I’m really doing it. I’m finally remodeling my ancient kitchen. Something I’ve wanted since I moved in here 9 years ago. Wow!
I inherited a saltillo tile floor that would have been great had it been outdoors as a patio. With 1″ thick, gray groutlines, cracked and gouged tiles, and no sealant left at all on the floor, it was impossible to clean and even worse to stand on. And besides that, it was ugly and dark. With medium dark, dog-scratched cabinets (from a different previous owner) that were originally hung improperly, so the inside shelving was unlevel, the entire room felt like a cave. Worthless hidden corners, chipped and unattractive formica, and no singular length of countertop long enough for functional meal prep just made it feel worse.
You can now tell the date of the kitchen in this image below. Yep, we got the ol’ passthru window to the living room. So seventies! I changed out the stove and put in the new microwave range hood almost immediately after moving in. The existing ones were the originals (and worked like they were the originals).
Standing in my living room, this is the current view, with the passthru window on the right and eating area on the left.
Standing in the kitchen, with my back to the stove, here’s the eating area. It’s casual, and I have no formal dining room in this home, which is fine by me.
First things first, I had to get rid of that tile before further work could commence. It was fortunately only a one day job, but oh, what a day it was! Don’t adjust your monitor, the image you are about to see is real. The photo isn’t out of focus, that is the dust in the air from breaking up and removing the tile and grout. I’m not standing behind plastic to take the photo; I’m in the midst of that dust to take the shot and that’s how bad it was. And that poor man is working with no face mask! And that was with the windows open, to boot!
And what a relief afterwards. The hated tile is gone forever. Actually not forever… about 30 of the tiles came up in full size pieces, so I’ll be using them in the garden in some way. They’re perfect for out of doors. Just not in a kitchen. With inch-wide grout lines.
Tomorrow, demolition begins!