Well my little kitchen’s recent laundry reno still needs work and while working on finalizing it I wanted a quick feel-good update. That of course costs nothing 🙂
So I added subway tiles. How can that be free? Well you read the title – I sharpied them on. 🙂
I had some gold, bronze, and silver Sharpie pens leftover from a Christmas project I did last year, so I decided to use the silver to draw the grout of my tiles. I am not concerned about sharpie on the wall because I know rubbing alcohol removes Sharpie AND we own our home. We hope to actually tile over it before we sell it. So
Here’s my before kitchen – which really needed some work! Call me inspired by all the fabulous real bloggers who shared their real life homes on their blogs recently.
Ok ok ok so that was honestly my kitchen before. then I cleaned it up and that was almost enough for a reveal in itself hehe.
I grabbed two Sharpies and a level.
Hmm I need to re-paint my nails.
Then I simply took the level to set straight, level and plumb lines, horizontally along the wall. I didn’t mind that I Sharpied the sides of my level as I worked. Soon, I had lines set. I just kept things simple and used the level as the spacer for the height of my tiles.
And yes, those are painted-over wall anchors from previous tenants. I am not sure what to do with them so I just left them and painted over them myself. They bother me in the picture but not in real life. 🙂
Once I had my lines, I just stood the level on its head to make “tiles” that were six inches wide, set off 3 inches from the row above.
Then I just worked across the wall. I decided to terminate the tiles where the upper cabinets ended above my stove. That makes it like a wall of tile over there. A Wall of Tile that Makes Me Smile. #poet #thatsterrible
Yep, I still have lots to do in the kitchen. But as for the tiling – It’s subtle but it sure is nice. 🙂
And its a great backdrop for my chore-loving kiddos 🙂
What have you been up to? Any updates on your end that are affordable or free?