So let's start with the much anticipated AFTER photo. Here it is...I am not one for suspense.
Drew (my brother) and I laid out the tile pattern starting from the corner of the dining room. I wanted it laid on the diagonal...of course that makes everything complicated but so totally worth the work.
The appliances had to be moved out of the kitchen. At least that meant that I could thoroughly clean all sides of each appliance! I don't mind dust that I can't see but I do prefer for it to be my dust and not stranger dust.
We rented a wet saw to cut the tile from a local tool rental place. We had it all day on Saturday and Sunday but we only had to pay for 1 1/2 days because Sunday counts as a half day. Just some DIY info for you to put in your back pocket! By the end of the job Phil was an old pro at working the saw.
We spread a layer of thin set mortar directly on the slab. We laid the tile on top of that and pressed it into place. We used spacers to keep the tile pattern uniform.
Some of the cuts got pretty complicated. Check out the tile that wraps around the corner of the bar! Phil did that on the first try!
The dining area had a brass/glass nothing fancy chandelier. The goal is to transition out as much of the brass finishes as possible.
Once the floor was grouted and dried we moved the appliances back into position and put the trim back up.