|This may be the least flattering picture of me in the whole entirety of my existence. |
Booking liposuction on my neck right now.
Here's why: as do-it-yourselfers we've encountered some snafus that would be completely preventable if we were professionals.
By the way, this post is part of the Tuesday Coffee Chat over at Time Out for Mom.
If you look at the picture up top, you'll see that I'm wearing ear protection and glasses (not safety glasses, but good enough, right?), but no gloves. In fact, when I first started, I wasn't even wearing the ear protectors and, let me tell you, that wet saw is LOUD.
About half an hour into the job, I realized that the tiny chips of ceramic glaze were slivering my finger tips. That's when I finally got out the protective gloves.
Aside from those basic safety concerns, here are the other things we've encountered that are keeping the kitchen from being DONE and ready for its "after" photos.
Actually, there's really just one: the electrical boxes should have been mounted to protrude from the drywall, rather than being flush. This would have ensured that my tile butted right up against the power box, which would have made it easier to lay and cut the tiles and also would have made it easier to put on the cover plates.
Instead, I have this:
See the gaps all the way around the box? Those need to be covered. Even an oversize cover plate won't cover the sliver on the left.
Okay, I should have known better with this one (did I really think a cover plate would extend that far above the sockets?), but I didn't. But I really didn't think that the needed to come that close to the boxes, especially as there was no drywall there.
The problem now is that we really can't get behind the tile to reinstall the boxes in their proper positions. We're going to have to figure out a way to fill the gaps that is safe and doesn't look like crud. This whole problem would not have happened if we were professional electricians or tilers. Live & learn, eh?
On the other hand, we have a (relative) surplus of time and a limited cash so the time it will take to redo this is far, far preferable to the thousands of dollars we would have had to pay the pros.
On the bright side, you can see that we have grouted. I think it looks fabulous! We matched the colour of the grout to the tile for a less dramatic (less busy) effect.
1. Fill gaps (with tile, as feasible)
2. Grout the new tiles
3. Remove all grout haze from the tiles and counters
4. Seal the grout from stains
In case you missed it, here's the sneak preview I posted on FB.
That was the very first section of backsplash I did.