I Had No Idea

3.23.2017

When I shared this post the other day I had no idea it would be happening so soon! I was very surprised by my better half that we were going to the tile store last Sunday afternoon to get the tile I wanted and then bam this project was underway!

This is how the old tile looked. While it was okay I was not in love with it with the new white cabinet color and it's a bit too busy to me with the busy granite pattern. So once Mr. Savvy realized he could just remove a few tiles and not a total removal he decided to go ahead with this project. The raised brown piece that you see in this photo runs all the way under the cabinets and since it sticks out that was the only thing he needed to remove. Once he got the first piece out the rest came out fairly easily.

After removing the decorative piece he had to find something to fill the gap in that was level with the existing tile. We found some cheap tile to use the fit perfectly. I shared this pic on instagram so be sure to follow me for some behind the scences.
And for the naysayers who say you can't tile over tile I'm afraid you can. I even googled the info. It won't work in every case, but it works perfectly with this job.

After Mr. Savvy got home from work on Monday he was back at it and got a bit more done. Lots of cuts had to be made around outlets and trim so it was slow going that night. He'd be done if all he had to do was slap tile up there.

He worked more on Tuesday and it was looking so good. We had to leave early afternoon to go for our yearly skin check, but got back to it when we got home. He quit right before a storm blew in that night and our power went out.

I love the cleaner brighter look of this natural stone tile.



He got all the way to the fridge except for the part you can't see up under the cabinets. He will get back to that soon.

Then it's on to this side and the fun part of grouting it all and the clean up.

Stay tuned for the reveal soon!

34 comments:

  1. That looks so good!!! Yay for being able to go right over the old stuff. What a time saver!

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  2. Looking good Kim! I would never have thought to tile over the old tile. What a time saver!

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  3. Who knew you could tile over the old stuff? It looks great!

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  4. Looks great ... perfect choice!

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  5. Kim, I had no idea you could tile over existing tile, but it is looking great! Your husband must be a jack of all trades, kudos to him!

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  6. I don't know that you had "naysayers", I did see several people asking about tiling over tile. Probably like me and had never heard of doing so. I also googled and saw yes and no. Hopefully you will not have any problems with your new tile over the old tile. Our tile is very similar. I'm amazed you had a tile store open on a Sunday!

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  7. I really liked the detail of your old tile, but I do agree, it really didn't go with your new cabinet color. I love what you are doing. The tile you picked is so elegant and beautiful, simple and classic! I can't wait to see the finished product. And I'm super impressed, I would have never thought of tiling over the original tile. Amazing job!

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  8. Thank you Kim!! As a constant home improver I'm ecstatic to learn that new tile can be installed over existing tile and look fabulous - no one would ever know but I'm so glad you told us!

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  9. I liked your old tile....until I saw this. It looks so much better. Can't wait to see it all finished!

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  10. I had no idea you could tile over tile! Now you have me thinking....hmm. Maybe one day I will change my kitchen tile...hmmm. It is OK but I only had a few to pick from. Yours is going to look fabulous!

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  11. learn something new every day. how exciting. now go grout!

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  12. Looks great!...and what a guy that Mr. Savvy is!!!....It is going to look so wonderful!!!

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  13. Mr. Savvy is doing a great job! He was definitely on board since he started this right away! It goes perfectly with your cabinets and granite. Looks like a whole brand new kitchen now without completely gutting everything. It looks wonderful tha stone subway tile looks perfect

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  14. Love, love, love the new look in your kitchen! The new tile is fabulous and what a time saver, being able to tile over the old!
    Cindy
    Edith & Evelyn

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  15. He's doing a great job ! That looks a hundred times better !

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  16. This looks so good!!! You are so lucky your husband is handy at this! Can't wait to see more pics!

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  17. Boy, he really is savvy! We have tiled over tile; the biggest hitch is whether the extra thickness works out.
    I liked your old tile, but now that I've seen the new, it's going to look even better. Good call on changing it!

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  18. Love it Kim! I'm so happy to see you doing this because I'm debating doing the exact same thing with my cabinetry and similar granite. I'll get to preview how it would look before I take the leap. Can't wait to see the reveal!

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  19. Kim, it is looking fabulous and I'm looking forward to the reveal!

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  20. can't believe the difference, it's gorgeous!

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  21. Well...there you go....your wish is his command! lol Glad that you could go OVER the tile and not have to take all the old stuff out. Usually you can't do that so that was a bit of good fortune there. Your hubby and Kris' (JunkChic) are a lot alike...tell them to do something and they are able to do it...unlike SOME men that SOME of us live with.
    Have a great weekend-hope you get it all finished up. The clean up is always the "happy-it's-done" part for me. xo Diana

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  22. Kim, this looks great! Love the clean look. Y'all are a great team!!!

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  23. It totally changes the look of the kitchen - fabulous! I'd love to update my backsplash. But I've got it feeling it would snowball into a total kitchen reno!

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  24. I have always liked your previous backsplash, but this new one is perfection!!! And yes, you are right...our current backsplash was tiled over a previous one. It took us a while to figure that our after we bought the house. Seems to be fine...I'm sure yours will be as well. Can't wait to see the finished result!!

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  25. Love the new tile .... I think it might be what I have in my new kitchen.
    Eager to see the finished pictures. Love your style ... love your kitchen.

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  26. I can't wait to see this project finished because I'm already loving it!

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  27. Love the new look. I agree with the cleaner, lighter look. What is the natural stone you used? It looks like travertine in the pictures I spent all afternoon yesterday deciding between travertine or marble for my bathroom. The kitchen looks beautiful!

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  28. I like the new tile and had no idea you could go on top of existing tile......what a time saver!!!

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  29. I really love this and wow he works fast, lucky you! We have tiled on top of tile before in our guest house, it worked a treat and certainly does save a lot of time. As we are both useless at tiling we had a professional come in and do the job and it was his suggestion that we go straight on top of the existing tile! Have a lovely weekend xx

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  30. I like the simplicity of the new tile, very chic!

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