Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Is It Over Yet?

**This post was started on Sept. 18, 2013. It is now January 7, 2019. Yes, that's right. 6 years. In my defense, it's been a busy 6 years, but apparently not exciting enough to blog about. I'm gearing up to start blogging again, so let this first post be the one that never (almost) got published.**

I have a bone to pick with HGTV and all those remodeling shows. Shame on you for making me think I could finish this in 30 minutes, or even 3 days! Someone needs to invent television that makes your muscles hurt and your hair sticky with mortar dust when you watch those shows, so you don't get any ideas about trying that stuff yourself.
So, the vanity came out fairly easily, and I burned all the wooden parts in my redneck fire pit. Sorry, I didn't take any pictures. It was hotter than seven hells and I'm sure my neighbors thought I was insane. They still do.
My sweet friend, Kim, came over one Sunday for supper and demolition. She worked out some frustration by beating the tile around the shower.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Saying Goodbye to the Vanity

Wow, who knew that the hardest part of a bathroom remodel was getting rid of all the stuff  you just ripped out? I didn't think the bathroom was that large until we started lugging out boxes, bags, and Rubbermaid containers of tile and mortar.

Betsy and I decided that the vanity wasn't worth saving. It didn't require much thought, to be truthful. We are pretty dangerous when we are wielding weapons of mass destruction, and the vanity didn't stand a chance.

This is the vanity (such as it was) before.


So much room now! And the best part is that now I get to brush my teeth and wash my face at the kitchen sink. What joy!

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

A Walk on the Farm

While we wait for the bathroom to remodel itself, how about joining me for a walk on the farm in November, south Georgia style?

Monday, August 26, 2013

It Was Bound to Happen

It's been two years since I bought this lovely 1966 brick ranch, and I've moved slowly when it comes to remodeling. I've done more work outside (new pillars, landscaping, etc.) than inside. Well, nothing major inside. Mike and I tore up the dining room carpeting (what were they thinking?) to uncover 1970 circa sheet vinyl. Not beautiful, but better than the blue carpet. Betsy and I painted the dining room (please, let's get rid of some of that beige!), and that's about it!
Friday night proved to be the right time to start an indoor project. The Blue Bathroom seemed a good place to start. It was begging for a gut job. I took out the rusted HVAC vent, picked up a screwdriver and a hammer, and started chipping away.
Whoa! Who knew that back in the day there was no cement backer board, just cement?
Betsy and Kevin heard the commotion, assessed the situation, and brought some better tools of mass destruction to my aide. She and I beat the living daylight out of that floor, and discovered (not surprisingly) that the subfloor near the tub was, well, gone!

I found this terribly exciting. No, seriously, I did!! She and I did as much as we could felt like that night.

Day 2 found me digging into the stunningly lovely countertop. Mike couldn't take it anymore, so he brought his A game and worked on the floor, while I sledgehammered the counter.

The plan, as it stands right now, is to paint the tile surrounding the tub, but get rid of all the other tile on the walls. New toilet, new hex tile floor (after new subfloor), drywall, vent/light in ceiling, keep and update vanity, new sink and countertop. Then again, I could lose the vanity and use the pedestal sink I bought a year ago and put in a free-standing cabinet for towels, etc. I am not married to any one plan right now, because new ideas come to me on an hourly basis!
Today is Day 3, and Betsy and I are dressed and ready to tackle getting that vanity away from the wall and maybe even getting the old toilet out. It's a good thing this place has two bathrooms!