Renovation Thursday – Kitchen Backsplash

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Welcome to the official kickoff of Renovation Thursday, where each Thursday, I will be posting a home improvement project around my home, and offering a linky for you to be able to link up your home improvement or renovation posts as well!

I’m excited about Renovation Thursday, because it’s going hand-in-hand with the work I am doing around my home decluttering for Minimalist Monday Mission: Declutter 365.  As I mentioned last week, the more I declutter, the more home improvement projects are coming to mind!

So, this week I am kicking things off with the kitchen backsplash.

I actually finished this backsplash project on Super Bowl Sunday and the Monday after it.  I did this as a surprise for my husband, who was spending the Super Bowl Sunday with friends.  I, on the other hand, having no desire to watch the Super Bowl, taught the children how to lay tile :)

They watched (from a very long way away) with great interest as I used the tile saw (which I had from my previous master bathroom renovation years ago), and helped me lay the tiles in a pattern once I had put down the adhesive.

To save time, I used ready-made adhesive (which I love) and premixed grout (which I love as well).

And, because I wanted a splash of color, I cut up sheets of 12″x12″ glass tiles and put four small glass tiles in the larger white cutout tiles.  All the rest of the tiles were standard white rectangle tiles.

So, here’s the kitchen before (which might look familiar from the kitchen Minimalist Monday post):

And after:


Now I want to hear what you are doing!  Scroll down to the bottom of this post to link up your blog post in our Renovation Thursday linky!

Here’s where I am headed for Renovation Thursday in the next few weeks:

  1. Kitchen Backsplash – DONE!
  2. Patch Office Walls
  3. Paint Office Walls
  4. Remove Screws from the Office Ceiling
  5. Hang Pictures in Office
  6. Finish Patching Kitchen Ceiling
  7. Fix Outlet in Kitchen
  8. Fix Fan in Kitchen
  9. Screw Sink in Laundry Room into Wall
  10. Wood Trim Under Washer
  11. Replace Island Lights in Kitchen
  12. Patch Kitchen Wall
  13. Paint Kitchen Ceiling
  14. Paint Kitchen Walls
  15. Patch Dining Room Walls
  16. Paint Dining Room Walls
  17. Paint Downstairs Vanity
  18. New Hardware for Downstairs Vanity
  19. Cubbies for Mudroom
  20. Bench for Mudroom
  21. Locker Holders in Mudroom
  22. Cabinet for Circuit Breakers
  23. Patch Holes in Living Room
  24. Patin Touch Up Living Room
  25. Hang Children’s Picture in Living Room
  26. Patch Above Front Door
  27. Put Piece of Wood Under Front Door
  28. Paint Above Front Door
  29. Remove Molding in Hallway
  30. Replace Outlets in Hallway
  31. Replace Light Switches in Hallway
  32. Paint Hallway
  33. Remove Rocks in Front Yard
  34. Plant Flowers in Front Yard
  35. New Weed Barrier in Front Yard
  36. Replace Rocks in Front Yard
  37. Pull Weeds and Trim Existing Front Flowers
  38. Paint Touch Up Guest Bath
  39. Patch Guest Bath Walls
  40. Paint Touch Up Master Bath
  41. Fix Vanity Door in Master Bath
  42. Fix Drain in Master Bath Sink
  43. Prime Master Bedroom Walls
  44. Paint Touch Up Master Bedroom
  45. Fix Fan Wobbling in Master Bedroom
  46. Lattice for Children’s Artwork in Hallway
  47. Patch Hole in Wood Floor in Living Room
  48. Paint Pantry
  49. Fix Kickplate in Kitchen
  50. Paint Kickplate in Kitchen
  51. Fix Doors on Office Bookshelves
  52. Tape All Child Locks
  53. Clean Tops of Kitchen Cabinets

What are you doing in your home?

Link up your home improvement and renovation projects! 

To participate:

  1. Make a post on your blog (any home improvement or renovation post is fine, old posts are welcome).
  2. Include a link back to this post on your blog post.
  3. Then add your post to the Linky Tools box (below).
  4. Thumbnails come automatically from your blog post, or you can upload a special one.
  5. Leave a comment on this post and then visit the other posts that are linked up.
  6. Enjoy exploring other people’s projects and be inspired!

See you next week as we tackle more home improvement!

Dr. Laura

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