It’s been a while since we’ve had a DIY post, and what can I say? I do love a good DIY post. Since we completed the remodel, the one thing that we really needed to do but just hadn’t had time to do was install the kitchen backsplash. We went through so many possibilities and so many different examples that they had all blurred together and we put the installation on the back burner for a while.

When we finally decided what we wanted, my wonderful in-laws came over with their skills and tools and we set to work. The tile that we chose was a marble stone with all of the natural coloring. It is seriously beautiful. The installation wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be, but at the same time it wasn’t as easy. The tiles were supposed to fit together like a puzzle piece, but sometimes they fit together better than others, and sometimes my old walls just weren’t as level or perfectly angled as they were supposed to be.

First tiles are up!

First tiles are up!

We mixed the installation up by using liquid nails on some and a sticky sheet of installation stuff that was harder to work with than the liquid nails. I would probably stick to liquid nails for a couple of reasons, the most important being that you have some wiggle room. With the paper, once you stuck the tiles to the paper, it was really hard to adjust the placement, but with the liquid nails you had a few minutes to make adjustments.

The first nights completed work. Already, I'm in love.

The first nights completed work. Already, I’m in love.

Once the tiles were up, I was amazed at how different the kitchen looked. It went from being a beautiful kitchen to being complete. I feel like the lighter tiles really open up the space underneath the cabinets and make it feel even more like home. The sealant was the easiest part (we just had to brush the liquid on) and it really brought out the natural coloring of the stones. After I put the kitchen back together, it looked perfect.

Completed!

Completed! Except for receptacle covers…

With the kitchen complete, I finally decided to do something with the chalkboard hanging in the dining room. I’m a perfectionist by nature, so I was mostly putting it off because I didn’t want to mess it up. After completing the backsplash though, I felt like super DIY-er so I just did it. I’m really happy with the final piece, and I have to thank Pinterest for all of the inspiration.

B is for Bazyk

B is for Bazyk

So, get out there and do some of those projects you’ve been putting off!

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