Danielle and Austin's Kitchen & Garage Remodel: Countertops! (For Real This Time)

Danielle and Austin's Kitchen & Garage Remodel: Countertops! (For Real This Time)

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Sep 25, 2014
There is some crazy science involved in countertop installation. Who knew?

Name: Austin & Danielle (of Forage + Fodder)
Type of Project: Kitchen & Garage Remodel
Location: Austin, Texas
Type of building: One story, Single-Family House, 1250 square feet

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PROGRESS! FINALLY!!!! Ok, so this week we finally started moving forward again. The kitchen countertops were installed, making this perhaps our most productive week yet! The day after the counters were in, our plumber came and installed all of the faucets (kitchen/bathroom sinks, shower head, tub faucet, etc). No more doing dishes in the bathroom sink (gag). And it all looks sooooo good.

These fixtures are stunning!
This shower head has me swooning.

He also hooked up the gas to our rangetop, so we were able to set that up as well. It’s not officially set in the cabinet yet, but he’ll get to that on his final visit. Although we technically had a fairly functioning kitchen, it was still a dusty mess, so we decided to celebrate our anniversary at a friend’s rental house. Let me tell you, it felt incredible to cook again. I don’t think I truly realized how much I missed it.

We dug out the sheet rock so that we can install the L brackets directly into the studs.

With the countertops in, we were able to start tiling the backsplash, and I’m quite proud of our progress. It’s not nearly as difficult as I expected, just a bit tedious. Honestly, what took the longest was figuring out how we were going to hang our shelves. Since they are long leaf pine, they are extremely heavy, and we wanted them to look like they were floating. Ultimately, we decided to buy the biggest L brackets we could find, and chiseled into the sheetrock so that we could attach the bracket to the stud, and then tile over it for a seamless look.

Our oh so helpful grout assistant.
Meticulous backsplash installation.

We’ll also bevel out the underside of the shelves so that the top of the brackets sit flush with the wood. We thought this out a ton before we got started, so I think it’s going to work out great. We tiled as much as we could over the weekend, but will need to wait until David trims out the kitchen window before we can continue. He also still needs to move the tubing for our vent hood, because for some reason it was installed about a foot over from where it needs to be. We found out that that reason was because there’s a gigantic beam where it needs to go. It’s going to take him about half a day’s work to go through the roof and install blocking so that the vent can be in the correct spot. Sheesh. Hoping he gets to that next week so that we can finish the backsplash and get those shelves up!

Our backsplash progress thus far. Hoping to finish this next week.

David has finished tiling the shower area (with the exception of one little cubby) and it looks incredible. I was a little worried that the tub was going to dwarf the entire space, but with the white tile, it still feels spacious in there. We still need to seal the brick, so we’re researching our options and will get to that next week. He also finished the bathroom floor, so Lalo will be able to come install the toilet next week. We are so close to finishing this monster of a remodel. I’m very hopeful that I’m not lying anymore when I say “2 weeks” until we’re completely finished.

All that's left of the bathroom tile work!

Estimated time for project: 13 weeks
Time remaining: 5 Weeks Over

Check out the full series (so far) and be sure to join us next week for installment #22 of Danielle and Austin's kitchen & garage remodel.

(Images and diary text: Danielle and Austin)

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