How To at the Home Depot
The more and more I get to looking at my house, the more I realize how much I need some home improvement knowledge. My house is over 100 years old and needs some tender loving care and major modern (yet traditional) make-over-ing. Now, I am not a decorator, nor am I Pinterest Perfectionist, but I can craft a few things here and there.
To me, the Home Depot is a great place to discover how to make things your own with a polished appeal. The ladies that helped us were fun and very patient. They provided us with details and explained what we needed to do, step by step. In the end, I was impressed with these newly founded workshops and will be returning again and again!
In order to make this fancy mirror, you’ll need a few things:
12 x 12 backsplash tile (in any color)
12 x 12 mirror (or any mirror you want to decorate)
color coordinating pre-mixed grout
foam or rubber spatula smoother thingy
sponge and water
Most of this stuff you will already have at home. Everything else I know you can get for under $20. If it’s more than $20, you’re probably not shopping in the clearance section or batting your eyelashes enough. Search and destroy to get the best deal!
This is simply a Word process and is fairly simple. When I say Word, I mean “cut & paste” and then repeat. So here’s what you do:
1. Your backsplash will have a paper lining on the back. Remove.
2. Decide how you want to decorate your backsplash. Visualizing what you want to do or drawing it out ahead of time is helpful if you have never done this before.
3. Cut out strips, squares, blocks of your backsplash with your scissors. For this project, I cut two 3 x 12 strips, and then cut two 6 x 3 strips. Set aside any extra.
4. Place your pieces on your mirror to see if that’s what you really want to do. Adjust if necessary.
5. Place your pieces on the sticky mat and cut out the shapes that coincide with your pieces. Your scissors might get a little glue on them, but that’s okay. Just keep cutting.
6. Peal off the white part of the stick mat and place on your mirror (yellow sticky side up) where you will be putting your backsplash. Tip: You can also put the stick stuff on the back of your backsplash pieces and then place on your mirror.
7. Peal off the clear plastic cover.
8. Carefully place backsplash on top of the yellow sticky stuff and press down.
9. Repeat steps 6-8 until all your pieces are adhered to your mirror.
10. Now you’re ready for the messy stuff!
Grout it Out!
Ever since I was in 6th grade and made my first mosaic coaster, I was fascinated by grout. It’s smooth, messy, and comes in different colors. The best part is that it wipes away clean and doesn’t damage much of anything.
As shown in the video below, you’ll want to bust out your grouting supplies:
foam or rubber spatula smoother-ma-jig
1. Place your mirror on newspaper, another towel, or a craft table.
2. Tape the exposed areas of your mirror, to the edges of the splash.
3. Scoop out some grout with your spatula and smooth over the top.
4. Go slowly to ensure you get grout in all the nooks and crannies.
5. After you have grouted one or two sides, grab your sponge and dampen it with water. Do not get too much water! It will defeat the purpose of the grout. Begin wiping gently over the splash to remove any excess grout on the tile.
6. Set your sponge aside and then grout the other areas of the mirror. Repeat step 4 and 5 until the mirror is completely grouted and wiped down.
7. Don’t forget to grout the inside and outside edges of the splash.
8. Carefully remove the tape off of the mirror.
9. Use your towel to wipe off any extra water on the mirror or the grouted splash. Be careful, again, not to press too firmly or you may remove some grout.
10. Now you’re ready for the final steps!
In the End
Once you have wiped off the excess water and grout with a clean towel, you’ll need to let it dry. I recommend letting it dry for at least 12 hours before cleaning it again.
You now have a beautiful, handmade piece of wall art for your home. Feel free to add to it by using a wooden frame or specialty stand to display. You can also find special hooks to add to the back of your mirror and hang on your walls.
It’s always fun to try new things and improve on your own skills at the same time. And through the power of the Home Depot, I will soon be the best home decorating, improvement, wonder woman in my house, which is easy because I’m the only woman in my house.
Now, you may be thinking that DIY is expensive and costly and you never get in on any good deals that they have. Well that is a farce my friend. We all use the internet and some of us are Groupon maniacs! Also, the company’s website, partners and affiliates offer many online discounts if your purchase from there than from the physical store itself. Paying full price is poo poo in my opinion. Home improvement does not have to break the bank if you know where to go.
Have fun and create fun always!