You want to know why I’m a firm believer in DIY? This is why. I have been working my butt off at the house. Plastering, painting, cutting 164 tiny slices of tile myself because the contractor told me it “couldn’t be done” and using the “c” word around me (aka “can’t”) is the very quickest way to get to watch me prove you wrong. All of this on top of a crazy amount of work, and watching my uncles 2 dogs which required an hour of my time, four times a day, for the last week. Inhale.
And then I get the call.
Contractor: “I hung the range hood.”
Me: I don’t… uh, how could you have hung the hood if I hadn’t finished the backsplash?
Contractor: Oh, we finished the tile.
Me: HOW IN THE HELL COULD YOU HANG THE TILE IF THE RIGHT TILE WASN’T THERE?!”
Oh, here’s how. They just grabbed my extra blue countertop tile and used that. Which was not the tile I was going to use for the backsplash there, so that’s… infuriating.
It’s not that it looks bad (it doesn’t) it’s that I had a whole plan in my head for how I wanted it to look (a pattern of 2″ blue tiles and 4″ slate tiles to tie into the other rooms) and it wasn’t this. And, yes, I did sit on my front porch and cry about it for a minute (much to the bewilderment of my boyfriend who came over and found me that way. Not usually a crier.)
The bigger issue here is that I’d already laid the tile on the countertop, and when he laid the tile under the range hood, he worked from the top down instead of from the countertop up. If you’ve never done a backsplash before you may say, eh, what’s the big deal? The big deal is that the grout lines on the countertop don’t match the ones on the backsplash, and that is the kind of thing that will drive me up the effing wall.
This is what the backsplash was supposed to look like:
This is what the contractor did:
And this is my creative solution:
I will grudgingly admit that this forced me to be creative, and the result is better than expected. But a better result would have been talk to me before you make kind of permanent design decisions in my house, damnit.