Saturday, April 20, 2013

Call Me a Groutist

Groutist: n, rhymes with flautist. One who grouts tile in a professional or semi-professional capacity.

Tonight I got to try something I've been wanting to do forever: tiling grout. Rob did all the tiling of the backsplash yesterday when I was out, so I missed that part (which sounded like a huge pain, considering all the cuts to avoid outlets). Here are a few photos, and I plan to write a post on Issues You May Run Into When Tiling a Backsplash. (Ie, Don't Screw Up Like We Did.)

 The bottom row of subways and then the accent glass tile.

 Safety first. Always safety first.

A look at the wall when it was done. Lovely, right? So, tonight I couldn't wait to get my hands in the grouting. I've never done this before, nor has Rob, but after watching 1 million hours of HGTV and a few online tutorials, I followed in the tile trail that Rob blazed and dove right in.

That's about as much of me grouting in my pj's as you are going to see. This is really a simple process, albeit a bit messy and hard on the wrist. For my first time, I think I did a great job, and did about half the kitchen in an hour. Midnight seemed like a good time to stop.

 First, make a big mess.

 Then, wipe it clean. Ta DA! Okay, there's a little more to it than that, but I'll get to more details in another post.
Rob likes it so much that he was trying to kiss it. See? I'm glad that I got to take part in more than just painting in the big kitchen reno of 2013. I plan to do a little caulking as well in the next few days.

I am LOVING how this is all coming together. Since it's night, the light doesn't do it justice in these photos, but I'm also excited to be a little vague so we can do a huge big reveal. Soon. I keep saying soon, but I mean it this time.

Hope you aren't bored with all the kitchen setbacks and that these little reveals are getting you excited for the whole thing. I am stoked to finally have the house together, and every setback and slow process and mess in the floor has been totally worth it for this amazing kitchen!

***UPDATE!*** We woke to find that I should not yet claim to be a groutist--there were lots of areas where the grout cracked overnight because I was stingy with the grout and maybe a little excessive in cleaning the tiles after. More fodder for the post on How Not to Screw Up Your Grout post. :)

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