Monday, 10 October 2011

Kitchen worktops - now complete!!

Yes the new worktops have been cut, jointed and fixed in position. It was not without its many problems and it is a story I could tell in page after page of blogs. However I am not going to bore you with all the details only to say that the fitter who fitted the original kitchen was no craftsman. It is no surprise to me now why the tiled work surface was not neat and flat... You would naturally level the wood base and then apply the tiles to a level surface!! NO not this fitter, the surface had been made level, no about level, with the tile cement. As the picture below shows the thickness of tile cement varies across the width by at least 7mm. Nothing was square or true!!! and as anybody who has done any tiling knows you can't get good flat tiling with that amount of tile cement.


Again I had to use the angle grinder to do some serious trimming of the spashback. That was not square either!


Once the old had been removed and made reasonably level it looked a lot better. As you could not buy (at a reasonable price) extra wide worktop for the corner piece I prefabricated one using two pieces of 63cm wide worktop. Fortunately because of the hob cutout it only left two small joints which don't show at all.


Once completed and all the joints cut with the router and cutting jig, the new worktops were fitted into place... and levelled up.


Its not a perfect job and some things could have been improved with hindsight but its a great improvement to the tiled worktops and I am pleased with the cut joints as I have never done these before and they turned out quite good, if I say so myself....


All that remains now is to replace the tiles but thats another story!

6 comments:

GaynorB said...

And so say all of us!
Well done.
If you are looking for a new project look no further than our little corner of Le Petit-Pressigny .........

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

It looks fantastic. Nothing in our house is straight or level, it all adds to the rustic quality of our 1830 stone cottage :-) Just need to get back there asap. Diane

Colin and Elizabeth said...

Colin has been too modest in his posting above! He has overcome some horrendous 'botching' by the fitters of the previous kitchen to produce a really lovely, bright, workable kitchen. The tiling is basically all that remains to be done and I know that, once again, he'll do a superb job. So come on Colin; sing your praises once in a while!!

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Have you used marble Worktops or something else? I like marble for worktops in my kitchen.