I know most of you think I have just been playing all of August
and into September, but I have been working on the
summer building project (that I had mentioned.)
As soon as we finished the
we turned to a remodel of our condo in St. George.
My husband had promised me granite countertops there for
my birthday five years ago. He should have come through
then because five years later it became a complete remodel!
(Actually, I am glad he didn't as it needed the remodel.)
He started his bathroom business
and his newest international imaging productsbusiness
(which I featured on the houseboat post)
as a tile setter. It was to get him through college. That
first summer we were married a cultured marble
manufacturer contacted him and they went into business
together and the businesses grew from there. While we
were newlyweds I would go on tile jobs with him but
never learned to set tile. I changed that with my oldest
daughter and she learned and then taught her husband
(a very handy skill to have!)
So as we began this backsplash job I took over and laid almost
every tile (while hubby did the cutting on the tile saw). Setting tile
is a very satisfying creative project.
My husband had tested out this wonderful product we
It is called
The Tile Setting Mat
"The quickest, easiest, cleanest way to install tile."
You apply it kind of like contact paper, peeling the backing off
and then applying it to the wall, pressing it on firmly and then
peeling the front plastic off. You can easily cut it with a blade
or a scissors. I agree, it was quick, easy, and clean!)
He had tried it on the houseboat backsplash
and figured if
it could stand the heat of Lake Powell it could take just
I wanted a classic look using tumbled travertine,
with a touch of modern,
so I included a stripe of glass tile and put glass tiles in the
medallion. Once you
press the tile on, it really sticks. If you have made a mistake
you can get it off, but you really have to pull.
Here is a completed section, missing a few cuts. We finished
everything except the medallion behind the stove and grouting
but we had to hurry home.
the instructions do say to grout
WITHIN 24 HOURS!
we had to go home!!!!
A few weeks later when we were able to get back down there -
it is four hours from our home-
some of the tiles had buckled and popped off.
Hubby's first reaction was that we would have to start again.
Just press it back on. A few pieces, especially the small pieces
needed a little premixed mastic and then we were ready to grout.
Grouting is messy and takes time to apply and then clean off
but it is all easy and very doable.
We taped off the edges with painters tape first and put paper
down on the counters to help with cleanup.
Here is just a sneak peek at my completed tile backsplash,
new countertop, new cabinets and my new aqua Kitchenaid.
We are almost done with the remodel and I will show you the
Now you know why I haven't had time for tablescaping and much
visiting, but I have tried to have at least two posts a week so you
don't forget me completely!
We have guests coming soon so I am furiously
sewing pillows and curtains, etc., etc., etc.!!!
Need a vacation after that!
I will be posting with