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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Installing a Statuary Marble Bathtub Surround and Deck

The marble arrived and it is a thing of beauty:



Though warned by multiple sources, I stuck to my guns on a honed finish. I just don't like ultra shiny marble. Empire covered sealing upon fabrication, and again after installation. And I will take their advice to reseal it myself every couple of months (I'll let the "water test" be my guide).

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Tiling Over Tile: Subway Tile Backsplash

tiling over tile

This weekend, I finally got around to tiling the kitchen backsplash. I tiled right over the existing tile, which was a beige stone-look porcelain. Even before I grouted you could already see the difference: 


The cream-painted cabinets and backsplash have muted the pinky undertones of the granite in a way that the old beige cabinets and backsplash didn't. Win!

Before                                                                                             After
The method I chose to use when I tiled over tile is unconventional, so I want to talk about that.