Victory may seem like a strong word to describe completing our "hands-off" kitchen remodel. I admit -- it's a bit of an exaggeration but only a little bit. Putting up with the stream of strangers traipsing through my house, the interminable dust, and that feeling of helplessness that gnaws at me because I've delegated the responsibility of orchestrating this remodel to someone else -- well it's a constant battle for me. On top of that, I'm just so sick of eating takeout and foods that can be prepared in a microwave and/or toaster oven. I don't know how some people manage to eat out every night. There are just days when I want to make myself a simple bowl of pasta and end up feeling defeated that I can't. The end of this remodel means relief to me as much as anything else.
Our tile started going in at the beginning of this week. The floor tile went in on Monday and was grouted Tuesday.
Unfortunately, most of the floor is covered up right now as they started my backsplash today. The only shot I could manage was the above area that will run underneath our refrigerator. The lighter floor tile contrasts well with the dark countertops and dark cabinets. We chose a "multi-pinwheel" pattern done with 2 sizes of square tile (size and quarter size*). We felt it gave a nice semi-random look to the floor without being particularly complicated to install. Also, given the galley kitchen's limited floor space, a truly random pattern with large slabs of tile may have just looked awkward.
Our eagerly anticipated backsplash tile arrived yesterday and, thankfully, the tile guys wasted no time getting back in the house to put it up. We did this yellow checkerboard pattern with a runner of black glass tile detail to tie back into the rest of the kitchen.
Almost all of the backsplash was finished today. There's only about 5 pieces of tile around this stainless steel backsplash left to be installed. The tile guys put in some temporary screws to hold the stainless sheet in place until it set up so opted to hold off the last few pieces until tomorrow. This stainless sheet will be directly behind our cooktop. The exhaust hood will be going in right where the sheet stops. We're getting all stainless steel appliances so I wanted something to tie together the stainless theme and the backsplash. That and it's miles easier to clean than tile + grout. I'm a big fan of designing-for-utility.
Tomorrow, we should be getting the grout (Bright White). Next Monday, they'll seal everything -- floor and backsplash. Tuesday and Wednesday, they plan to trim out the electrical work and install my appliances. So it looks like by Wednesday night, I'll have my kitchen back in working condition!
*Or is it "half size". I think it's quarter size as "size" describes an area and the tiles are 1:4 ratio in terms of area. However, Travis thinks it's half size as when people describe the size of a tile, they give it as a height by width measurement like 6 by 6 or 12 by 12 or 8 by 13. Since 6 is half of 12, he argues it's a half size. Anyway, I think you get the point. But more importantly, do you really care so much about my musings that you read the asterisks post script about how to describe tile sizes or are you just blindly reading text on the page? :-)