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Unread 03-31-2015, 10:23 AM   #1
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Kitchen renovation

9 years after my bathroom remodel I dusted off my old tile saw and tools and began redoing the kitchen. My wife has put up with the old laminate counter tops, wallpaper behind the stove and painted face brick tiles for over 21 years so I surprised her starting with granite counter tops to her liking. To even get the old out I had to chisel the face brick off the plaster walls. Not even thinking of borrowing a pneumatic chisel from my son-in-law, I did it the old fashioned way by hand.

I let my wife pick what she wanted for the back wall (she chose 12x12 polished marble) and I floated the wall areas that were not going to get tiled. 2 base coats of mud to build up and 3 skim coats later plus paint and I could start laying in the marble.

Hopefully I can do the grouting on Saturday and follow with the silicon caulking the following weekend.

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Very nice improvement, Eric!
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a new counter sure does make a big difference. The most striking thing to me is that in the "before" picture the cabinets look old and unappealing...in the "after" picture I thought they looked pretty nice...

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Sealed the marble on Wed night and grouted today. I also caulked the cabinet and outer marble edges after taking the photos. Should have time Wed or Thurs eve to do the final seal and caulk next Saturday
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