How many times have you done a DIY project and gotten so stressed out that you hated what you were doing?
My husband (Braden) and I started remolding our very small bathroom the end of October. We put in a new floor and painted. Then for the hard part, we needed a new cabinet and sink. The sink and faucet we found right away but after 2 weeks looking at thousands of cabinets (online and in the stores) nothing. Everything I liked was way out of our budget. So, I told my husband he would just have to make one. Taking bits and pieces of a couple of cabinets that I liked he designed and made a cabinet. Next, we needed to do something with the wall. We both loved glass tile but had different ideas about what we wanted to do with it. Finally, in December, we order the tile. We decided to make our own custom wall. How stressful does that sound?
The day after Christmas we cleaned everything off our dining room table and placed a tarp on it. We bought a thin piece of particle board because we sure weren’t going to build this on the wall. We had two main colors Orange and white. We had about 6 other colors to play with and that’s what we did. We cut out pieces of one color and replaced them with another. After the first 15 minutes, I looked over at my husband who looked relaxed and was having fun while cutting tile. It was so relaxing, kinda like putting a puzzle together. It took us two days and we did it in 4 parts so it wouldn’t be so heavy.
So here are some things I learned about, not getting stressed while doing a project
1) Don’t plan anything else. That way you don’t think about other things that you have to do.
2) Have everything you need ready to go. Have a checklist.
3) Take your time. This was hard for me.
4) Talk about how it’s going to go before you start.
5) Know that It’s OK if it’s not perfect.
6) Anyone can be creative, just go with the flow.
This is where we started with the two colors. We had different ideas about the colors, I started on one side and Braden started on the other. After about an hour he looked other at me and said, you need more white on your side…… Somehow it worked out.
Our cat cookie was also relaxed but not very helpful.
The tile was easy to cut using an Exacto knife.
After a days work, it was starting to look like something. How creative we are! The orange will start at the bottom of the floor and there will be less color going up the wall.
The trick was gluing these down. We had to slide each 12 x 12 tile off the board to put the glue down. It defiantly took two people to do that because some of the color tiles were just sitting there. Sometimes one of the tiles would flip upside down in the glue. Braden wanted me to throw them away. What a waste, I washed them.
This is walking into the bathroom. I think a lighter floor would have looked better. Should I paint the mirror? There is a shower to the left with a black shower curtain.
We still need to get window coverings. I’m thinking a white blind.
I love that the sink and faucet are oversized. We are looking for a tall soap dispenser to reach up and over the sink.
The yellow cabinet and the black mirror are from ‘before’ the DIY glass tile wall project. Not sure if they will stay.
So what do you think of our DIY glass tile wall project? Are you ready to take on a fun creative DIY Project?
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