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Gardens

May 6th

Mowed the lawn; cold beer. Put out the houseplants & strung up the hammock.

Can it be?

Yes. The final installment of the bathroom saga.

It’s taken us about three weekends to finally completely finish the thing up. The tiling project was hugely time-consuming and I figure I glued about 275 individual tiles and did two rounds of grouting. Then there were hours and hours of removing excess grout. The end product looks great — but man, it was a lot of work. Which pretty much sums up the experience of the entire project, which we officially called at 3:00 yesterday afternoon, almost three months to the day from when we started ripping out soggy drywall. So here it is: the final chapter.

Just starting on the tiles

Just starting on the tiles

I spent a lot of hours crouched in the tub.

I spent a lot of hours crouched in the tub.

Meanwhile, Carol was installing the cubbies.

Meanwhile, Carol was installing the cubbies.

And installing the new toilet.

And installing the new toilet.

And it's lovely.

And it's lovely.

Starting on the grout.

Starting on the grout.

Carol is now plumbing the sink.

Carol is now plumbing the sink.

The grout is finished!

The grout is finished!

The sink is up and running!

The sink is up and running!

Grout is sealed, tub is caulked, and the new fixtures are in place.

Grout is sealed, tub is caulked, and the new fixtures are in place.

Brand-new towels on their hooks.

Brand-new towels on their hooks.

Everything's ready to go.

Everything's ready to go.

And a nice fuzzy rug, too.

And a nice fuzzy rug, too.

Final word on Spring

This morning, out at the Coyote Ridge Natural Area, I heard my first meadowlark of the season!

Floored, again

Well, the new tile floor in the bathroom just turned out beautifully. We put it in this last Monday and Tuesday, and laid the grout down Wednesday. We absolutely love how it looks — well worth the time and effort.

Getting ready to lay tile

Getting ready to lay tile

 

Carol laying tile

Carol laying tile

Terry squishes the last tile into place

Terry squishes the last tile into place

 

Wall 2 wall

At long last, an update on the bathroom project.

I think the last time we checked in, we had just installed the new underlayment. After that, for many weeks, we worked on the walls. I had no idea you could do that much work on walls. We:

Put in new drywall (blue board, in this case). This involved

  • quite a bit of jigsawing (measure once, cut twice)
  • tons of tiny particulate matter settling on every surface of the house, repeatedly
  • nailing and screwing
  • seam taping
  • joint mudding, smoothing, sanding, also repeatedly

drywall1

drywall2

We then primed the walls with something that smelled approximately like horse pee and reeked the house out for hours.

priming

Next, the extremely exciting adventure of using the industrial compressor gizmo to spray texture on the walls (mostly in an attempt to hide my very bad drywall taping and mudding job). This machine was:

  • huge
  • heavy
  • deafeningly loud (esp. in small bathroom)
  • sprayed texture frickin’ EVERYWHERE (my job was to scrape/sponge it off of every place it wasn’t supposed to go, including the closet door in Carol’s office, like eight feet away)
  • burped the liquid texture five feet into the air when turned off
Carol preps the texturizing machine

Carol preps the texturizing machine

Carol spraying texture on the walls

Carol spraying texture on the walls

Texture Warrior

Texture Warrior

At this point, we were forced to take a break from the project and go on a cruise for ten days. When we got back, we painted. Three times. With three different colors. Then we really started cooking: last weekend Carol installed the new light fixture, we put in the new medicine cabinet, and Carol got one of the recessed cubbies installed:

cubbie
cabinet1

cabinet21

Et voila.

Next installment (so to speak): At Long Last, Floor.

Second harbinger

Carol just called on her cell phone on her way to work to tell me that the sign at the drive-in theater has changed from CLOSED FOR THE SEASON to OPENING SOON. It’s freezing cold this morning with a couple of inches of snow, but I feel spring coming …