1st Sorry I've been a bit lax in replying to posts and comments. Hot DRY start to this year. Along with all the horrid fires going on.
All the very best to everyone for a better 2020 and many thanks to @Jason for guiding us L platers in the best direction for advice.
I have started my Kitchen - Bathroom Vanity make over and I'm torn in which way to go on a few things.
I finally found my slabs of timber late last year and in the process of having them sanded back ready to dress ? do I Resin, oil or varnish, I haven't decided on that one just yet ! *(yes slack of me, need more research) But will get there.
I have small amounts of tile splash back, but wonder where I should go from here.
1) Paint over all existing tiles
2) Leave existing tiles, lay new tiles over the top.
3) Take tiles down and replace tiles (as existing tiles are rather dated).
4) Something I love the look of Pressed Metal - painted, but have never used pressed metal or laid it.
4b) Do I lay the Pressed metal over the existing tiles?
I plan to lay my new slabs of River Red Gum over the top of my existing bench top as it's a bit low for me, so I will gain height, but it will mean I have to sort what I am going to do re; my splash backs as I need to know exact measurements prior to cutting my slabs and putting them into place, as they will need to butt up against the tiles already there. *(if I leave the tiles there - haven't decided).
Yes folks, lots of questions, but I don't have my pop to run things through anymore and I value the opinion of so many of the folks on this site.
So a great big thanks in advance for any advice anyone on here might have to help this silly oldgal make up her informed mind on the best way to go with some of the many jobs I have ahead of me this year.
ps. will load photos as I go on this one.
Thank you @Jason I would appreciate any advice on this subject I can get.
@Old-gal24 In regards to your question about the live edge slabs, it may be answered by if there are any voids in the timber. So if there are knots and voids you may need to use a resin to fill these if you want a smooth finish. If there are no voids then an oil or polish is an option. Varnish is great but can easily scratch, if you are to varnish make sure you get something designed for bench tops. Even then I have been dissapointed with a particular water based product which left a lovely finish, but was not durable in the slightest (not saying that is all water-based top coats though).
I haven't personally tried this (though I have some experiences with resins, especially trying to fix mistakes) but take a look at watson glass finish it's still a two part system, though it should contain equal part bottles you just mix together. Any mistake i've made with resins have come down to how much catalyst i've put in, this product will take the guess work out of it.
"I have small amounts of tile splash back, but wonder where I should go from here"
Personally I don't like painted tiles, unless you are going for a quick fix, just my personal preference though.
I would take off the existing tiles and replace, do the job once and that way it is finished. You could tile over if the existing are sound, but my preference would be to remove them.
I don't see any reason why you couldn't lay the pressed metal over the tile, you may need to de-gloss the tile with some coarse sand paper in order for the construction adhesive to bind to them. Also bare in mind you will need to finish the top edge somehow as you may see the tile behind.
Hope that helps in some regard.
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