My goal is to have it all done by Passover this year, and we are slowly but surely coming to the end of this project. Good thing we've started another to fill up all that free time we'll have now! (More on that in another post.)
Here is what we started with when we moved in, June 2014:
|The numbers are things we wanted to fix. See below.
2: take out the wall behind the sink that separates the kitchen from the living room
3: move the appliances (this corner construction was idiotic) and get new ones
4: new cabinets that don't all open in the same direction and aren't from the 1970s
5: new countertops
Here's what the kitchen looked like when we got started on the backsplash:
|Cabinets, appliances, layout, counter, and wall are all taken care of!
|We wanted subway tile originally, but both agreed the quartz/marble white/gray looked best and was best for resale.
Then, as we got started, we realized we'd need a real wet saw to cut the tiles accurately, so Dave and Matt went off to rent one while Tammy and I did what we could with the full sheets, individual tiles, and a tile-clipper tool.
|Before: bare walls.
|Matt and Dave measure the first set of cuts for the pass-through wall.
|Fitting everything around the sockets was the hardest part, but Tammy and I are pros now!
|Matt using the wet saw after sunset with Tammy's help as the lantern-holder.
|The grout was the hardest part...not grouting itself, but scrubbing it off afterward!
|We changed our outlet covers to stainless steel to match the rest of the appliances.
I am ecstatic that this project is nearly finished! The kitchen itself is done; we're down to the finishing touches. It's been fun, but I'm going to be so glad when we can stop thinking about "what's next" for this room in the house.
Do you enjoy DIY projects?
Have you ever tiled anything in your house?
Do you prefer DIY or hiring experts?