Ah! Found a post we meant to publish before we got carried away with project attic. One of the things on our big to-do list was to re-caulk some spots in our kitchen. Where our granite counters meet the granite backsplash, it looks like there was once caulk or grout but it was pretty much all worn away. And we have a crazy faucet that inevitably sprays EVERYTHING in a 2 foot radius around the sink, so having a crack for water to seep in was not a good thing. Caulk to the rescue!
After lots of research and contemplating in the caulk aisle, we chose clear silicone waterproof caulk that was rated for kitchens, bathrooms, and plumbing (here’s a link to the one we used).
But we’ve got no experience using this stuff (and we’ve heard silicone can be harder to work with than acrylic caulk), so before we went to town on our kitchen we found some extra tiles in the garage to practice on. We just taped them up at perpendicular angles on a shelf as our make-shift counter top.
We first wiped down the area to get rid of dust and dirt, then we taped it off to achieve a clean line. I read online to tape about a quarter inch away from the corner on each side so I did that during the practice run, but on the real thing I ended up doing about 1/8 inch away from the corner because with the 1/4 inch taping it seemed like too much space got caulked.
We cut the caulk at a 45 degree angle to make application easier and used the little poker on the end of the caulk gun to break the seal. (We got the cheap $2.77 caulk gun from Home Depot. It’s ok, but I’d recommend something higher quality if you’re going to be doing a lot of caulking).
I ran a bead about 5-6 inches at a time. Doing the practice round was nice because I got a feel for how much pressure to apply and how thick of a bead I needed.
Then I just smoothed that section with my finger and continued where I left off. Be sure to have paper towels handy so you don’t end up with it all over your hands every time you smooth the bead.
Then just peel off the tape while it’s still wet and voila! You have a perfect caulk line!
After I was confident with my caulk handling skills (don’t go saying that to people), I decided to move on to the real deal. Kitchen time! We started with the long counter that the sink was on.
Just like with the practice run, we wiped it down and taped it off. Honesty taping took longer than anything in this project.
Going about 4-6 inches at a time, I ran a bead, smoothed it with my finger, ran another bead, smoothed again, and used paper towels to clean off my finger as needed. I just did this process all the way down until we reached the end. Your bead doesn’t have to be perfect since you’re going to smooth it, so it goes pretty fast. Plus smoothing it is fun because it’s all goopy and squishy!
Evan was excellent at keeping a steady supply of paper towels on hand. This stuff is a little messy!
Then we removed the tape (while it was still wet, don’t want the caulk drying onto the tape) and we had a perfect caulk line! It was so easy!
Since we did that side of the kitchen we wanted to do the other side too, which also had a crack that crumbs wanted to collect in. This side was a but tricky because of the light switch and outlet covers that needed to be removed first.
Once we removed them, it was the same routine. Clean, tape, run bead, smooth caulk, wipe finger, repeat til done, remove tape while it’s still wet. Although the outlet side (shown above) was a little tricky because you’ll notice once we removed the cover there was no vertical tile standing perpendicular to the horizontal granite for our caulk to stick on. I didn’t want the caulk to awkwardly end at the outlet cover, plus I still wanted it as a crumb-block, so I did a very thin line that was small enough to allow me to stick the outlet cover back on.
I even filmed a little section of it to help anyone who might need an extra visual to not be intimidated. This is super easy, promise! A lot easier than scraping off old caulk, that’s for sure. Plus with all the comments about caulk, how many inches you can handle, and things getting messy, the 13-year-old boy humor in all of us will have a little lol.
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