I know I promised that Talavera transformation, the end was the end of the talavera tile projects. However, what can I say? It’s been almost two years and the outdoor counter was too small to be functional, not to mention that the 25+ year old glass tiles kept loosening and falling off the sink area.
Modeled after my kitchen sink project, two other kitchens in my apartment complex had recently received a facelift and had used up most of the tiles squirreled away in the bodega. But, I was determined and the expansion project began.
Despite the lack of tiles, the previously mentioned, Sebastián and Leonardo began framing the new counter top. The first attempt at purchasing more tiles at Materiales Venecia (on the way to Tule) ended in a police bloqueo. We (thank you, Chris) turned around and headed over to Home Depot. No talavera tiles. Then Romasa. Also, no dice.
Push came to shove, the tiling needed to begin! So, the following day, we again set out for Materiales Venecia — this time, smooth sailing and success. With dimensions, a design, and a calculator in hand, the math was done (while squatting on the sidewalk) and boxes of green and dark terracotta tiles were purchased.
I’d bought the accent pieces years ago at a Oaxaca Lending Library bazaar, had planned the design around them, and was SO glad to finally see them being put to use.
After two weeks of on again/off again work, depending on their work schedule and my ability to obtain materials, the counter was finished and I immediately went out in search of stools, so I could belly-up to the bar to sip my morning coffee and sunset glass of wine.
I love it! And, besides serving as a delightful place to eat breakfast and dinner, the added storage under the counter is fantastic. No more looking at the plastic garbage cans holding dirt, stacks of buckets, and leftover paint cans — thanks to shower curtains.
What’s next? Who knows…
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