So as you may already know, my hubby and I bought our first home last summer. I was quite dillusional when it came to my expectations of what house shopping would be like. I daydreamed of picking up perfectly brewed coffees, walking hand-in-hand through beautiful homes and agreeing on everything from spacious bedrooms to open floor plans.
Mistake #1. Assuming that our price range would include nice houses. haha
Mistake #2. Assuming that we would agree….. on anything.
Well… in all reality?! The cold coffee lingered in my hand after I lost my appetite seeing the state of some of these ‘dwelling’s’, the hand holding lasted until my hubby referred to a carpeted kitchen and bathroom as ‘funky’ and the beautifil homes…. well clearly we were in the wrong neighborhood. Truth discovered……I wanted a turn-key ready home with as little work as paint and my hubby wanted a complete
rat-infested-dump-that-somewhat-resembled-what-a homeless dog-might-have-considered-a-livable-space-at-some-era-in-time gut and reno. Over the course of three weeks we actually agreed on several houses, only to have them sold within hours of putting an offer down. I was coming to terms with the fact that our first home would look more like an outdated frat house than a beautiful show home and my hubby was accepting that I wanted a house that I wouldn’t need to wear a hazmat suit in. Marriage meet compromise. Then we found our perfect in-between home. Livable but needing some love.
I can’t wait to share all our before and after pictures but I thought I’d share my latest project. The bathroom backsplash makeover. After we repainted the bathroom the tiles stood out even more. The entire backsplash was clean white tiles ACCEPT the randomly placed floral pink tiles that looked like an 70’s watercolor craft. I couldn’t justify replacing all the tile because of 9 ill placed artistic tiles so I figured I’d just cover them up. Mod Podge is like the creme dela creme of art supplies so my mind went to work. The cost to re-do the entire backsplash?! Drum roll…. $6.00! This tile diy is perfect for areas that won’t see a ton of water so I wouldn’t suggest a bath or shower. However the Mod Podge is waterproof once dried so it works great behind a sink. This was the perfect quick fix until we completely gut the bathrooms down the road but I’m more than happy now. It took me no time at all, was so easy, extremely cheap and looks great! I wanted a plain white look but you could let your creativity flow since scrapbook paper comes in thousands of colors and patterns. Check out how nice it was before! bleh!
You will need:
Step 1. Apply a very thin layer of Mod Podge to the entire tile face.
Step 2. Place your scrapbook paper over the tile and smooth out all air bubbles and make sure edges are adhered (I just happened to find this handy dandy roller which worked great). Let dry for at least an hour. If you apply top coat too soon it will cause the paper to bubble. Once dry, add 2-3 coats of Mod Podge overtop to seal!
Seriously it’s that easy! You’d be amazed at how much a ‘new’ backsplash can transform the look of a room from outdated to renovated. This was the finished product! Good luck my little diy’ers!
It takes half your life before you discover life is a do-it-yourself project. – Napoleon Hill