Friday, August 30, 2013

Hopefully the last bathroom update

Because hopefully, it will be all shiny and new come Monday! (or Tuesday). Yay for Labor Day weekend!! So here's my last little roundup on our bathroom.

So far, what we've accomplished. (and I'm probably missing a few things!)

  • Demo'ing the bathroom (removed toilet, vanity, tub, wallpaper, telephone, door frame, baseboards, and random bars throughout the room)
  • Buying all the tools/supplies needed for this bathroom (dozens of trips to the store!)
  • Removed old sub-floor and installed new sub-floor 
  • Oil based primed the room to fix all the imperfections in the wall 
  • Sprayed texture onto the walls 
  • Repainted the walls and trim
  • Installed the bathtub and toilet 
  • Re-did plumbing for our new bath faucet fixture
  • Installed cement board on the walls 
  • Installed new faucet into vanity 
  • Tiled, grouted, and sealed the hexagon floors 
  • Tiled and grouted the bath tub surround 
  • Caulked around the tub
  • Made a window treatment
  • Made paintings/artwork for the room

And what we have left to do (this weekend):

  • Seal the tile around the tub 
  • Install the transition piece from the wood flooring to the tile 
  • Install door frame and baseboards 
  • Install light fixture 
  • Put vanity back in (with a little plumbing work) 
  • Hang window treatment and art/DECORATE!

Still sound like a lot to you? Sealing around the tub will probably take about 5 minutes. So we may as well just check that off the list. Transition piece is already cut and ready to just pop right in. The most time consuming things will be the baseboards and trim, since most of the plumbing is ready to go. We're hoping to have this done by Sunday so we can get to work on the hallway. 

This week we've Josh has been cutting tiles left and right to finish up the floor and the tub surround. All those little odd pieces need to be cut to specific measurements and it takes forever. I'm happy to say that all those little pieces have found their way to installation and are ready to be sealed. We've had some late nights this week!

Now for a little photo story of our week (since Wednesday). First up, meet the tile cutter as I call it, formally known as a wet saw. And Josh assembling it.

Charles wanted to help of course. Someone get this dude a rake!

Here he is cutting strips of tile. This part made me a little nervous.

Here's that transition piece I was talking about. He had to trim it up to make sure it fit in the spot. And there are grooves in the door that he had to saw out as well. Saw out? You get my point. And here's a late night shot - aren't our garbage cans lovely?

We had previously installed all the hexagon tiles in the room except for the ones right by the doorway because they all had to be cut and trimmed to different dimensions.  (P.S. Notice how the wood flooring isn't finished next to the bathroom.) Can.not.wait. to get that done.

Here's the beautiful after (pre-grouted on that strip of tiles by the door). Notice the transition piece is there to get the look as well. That little beauty is getting stained this afternoon. It was way too late and still dark this morning for me to take pics of it all the tile grouted, so this'll have to hold you till next week :)

Hope everyone has a safe, fun Labor Day weekend!! You all know what I'll be doing.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Unfinished Tiles!

Ignore the title.

So we started at this.

Then I showed you this yesterday.

Now we are here.

Josh spent quite some time tiling and cutting tile this past weekend. And I think it looks so pretttty even though it's unfinished. There are just a few more tiles that need to be cut and placed before the grout goes in. 

If you're wondering where the vanity went... We took it out so we could repair that corner of the wall. See it? But all the plumbing is fixed and good to go. Just waiting on the tiling to be done. Here's a few more pics of it. Do you like the subway tile? Good choice? P.S. I really love hearing from you. Leave me a comment and let me know what you think :) 

Monday, August 26, 2013

More walls

This may be the most glamorous post yet. Who doesn't get excited over cement board?! While I have a few more updates to show you this week with the bathroom, lets start off small.

I feel like this is partly my project since technically I helped carry it out of the store. Side note about our trip to the store to buy this particular cement board. We were in Josh's jeep. That thing isn't necessarily equipped for hauling things. Anyway, after I managed to help Josh to put the two sheets of cement board onto the cart in Home Depot (your hands get very chalky) and check out - Josh and I were trying to put the cement board in the back of the jeep when this guy comes up to us and says to Josh "Oh, do you need help with that? I hate when I bring my wife with me to Home Depot". Now, if you know me personally, you know my face was making all kinds of expressions. Needless to say, this rude person helpful guy assisted Josh in loading the cement board into the jeep and we went about our merry way. This is one of those times I have to remind myself that the gesture was kind. Can you believe?

