More kitchen progress

21 Apr

The cabinet doors are going up. As with everything on this project, it’s working but not easily! So, Greg got a supportive hug from Ruthie this afternoon! Imagine how they’ll look with the hardware too! It’s all happening!

Cabinet doors installed

One of the biggest jobs I’ve had to face is solving the problem of the haze on the tile. I tackled it today. Because we were using glass tile, we were advised to use non-sanded grout. Well, it was really difficult to clean off the tile and didn’t just wipe off the way regular grout does. I went to Home Depot (I know — I know) and got some grout de-hazer. It’s a mild acid that you wipe on and rub off.

In the process of de-hazing

Lots and lots of rubbing off. I used nylon scrubbers and a nylon bristle brush (left over from my bottle feeding days with the kids). Basically, elbow grease worked best. I started by testing it on the glass — no reaction. Then we tested it on a leftover piece of the laminate. No reaction. Then I tested a hidden corner of the grouted tile — and with a lot of scrubbing, it got the grout off. Yay! The method that worked for my situation was to rub it on a section and then work one column of tiles at a time. Then, I wipe it off with water and apply more. Sometimes I had to go back and do more scrubbing. Even after it dried sometimes the haze was still there — cheesecloth worked great for getting that last little bit off though. It was a huge job. You can see the difference above. On the left of the corner it’s de-hazed and on the right — still hazy.

Stuff for de-hazing grout

These were some of my tools in front of the dehazed tile. I only did one wall of tile — my muscles were sore and needed a rest!

So, Greg and I installed the microwave. It was a lot of work and nothing went smoothly, of course. Still, it only involved one trip to the hardware store so that’s not so bad. And, we did it without buying the $26 drillbit we thought we’d need. Phew! Isn’t it gorgeous? We inaugurated it by making popcorn for our movie tonight!

Microwave is IN!

My favorite feature so far — other than the fact that the screen scrolls with “Popcorn ready” when it’s done cooking! πŸ™‚ — is the automatic nightlight. At 8:30pm, it goes on automatically. It’ll turn off at 1:30am (which is when Greg usually goes to bed. Of course, I’m laughing at my “artsy” night shot — I washed the burners in the dishwasher tonight and the label is still protecting that one tile until I finish with the acid wash on that side. Sheesh! Artsy, indeed!

Automatic nightlight in microwave

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15 Responses to “More kitchen progress”

  1. jayne 21 April, 2008 at 2:43 am #

    Someone is going to be uber sore today! Great job! Keeping up that much elbow grease at an angle like that is so hard. Glad it worked so well. Very cool microwave!!

  2. Pam 21 April, 2008 at 2:54 am #

    Your kitchen is looking sooo beautiful!

  3. Liza Lee Miller 21 April, 2008 at 5:13 am #

    Thanks! It seems like its going to get there, finally! Unfortunately, we’re going camping this coming weekend which will slow things down tremendously! Oh well.

  4. Lynne at Hasty Brook 21 April, 2008 at 5:58 am #

    Hi Liza- We used a Mr. Clean Power Eraser to remove the epoxy haze from our new bathroom tile. (epoxy grout) It worked great.

  5. robin andrea 21 April, 2008 at 8:29 am #

    That’s a lot of elbow grease to do the entire backsplash. I hope Lynne’s suggestion works. I’m going to try to remember that if we ever do glass tile. Your tile is quite inspirational, and SO beautiful. Great job, and Ruthie is really a sweetheart.

  6. Trixie 21 April, 2008 at 9:52 am #

    Gorgeous! I can just imagine cleaning those tiles like that…did you lay on the counter?
    πŸ™‚

  7. Liza Lee Miller 21 April, 2008 at 2:35 pm #

    While I was doing the acid treatment, I kept wondering if that Power Eraser would work. I think I have one somewhere — I’ll try it out. I’d sure feel better working with that than the mild acid wash. πŸ™‚ Thanks for all the positive comments — it looks so beautiful! I can’t get over it. I want to finish the tile up ASAP so that we can move back in and start using it — for real!

  8. Miz S 21 April, 2008 at 4:29 pm #

    You are the handiest couple ever. If you need me, I’ll be here watching TV and paying someone else to put in my new bathroom.

  9. mon@rch 21 April, 2008 at 4:31 pm #

    Things are coming along wonderful and your kitchen is soo nice! Keep up the great work and thanks for the update!

  10. Liza Lee Miller 21 April, 2008 at 4:51 pm #

    Trixie — yes, I did lay on the counter some — for the corners. Very fun, that.

    MizS — thanks 00 I’ll call you if I need an update on the American Idol or anything. πŸ™‚

    Thanks, Mon@rch!

  11. Susan Gets Native 21 April, 2008 at 6:42 pm #

    Your kitchen is looking Ultra-Neuvo-Retro-Fab.

  12. Wende 21 April, 2008 at 9:41 pm #

    Wow, Liza! It’s really coming together. That’s one fancy microwave. LOVE IT.

    And I’m loving that first photo—sweet.

    Oh, I was at Costco tonight and a bunch of Corvids FELL on our car. They were fighting over pizza, and a couple tried to make a landing on a tree above our car, but slipped, so they tumbled over our dashboard.

    I thought of you. πŸ˜€

  13. Liza Lee Miller 22 April, 2008 at 5:11 am #

    Thanks, Susan — that’s exactly the look we were going for! πŸ™‚

    Wende, thanks — it was a sweet moment! We get a lot of them! Love the Corvid story — hilarious! Silly birds! Pizza’s for people!

  14. BEG 25 April, 2008 at 5:41 am #

    Wow! Like the others say, it’s starting to come together and it’s looking really good! How much of the kitchen are you able to use now?

    I’ve *got* to finish painting my bathroom! I have no excuses after watching you guys! πŸ˜‰

  15. Liza Lee Miller 25 April, 2008 at 5:50 am #

    Well, we’ve done nothing since last weekend. And, we’re going camping this weekend. The end of a project can really drag.

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