Happy Saturday!

I feel like I have been off the grid for way too long. My computer problems are fixed and my user error incidences are becoming less. 🙂

So let’s catch up.

When we were last together, I thought I had found “the one”. A stone tile that would add texture and a bit of color to my otherwise neutral kitchen.

But it’s a women prerogative to change her mind, right?!

I think I love this one.

Not the shower per say, but the brick shaped tiles in the middle of the shower.

The next logical step after finding the tile was to figure out how to tile.

And then I received a sign from above!

Technically this was not a sign from the heavens but a sign on the floor of The Tile Shop. But saying it was a sign from above makes for a good story.

I’m all about professionals teaching me a new skill and this sign had me at “Free”.

Last Saturday I arrived at class to find 3 other people attending also. I asked them if they minded being in a few pictures for my blog. No problem they said in agreement.

The couple on the right were DIYing there kitchen backsplash also. They were new to tiling and this was the second time they had taken the class.

What’s the unwritten rule? Measure twice, cut once, or in this case, Class twice, tile once.

The other gentleman in the photo was a little more seasoned in the world of tiling but he was taking the class to get some tips and tricks about installing glass tiles.

And then of course there was me who knows nothing about anything when it comes to tile.

You could say that this class is for all skill levels.

Chub had a very nice area for demonstrations with helpful instructional posters.

 

Chub choose the three different kinds of tiles each group was considering working with.

The DIY couple chose a porcelain tile, my tile was a natural stone and the other gentleman was working with glass.

Chub laid out a thin set mortar using all of the proper tools. The one thing I took away from this class is that you need the proper tools and materials to do the job right.

From here I could go into all of the steps of tiling, but honestly, I skim over those parts when I am reading a blog and figured others do the same.

But let me tell you this, this isn’t as easy as it looks.

So when I actually do this myself, I will write that blog with pictures. Pictures of what not to do will be included.

You’re welcome. 🙂

The last thing we did was practice cutting tile.

I let the guys in the class go first so I could learn from their mistakes. When it was my turn, I perfectly cut my stone tile.

ROCKSTAR!!!

This weekend I will be purchasing the tiles for the backsplash and laying them out. (Step 1).

The process of actually applying them to the walls will not begin until after the fourth of June.

Our son Jack is graduating from high school next week and although I would love to have the new tile in place, the reality is that that is not going to happen.

Slow and steady is going to win this race.

Cheers to a safe and happy Memorial Day.

Wendy