One wall of tile grouted, one item crossed off the punch list.
Below are pics of our el cheap-o American Olean white gloss 3 x 6 subway tiles, $.23 a tile @ Lowe’s. The guys used Mapei Pearl Gray un-sanded grout. Looks like a million bucks, but it cost only $1.84 a square foot!
I went with the gray grout with white subway tile to evoke a very classic look. Totally, you know, subway. Across the galley, the small glass mosaic tiles simultaneously echo that classic feel while making good on their modern aesthetic.
Another great thing about the subway tile is that it was a cinch to install. KD got it set very flat. Lotus and KD faced some challenges with the Hakatai Classic Mosaics I purchased. They are cheap and thin and, apparently, a PITA to work with. Thankfully, despite my pickiness, I am always up for some wabi-sabi, organic, human made -ness. Nothing is perfect in the material world, unless you are ready to embrace the imperfections as signature beauty–unique and unrepeatable. Much like Anjelica Huston’s face. This may be why I was never a successful pujari when I lived in the temples, pleased to always include a sad, wilted flower in the Deities’ garlands–after all, every living entity deserves a chance to be loved and cherished. This mentality makes for a much better teacher/lover/artist/cook than perfectionist.
So, if you are looking for pics of gray gout, white subway tiles, marble countertops, cream cabinets…well, look on! More pictures are promised once the faucets go in, which should be tomorrow. Please note that the grout has yet dried in these snaps, so it should be a shade lighter tomorrow. However, without much natural sunlight on this wall, I don’t know how well the camera would even pick up on that.