Anyway, I've been waiting very patiently for Josh to put up the cement board around the tub. TILE TILE TILE is all my little brain has been chanting. Maybe it was the unappealing site of the wooden boards or the pink insulation (was that insulation?) that had me turned off, but I was ready to close the walls on up.

So we go from this...

To this... 

Another view. Before and after... 

Imagine having to drill all those screws into the wall. That was Josh's job. My job was listening to it. Holy headache.  

If that just didn't do it for you, here's a few pics of my weekend fun. Cheers to Monday (while dreaming of girls night)!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Longest Installation Ever

Feast your eyes on this. 

Because it took an entire day to install. And look, there's even running water. 

Why did it take so long to install? Because remember we had to order an entire new valve for it to hook up to? Well we got that in and Josh did some plumbing work. Then, after all that plumbing - which took forever - he put the faucet on and it came speeding out like a jet stream. So then he decided to try something else. The something else turned into water being spit out back into the walls... um mold? No thanks. Back to the jet stream. 

It got to the point where I literally thought Josh was going to make me buy a different faucet. Part of the problem was that this isn't a standard name brand faucet. Different plumbing = more problems for us. 

The faucet is mighty fine though. It'll be even prettier once its got tile around it. 

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Chandelier Makeover Round 2

Brass chandelier makeover time! Check out the dust on this puppy. 

This chandelier belongs to the dining room. It's been down for quite some time while I decided what color scheme I was going for in there (for when we tackle that room in the future). 

First thing I did was wipe all the dust off and then I taped off all the electrical sockets (where the light bulb goes) - no idea if that's what you call them. 

All cleaned up and brassy. 

Then I brought everything outside to where my cardboard was still lazily sitting on the grass - the dead grass now. 

After many trips searching for gold spray paint (this stuff is hard to find) - I stumbled upon this. It's "pure gold" by Rustoleum. And it's $7.97. That's pretty pricey in the spray paint world. 

All was good and I was all set up. 

Until the spray paint can start spraying on its own. Defective. Seriously? BACK to Home Depot I go to return it and buy another bottle. Once I got home, I started spraying. Here it is all spray painted and gold. 

See the difference?

I do! This "pure gold" was more of a champagne I'd say. Gold is such a hard color to find. Some can be very yellow and some are too bright and brassy. In the end, whatever color this is, I like it :)

Monday, August 19, 2013

Weekend Recap(s)

While I obviously had the concept of finishing the bathroom on my mind, Josh had other plans. He decided that we needed to organize his tools. Also, we had my parents truck so we were on a mission to buy sheet rock and baseboards. Are you asleep yet?

While the idea of all of this seems quite boring, I actually have a few before and afters. Any organization geeks reading? I'm one! Also, you have to remember that we are doing this all ourselves. So while a lot of times there aren't any dramatic before and afters, there's still a lot of hard work going on.

At the beginning of the weekend, our dining room was home to our tools. Remember?

Josh decided to categorize things into toolboxes. That way he could just grab a box for whatever project he's working on and put it all away in the box at the end. Now we have a "plumbing box", "painting box", "electrical box", etc. Inside one of these boxes looks like this.

And their new home is UPSTAIRS in the closet out of the way. I can breathe again! Or eat at the dining room table. 

A little shopping shot. Here are some of our new baseboards. We're replacing them throughout the house because ours are nasty. FYI, we made FOUR trips to Lowes/Home Depot this weekend. 

Oh and if you made it this far down, check out what we did LAST weekend. Hence the lack of posts last week :)

So our life isn't ALL housework and organization. Probably about 80% of it is. If we aren't here at home doing housework - we're usually out to dinner. Last weekend we went to visit our best friends in New Orleans. Here's a little photo story of our night. Thank you Amanda and Braxton, our wonderful hosts, who planned a great day/night! 

Shots anyone? No thanks that's gross! 

Hope everyone has a great week!