Sunday, February 20, 2011

Copper Hood Install

Now with the backsplash completed, the copper hood can finally be installed. This also clears up more floor and storage space. That plywood template that I cut out made it super easy to screw to. There will be a base underneath it that encloses the actually exhaust system, to be later installed.

This weekend also lent the opportunity to stain and install the bracing for the headers. They're really not structural but create a cool rustic look. I even used wrought iron nails to install them. It's a small detail that goes a long way.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Kitchen Backsplash

Who knew throwing some tile up for a backsplash would take so long? I have been immersed in the backsplash since the start of February that I sort of forgot about this blog. Now it's time for catch up...

The first step was create a point of attachment for the copper hood. I didn't want to waste tile that would sit behind the hood and not be seen, so I cut out a plywood template that would in turn allow for easier hood to wall attachment.

The next step was cement board attachment which for wall tile applications, 1/2" thick board is required. There are quite a few varying cement board products out there but Durock was by far the easiest to use - lightweight, inexpensive, and cuts as easy as drywall.

Now for the fun part: cutting the travertine to match the shape of the hood. I have a simple wet tile saw that's good for straight cuts but for outlet openings and curves I needed something else.

I purchased this italian travertine tile on closeout from Oregon Tile and Marble and got a great deal. When I went back to get thin set and some other advice, it turned out that one of the workers was trying to unload his RotoZip on Craigslist. Perfect. This was exactly what I needed. It was only$40 so I thought I got a great deal, until I had to buy the diamond bit for cutting the tile. That was $40 too.

And the finish...

Friday, February 11, 2011

Liebherr Fridge

Back in September, a mere 5 months ago, I started the appliance shopping. I didn't have a definitive budget but after the salesperson showed me the Liebherr with a price tag of over $8000, I knew that's NOT what I wanted to spend.

Until they realized they had (2) 24" side by side on close out, for over 60% off. It was still a lot of money to spend, but I couldn't pass it up.

This last Wednesday it was delivered and that evening I skipped my backsplash install fun to install the trim kit. It is such a nice refrigerator.

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Kitchen Drywall

What a difference drywall makes. The kitchen is now really starting to take shape.

Although I'm doing most of the work myself for the overall remodel, there are 3 things that I've hired out: plumbing, drywall, and cabinetry. I feel these are best left to the professionals. So far, I've been very successful. Alternative Drywall hung the sheetrock and applied the first mud in probably 5 hours, then came back the next day and applied the second mudding and primer. I was very impressed and the detail around the beams is great. If it were me, I'd still be haggling with hanging. I highly recommend these guys to any of you Portlanders out there.

First Mudding...

And the finale....