Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Make your Caulk Jokes Now

Get 'em out of the way, folks, because by now I've heard them all.

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Anyway, the caulk is one of the finishing touches for our backsplash. It creates a watertight, easily cleanable seal between the tile surface and the walls, countertops, and edges. It also just makes the whole thing look polished and super slick. We used a white, sanded caulk to match our grout.

Applying caulk falls somewhere between art and science. It's low-tech - just a tube of doughy material that you apply by inserting it into a press and squeezing the trigger. Since it's all freehand, the person with the caulk gun has to keep a steady hand to make the lines as straight and even as possible. When invariably our line was not straight or even, Brett would wet his index finger and wipe it carefully, with even pressure, over the fresh caulk. Somehow, he quickly gets a smooth result every time.

Picasso at work
It looks really easy when he does it, but I think it's one of those deceptive skills where making it look easy is the hardest part.

It's kind of hard to take a picture of something designed to be inconspicuous.

Here it is!  It's that thin white line at the base of the tile, touching the counter.

I know it's a small detail, but it REALLY changed the whole look. The entire thing transformed from a bunch of tiles stuck on the wall to a cohesive, professional-looking backsplash. Hooray!

Uh, except for the fact that the outlets are still missing their covers and matted with blue painter's tape and excess mortar. One thing at a time.

You can't make me do more work if you can't find me!

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