Monday, March 8, 2010

Bathroom Reno Day 10

Wow, it's Day 10. Yikes. And Day 10 has not been as productive as I would have hoped. The day started with a trip to Lowe's to pick up some more tile as I did indeed decide to tile all the way to the ceiling around the tub instead of just beyond the shower spigot. I then proceeded to ask the nice lady at Customer Service about my beadboard that was supposed to be delivered a week ago (remember, this is a stock item). She said it still wasn't in so I kindly asked for my money back and took it over to Hammond Lumber. Not only did they have it in stock (for the same price) but they also delivered it for free an hour later. Nice. I like going there but they often don't have as good of a selection as the box stores, unfortunately. This time it worked out nicely.

Then I returned home all set to start tiling around the tub. The first thing I did was check to see if the tub was level. Phhht, right - HUGE slope. So I played with measuring for about 45 minutes until I found a good place to draw a horizontal line to begin. Then I decided to be smart and try to rig up my little wet saw in the bathroom. Now, I haven't used this thing since a year ago when I tiled the backsplash in the kitchen. So when I turned it on and water started shooting everwhere, I wondered what was wrong. Duh. I forgot to put on the guard. I figured this didn't bode well for the rest of the day so I just took it downstairs and put it on the front porch.

Anyway, after all those shenanigans I finally started tiling around 10am (I had left the house at 7am). Sigh. On top of this, I have just never mastered the art of putting the mastic on the wall and not making a huge mess so I have instead just been back-buttering the tiles individually. I guess if nothing else I know these suckers are going to stick to the wall. I clocked myself at about 20 minutes per row so here's what I had done by lunch time:
Five hours later, I finally finished the long wall, including having to go back and cut each of the bottom row of tiles separately because of the slope of the tub. Anyway, here's what it looks like now with the accent row of glass tiles:
I really had wanted to finish the whole thing tonight but I just don't know if I have it in me. I'm going to at least try to get around the faucet area. Cutting holes in tiles blows.


Katy and Jeff said...

Susie - been following the bathroom saga and wow that wall looks beautiful!! Congrats on your victory so far!!

Todd - Home Construction Improvement said...

Wonderful job!! Keep up the good work...your hard working is showing now!

sarah said...

Wow - love the design! Nice - hang in there!

Daniel said...

You don't know me (I'm not even really dknoblach. I'm nugentcn but had to use my husband's google account because I don't have one of my own). I wanted to say nice work and hang in there. I have fond memories of my similar adventure and the 30 days without a toilet or shower. Just remember to prime or otherwise seal both sides and all edges of your beadboard (if it's wood) so that you don't get too much movement from changes in humidity. Keep up the good work and funny blogging!