This is what it looked like before. In fact, before I even moved in. I no longer have carpet or those white tiles in the kitchen.
I started out by measuring the opening and having Home Depot cut me a piece of 3/4" plywood to the size I wanted. Since I was going to tile it with 18" tiles, I made it 18" deep, so had the wood cut to 18". Then I found a video here to teach me how to make the brackets. Very easy.
I nailed the plywood on the wall in several places across the opening, then made three brackets for support. I "buttered" the back of each tile with adhesive. I used pre-mixed.
This is where the trowel comes into play.
The trowel is the one on the right and the one on the left is a float. And a sponge. So after buttering the back of the tile you lay it where you want it and press down. You do that with each tile until they're all layed. (Or is it laid?) Then you have to wait overnight for the adhesive to dry. Once it's dry you can add your trim. I used a mitre saw to mitre the corners.
Then you can grout. Again I used pre-mixed. For a project this small it's just simpler and cheaper. You use the float to push the grout into all the lines between the tiles and between the tiles and the trim.
Then you use the big sponge to wipe all the excess grout off.
I still need to fill the nail holes and either paint or stain the trim but I'm so happy with how it's turned out. Oh, and you see the bar stool I made here. I need two more. What do you think? Please don't look at the door which I've been using as my work surface, or the cereal boxes on top of the refrigerator, or any other mess you might spy with your little eye.
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