alternatively titled : “I’m not ready to write about anything else just yet.”
We purchased Fort Hopeful knowing full well that it needed quite a bit of love. Don’t get me wrong, it’s totally liveable, and I adore everything (even the parquet floors that everyone else hates). Well, mostly everything. I don’t like the giant heron etched on the shower door (it does cover your bits and pieces in case anyone’s looking though).
The kitchen, however, needed a touch.
So, I’m going to tell you how to make this:
1. Take a trip to IKEA.
2. Spend approximately 4 hours wandering around aimlessly (read: lost) and then stumble upon these gems. Buy 5 (that’s 15 at a cost of $25.00).
3. Buy a backsplash that you think is what goes with the above, and take it home. Then figure out that it’s not actually metal at all, and doesn’t actually hold the magnetic spices. Throw a fit, cry, and declare the day ruined. (Just kidding. I did NOT do that. I laughed. A LOT).
4. Instead, take a trip to your local Mecca of Home Improvement. After paying homage to the Maker of all things porcelain, stainless steel, and concrete, ask someone to show you to the sheet metal. There on the end, they should have little pieces already cut. There are various sizes available so measure your backsplash before you choose. (cost: $12) Also purchase one tube of Liquid Nails, and some painters tape—explaination later. (cost: $8 combined)
5. Head to the tile center. Purchase enough tile and grout to surround your metal as a border. For us, it took 6 sections of fancy bath tile. They cost anywhere from $1-$20 a section, so you can choose however fancy you would like. Buy extra always, because you never know when an issue could arise–and you wouldn’t want to have to run back to the store five minutes before they close, covered in dirt, smelling like….oh wait. Just buy extra. OK?
6. Once home, carefully measure your space. Do NOT just slap your metal on the wall.” Measure twice, fit once” (Mike Davis, 1984). Use a level to make sure you’re not going to have a lopsided spice rack either.
7. Once measured, carefully outline your metal piece with a pencil so you know where to put it back up. Slap a bunch of liquid nails on the back and allow to sit for a few minutes. Carefully place the metal within the pencil lines. Tape up on wall with painter’s tape and allow to harden for 24 hours. (The wait, it’s awful!)
8. After 24 hours, tiling begins! Carefully measure this as well, because you really don’t want it to look horrid. If you are uncomfortable with tile, talk to your tile expert at the Home Improvement Palace, and they will certainly guide you to Tile Freedom. It’s really not hard. Do not be intimidated by the tile.
So at this point, you should have something resembling this…
9. Once the tile is on the wall, you have to wait another 24 hours for the glue to stick.
10. Grout that puppy! Grouting is fun. If you had fun making mud pies as a child, you will love slapping some grout on tile!
11. Return to the magnetic spice holders. Grab your handy dandy label maker (or a piece of tape and a sharpie) and put the names of the spices on the backs–because sometimes the Italian seasoning looks like basil. Or so I hear.
12. Put your spices in your new shiny labeled spice holders. Stand in awe of their beauty. Arrange them in alphabetic order. Then take them down and arrange them in color order. Then try again and arrange them in order of importance in your own personal cooking… Or, just do whatever you want.
13. Stand back and high five your DIY partner! You did it! You made beauty! Hooray!