Once upon a 9 years ago, I bought a house. My goal in life was to never pay apartment rent. I'd do it different now, but that's how I did it then. I was new to my career, new to the process of buying homes, and all I knew was all I had to spend was all I had to spend, and home repairs were not in the cards for quite a few years, and considering my career choice (teaching) it would always be a slow process. I found a house that was bought from someone else prior to my purchase, had been renovated by the buyer, hiked up, and sold to me. The problem with this thinking was that in the renovations, they actually just covered up a lot of problems, and did a lot of the repairs quickly. Fast forward 5 years, and the walls came crumbling down. Year by year, piece by piece....I try to put humpty dumpty back together again. This year (10 years later)....the counters were in desperate need of repair. The laminate counters (cringe) were never glued down, so they were always loose, over the years they began shuffling out away from the wall, collapsing to the point that my dish washer didn't open because the counter had collapsed in front of it, and thus, my sanity was in question. For 2 years I had to wash dishes by :gasp: hands until I was able to get around to this repair. Since my kitchen is the size of a ship's galley, this is an example of me making a short story long.
Here are those counters before. I couldn't stand the laminate, but I actually liked the black/white/gray color (thus, my granite choice looks very similar).
I popped off the counters. They charge 6 bucks a square foot to do this for you, and seemed surprised I was going to do this myself, but hello, it wasn't ever nailed/glued down correctly to begin with, so...hey, there is one plus 10 years later, I was able to rip those puppies off all on my lonesome. :Insert I Am Woman theme song here.:
BUT...there is one thing I did myself (other than pay for someone else to install granite...I picked out the granite if that helps!). The backsplash was all me...for better or worse. I decided this was one thing I could do myself. I did NOT want tile. I'm so tired of tile....I'm almost as tired of looking at tile as I am of looking at laminate. I wanted those little metal tins. I didn't want to nail them up individually, I wanted a 'sheet.' I found just that at Home Depot.
This isn't actually tin, so it has to stay 3 inches away from heat....if this becomes a problem, I'll buy the real thing, but I wanted this for cleaning purposes. Anyway, I glued the two sheets together using my favorite thing (other than sticks, baggies, and jars)....superglue.
I used this Lock Tite stuff as glue on the back, and slapped it up in the space I measured. You can cut this puppy with scissors to fit into the space, and you can grab those thin bars to slip on the side to finish off the edge. I don't know who *you* is...but any of you-s could if *you* to have had it with tile.
I used some painters tape to hold it up while it dried, and the end result is this...
Sure, it's just a backsplash, but it belongs to me. I have a few favorite things that remained once the counters left. I'll share these later with the 'whole' kitchen post....don't blink my kitchens that big. I think that's enough kitchen for one day!