After I painted (and waxed) the back side of the island, within about two days I was frustrated. Duh. White paint, boys with messy feet, and sloppy eating, and boogers. That’s right, boogers.
I needed a fun solution, so I wouldn’t have to worry about scuff marks and things. So, I had a couple of these tin (fake) tiles around and decided to see what they looked like. The instructions are simple. Either use adhesive or the super powerful double stick tape. Easy enough.
This wasn’t the cheapest DIY project ever, but the end result is so beautiful, I think it’s totally worth it.
First I laid out all the tiles and read the directions. I’m a directions kind of gal. I got the corner pieces to put on the bottom as a finish trim and the end pieces for, well, the ends. It says to cut the corners of two of them when you lay them out so they overlap easily. Sure. If you can cut an exact 1/2 inch out of them. But, no big deal.
The directions say to start at the bottom left and work right or up. I went right….
But the tape kept sticking where I didn’t want it to, I was getting hot and sweaty and annoyed, so I switched to adhesive and that was worse than the tape. It didn’t stick and I wanted to throw it all away. Except that I spent a crap-load of money on these darn things and I wanted them up.
I went back to the tape for as many of them as I could…I ran out of tape. Because I kept ruining it and having to redo it. Had I not messed up the first couple times, I would have had enough.
I had to cut the top pieces of tile a bit, the first piece, I did wrong, of course, then corrected myself the remainder of the tiles. All you need is a tin snip or a sharp blade and a straight edge. So easy to cut. I may put a finish piece under it when we redo the countertop, but for now, I’m not messing with it.
What I resorted to next was not pretty. It is not the recommended method, but gosh darn, if you come over to my house and look that closely at the island, I will kick you out right on your tush without a glass of wine.
I used some resources I had on hand (E6000 and teeny, tiny flat head nails). And I knocked this thing out. Amazing. It looks great. Everything is up and if it ever falls down, I’ll think of some other way to get those things on there permanently. I swear I will.
Can you tell where I messed up? Exactly.
All in all, I think it turned out great!
One kid thinks so too…
I love it. LOVE!
Now. Tomorrow, or next week, whenever I get a chance to breathe, I’ll show you what I did with a router today!
It has to do with this: