Thursday, February 11, 2010

What we were doing last week

Blogging got a little spotty last week because we were having some tile put in (and more to do later). Most of it is necessary bathroom work, but we did decide to have a tile backsplash put into the place where our over-the-stove microwave used to be (it died a while back and we decided not to replace it--who really needs a $300 popcorn popper and leftover warmer, anyway?) ;)

So here are some pictures:

Before:






After:
What do you think? :)

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Oh, I like. Wish I had those mad skills.

Irenaeus

Anonymous said...

Sweet!

Red Cardigan said...

Oh, gosh, Irenaeus, we didn't do it ourselves! We're pretty good about at least attempting do-it-yourself things, but we have definite limits, and tile installation is one of those things I don't think we'd ever try on our own. For one thing, the tools you need probably cost more than the amount the gentleman we hired charged us to do the backsplash...

Rebecca said...

As the daughter of a tile setter, I approve heartily. Very nice design, good grout color. Make sure it's properly sealed.

Red Cardigan said...

Rebecca, I've heard pros/cons about sealing grout (the tile isn't the kind that needs sealing). Do you recommend that it always be done?

opey124 said...

Very Nice!
I'm with you on the microwave.
We bought a super cheap one. And it really is a popcorn popper really. Well, most of the time.

freddy said...

Oh, it's lovely! Thanks for showing us!

Anonymous said...

Don't you have to put a range hood there in place of the microwave? for code? If so, it's going to cover up a bunch of that tile.

Red Cardigan said...

Anonymous, I don't think so. Our stove has never been vented to the outside, and the recirculating fan on a microwave oven isn't enough by itself to do the job (given how much circulation code requires a "mechanical ventilation system" to have). What the IMC code says is this:

IMC § 505.1: Domestic Kitchen Exhaust Equipment. Domestic range hoods and appliances should be vented to the outdoors, unless adequate natural or mechanical ventilation is provided.

Our kitchen has the "adequate natural ventilation," since there are two openable windows in it (code requires one for natural ventilation); in addition, it's an open floor plan, so the kitchen is open to the family room (and backdoor) on one side, and living room (and front door) on the other.

Then, too, the stove is an electric range, so no problems with open flame etc. as you might have with a gas range.

If we were to sell the house someday and a prospective buyer really wanted the money for a recirculating fan-style vent hood over the stove, I suppose we'd add that to negotiations. But unless you do a lot of stovetop oil-based cooking (such as frying foods) a recirculating fan will, in my opinion (having had one) do less to ventilate the kitchen than simply opening a window.

Red Cardigan said...

Oh, and I just thought of something else: if we decided to install a vent hood, I'd probably have somebody come in and take out those tiny cabinets over the stove, which are basically useless, and put the hood there! :)

opey124 said...

Hoods can also minimize damage in case of a fire.
Just saying.
I know.

Anonymous said...

Wow, what a lovely job.

It's funny the contrast, though. I am dying for an over-the-stove microwave. We replaced our last one for less than $100 at BJ's, but it's not over-the-stove and eats a lot of counter space. I use the microwave ALL the time -- not for popcorn, but for melting butter and chocolate when baking, cooking veggies, poaching fish (especially white fish), heating up ham for the weekly Sunday Eggs Benedict (something we've done since JP II, so no cutesy thoughts on that!)... and especially for making the Hollandaise sauce. It also makes a great from-scratch white sauce for chicken pie or a la king. I'm always surprised at how little other people use their microwave ovens.

from Scotch Meg