Some people say a penny can't buy you anything nowadays. I disagree...
Give me two pennies and I'll buy you tile.
No, I am not kidding.
These white tiles were marked 2 cents. Of course, they were originally only 74 cents, but still, 2 CENTS!
I know, i know...you think I'm making it up, but I'm NOT! Look!
...so of course I bought them. all of them. without a plan.
I knew I hated the tile backsplash in our kitchen, and I knew that I love white and use it everywhere,
and I knew that if it didn't work for the backsplash, it would work for a kid's project, so I bought them.
all of them. with kind-of a plan.
When I got home, I looked at the backsplash that I hate...
..and then I had a crazy idea to make a 3D layering of tile just like I had done with the button on my new whiteboards.
What? You haven't seen that project yet? It's right here.
See how those buttons overlap and are layered on top of one another? I was inspired by the screws that hold it to the wall. What? huh?!? Well, you see the nails needed to be covered up, and that kind of problem is always pretty inspiring to me. In fact, I usually come up with better ideas when I have a "problem" to work around.
Anyway, back to tile, I used the same concept and came up with this:
I kind of love it. No, not kind of. I love it. ...and it cost less than a dollar.
UPDATE: This project was taken on because we KNEW we were ripping everything in the kitchen out in a couple years, so if something failed, it was no big deal. However, I ended up loving the look! Lots of commenters over at Apartment Therapy made a big deal about the "cleaning nightmare" that this would be. It is not a cleaning disaster AT ALL. I honestly just ran a white cloth behind all of the tiles and they totally passed the white glove test - NO PROBLEMS at all with cleaning. The tiles are on one small section of the kitchen and DO NOT go behind the stove, so no grease issues whatsoever. CLICK HERE to see the full view of the tile and our $10 "granite" countertops!
UPDATE YEAR 3: Cleaning behind this is STILL not an issue! I still love the backsplash and we have not updated it because...well...I still like it! We DID however replace our fake granite with the real thing and it is a wonderful improvement!
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