We are spending the week in Cedar Point, NC right next to Emerald Isle Beach. This is one of our favorite spots and we’ve done some prime beach walking :)
But today, it was time for work! Rick replaced our air conditioner shrouds with shiny new ones.
The old ones were threatening to take flight as we drove down the highway :)
They were much worse than this picture shows. There were cracks all over the place and one fell apart before Rick could throw it in the dumpster!
Here is the shiny new model. We had our choice of colors-black or white. The old shrouds were tan. That was not an option, so black seemed the better choice. Lucy has some black, but no white. They look fine and our fellow motorists are much safer now :)
While he was doing that, I replaced our kitchen backsplash. It turned out pretty darn good, if I do say so myself :)
Our backsplash has always been a thorn in my side. It was a mirror. Every tiny splatter found it’s way onto that glass and it looked horrible unless it was cleaned twice a day. I’m retired. Twice a day was too much work for me! :)
The mirror was glued to the wall so I wasn’t sure how much elbow grease I was going to need. First I covered the entire surface with tape so if it shattered it would be contained.
I first tried dental floss and slid it behind the mirror hoping to gently work it free. I had to abort that plan immediately. The edges of the mirror, although finished, cut the floss in seconds. I ultimately ended up using a small pry bar and working in sections.
The mirror had a vinyl film on the back which helped hold the larger pieces together as they broke. I vacuumed up the small chips and glass dust as I went. It turned out that the mirror was attached by a strip of double sided foam tape on top and bottom with a glob of adhesive through the middle that resembled liquid nails. It was on there to last. It took awhile to get the entire mirror down but finally, at the end, the last section let go all in once piece.
After packaging up the pieces for a trip to the dumpster, I cleaned the excess adhesive and tape off the wall and gave the entire wall area a good cleaning.
I have always loved the look of glass tiles and really, really wanted to have them as our backsplash. Realistically, however, I knew I couldn’t afford to add the weight. They are heavy! Then I discovered a product called Smart Tiles.
Smart Tiles look like glass tiles but come in 10” x 10” sheets of self stick awesomeness. They are made of gel and mimic the look of glass fabulously! What do you think? Pretty cool, huh?
A little closer view
I left the small side mirror and tiled around it. I still get a bit of the extra light/spaciousness for which the mirrors were intended, but without having a huge expanse and not above the stove.
I am happy as a clam :)
I actually gave us back some CCC (cargo carrying capacity). The mirror I removed weighed 9½ pounds while the Smart Tiles came in at 1 ¾ pounds! How cool is that?
Now, all I need is a new kitchen window treatment :)
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