Friday, January 31, 2014

Mail Holder

I've been needing a designated spot to put our mail, otherwise it starts to consume our kitchen :) So Tony built this awesome box that fits into our mudroom wall! Now when I walk in the door I have the perfect place to put it.

I love how he used crown molding scraps for the frame around it. He also cut a hole between the studs in our sheetrock so it fits flush with the wall & doesn't stick out too far. 
It's amazing how it de-cluttered our house :)

Friday, January 17, 2014

Travertine Kitchen Back-Splash Wall

I've been meaning to post this for a while now. Tony surprised me for Christmas with this amazing back-splash!!!

We had a small 4" granite lip with our gray paint up the rest of the wall.
Tony found a great deal on 18 x 18" Travertine tiles at Home Depot. We didn't want the backsplash that big so he spent a whole day cutting them (with his tile saw) into 3 " slabs. This took some time but saved a lot of money!
 He started from the bottom up...
 ...and continued it above the kitchen cabinets so it reaches the vaulted ceiling. I love that it completely changed the whole look of our kitchen!

Around the door was one of the trickiest spots to make sure everything lined perfectly, but I absolutely LOVE the look of it :)

One of the best things about this tile project was it required no grout! He simply stacked them on top of one another & sprayed it with a sealant. 

 He also changed the outlet covers once he finished. Now they match our appliances.

Eventually we want to add crown molding & handles to the cabinets, a new faucet, & pendant lighting....but for now we are enjoying our new awesome backsplash! It all takes time :)