This weekend I took a big risk for me: I started peeling up floor tiles in the kitchen. The peeling up floor tiles in and of itself was not a huge risk – I’d planned on taking up the floor tiles to put down different ones. However, the risk is more of the whole I-need-to-take-up-subflooring thing. By myself. Eeek! (I work on house stuff while hubby watches Max – as much as I love my husband, he’s not very handy)
Why do I need to take up the subfloor, you may ask?
Because our dishwasher is leaking so I need to pull it out and check the hoses. No biggie, right? It wouldn’t be a big deal, except a previous homeowner put in a ½” layer of subfloor (and those ugly tiles) ON TOP of the dishwasher feet.
|glorified dish drainer|
And he fit it so tightly that I can’t push it back further and then lift it up and out. No, that’d be too easy. So it’s either rip out a layer or two of flooring, bringing it back to the subfloor that the dishwasher currently stands on, or rip out the countertop (which I’m not doing). I debated cutting the legs off the dishwasher, but as you can see in the photo there isn’t a lot of leg to cut.
So, up come the tiles. Then I have to figure out a way to make the dishwasher continue to be accessible while still having an adequate amount of subflooring. <sigh>
When I start to get too frustrated with my kitchen reno, I look at this photo and remind myself that our kitchen has come a long way.
|before - dark and ugly|
Even with the slanted floor (yeah, I’m not sure why either), the unfinished countertops, the non-existent backsplash, and the other problems it’s leaps and bounds ahead of where it was. (Excuse the dirty dishes and the general lack of picking up before I took the photo.)
|now - bright and in progress|
I have the vision in my head, and it will look fantastic when it’s done. The countertops will be white/gray marble-esque tile (the gray paint is a temporary sanity saver), the backsplash will be a simple row of 2” square white tile (sitting in the garage), the sink will be properly aligned and have a new faucet, the floor will look like wood (but really be vinyl tile), and all of the cabinet doors will be hung and functioning. And the dishwasher will be fixed.