Well, the good news is we were able to finish tiling yesterday. It was a long day that started out picking up the tile saw at Clark-Devon's tool rental at about 8am and cleaning up the kitchen at about 8:30pm. We had alot of precision cutting around the brackets, outlets, and window moulding, which took some time.
Steve at work. This model, the Tile Master retails at $1200.00 and has a diamond blade. It makes clean, precise cuts and handles 45 degree angles and mitered cuts with ease.
Steve making a freehand precision cut.
Steve finishing off the angled cut.
I hope no one will think me big headed to say I am very proud of us. Steve handled the cuts, and I laid the tile. It needs to cure for 24-48 hours and then we can grout it, which shouldn't take more than a few hours. I will probably grout one evening this week.
As we returned the tile saw this morning, I reflected back on previous rentals over the past year. The kitchen project was made easier with the following rented tools: drywall lift, drywall sander, U-Sander, Edger, and now the Tile cutter.
I love when we go to return our tools and we've finished the job. It's a real feeling of accomplishment. I get a similar feeling when we "break for lunch" because I feel like a real construction worker. (Does anyone else feel this way?)
Here's the finished tile:
and over the stove:
We have been planning to get a more period grill, but haven't selected one yet.
So, in the meantime, we put in the one from Fantech, so we don't have to look at a hole in the wall. This grill has one really good feature though, it has a face plate that rotates until closed, which seals off the vent in cold weather. This feature has us reconsidering using this grill. We were thinking maybe we could paint a picture of a rooster on it or something like that and keep it there...
A few people have contacted me to ask about what kind of wall exhaust fan we used. Many of those available (Braun has one) are not made to go through thick brick exterior walls like what we have. After much research, we ended up with the Fantech TDW 7 Model RSK 6. It is a very quiet commercial grade fan. The motor mounts on the exterior of the wall, which is one reason it's so quiet.
And no milestone project post would be complete without a nod to our ever-present helpers. They love laying on our drop cloths just to be supportive!
Next weekend: (hopefully) Steve will build shelves and install remaining 4 brackets and I will start tackling the entry wall demolition.