Sunday, September 11, 2011

Weekend Crafting: DIY backsplash

 This past weekend wasn't about crafts as it was about DIY. I diy'd a glass tile backsplash in my kitchen area. I have a "great room" in my split level that includes kitchen, dining and living areas in one large room with 15 foot ceilings.  I refer to my house as a "California style" split level because I've seen more homes like mine in California than NY.  So my big, open space is essentially one room and the glass tiling unified the color scheme in the entire room.

Tiling projects start from the center and work out to the ends.

Since I was tiling with glass, I was able to use my "craft" grinder to smooth out the edges and do that painstaking cutting and fitting of the corners and ends. 

Day one of a two day tiling job. Corners and grout left to do.
I've finished the corners but have the grouting left to do. It took me two days to get the tiling up and it cost me under $175 to do it.  All my supplies and special tools were purchased at Lowe's. I watched a couple of videos on YouTube to teach myself how to do it.  This project is all about preparing the walls to make sure they're smooth and even and measuring out the placement of the tiles. 
Before you run out and buy glass tiles for your backsplash, let's take a look and see what the Crafty Bloggers have been up to this week....  
Cindy Gimbrone Beads
Feeling like your craft business isn't taking off like you hoped? You might just be a scrub pine. What's a scrub pine? Come find out on Cindy's blog!

Stefanie Girard's Sweater Surgery
How to wind a spool of thread for serging with a Deluxe SideWinder.

Connie Gee's Designs
Connie's making plans for 2012 - find out what projects she is planning to stitch in the coming year. It's always nice to plan ahead.

Craft Buds
This week at Craftside there is a chance to win a copy of the new book by Misty Mawn - Unfurling along with doodling tips, a Plaid Craft TV episode that features me and Steve making a Mod Podge bird house wind chime with a recycled sweater flower, some paint mixing tips and a recipe for watermelon granita.

Crafty Princess Diaries
Tammy attempts to teach loom knitting to her college craft club.

Eileen - The Artful Crafter
Look at Eileen's crafty solution to an accident waiting to happen.

Mixed Media Artist
Cyndi pulls out an older collage to revisit a technique that mixes digital and physical aspects.

Aileen's Musings
Still in the spirit of getting ready for Christmas gift making, Aileen offers you a faux hand blown glass ornament tutorial that can easily be adapted for other holidays, as well.

About Family Crafts
This week's craft challenge is all about making apples. Do you have an apple craft to share?

Carmi's Art/Life World
Carmi shares new Humphrey the Elephant 3D cards.


Shel said...

Wow - nice job, looks great!

Loris Glassworks said...

Love your backsplash, you've given me motivation to try this project in our kitchen. Cheers!

Therese's Treasures said...

Nice job Cindy, it looks great.

CraftyHope said...

That back splash is fantabulous! It's so funny that I saw this post today as hubs and I were in Home Depot earlier in the day when I mentioned (again) that it wouldn't be that hard for the two of us to install the tile back splash that I want. Fortunately, he's done some tile work before and I think we can knock it out. . .hopefully!!