Small Kitchen Rental Upgrade

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by: gibburnz on 11/23/2009 Views 11277



Tools & Materials

  • Grout
  • White subway tile
  • Tile glue
  • Spacers
  • Float and notched trowel
  • Grout mixing drill bit
  • Home Depot bucket
  • Cabinet hardware from eBay
  • Kitchen and bath caulk


My fiance and I are renting a property in Philadelphia's Manayunk area. A lot of the homes here are hundreds of years old and need a lot of TLC. When we moved in, we noticed the kitchen was extremely small and outdated. All I wanted to do was spruce it up just a little bit with a cool white subway tile back splash and some new cabinet hardware. Again, it's a rental so I didn't want to dump a ton of money into it. My sister sells tile and designs kitchens and baths, so she got me a great deal on the subway tile. As for the cabinet hardware, I found a great seller on eBay (bos4) who sells quality stuff at ridiculously low prices.The walls to tile on were not level or even, but again it's a rental so I did the best I could with it. The pictures aren't great and it was hard to capture the back splash since the tile is white and I went with a white grout. I read a bunch of articles/forums about what color grout to go with for the white subway tile and I'm glad I went white. Dark would have looked "dirty" in this kitchen and the white on white gives it a refined finish.This was my first tile job and I think it turned out great. Enjoy!

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