Sunday, May 23, 2010

Still alive - but barely

Well, loyal readers, I am back. How long has it been? At least a couple months, I guess. There's been a lot of activity in the Bangor Foursquare. Unfortunately, little to none of it has surrounded progress toward finishing the bathroom. Mostly, the activity in the house has focused around domestic drama. In the spirit of over-sharing with complete strangers on the Internet, Mrs. Foursquare will soon again be Ms. Foursquare - hopefully getting to keep the home into which she has put so much heart and soul over the past two and a half years; here's hoping, anyway.

So, today, I made a meager attempt to get back into the groove and finish up some loose ends. There really isn't much left to do, thankfully, but what is left is perplexing. As I think I mentioned previously, I literally worked myself into a corner during this renovation. As you see below, I wasn't thinking through some of the details as I went along and didn't plan for how I was going to marry the tile board with the side of the wall separating the room. Now, I have a wonky gap between where I ended the tiles abruptly and the edge of the drywall on the side of the wall:
What I was hoping would work was a similar set up that I have on the other side of the tub area, next to the window, as you see below:
Unfortunately, however, this solution doesn't look like it will work on the other side. So, I'm stuck. I'm loathe to pull off tile and/or drywall. Yes, I know, lazy craftsmanship (or craftswomanship, in my case), but I just don't have the heart to do it. Maybe this means that I'm not yet ready to really finish this project. Hmm.

In other, happier developments, however, Sarah from Bangor Bungalow came over a few weeks ago bearing gifts:

These doors are going to be absolutely perfect for the closet. I need to cut a bit off the top and bottom to make them fit and then paint them and get rid of the gold accents someone put on the glass but they will then be exactly what I was hoping for. Thanks, Sarah!
So, once I muster up the wisdom and courage to figure out my gap issue, and trim these doors, all I will need to do is put up a little quarter round where the tile meets the ceiling around the tub and then paint the trim and wainscoting and I will be done, done, and done. I'm hoping to get the tile resurfaced in July or August and then we will call it officially over. As always, I appreciate any potential soutions to my gap issue. If nothing else, from this renovation I will have learned to think through every little detail before beginning a project. These few things left have really been frustrating and they were all of my own making. Live and learn - or, rather, renovate and learn.


Todd - Home Construction Improvement said...

Do you have any photos showing the full height? Looks like you might be able to build a small "corner" trim board, possibly 1x3 on both sides to cover the transition. The chair rail could "dive" into that vertical corner trim board nicely.

sarah said...

OMG - I can't believe that door fits! It was a random grab from somewhere, and we had no clue what to do with it - but it was so cute. Glad it'll fit - and that things are moving forward (despite the tile edge setback.)

Amy said...

Glad to see you posting to your blog again. I check it obsessively! But it is understandable that you've had other things besides home improvement to concentrate on lately.

I have no ideas for you since I am such a home improvement rookie, but the stuff you already have done looks great!

Karen Anne said...

I'm sorry about the domestic stuff. I sure hope you get to keep the house, you're the one who's been doing all the work on it.

I'm a little unclear about the current tile problem. Can you cut pieces of the decorative tile and put them in so they line up with the white tiles? Then put "something" to cover the remaining gap? Something like what looks like a vertical tile trim piece in the finished part?

Leslie said...

You have so much going on! I hope the house is a therapuetic outlet, and is one you can hang onto after things settle down. Best of luck!