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September 27, 2016

Revamp Champs Entry #18: Beat it bead board, we want subwaytile!– Ann Helfrich, South Portland, ME

We bought a bunch of subway tile off of craigslist to retile our kitchen backsplash and wall. The previous owner had bead board up. When we pulled off the bead board we were not thrilled to find a destroyed wall behind it. Some places the wall seemed to have no support, other places were just holes with insulation stuffed in. I reinforced the wall with 1/4″ hardie backer board. As the additional thickness of the hardie board, thinset and tile was more than that of the bead board I also had to replace the bottom piece of trim on the window above the sink with an old piece of trim from the house, that wasn’t tapered in such a way that the tile would come out farther than it on the wall (as the existing one was). Then Lindsay rented a tile saw and went to tiling, while I was out of town. We also used grey caulk to finish the look and match the grey grout. We are very happy with the results both in look and durability! 

Before

Before- with bead board

Before

Before

Removing bead board

Removing bead board

Yikes!

Yikes!

bead board removed

bead board removed

Installed some hardie backer board

Installed some hardie backer board

beginning of tile install...

beginning of tile install…

After

After

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Now it feels like home!

Now it feels like home!

Posted by:

Ann Helfrich, Homeowner in South Portland

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  • Gair Smith Helfrich

    Nice work!

  • Margarita Romero

    beautiful!

  • Christine Altman

    You are my new rehab goddess!

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