Hello everyone, first post here. My wife and I are in the middle of a full kitchen remodel. We've involved some contractor help from the beginning.
Long story short, the wall behind the stovetop has a big (about 20"x15") drywall cutout, replaced by plywood. This was to create a stable surface for mounting the ducted stovetop vent system. Long story, different versions depending on who you ask.
The key thing is the plywood is not flush with the drywall surface. It (the plywood) is recessed about 1/8". It also has small jagged gaps (approx 1/4" - 3/4") between the plywood and drywall.
1. If we use a thinset mortar, can we tile over the cutout area without worrying about repairing and leveling the wall first?
2. Alternatively, if I can convince my wife that she doesn't really want tiles going all the way to the ceiling, can the wall be easily repaired with successive thin layers of joint compound?
Thanks much for any insight!