Subway Tiles

One of my favorite parts of the kitchen is the subway tile back splash.  Look at the before - just the paint (or bare wall from where the old countertop was)
So boring!

 So - enter homies, you may know her as Home Depot - but as I frequent her shop often, we have nicknames for eachother. She probably calls me 'Frequent but cheapo'.  We were able to get this 3x6 subway tiles for all less than $40! Also enter my dad. He is the tiling expert of the family - so he agreed to help me. Thanks dad!!

While I had never tiled before, I was surprised at how quickly I picked it up... it was actually really fun!

My dad had to help with the tricky corners - he was better at cutting the tile than I was.

I had originally rented a wet saw for the day from Homies, but my dad showed up and said I could have used a much smaller one - a scorer.  Then looking at the wet saw - they hadn't given us all the parts. So back to HD we went - to return the wet saw.  They felt bad at their mistake - so I didn't pay anything to rent the scorer - score!

Finally the white grout (again - applied with a lesson by my dad) really made it look polished!

I learned a few things from this:
1. Parents who love to help you DIY are simply the best - hands down!!! 
2. Tiling is not scary - I really enjoyed it, and can't wait to do it again.
3. Simple is better when it comes to tiles - I debated on a few different types of tiles and patterns, but the subway are perfect.

Any of you take on tiling projects lately? Comment with the link - I would love to see them


Annie P said...

Yeah for Megs dad. Definitely earned his FOY status this weekend :)

jillian :: cornflake dreams. said...

LOVE the subway tiles, im trying to get my mom to use these in her newly renovated kitchen. xoxo jcd

Danielle and Clint said...

The subway backsplash is so classic. It will never go out of style. I love the contrast with your sink and faucet!