I only have a small idea of what it’s like to live through a kitchen renovation, but I know enough to know that it’s pretty disruptive to a household. One of my dear friends had to gut her entire kitchen (down to the studs and floor joists!) I remember her balancing across the joists with a platter of sliced watermelon to feed volunteers who came to help with the kitchen project. That woman fed a family of six with a microwave, griddle and crock pot for weeks. Amazing.
Replacing my back splash, counters, sink, faucet and range hood pales in comparison to the upheaval they went through. Even so, I want to keep things as normal as possible and restrict the number of days I have to wash dishes in the bathroom sink.
Here’s the way we’re making the changes easier to live through…
First off, we loosened the counters, but left them sitting in place. We were able to slide them out of the way to tile behind them, so the butcher block counters will butt up against them when installed.
The only exception was the counter where the sink is located. We have to remove the sink in order to loosen the counters and I didn’t want the dish-washing-in-the-bathroom-sink scenario mentioned above. So, I tiled to a couple of inches above the current counter and will finish the tiling when we’re ready to install the new counters. We’ll still be without a kitchen sink, but this way it’s only for 2-3 days and not 2-3 weeks.
I know some of the perfectionists out there are getting twitchy at those crooked lines, but just wait until it’s grouted and caulked. It’s going to look fabulous.
I also need to prime and paint the new window casing.
I went with the polished tile and I’m so glad I did. It’s the Oriental White Marble mini-herringbone mosaic tile from Amazon. The Oriental White tile is very similar to Carrara marble, but there’s not as much gray in it and there are some warm veins. The shiny surface catches the sunlight and it’s beautiful. I can’t wait to see it against the wood.
Oh…and I’m going with white grout. I bought gray, but I think the white will better camouflage the mistakes.
In addition to exchanging the grout, I need to get some longer screws for our outlets.
(It cracks me up when I put a watermark on a picture like that.)
The contents of my counter are currently on my dining room table and that’s the biggest disruption to the household at the moment…
…which is pretty painless compared to balancing on floor joists with a platter of watermelon.
Speaking of all of that stuff – I’ve always had a lot of stuff on my counters to hide the lack of a back splash and counters I wasn’t in love with. I think I’m going to let a lot of this stuff go now in order to simplify and let the tile and wood shine. It’ll go in the pile I’ve started for the Lucketts Antique Fair.
And, I’m going to stick with what’s become a Lucketts tradition and sell my dining room set there as well. I’ve had this one for almost two years and I think that’s a record.
PS – The link to the tile is an Amazon Affiliate link.