Monday, February 27, 2012

And We're Back

It's that time of year folks.  The time of year when political candidates are squaring off against each other in debates and getting ready for that, in Ohio's case, March 6th Primary Election.  In my line of work, that means some later nights at the office and not much time left to blog when I get home.  Especially when I'm dedicating more mornings to the gym and less to sleeping in.  But all of that aside, it's been a week since my last post but we're back in action.  Until things get crazy again, of course.

We'll start where we left off last week: with the grout.  Nice that I don't even need to link to that last post because, well, just scroll down and you'll see it.  

J got the backsplash up and ready last weekend when he was borderline sick as a dog.  Come Sunday he was completely out of commission and Monday (thank goodness he had it off for the holiday) was much the same.  I am also thankful for our guest room in instances like these so we could both sleep in peace.  It looks like my busy schedule (read: lack of blogging) worked out for us because the grouting came on Friday.

He was unsupervised since I was at work so you're only gonna get about five pictures out of this deal, but you'll get the gist.

To begin, J sealed the tiles:

Typically you wouldn't seal the tiles before you grout, but in the instance of installing glass tiles, we've found that sealing them before the grout helps eliminate a lot of haze that the grout can leave on the tiles.  You do, however, seal a couple of days after grouting; once it has had time to set and harden up.  Which we will be doing coming up.

After the sealer was applied, J mixed up the grout and got to work.  Spreading it on with a trowel and working it into place at a 45 degree angle to the lines of the tiles which were running horizontally and vertically.

Once it's spread out enough that a thin layer is covering the tiles, you let it sit for about 20 minutes before wiping it down with a damp sponge:
The key is to continuously clean your sponge so you aren't spreading the grout any further. J waited another 20 - 30 minutes after the first wipe down to do it again--ensuring he got it all.  And the rest is just waiting for the grout to dry.  

And the finished product:

There's something about grout that ties it all together.  Even though it's such a subtle difference, it just adds that final dimension.  I cannot wait for the remaining backsplash to get here, back order totally puts a kink in things.  But we're plenty busy planning our new pendant lights and deciding when we can pull the trigger on that last coat of Brandon Beige to touch everything up one last time.


Erin said...

That looks SO good. I was just telling my hubby over the weekend that I really wanted to put in a cute backsplash. Right now it's just a plain, ugly white tile. Something FUN like yours would make a huge difference in our kitchen :)

Melissa said...

Thanks Erin! This was more color than I was planning on, but I think it works!

Sometimes all you need is a little something like a backsplash to make all the difference!

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