It’s a super post friends! It has a little bit of everything. We’ve been busy on our
vacation week off of work! So… my family has been coming over occasionally these past few weeks helping us drywall in our kitchen. We had quite a big job after removing a wall, and tearing some trim out in there. The drywalling is mostly done, except the seam where the living room ceiling and kitchen ceiling newly meet up. That’s going to take a few more coats to smooth out. Let’s talk about the floor though. This is how we prepped our kitchen for porcelain tile.
We bought a bag of Versabond dry mix. Then we added water. Our end result was slightly thicker than pancake batter and it worked great. Oh, if you ever have to mix something like this up, invest in a “mixer” drill attachment. Our’s is that fuzzy metal piece you see in the picture. Pro: It’s heaven-sent. Con: It wears out your drill battery.
We swept and vacuumed our plywood subfloor and then poured a small puddle of the Versabond onto the surface. It doesn’t take much to cover a 3’x3′ square. We had purchased a trowel tool with 1/8″ teeth. I used the flat side to smooth my puddle over the plywood, and then went over my work with the grooved side, kind of combing the mixture into a lined pattern.
I won’t lie. It’s a messy job. I was the first person to try it out and found my groove right away, so I “mudded” most of the kitchen while Kevin assisted with pouring more mud and also laying the concrete board over the surface and drilling it into place.
Our concrete board (or backer board, rock board, or whatever other name it has) had indentations where we should drill. It was about 60 screws for a 3’x5′ board. Remember extra drill batteries or find a corded drill if you are doing this yourself! Once you start mudding, you shouldn’t stop. We drilled while the mud was still wet and got great results. Walking on it right away didn’t seem to be an issue either.
That’s about how far we got before running out of the Versabond mixture. Not bad. We were back at it first thing in the morning.
It didn’t take long before getting to the point of having to make custom cuts… which is not our favorite. The board cracks pretty easily. Kevin found it best to make a very deep score in the board before snapping the cut you want to make. We managed… and finally, finally the concrete board was down. Woohoo!
I don’t have pictures, but we did use a mesh tape to cover the seams and use more versabond to seal the tape to the floor. Without getting super specific, our next step was priming. Then we popped into Home Depot and found a product I have since fallen in love with.
Homax texture in a can. See… the walls and ceiling in our living room are an orange peel texture. Maybe sand. We’re not sure. The walls in our kitchen are flat. Homax in orange peel, when used at the “fine” setting makes an identical, seamless surface on the areas where the two rooms join. It’s amazing. A+.
Here’s after we primed and sprayed the flat wall in the kitchen. The texture is subtle, but I think the camera does a good job of picking it up. It feels like it’s been there all along.
Next up is kitchen cabinets. And shims. Lots and lots of shims.
I will be sharing more very soon. We are tweaking the finishing touches on the cabinets as I type this. Now… it’s your turn! Encourage me by mentioning something you’re working on!