Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The Kitchen Floor: Part 2

With the orange waffles and wires in place, we moved on to mortar, lots of mortar -- 18 bags to be exact.  Each bag required 5 minutes of mixing, 10 minutes of rest, then another 3 minutes of mixing. I know this by heart now because I was on timer duty for each bag. I'd like to say I never want to see another bag of mortar, but we need another 8 bags for the mudroom and main bathroom. I guess we'll be pro mixers by then.

After mixing, it was on to laying down the tile. We used 12" x 24" Takla tile, in a brickwork pattern. Originally I had considered a herringbone pattern, but I think that would have been way more labour-intensive and difficult to align. 

We mortared over three days, and after that we were set for grouting. That was tackled in the evenings and took three nights -- much easier than the mortar, it was only 4 bags of charcoal grout.

Now we're all set for the appliances to be delivered, and the kitchen to be installed!



Anonymous said...

i love the ceiling....nice job.

Michelle said...

All that mixing sounds like exhausting work. Bet your excited now though not long and the kitchen will be ready for you to start mixing cakes and cocktails too. Sorry corny 'mixing' dig :) Cant wait to see it all come together.

Kerry said...

Thanks Anon and Michelle! I'm totally excited now...cakes and cocktails both on the list, LOL!

Allyson said...

Hi Kerry, it's so great to see the wonderful progress on your home! Such a massive difference. Unbelievable! Can't wait to see more.

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