Hello! I'm Suzannah, a serious DIYer. Follow along with my DIY fixer upper house renovations, sewing and crafty projects, real food recipes, and de-stressing goals. I'm a recovering former vegan and vegetarian, now healing with a nutrient-dense mostly Paleo diet, and love at-home CrossFit and yoga workouts. I'm also the author of DIY Wardrobe Makeovers!

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Backsplash and tiling tips for walls!

I am so into backsplash-tiling! What a great way to update a kitchen, even a nice or newer one, with a custom look. They're not that expensive, minimal tools are required, you just have to know a few things on how to do it!

We're talking about doing your own backsplash or tile wall (vertical tile application) on the Your Home Story podcast this week and I really hope this episode is helpful!!

Tiling is a great starter DIY project that can make a huge impact, and doing it on a wall is a great look for a bathroom, bar, or kitchen! Ashley and I have both done tile wall and backsplash projects and there are some tricky things we wanted to share with you. In this episode we share our experiences plus tons of installation tips and design considerations.

Resources we mentioned:
  1. Ashley’s beginning in tiling her kitchen.
  2. Ashley’s electrical extenders and finishing the tile
  3. How Ashley tiled around and installed heavy duty open shelves
  4. My straight herringbone tile tutorial
  5. Post about using an orbital sander to remove grout haze (though from the comments it appears this method is controversial! Some commenters said you shouldn’t need this much effort, just a grout haze remover product.)
Here's my biggest experience with this--we did the whole wall on one wall of our last kitchen, plus the backsplash on the opposite wall under the cabinets we kept. This is a "straight herringbone" pattern out of basic, budget subway tiles (these).
Photo by Arthur Garcia-Clemente for Apartment Therapy

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