Monday, July 23, 2012

Kitchen Update 9: Tile Up!

This past weekend was pretty productive. I finally have the tile all up and ready for grouting. This took me 6 hours on Saturday and 8 hours on Sunday. Phew! I will most likely wait until the day after tomorrow night to grout since the directions on the tile adhesive recommend waiting 24 hours (better to be safe than sorry).
Here is a view of the tile by the sink, I left the rosin paper up to protect the granite for when I do end up grouting. The tiny pieces at the top and the bottom were loads of fun to nip with tile nippers and piece in (I am of course being a tad sarcastic)
Here is a view of the stove and look at the side of that handsome new fridge <3
And standing back
Love it, so far the tile I used for the back splash absolutely exceeds my expectations and was SO worth the hand cramping 14 hours of nipping, ceramic bits cutting my hands and feet, back aching angles I had to bend at to get the pieces lined up nicely in tight corners, and chunks of tile adhesive sticking in my hair still on Monday morning. 

Oh and I finally took a pic of the granite up close the color is a little more gray than in reality but you can see the cool flecks:

We were able to have a little non-remodeling fun as well. We went up to Station 4 in St. Paul to see my all time favorite metal band In This Moment
These are my favorite 3 songs:
DISCLAIMER: Contains some explicit content

And, I got the chance to chat with, get a pic signed, and my picture taken with the lead gal, Maria Brink. She is a very sweet, super cool chic and I was thrilled to meet her! Needless to say, I had an absolute blast at the concert.

Back to the kitchen, now all that's left:

  • Paint the section over the sink, new color in the dining room and to touch up the corner separating the fridge from the living room, window frame
  • Cut and install the crown molding
  • Get the carpet re-stretched and install the threshold separation
  • Organize and put the kitchen away (Yes I still have about 90% of the items in my guest room) - lazy
  • Get rid of the rest of the trash in the garage. The WM Bagster Bag I posted here went off without a hitch and we got rid of over half of the items we would have a hard time getting rid of ourselves.
  • And I am still waiting for my bead board to come in...UGH not happy with Menards on this one thing, everything else has been a flawless experience.
  • Sew the curtains for the living, dining and kitchen.


Natalie said...

Oh wow does that look great! It seriously doesn't even look like the same house. You guys have done an amazing job - you should be very proud!

Christy Constable said...

Thanks Natalie! We can't wait to have everyone over to check it out!!

Anna @ The Owl and The Phoenix said...

Looks great! I love the countertops (and the tile, of course!).

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I am really inspired by the design that you have made. I feel like I want that for myself.

Stephanie said...

ooh, tile nippers. I have a set of those for doing glass. They're great for a few cuts, but after a while your hands just start to ache.

Did you do all of the cutting with nippers, or did you use a tile saw for the bigger pieces?

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Liz @ It's Great To Be Home said...

I LOVE that granite! And I've been really wanting to try that backsplash tile - it looks so great, you did a fab job. :)

Christy Constable said...

I did have to use a tile saw for the tiles I had to cut in half, the nippers couldn't make those cuts very well.

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