Danielle and Austin's Kitchen & Garage Remodel: Backsplash for Days

Danielle and Austin's Kitchen & Garage Remodel: Backsplash for Days

Sep 30, 2014
Can you tell that we're so over tiling at this point?

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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Another huge week! So minus the installation of the vanity light fixtures, the bathroom is completely done and ready for final paint. David finished tiling and grouting throughout, and built in the half-wall that separates the vanity from the toilet area. He also finished building in the bathroom entry wall, which had been postponed so that there would be room to move the clawfoot tub in. We started to give everything a fresh coat of paint this weekend, which is taking forever, and as we go we are inspecting our fresh walls so that we can mark any areas that need to be touched up with tape.

Our lovely bathroom floor is finally done!
A wee little privacy wall (no pun intended).
With the tub in, we were finally able to close in this wall!

Another labor of love has been working to finish the kitchen backsplash. Like I said before, it’s not difficult, just tedious. However, we decided to install the window trim over the tile, which saved us the tons of cuts it would’ve taken to ensure the tiles were flush with the trim. This is a huge time saver. We’re not done with the backsplash yet, but we hope to finish next week.

Installing the brackets and ensuring they're level takes time.

David was able to move the vent hood location over by going through the roof and reinforcing where he had to cut into beams. Thankfully, he’s also a roofer, so he had no trouble replacing the shingles and making our roof look good as new.

These not-so-perfect edges will be covered up by our window trim... brilliant!

In other huge news, our kitchen table arrived! It’s gorgeous and gigantic, and we’re so excited. Originally we thought we were going to refinish it to break up the wood on wood effect, but the rug we bought to go underneath it seems to do the trick. For now we’ve decided to leave it as is, and we may eventually refinish the chairs to add a little pop to the kitchen.

This is all we have left to tile next week!

David was also able to install the double oven, which fit like a glove… a glove that was terrifyingly snug. When he first started to work on it, he wasn’t sure the oven would fit at all, so I just left the house because I didn’t want to be there the moment he realized the cabinet was too small. Thankfully by the time I returned, the double oven was in! Our electricians will hook it up during their final visit next week.

The blue tape is what he had to cut out... there wasn't much cabinet left, lemme tell ya.

All of the trim and baseboards have been installed and everything is starting to look complete. We passed our final plumbing inspection and made our final payment to Lalo, so that’s one less contractor coming through. Honestly, David has basically become our third roommate the last few weeks. He’s here all the time, and I’ve found that I can sleep through anything now. The house is pretty messy right now because we’ve had anywhere from 1-5 contractors in here every day this week.

We passed our HVAC test! Less than 5% air leakage in the entire house.

One interesting thing I got to witness this week was the HVAC air leak test (at least that’s what I’m calling it). Basically, they cover every vent in the house with these little plastic tubs, and test to see how much air is leaking through. In order to meet code, the air leakage of the entire house must be less than 5%. Ours was 4.2%, which means we passed and are officially ready for city inspection!

All in all a great week! Our goal for next week is to have all the contractors done and out of here so we can paint and start putting everything back together. On our end, we still need to finish the backsplash, paint trim, and install the kitchen shelves. So ridiculously close to the end of this monster of a remodel!

Estimated time for project: 13 weeks
Time remaining: 6 Weeks Over

Check out the full series (so far) and be sure to join us tomorrow for installment #23 of Danielle and Austin's kitchen & garage remodel.

(Images and diary text: Danielle and Austin)

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