Those who know me know that I have no problem stepping outside of my comfort zone and trying new things out. I moved to Chicago away from family to experience new opportunities. I went to hot yoga this past week to give it a go. I even opened a door for an IU fan. All these things put me in uncomfortable positions. However, they all helped me grow as a person. Chicago opened my eyes to a big city while showing me how large public companies run. Hot yoga made me sweat profusely and opening that door for an IU fan forced me to smile when I wanted to frown.
This is how I looked at tiling. Ok, so I get it. Many DIY'ers do this and it's not that scary once you get into it. But, let me take you into my thought process for a bit. I'm a perfectionist on certain things. Finished trim, paint, landscaping... all things that are visible to the perspective clients looking to buy a home. Tile is no different. If it is wrong and uneven, people will notice. So, for as long as I could, I procrastinated on putting up a tile backsplash in the kitchen. Well, here is what I learned.
1) It's not that hard - yes, it can be overwhelming and I made a lot of wrong cuts but at the end of the day, I made progress and it didn't look so bad.
2) It will never be perfect - even if you can get the spacing right, the mortar mixed at the right consistency, the right tools, timing, humidity in the air, etc... the wall that your laying tile on isn't square and likely has a wave to it. Put it up anyways and do the best with what you have.
3) Jump in head first - this is the way I typically do everything and it mostly works out. Immerse yourself in the process because it's new and (can be) exciting.
4) See it as learning a new skill - not as doing a chore. Often times we get complacent in doing things we know how to do instead of looking for things we have no idea how to accomplish and figuring out a way to do it.
The best part about learning how to tile isn't the end result, it's the journey to get there. Twitter that.
If you need a little motivation to get started on a project that has you scared, watch this video and get after it!