All I know is that we finally got that gawdawful chore done. Let me tell you, it definitely seemed like a good idea at the time. C'mon, how hard can tiling be? Really? I mean, people with no experience do it all the time on the DIY home makeover shows. Jay and I are reasonably intelligent people (but not intelligent enough NOT to take on this project).
Everyone assured me "tiling is easy", "don't worry about it". They are all liar-heads, for the record.
We decided to start with the "little" counter - really just a free-standing cabinet we have by the stove for storage. We figured we couldn't screw it up too badly. It started out nicely enough.
We borrowed Mr. Nebalee's tile cutter and Jay went to town making the cuts we needed.
And that was the last thing that went right with our project. When we bought the supplies for the project, all we saw was mortar that we'd have to mix ourselves. No problem, we can follow directions. So we did. And we ended up with some nasty mortar that was more like crunchy peanut butter instead of the smooth stuff.
We fought with it for a while, then just said fuck it and slapped the tiles down, mushing them into the crunchy stuff as well as we could.
It doesn't look horrible, but there's not a single level spot on it. That little project drove us to drink and we decided we were not doing any more that night.
When I bitched about it on Facebook, someone asked why we didn't just buy the pre-mixed mortar. Pre-mixed mortar? Are you kidding me? We didn't see any while we were at Home Depot buying our supplies. Sonuvabitch, we could have made our lives so much easier.
We finally made it back to the store to return our not pre-mixed mortar and buy some sensible stuff. Jay and I put on our grown-up unders and started again. He had a couple of hours before work one morning, so he started and I "finished".
I should say I finished all but the last seven pieces that needed to be cut. I tried to bribe Deejo into coming over to cut them, but he couldn't make it. I'm perfectly capable of running power tools, but I'm partial to my fingers, so I wimped out on the cutting part and left it for someone - anyone - else to do.
A couple more weeks went by and Jay had enough of having a partially complete kitchen project and we finally finished setting the tiles.
A day later, we grouted and now we can say the damn project is finished!
I'm all about learning new skills, but this is a skill I never want to use again. Maybe if it had gone smoothly from the beginning, but it didn't and set a bad tone for the whole project. I think our last weekend home project will be to build the benches for the picnic table.
Wait ... no, we're going to install a dishwasher. That should be fun, right?