Kitchen Reveal Somewhat

Kitchen Before and After

This is my kitchen revealed somewhat but it is not a true kitchen reveal. Is it ever really a final reveal?  Because things change and morph and blend and nothing stays the same forever.  I also can't bring myself to the final reveal for a reason that is very obvious to me.  I didn't take enough "before" photos to show you exactly how far along we have brought this kitchen to get it to a place that it can be revealed as a final reveal.  In this context revealing is: Permitting an elucidating glimpse or a perception of something intimate or concealed: a very revealing biography; a revealing gown.  ( When you completely forget the "intimate or concealed" part, i.e., the "before" photos, you are just unable to give that "glimpse" or "perception".  You don't have a true reveal.  There is no way to get back to the decorating errors of the previous owners; the board above my  kitchen sink that was delicately covered with green laminated vine … [Read more...]

Penny Tile Trim

Penny tile trim in place.

I have finally found the solution to my penny tile trim debacle. If you have been following me at all you would know that installing my penny tile backsplash has been an adventure.  What I found out along the way, is that installing penny tile is a much more "interesting" task than I anticipated.  If you go to my fireplace makeover, you can see that I installed mosaic tile on my fireplace a few years ago.  The penny tile installation was a little trickier than my square fireplace tile because it is made up of circles and not straight lines so getting it to line up was a little trickier and figuring out what to do with the edges was just mind boggling to me.  I looked at those edges forever and could not figure out what to do with them.  I had one tile guy come look at it and he suggested that I put up pvc tile trim.  You can go to penny tile trim idea to take a look at my post about this.  The problem with that was that I had already tiled around the edges so I would have had to rip … [Read more...]

Outlet Spacers In

finished outlet and switch plates

I had to install outlet spacers after I put up the penny tile backsplash to make the outlet plates flush with the tile. What happens is the tile comes out farther than the outlet so there is a gap in between the plate and the tile. The outlet on the left is how they are supposed to look.  Flat against the tile with no space between the outlet and plate.     So you take the outlet spacer and cut it to the thickness you need.   Fold the spacer over so like an accordion.   Finding the right thickness might take some trial and error.  If they are too thick, the plate won't be flat against the wall but if they are not thick enough, there will be a gap between the outlet and the plate. This one isn't screwed all the way in yet. Pretty closely screwed in and ready for the plate. Some of the screws that were originally holding the outlet in the wall were not long enough because the spacers pushed the outlet … [Read more...]