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Unread 01-17-2016, 04:58 PM   #46
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Just a small update before I grout tonight. Used a grout saw to clean up all the joints and a dampened sponge to wipe all the tiles and clean the joints. I took care not to get any water in the joints. I also ground out the thinset by the front door threshold and patio door and used 100% silicone to seal the remaining seam that will get covered with quarter round.
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Unread 01-17-2016, 04:59 PM   #47
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Unread 01-17-2016, 07:09 PM   #48
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Looks real nice. Follow directions of Flexicolor, use a light touch on cleanup, and enjoy the fruit of your labor. Seems to me you were really thorough to give yourself a quality job.

Keep in mind, you can touch up the Flexicolor grout the next day if some areas are not appealing. Don't dawdle trying to be too perfect as you go.
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Unread 01-17-2016, 09:22 PM   #49
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Thank you Greg,

I've definitely tried to do it right the first time going to go ahead and get started in the next hour or so. That is great news - so if there's any reason my 2 gallons isn't enough, I can add on tomorrow?

This stuff was expensive as hell but not having to seal it with expensive sealer makes it worthwhile.
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Yes that's one of the benefits of grouts like flexcolor
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Unread 01-18-2016, 12:46 AM   #51
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Yep, I'm using flexcolor from now on. East to work, easy to wipe off, and one gallon will do my whole kitchen and entryway.

Thank you all for the recommendation.

Kitchen done:
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Unread 01-18-2016, 02:04 AM   #52
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Entrance is done. I took my time and kept grout off of the carpet by taping the edges of the schluter border with 3m blue masking tape and using a margin float. Time consuming but it was worth it

Moderators, do you mind changing the thread title to 'Ali's kitchen remodel'? Also is it ok to continue posting pictures of the cabinets, counters, etc... in this thread?

I'll be picking up my Starmark cabinets tomorrow. They are Java Oak Shaker cabinets with plywood boxes, wood frames, and full extension drawers. Base cabinets come with sliding shelves and uppers are 42" with crown. Countertop will be silestone stellar snow. Kitchen sink is a 36" stainless apron made by kraus and a commercial kraus faucet. Backsplash is 6x18 aqua green glass from tilebar.com

Off to bed! More work in the afternoon
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Unread 01-18-2016, 08:26 AM   #53
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Your thread, Ali, post whatever you like.
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Unread 01-18-2016, 09:42 PM   #54
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Thanks CX!

Semi productive day. Picked up upper cabinets, marked approximate locations of all studs on the walls where cabinets are going, extended the copper plumbing 6" until one of the existing elbows (& my sleeve) sprung a leak. So I sweated all new copper from the elbow out and out sharkbite fittings back on until I get the sink base in. I also lowered the pvc sink drain to 12" to clear the deep apron sink/1hp garbage disposal.
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Add some blocking for the copper pipes

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We like to finish paint before the cabinets go in. Its much easier. You don't have to paint where the backsplash gets tiled if you want to save the stud locations on the wall. Or write them on a paper.

You are taking detailed pictured of everything along the way.
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Unread 01-18-2016, 10:10 PM   #56
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Paul,

Thanks for the tip! I think I'll tuck a 2x4 behind the pipes and use copper brackets to secure them. They were 'secured' before with some flimsy plastic hangers before I replaced the 90s and shortened the copper.

Paint is done thank god - all those walls used to be a hideous red/tan combo. I'll wipe the pencil marks off with a magic eraser after I put the uppers and lowers in.

Tomorrow I'll mount 2x4 bracing for the bottom of the upper cabinets along the horizontal line you see in the middle. The line is exactly 54" from the floor to accommodate 34.5" cabinets, 1.5" quartz slab, and give me 18" between the upper cabinets and counter top. This will also give me space to run 3 rows of 6x18 glass backsplash.
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You're on the money.

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The line is exactly 54" from the floor to accommodate 34.5" cabinets, 1.5" quartz slab, and give me 18" between the upper cabinets and counter top. This will also give me space to run 3 rows of 6x18 glass backsplash.
Measurements we know all too well.

You did a story pole on the glass tiles to account for the 3 I mean 2 grout joints and 2 expansion joints?
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Hmm... I did not make a storey pole. I'll make one tonight out of scrap 1x or 2x4 that I have laying around. Each 6x18 is actually 5.875" high which will leave room at the bottom between the tile/counter for 1/8" expansion joint but will not leave room for a 1/8" expansion joint at the top.

Thank you for the suggestion, now I'll have to raise my upper cabinet line 1/8" or 1/4" to be safe. Do you recommend 100% silicone for the expansion joint or will siliconized grout caulk do the trick? Also, correct me if I'm wrong, but with 3 rows of tile I should have 2 rows of grout and 2 expansion joints right?

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Glass 5 7/8"

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Glass 5 7/8"

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__________ Grout 1/8"


Glass 5 7/8"

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__________ Expansion Joint 1/8"

Total: 18 1/8"
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Unread 01-19-2016, 09:44 PM   #59
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Mrs. Ali helped throw most of the uppers on tonight. They are level, plumb, shimmed and they were face frame clamped prior to permanently being installed.

Thanks Paul for the tile tip last night. I've raised my 2x4 .25" to accommodate expansion joints.
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I like using 100% silicone but I'm used to handling the stuff. If you want to use grout matching latex, it will work well too. Just remember to try to keep it dry behind the faucet / sink area.
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