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The Tile on The Walls

Posted on Friday, November 4th, 2022

Dave!After three years of not having a kitchen, I'm finally getting things put back together after my contractor got COVID, was in and out of the hospital, and eventually moved to Utah to live with his mom because he could no longer work.

The hole from the water leak in my ceiling has been repaired. The cabinet frames have been painted. And my tile has finally started going up on my walls...

Tile up on my wall!

But it took a while to get to this point. Yesterday when the installer arrived, he took a level to my walls and explained the they were not even. They were wavy, so any tile installed on them would be wavy. Since the whole appeal of subway tile to me is the beautiful straight lines that form as it's making its way across your walls, this was a horrifying prospect.

And so... an additional $750 of materials and labor were required to pull off all the drywall, shim the studs so they were even, then install new drywall.

And it's also adding another day to the project.

But no matter. By Monday there will be another thing to check off the list. Then it's replacing all my cupboard doors and drawers. Then I have my kitchen back.

After three years.

And then there's the matter of the leak in my bathroom to get figured out.

Home ownership is a serious money pit.

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  1. Christopher Stogdill says:

    Getting a little jelly about your kitchen…..

  2. kapgar says:

    Amen on the “money pit” claim. It’s the truth. We’re having repair work being done to our living room ceiling now from a leak a few years back and just having him repaint the whole thing since the seams were something I couldn’t quite get right and I no longer have a desire to be at the top of an 18 foot ladder reaching out to paint the middle of a large vaulted ceiling. Then we’re replacing all our double hung windows. Eventually our master bathroom and new cabinets and countertops in our kitchen will follow. FML, my friend. FML.

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