Danielle and Austin's Kitchen & Garage Remodel: New Walls and New Frustrations

Danielle and Austin's Kitchen & Garage Remodel: New Walls and New Frustrations

Sep 10, 2014
Of course we unboxed most of the cabinets before realizing the corner one was missing...

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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This week started off wonderfully before it took a sharp turn right into a brick wall (quite literally). Everything was cruising right along; David completed the ALL of the sheet rock and it passed inspection with flying colors! We refinished the bathroom vanity and it turned out really nicely. I’ll forever swear by Rustoleum Cabinet Transformation products — they are spectacular and so affordable!

A before shot of our bathroom vanity.

Our neighbors happened to be getting some work done on their bathroom, so we recruited their plumber to ask his opinion on a few things. We were originally using greenboard in the shower stall, but he explained to us that it’s water resistant, but definitely not waterproof. So we went with his suggestion of using Wedi board, which is 100% waterproof and only slightly more expensive than what we were using before. However, after he gave us that quick bit of advice, we had a nice long talk about the infamous brick wall. He eyed it warily and said “Are y’all gonna keep this in here?” I confidently answered yes, and then he proceeded to tell us all of the reasons why it was a terrible idea.

We used green board in the bathroom because it's more humidity resistant.
And upgraded to wedi board in the shower area.

I’ll spare you the details, but the jist is, that brick, even when sealed, is always going to be vulnerable to mold or leaks. He dropped his red flags a little when we told him that we were thinking of using metal flashing around the edges, with an epoxy seal, and that we’d have a rainwater shower head, so no water would ever be directly hitting the wall. Ultimately, he said it could be done, but it needs to be done carefully, so we’re going to do more research around how to best waterproof that wall. I hate that I love this stupid brick wall so much.

Decided to leave a little exposed brick for a shelf cubby.

Second not so great experience of the week was on Friday when we were finally ready to start installing the kitchen cabinets. We woke up early, got coffee and breakfast, and even had a friend come over to help us. As we started opening the boxes I was ecstatic — these cabinets are freaking beautiful y’all. We knew we needed to start with the corner cabinet and work our way out, so we kept checking boxes with the list and after going through every box, we realized that the corner cabinet was not there. Wait, what? You mean the corner cabinet you need to take the first step back towards having a kitchen (aka sanity)? You mean the corner cabinet that you paid over $1,000 for? That one? Yes. THAT ONE.

View of the closet from the bedroom.

Apparently it just never got delivered. So it’ll be another week until it gets here. It’s all a blur today, but I’m pretty sure I cried a little. In a last ditch effort for productivity, we tried to install our bathroom cabinet, but alas, the water shutoff valve was placed about an inch too far over, so that we wouldn’t be able to turn it once the cabinet was in. This meant a call to the plumber to come and move it over, and literally nothing installed at all.

View of the entryway from the kitchen.

Check out the full series (so far) and be sure to join us tomorrow for installment #15 of Danielle and Austin's kitchen & garage remodel.

(Images and diary text: Danielle and Austin)

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