Are you prepared for my longest DIY (do it yourself project) post on the oheverythinghandmade blog!?
Glad you are, or if you aren’t ready I would suggest you get a cup of coffee before you continue reading…
Today, I am not only sharing our finished kitchen, we have also collaborated with FireClayTile – an amazing company that believes that new isn’t necessarily better and that trash really can become a treasure. That handmade things have soul, and good design will prevail as one of our most sustainable assets. They believe in the power of team-work and that work should be fun. They believe that life should be lived boldly and with purpose. They believe in the beauty of imperfection and the gift of learning from our mistakes. They believe it is their responsibility to make products for people, products that last for generations, and products that have a story to tell.
FireClayTile is giving away 2 Handpainted 8×8 trivets tiles, the Jerez tile in the color Cool Motif from the MEDITERRANEAN COLLECTION and the Jardin Fretwork tile in the color Cool Motif from the MOROCCAN COLLECTION to one of our lucky readers, so make sure you enter at the bottom of today’s post! – Eligibility to enter: Open to legal residents of USA who are 18 years or older.
Before I get started with my tutorial for today, I like to share my little story about the tile and how it all brought this new kitchen to life.
I was searching craigslist for tile to remodel our bathroom, but instead I stumbled across this amazing tile and “Had To Have Them”!
Long story short, I was able to talk my husband into a new kitchen from Ikea, and a couple of weeks later we started taking cabinets down. The tile was my inspiration for the entire kitchen, I love rustic, modern, chic and most of all if it’s unique. Very grateful to have found the Chaine Homme FireClayTile – it was meant to be!
Ok, so let’s get started. Here are the things I used to install the FireClayTile tiles:
- Wet Tile Saw
- Painters tape
- 1/4″ tile spacer
- 1/4″ notched trowel
- Thin-Set Mortar – white (I used 2 GAL for my kitchen which was a bit over 28 sq/ft)
- Brown Builder’s Paper
- Latex Gloves
The kitchen looked so bare without the backsplash. Honestly, I couldn’t wait to install these tiles!
First, I had to protect my butcher block from any damage, in order to do that I used a water blocking paper that I got at Home Depot (find the link above in the Tools and Material you need, section). Simply roll the paper out on the counter, cut it to fit and tape it down with some painter’s tape.
Next, you want to smooth out the drywall, this can be done with a sanding block of 220. I skipped this step, since I had done a good job applying the sheetrock all-purpose joint compound, you can find my tutorial for the drywall installation here.
Before I got started with anything, I laid out my tile – FireClayTile’s are handmade and there can be some variation in the color and fitting, so make sure you lay them out the way you like them to go on the wall.
My next step, was to make sure my countertop was leveled. A simple leveler should do the trick! I added 1/4″ spacer’s to the bottom of my tile, this is done in case the butcher block starts expanding.
(The moisture content of butcher block will vary due to the movement of moisture into and out of the wood. Natural humidity (dry and wet), air conditioning, machines that dispel heat or moisture (eg. Dishwashers, cooking appliances, etc.) will affect the moisture content of the wood. As moisture in the air increases it is absorbed by the butcher block, and the wood will expand. The butcher block contracts as moisture in the air decreases. )
I chose a finishing trim, for a smooth and professional look on the outside of my ending tile. I used the Schulter Metal trim (Shiene profile, 7/16″ AE110).
To add the trim I started by applying the thin-set in a 45 degree angle as if you would for the tile, you then press the trim into its marked position and tile right over it. I back-buttered my backsplash just to give everything a stronger hold once done.
It took me forever to install the first wall of backsplash, but I finished everything the next day since hubby was home and kept the kids occupied.
We captured a few extra steps of the back-buttering steps and applying process, so you can see for yourself how easy it was.
With the drywall prepared with thin-set, I then applied the back-buttered tile to the wall.
I read that FireClayTile recommends in their installation guide to use spacer’s in between tile as well, I didn’t use them to space each tile, because the tile fit so snug that I didn’t have room to add them. However, I made sure to leave 1/4″ on the left and right side of each tile.
TIP: To get thin-set out in between tiles, I used a business card to scrape excess mortar out.
When I reached the stove area, I decided to tile in a straight line along the countertop. To keep the tile straight, I used a leveler and some painter’s tape. I marked the area first with a straight line, and then taped it with painter’s tape right below. This way the excess mortar ended up on the tape, and all I had to do was to remove the tape before drying and I had a clean look at the end.
At the end of day two I had a messy counter, was exhausted and had some super sore arms!
After 24h of drying I took some more pictures, and prepped my tile to be grouted.
What you need to grout your tile:
- Microfiber Sponge for Grouting
- 1x Fusion pro grout, Color: #381 Bright White
- Margin Float For Grout
First, you want to clean your tile by wiping them down with a damp sponge.
The fusion pro grout I used recommended to have it set 3-4min before wiping off the excess in a circular motion.
This corner was the hardest to get to, but it turned out beautifully and all the sweat was well worth it!
What a transformation!!!
After 24h of dry time, it was time to give this kitchen its finishing touch. Cleaning up, removing tape, adding outlet covers and applying silicone along the countertops.
Amazing how tile can transform a space!
And here is a before and after of the old kitchen and the new kitchen after I’d applied some other finishing touches, like lighting. More about that coming soon in another post!
I haven’t forgotten about the giveaway, you can enter to win 2 Handpainted 8×8 tiles from FireClayTile right below.
PREVIOUS ON MY KITCHEN MAKEOVER:
If you like to start reading about our kitchen takedown from the beginning, you may start here:
- My Kitchen design
- Where and how I designed our new kitchen
- How to remove upper kitchen cabinets
- How to remove countertops, base cabinets and backsplash/tile
- How to install drywall
- How to install kitchen cabinets
- How to cut an IKEA Butcher block