Thursday, March 11, 2010

I've been so busy tearing up my kitchen that I haven't had time to post much, but here's the progress so far:

As of tonight the new sink is hooked up, and the plywood and cement board is installed! The hard part is over and I'll be starting the tile tomorrow.

The tough thing about renovating a tiny kitchen with no money? Even if you have very little counter space, it STILL costs a mint if you want to replace them. Cheap laminate was $900, so tile was the only way to go. Just the materials for this reno came out to about $300, although I splurged and bought a new sink ($100), and I had to get a new wet saw for the tile ($60). I had to replace the counters because I was extending the base cabinetry. I added a three-drawer unit on the other side of the dishwasher, because I desperately needed some storage...but then that meant the counter needed to be extended too!

This is going to be a white ceramic tile counter, with a subway tile backsplash. If you decide to build your own countertops, beware the evil cement board. It has to be cut with a saw and the dust is unbelievable. I think I still have cement dust coating my throat. You're supposed to be able to cut this stuff with a utility knife and snap it along the line (like you would drywall), but it was VERY difficult to do so I bit the bullet and hauled out the table saw. What. a. nightmare. I must come up with a better way to cut cement board.
Posted by Katy On 11:15 PM 3 comments


  1. Hey your kitchen is looking like you are making great progress. I can't wait to see the tile.
    Thanks for sharing.

  2. Wow, you are a dynamo. I have to remove and replace my back splash, so I will anxiously await your reveal.

  3. I am so impressed you are tackling a project like this alone. What an amazing woman you are! I'm excited to see how it all turns out. Good luck getting it finished.


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