DIY: How to Install a Back Splash Yourself

It was New Years Eve and Dave and I installed our backsplash. 
It was one of the many things I have wanted to do to improve our kitchen, 
so with the help of Bromin Construction... Here is how we did it. 

The tools you need are simple, you can get them at any hardware store. 
1. Trowels (this allows for an even adhesive spread and good "buttering")
2. Tile Spacers (these will easily become your new best friend)
3. A Mixer (that attaches to your drill)
4. Painters Tape, Grouting Sponge, and Razor
5. A positive attitude.
6. A sidekick. (Preferably an adorable one)
7. tile border (optional, pictured below in square 2)
8. A tile saw (these require a hose hook up)
9. Mastic and Grout

• First we cut our tile border to size and secured where we wanted it 
with screws. (1 and 2)
Also, be sure to prep your wall by removing outlet covers.

• Next, I laid out my tile along the wall (on the counter) a few rows deep 
to see what kind of pattern I wanted and made sure each end tile was 
a generous size and not a tiny sliver. (3)

• We taped out our area with blue painters tape to insure a clean line.

• Then we used our trowels to spread the Mastic (we used omni grip 
maximum strength) along the bottom of the wall where we would start
 applying our tile. We applied this straight to the wall but only applied 
enough to adhere a few tiles, not to the entire wall. *Dave advises using 
thin-set on cement board for projects like a floor or shower wall that 
will get more action and wear and tear* (4)

• When we applied the tiles we "buttered" the back of each tile with a flat 
trowel. This is done to insure a 'good stick'. Than we adhered it to the wall
 and smushed it on. *Dave advises to clean up any excess mastic that squeezes 
out of the sides of your tile, because it is difficult to clean off once its dry.* (4)

• In between each tile we placed the spacers, so we could squeeze the 
tiles tight together and ensure even spacing. (6)

• When we hit an outlet or the end of the wall Dave used the tile cutter 
to cut the tile to size. (7)
• Finally we had the entire wall covered (Oh Heavenly Day!) and it 
was time to relax and let the Mastic dry. 

• The next day we removed all the spacers, and cleaned up the lines in 
between the tiles with a razor and mixed our grout. 

• We used Non Sanded bright white grout. *Dave advises that when mixing 
the grout use a clean bucket and add a little water in the bottom of bucket 
before you pour your grout in.* Mix it up with that crazy mixer that attaches
 to your drill. Its kind of like baking. But way cooler. 

• When the grout reaches its proper consistency *peanut butterish* dive in there 
with your grout sponge and and use your sponge to squish it between all 
the tile spaces. Applying pressure in multiple directions. 

• Then we wiped the tiles down with a normal sponge and found the 
spots that we missed and reapplied our grout. 

• Dave wiped it down 2-3 times throughout the night to make sure the tiles 
were clean and the grout didn't dry on top of them. 

And than BAM we had a Hot Back Splash... Don't you think? 

He is not Perfect...

I have always loved this quote from Bob Marley.

Do you ever find that you are expecting your 'guy' to be someone perfect 
straight out of a movie? Every now and then I get a weird sensation that I 
should be living a wild and romantic life. I dream about Dave whisking me 
away at the spur of the moment for a romantic adventure that he has spent 
days planning for us in secret... (Doesn't happen.)

But the reality of it is this; Honestly. If I boiled
 all of those romantic movie characters (Noah, from the Notebook (!)) down 
to their most desirable traits Dave blows them all out of the water. Dave has 
all of them and more and although we are not reading love sonnets to each 
other before bed, he is pretty Damn perfect for me. 


The Male and Female Brain...

Have you read these books yet? The female brain has been around for a while, so 
you may have come across it a couple years ago. But just recently Dr Louann 
Brizendine released the male brain {jack pot!} {Although to be honest, part of me 
doesn't want to know whats really going on inside of Dave's head}

I was talking about it with a friend and she said The Female Brain was like reading a bio
 of your life. "Yup, been there. Yup went through that. Crap, thats coming?" So she 
felt like reading the male brain would be more beneficial to her because she already
 knows all about herself. And maybe we as women may benefit from a little time 
with the male brain expert. 

Wouldn't it be nice if, as a couple, you could each read one book? I could read 
The Male Brain, & Dave could read the Female Brain. Dave claims he doesn't need a 
book to tell him how to "handle" me. And he may be right. He is a peace keeper
and is always looking for ways to make me happy. (Love that Dave.)

Here is their Amazon Links:
The Male Brain,  The Female Brain, both by Louann Brizendine M.D.


Meant for a Moment's Holiday Highlights

It has been such a Wonderful Holiday {!} And I totally mean that
Meant for a Moment has been so lucky this season, {xox} I was bustling 
around, busy as a bee, working to get all the holiday projects finished that there
 was simply not time to showcase them. So I thought perhaps I would take 
the time to give a little peek at the Highlights from the 2011 Holiday Season.

Thank you so much to everyone who made this season a wonderful season. 

Happy New Year!

How was your New Years Night?
Dave and I stayed in and fondued and installed our backsplash. Which was so 
much fun, because we cranked the music up, danced around the tools in the kitchen
 and finished around 1am... it was a strange kind of party but really fun none the less.
 (Detailed tutorial coming soon!)

Wishing you Countless Blessings in the Year to Come. {xox}


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