Jacob and I are very proud of ourselves! While we have tried to do as much as we could on the house on our own (or with the help of family), one thing that has freaked us out from the beginning is tiling. But a few weekends ago we bit the bullet and started tiling our wood stove area. We even bought a wet tile saw to make the necessary cuts. And we rocked. The tile job is definitely not perfect, but we think we did great for our first time! We also worked very well together- Jacob was on placing duty while I was measuring and making the cuts. The only bad thing about cutting the tile are the little shards left over that cut you up (I definitely bled a few times- so sharp!).
Before we could even get started on tiling, however, I had to unscrew the top layer of the cement backer and create a 1-inch gap rather than the 1/4 inch air gap we originally made. It was tedious and took a long time, but now the wood stove area is super legit and beyond code!
A few weekends back we did all the tiling and the grout the week after that. Last weekend Jacob installed all the interior piping and had our first fire in our bedroom! But, we didn’t finish the whole thing until today. The last thing we had to do was touch up the stove pipe where it had gotten scratched up- it looks wonderful!
We love the way the area looks now- and it’s nice having a more complete bedroom! It feels good having one more little project that we started a long time finally finished.