Moving on, i want you to know that this is a huge tease for the bigger, better project that we completed. But you'll enjoy it...probably. Unless you're my dad who asked me to "please don't do that!"
Here is a view of our bar area when we moved in:
It went through new wall paint, new cabinet paint, and new hardware for the pantry, and left us here:
We knew we wanted it to have a backsplash since the rest of the kitchen would have one. But we weren't entirely sold on spending upwards of $80-$100 putting one there since there really wouldn't be any "splashing." So in an effort to save money and to put some personal touches on our home, we decided to put our collection of bottlecaps (we've been collecting then in a large snifter since 2008) to good use.
I started by making many, many patterns that took forever on a sheet of paper to find a layout i liked. Since Yuengling is our go-to beer, we have more of those caps than any other, and i wanted to "frame" out the backsplash with those:
I let this dry for 24 hours, then used a sanded grout (hot tip: use sanded grout as opposed to unsanded when your gaps are over 1/8", which these definitely are).
You see that gap between the counter and the wall in the pic above? That's because when they opted for the complete waste of space and money that is the 4" granite "backsplash" surround, they didn't bother to make the countertops fit correctly. So we had to improvise with some trim:
After the grout dried for 24 hours, i taped and painted:
...even if we don't remember who brought this crap into our house: