Saturday, October 29, 2011

Mountain House Kitchen Tour

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This isn't really the big reveal because there is still crown molding to do and some hardware, but I had a camera and some flowers.

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ikea oven and cook-top

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Doormat Design

I sort of have an Asian thing going on at my front door and couldn't find a doormat that I felt went with the area so I decided to stain a design onto a coconut doormat myself. Sometimes I see plain blank mats, similar to this, at the dollar stores. At that price you could do a different doormat for every season or holiday.  Or you could make a monogram like these beauties:

This one is mine. It's getting a bit old and tattered and it's probably time for a new one because there's coconut fuzz all around it and I think it actually creates a dusty mess instead of absorbing it. But I'll worry about that another day.

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Here's the design I drew.

This is the shoe dye I used. Just happened to have it and thought I'd give it a shot.

It has this great thingamabob attached to the lid. Hooray! No cleanup!

Or you could just touch up a lovely mat you have that has faded.
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Ten June Photo Challenge

Another week with the TEN JUNE photo challenge. Here's my seven pictures for week three:

Day 15   Silhouette

speeding traffic, car lights, street at night, car lights at night
Day 16  Long Exposure

bag full of electronic gadgets
Day 17  Technology

converse shoe, up close photo of shoe
Day 18  Your Shoes

pumpkin, orange, close up of pumpkin
Day 19  Something Orange

pink flowers
Day 20  Bokeh

Day 21  Faceless Self Portrait

Think my faceless self portrait of me and the tripod best describes my week of photography and obsession with getting a sharp picture of the cars on the freeway. I tried the long exposure shot four nights in a row. They would look great on my camera's screen, then I'd upload them onto the computer and see that they were blurry. Oh well, you win some you lose some... but I'm learning a ton!
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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Mexican Tile Kitchen Backsplash DIY

So, this never happens, but I had two days to myself. No kids, no husband. Just me and my tile! And we had a great time!! Here are some pictures of the party! It wasn't really a party, but you know what I mean?! What I love about these tiles is that they were handmade, each is a slightly different size, so there is no PERFECT here. Stress free!

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This is the eBay picture of the tile mix I ordered. They say that this is a sample of what you MAY get. My order came pretty close to this.

Because I had about 13 different patterned tiles I wanted to see the layout on the floor first so that I wouldn't have the same tile end up on top of or diagonal itself in any of the three rows. This seems like a simple thing to do but for some reason I spent an hour moving the tile pattern around to get it just right.

Removed outlet covers and taped off the counter.

 Applied tile adhesive to wall. It dries fairly quickly. So make sure to only apply an area that you can cover within thirty minutes.

The adhesive I used. From Home Depot.

When cutting a tile I taped it to prevent the cut edge from chipping and it gave a nice clear place to mark the area I needed to cut. Cut your tiles with the good side facing UP.

 This is what your cuts will look like if you turn the tile good-side-down on the wet saw.

The wrong side will have the nice cut edge.

These tiles were all handmade making each one a slightly different size, so I did not use spacers. I just eyeballed it.

Here you can see that I used some spacers sideways just to keep the tiles from slipping down. I also added the SUN at the outlet behind the coffee maker as some comic relief. There were three different sun tiles which sorta had expressions that gave me the creeps!

Look at the one on the far right. It looks like it's crying! I picked the least creepy as my SIGNATURE piece. You can't be too serious when tiling a backsplash.

I let it sit for a day before applying the grout.

Mix powder with enough water to give you a non-pourable mixture. Here, gravity is NOT your friend. This was a mess! Don't be shy with this. Also, do NOT protect your counter with tape or anything else! You will not be able to remove it without ruining your grout seam. It will be messy. Just embrace it.

I found using my fingers to push the grout in the spaces worked better that my tools.

Scrape off all the excess and then use a clean wet sponge to get the rest off the face of the tile and to smooth out the grout lines. It's consistency is like clay at this point.

Let dry for a couple of hours then you can buff the tiles with a soft dry cloth.

Finished!!! Easy peasy!

 One small note: As a kind-of-frame I added strips cut from the same blue and white tile to the ends and to the top of the third row.

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 I had some extra and moved my party into the bathrooms. I'm not sure which is worse...letting a project go too far or burning out halfway through???

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