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Backsplash, baby!

The backsplash saga continues.

As you know, Mr. Dan helped me install cement board as the backer for the tile. First, though, we put in insulation. The house has no insulation in its walls, and the builders cleverly stuffed the gap around the window with newspaper. In 1938. 
So we bought some rolls of insulation and shoved those into the gap between the wall and cabinet, using the very sophisticated tool of a piece of scrap board. We also sprayed foam insulation into the window gap, then covered the whole thing with furring strips. But not until after Mr. Dan installed new, deeper electrical boxes and rewired the outlets.
Best. Dad. Ever.
Mr. Roy came over to help with the last day of cement board installation. That was totally cool, because he and Mr. Dan could talk measurements and swear together, and I just had to stick my head in periodically and make sure they didn't need any drinks. Thanks Mr. Roy! 
Also, Mr. Roy was jealous of my new Dremel Multi Max tool. Given that the man owns the equivalent of the Sears hardware department, inspiring that envy is not easy. If he doesn't have one by now, it's only a matter of time.
So once the cement board was up, I tested out a few patterns, finally deciding on subway tiles with a decorative 1/2" tile to break up the pattern. 
Yesterday, I was finally ready to tile. I had all my supplies, I rented the tile saw, I put on my Carhart overalls with authentic grout stains. I was good to go.

The tile saw broke.
By which I mean after a few cuts, the on/off switch stopped working, and the circuit reset button did not do its failsafe job, so the only way to turn off the blade was to UNPLUG THE SAW. I had to return it to the shop and get a new one. Except that the tile saw sits in a pan of water, which keeps the blade wet. And the plug for that pan of water is attached to the saw, so when I lifted the saw out of the pan, the plug came with it, dumping approximately three gallons of water on the floor.
I was not amused. 
So I cleaned that up, exchanged the saw, came home, saw that the dog had gotten into the recyclables, counted to ten, picked up the gnawed cat food tins and plastic peanut butter jars, set up saw v2.0, and finally got back to tiling. 
The good news is I finally completed tiling the backsplash. It needs to cure for 24 hours, so today I'll touch up the cabinet paint. Tomorrow I'll grout the backsplash, then I should be ready to install the floor. I hope.
Good lord, I can't wait to go back to work.

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Snow. I’m over it.

We continue to receive a ridiculous amount of the white stuff. At left, no, that's not a weeping cherry. The snow fall was so heavy it snapped the staking line around the standard lilac, which is now bending to the ground. It still faired better than the one on the other side of the path, which is currently at about a 20 degree angle.
With all this snow, I'm spending even more time inside. I continue to plug away at the chore list. I've repainted the accent wall in the living room to be the same apricot color as on the other walls; it's amazing how much brighter that makes the whole room. And then I decided I was tired of the Roman shades in there, so I'm making some simple cafe-curtain-style sheers.

Mr. Dan came over yesterday to help prep for backsplash install. We didn't get to the cement board, but we did buy a new tool: the Dremel Multi-Max. This thing has an oscillating blade, so we were able to cut out the lath close to the cabinets and clean up the cuts to the plaster. Mr. Dan also capped off some very old pipes that we previously sticking out of the wall just enough to mess with creating a smooth plane. And we put up the first of the furring strips that will push the cement board out to the correct depth (see photo at left).
Home improvement is a pain in the ass.

Mr. Dan's coming back in the next day or two to help me finish the furring strips and get the cement board up. Then it will finally be ready for me to tile, which is a whole 'nother excursion into swearing.
Then I'll freshen up the paint on the cabinets. And then, praise the saints, I'll get the new floor in. 
All this work has led me to neglect a few basic household routines. Today I'm attacking the piles oflaundry downstairs.  And at left, Fi reminds me that we need more Diet Coke.

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