The Big Think

October 25, 2004

Home Improvement

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 1:47 am

On Friday the 15th I started putting up a tile backsplash in our kitchen. I couldn’t post about it because I wanted it to be a surprise for Erin. She was in Houston at the time and periodically checking my blog. It took me almost 30 hours over 2 days, and I finally finished on Sunday the 17th at about 4am. I learned a lot from the project and I’m very proud of the results. Cost was minimal compared to what the builder wanted if we had ordered it during construction, and not only did I get the tools required to do any future tiling job (bathrooms and entryway), but I also developed some mad tiling skillz and gained some confidence as well. Hopefully it’ll take less than 30 hours next time.

The microwave was a surprise for Erin. She’s always wanted one because they look great and free up counter space. I decided to get one a few hours into the job because leaving any project halfway finished really bugs me. Oh, once I was done with the tile, grout, and caulk (about midnight on the second night), I decided to install the undercounter lights and tie them into the home automation system. Stylish.

I still have a bit more work to do- a row of tiles behind the fridge, a little bit more grout and grout seal, and some touchup paint, and I have to make some trim in the shop and stain it to match the cabinets (for where the tile meets the underside of the cupboards).

Anyway, some pics are below. Enjoy, and sorry if they’re bandwidth hogs.

Before: Full-View

The Kitchen Sink view (after taking off window trim)

The Mess

How to Hang a Microwave Solo using Repurposed Woodworking Clamps (note the outlet I had to wire in the cabinet)

Final View with Flash

Beauty Shot with Accent Lights

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