May 16, 2022

Finish Your Kitchen Remodel Punch List | Ask This Old House

In this video, Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva helps a homeowner wrap up a few small projects towards the end of her kitchen renovation.

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Projects for Your Remodel Punch List
Adding a toe kick and repairing a door are easy items to knock out on your remodel punch list. This Old House General Contractor Tom Silva walks through the steps to get these projects done.

Project #1: How to Add a Toe kick

Time: 3 to 4 hours
Cost: $60 and up
Skill Level: Moderate

Pull saw []
Coping saw []
Block plane []
Sliding compound miter saw []
Drill []
Brad nailer []
Putty knife []

Shopping List:
PVC trim boards []
PVC glue []
White spray paint []
Screws []
Finish nails []
Spackle []

To finish the toe kick, Tom Silva opts for PVC boards as they are waterproof, easy to clean, and easier to cut than tile to match uneven floors. He goes through the process of cutting and installing the PVC for all of the cabinets.

Project #2: Door Repair

Time: 1 hour
Cost: $0 if you have the tools
Skill Level: Beginner

Circular saw []
Block plane []
Sawhorses []

The homeowner re-tiled her floors and since then, the basement door gets stuck on the tile and doesn’t open fully. Tom Silva tackles the door by taking it off the hinges and demonstrating how to cut the bottom off to adjust to the new floor height from the tile.

Where to find it?
To add trim to the toe kick underneath the kitchen cabinets, Tom used 1×4” PVC trim boards [], which are manufactured by AZEK Building Products []. To secure the miters together, Tom also used a PVC glue that is manufactured by AZEK [].

To cut the boards to size and make the miter cuts, Tom used a Kapex KS120 sliding compound miter saw [], which is all manufactured by Festool [].

To trim the door down to size, Tom used a TS 55 circular saw [], which is also manufactured by Festool [].

The other tools and materials Tom used for this project, including the spackle, finish nails and screws, can all be found at home centers.

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