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Having my husband home during his vacation between Christmas and New Years allowed us to spend some down time together and get a few projects tackled.

We did a big project this summer where we tiled our kitchen backsplash. Neither of us had tiled before so when I say this was a big project, I mean this was a BIG project, from beginning to end. If you want to know more, or review how that experience went, you can read about it here, here and here.

If you want the super quick version, here are the before and after pictures:

Notice the desk area on the left of the after picture? The area behind the yellow flowers? 

We decided at the time not to tile this area because we were tiled…I mean tired! We had planned on finishing it, but we wanted to live without it for a while to make sure it that was something the kitchen really needed.

And it did.

This time around the previous tiling experience helped us get the project done a lot faster.

The planning and painting of the edges with a dark paint was faster.

Mixing mortar and placing tiles was faster.

Grouting was faster, but still the most painstaking part of the process.

Even the sealing of the tile and daily clean-up. The whole process was easier and faster, and we are very happy with the result. 

I guess what they say about practice is true.  🙂  Come back Wednesday to see the result!