Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Sunday subway tiling

We discussed subway tiling the kitchen a couple months ago when we first moved in and well...we did it! 
It took a couple of Sundays but it is finally complete.

Almost everything we needed for this project we got from Home Depot.
The tile (the color we used is called "snow white"),

the thin-set,

the trowel,

the grout and all the other things needed for tiling (sponges, bucket, float, etc).

We saved by borrowing my Uncle Frank's wet saw...

...and his expertise.
He was nice enough to come give Chris a tutorial on how to tile. 

Like my apron read, I was there to help...

...which entailed replenishing beers, making sure the tiles looked straight, and moral support.

The areas where we didn't need to work around any sockets were easy and went up quick.

Cutting the tile to fit around the sockets required a little more thought.

A week later, after the thin-set had plenty of time to dry, we grouted.

We bought this drill bit to stir the grout (way easier than stirring by hand).

The process of grouting was about as fun as going to the dentist.

Our friend Brian got duped into helping us. 
We assured him it would be really fun. He quickly learned otherwise.

Everyone got an arm workout, even me.
It is tank top season after all.

Anyway, it is finally finished and I am so happy we did it!

Here's a rough breakdown of the costs for this project:

   tile                   $80 
bucket             $3
trowel              $6
  thin set             $45
  mixer drill bit    $12
  floats               $15
sponges           $4
  grout               $13
total:  roughly $180

Not too bad, right?
And another project can get crossed of the list. 
Feels good!

- Caitlin


  1. Caitlin, I am a friend/co-worker's of Meryl's and I am SO impressed with this blog and all of your projects! Can't wait to see what else you have up your sleeve!

    1. Thanks Carey! Love that Meryl, she's my biggest promoter! Keep on reading :)

  2. Looks great! You are making me contemplate getting a house that needs some work and doing it myself!

  3. Wow... perfect DIY at reasonable price. It is so expensive to get it done here. Just in-between top/bottom cabinet that runs about 7 feet will cost me almost USD300!

    What did you use to make the subway tiles looks shiny? I thought they were not on the first few pics but amazing towards the ending.


    1. Thanks! I didn't put anything on the tiles to make them shiny, they just came that way with a little bit of a gloss finish.


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