I like like the 1/8 inc ones. You can honestly go smaller though depends on the look you are going for. So if you want less grout then i have then go the smaller spacers.
So you can see the bottom line. That one is hard because the tile are not resting on anything and so if you keep going up and p it can cause the bottom line to slip and go down the taller you get. So we actually did 2 lines on the bottom let that sit for 12 hours then finished going up. Once you have finished doing all the tile it has to set for 24 hours before you can grout. Once you are ready to grout I used what is called a Rubber Grout Float You will use this to put on the grout. The grout we used is the Polyblend #19 Pewter from Home Depot. I love these sponges from Home Depot when you are grouting. I like to cut them in half so they are easier to manage. Also when wiping off the grout you will go in circular motions lightly over and over and keep rinsing out your sponge and then we the grout lines look good and even I like to take a rag and wipe off the extra off the tile just forward and back. I feel it’s much faster than trying to get it all off with the sponge.
You will want to buy a bucket for when you are washing off the grout. A deep bucket is the best because then the sand goes to the bottom and the water sits at the top so you are able to wash the grout off better. I love the 5-gal. Homer Bucket They are $2.97 at Home Depot. Also if you are going to mix up your own grout get another on to mix your grout in.
Once you have everything cleaned up you will want to usually get a tube of tile calk, to do on any edges or tops that are seen see in the picture below. Becuase I was doing a while tile I needed to grout up to the ceiling and the bottom of the table, along the cabinet and wall to make it look finished. I used the Bright White from Home Depot. I keep with the sanded grout and the sanded tile caulk to match my sanded gray grout. I used Polyblend #381 Bright White 10.5 oz. Sanded
Below are some before and afters for you guys!
I still need to do handles for the cabinets and more that will all be in another post for you once i pull the whole laundry room together and finish it! For all of you who are going to ask about the floating shelves i will do a post just on those next week for you!
I hope you find this helpful Let me know if you have any questions. I love you all thanks for following 🙂