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Friday, November 23, 2012

Houston, We Have Kitchen.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. If not wonderful, at least nice. Ours fell into the nice category. We spent the morning working on odds and ends so we could get our appliances back in the kitchen, and then we went to my mother-in-law's for lunch.

I haven't been posting every step of the way with the kitchen because it got so tedius with the dining room addition (and it's still not finished either). We got countertops mid October, and our floor tile was laid last Monday. The only hitch is that there is a haze on the tile and some of the grout lines turned white (efflorescence) and the guy is coming back today to look it over.

Hubby and I spent a couple of weeks getting the old tile and thinset off the floor, then filling the brick ledge between addition slab and getting it smooth, filling other low spots, and putting Redgard over all. It was back breaking and after all that, we wanted the tile to be perfect. And we don't lay tile perfectly. This guy wasn't perfect, but he still did a better job getting it flat than we could have done. The only thing we could have done better was vary the tile so there weren't 2 and 3 in a row of the same pattern, and the grout. I know I could have done a better job with the grout. When I saw the streaky haze over it, I was just sick. But an online search (I love the internet) showed that it can be removed with a vinegar and water solution or a commercial product. I mixed some vinegar and water and it seems to take off the haze, but doesn't do anything for the efflorescence on the grout.

So now it's back to the vinegar and water for me, and more surfing for you. Have a good day!



  1. Can't wait to see pictures. hope you are able to solve the grout problem .. seems like nothing is ever easy. I'm sure when it's all done it'll be beautiful.

  2. So sorry for the tile problems, how those can be worked out quickly. Glad to know there's been progress. Looking forward to seeing a few pictures.

  3. I am so happy to hear you are making progress... can't wait to see it done as I am sure you are getting anxious to complete it.

    What a bummer with the tile... how frustrating for you. Hope it all works out.



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