Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Memorial Day Weekend Recap.

Um.... so, we're not done.

We got off schedule the first day unfortunately. We made a lot of trips to the great Home Depot where we now have a new friend. And it's back to work as soon as I hit publish...

So, here is the run down of how it actually happened....

Friday: Bill had all of the old stuff ripped out before I got home from work. (Awesome!) He had found mold on the insulation facing the tile, so he had ripped all of that out and was just finishing bagging everything up when I got home. Inside of the walls looked great, everything was dry, no mold. We ran to home depot and picked up new insulation. I'm sure we bought other things, but with all the trips, I don't remember. We got it cut to size and put into the walls. Then we started cutting and putting up cement board, but we only got the exterior wall finished before it got too late to be making so much noise outside.

Saturday: We had my cousin's grad party to attend in the early afternoon. We slept in and spent the morning getting ready to get out of the house for that. We probably should have left the grad party much sooner, but we didn't... Made another trip to the Home Depot. Picked up new shower head, spout, and on/off handle set. Went home, cement board up one wall. Another trip to Home Depot to return shower fixture set. Chatted with new friend. Picked up different fixture set and other fun things. Finished cement board. Fixed up the joints. 'Painted' liquid waterproofing stuff over everything because Bill thought it was absolutely necessary...

Sunday: Finished up waterproofing. Drying time. Tiled. Tiled all day... "Showered" in the garden hose in my back yard. Thankfully it was dark, but it was cold... and yes, I wore clothes.

Monday: Went and enjoyed some time with my sister and used her shower. Grouted. Grouting went horribly wrong... I'm still pissed about it and don't even want to talk/write about it... Basically I was up really, really late working on it and it didn't get finished there.

Tuesday: Back to work. Fixed grout and caulked. Did some cleaning, but everything just really needs a good scrub.

Now, I'm about to go clean the tub so we can take showers again. Hopefully I will have time to clean the whole bathroom before Bill gets home today. Then we will probably be putting the old, but very clean fixtures back up and hanging shower curtains back up.

After all that... we still need to fix the paint, seal the grout and travertine tiles (Grout packaging says to wait three days, which puts that at tomorrow night. It only says not to WALK on it for 16 hours... I should probably look it up online before we actually shower again). I'm sure I'll need to clean everything again after that. And the entire house needs to be cleaned from all the different dusts going everywhere. And finally, at some point we going to have the bathtub refinished/resurfaced/painted (not sure what they call that), so it doesn't look so bad... marks from where track doors used to be, chips, etc from before we bought the house.

I plan on doing a more detailed post with photos once we're all done (probably before the bathtub painting part), but I need to use all my time right now to get things back to normal over here...

Friday, May 25, 2012

Memorial Day Weekend Tiling...

Today is the day!

Today  is the day we start the last leg of fix up the bathroom! Woohoo! The end is near. Hopefully.

This weekend we plan on re-tiling the tub surround. Luckily, we have this three day weekend to do it and hopefully that is all it takes.

Today (Friday): Demolition. I actually do not like this part, it's messy and a pain in the butt. Bill has a half day and I have to go into work, so hopefully demolition will be done when I get home at 6pm tonight. Then we will hopefully get the cement board up and everything waterproofed.

Saturday: Tiling! With a side of afternoon grad party for my cousin. Hopefully tile will be completed that day. If we're done by the evening, we have a birthday party we will be heading to! *Crossing fingers that this will happen.*

Sunday: Grout! I actually really like grouting... It's easy, just a matter of waiting long enough to do so and then waiting long enough for it to dry to do.... (This reminds me that I need to check the mortar to see how long we need to wait to grout because this schedule may need to be revised...)

Monday: Sealing! Sealing the grout and the travertine tiles we will be using as accents to pull the floor travertine into another part of the bathroom.

Wish us luck! It's going to be a long weekend... especially since we only have the one bathroom. I'm very hopeful that I will be able to take a shower on Tuesday morning. Until then, sink baths it will be!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Ikea Ung Drill Update.

I get the most hits on here from my post about painting the Ikea Ung Drill frame. Awesome! I just thought I would give a short update as to what I've done with it.

My previous post just shows it going from the purple I painted it for my wedding to the yellow gold I painted it for my bed room. I had just left it empty for quite some time, trying to decide what to do with it. I landed on adding antlers. It took lots of searching for different ones, including deciding between choosing between fake or vintage real.

We decided on the Papier-Mache Animal Sculptures Small Antlers at West Elm.

West Elms Papier-Mache Animal Sculptures | Small Antlers on Upper Left
They are no longer available, but at $19.95 for the small, it really couldn't be beat. We did have to decide between small and large. They only had small in stock at the time and it actually turned out to be the perfect size. So, below is what the frame currently looks like with the antlers added.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Better Homes and Gardens: Decorating Book

A couple of weekends ago, my sister and I made the now monthly trip to the hunt & gather sale (20% off everything!). I found this fantastic book and had to pick it up.

My brief Google research found out...
  • The version I have was published in 1968 and I wish it was the one I'm seeing from 1956.
  • I found it online from $7.99 (+ shipping) to $49.99. I paid $8 (was $10, but there was a 20% off everything sale).
  • The general: hardcover, 5-ring binder style, 400 pages, 15 chapters
Sadly, that was it really, except for this little bit:

"Outstanding Vintage Eames Era 1960's Modern Interior Decorating Book

Better Homes and Gardens Decorating Book. Copyright 1968, hardcover, ring binder style book with index tabs. 400 pgs loaded with page after page of groovy, space age, mid century modern furnishings.

Features fabulous Danish Modern furniture, space age mod furniture, and classic mid century designs.

Includes design elements such as:
Shag Rugs, Lucite, Plastic and Fiberglass Chairs, Abstract OP Art, Arco Lamps, Ball Lamps, Mod Fireplaces, Conversation Pits, Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman, Bertoia Bird Wire Chairs, Nelson Coconut Chairs, Saarinen Tulip Chairs, Mod Wall Coverings, OP Art, and More!

Includes designs by:
Charles Eames, Verner Panton, Hans Wegner, Paul McCobb, Eero Saarinen, Knoll, Herman Miller, Harry Bertoia, George Nelson, Edward Wormley, and many more."

-Populuxe Books

I haven't had much time to really look through it well or read any of it, but I definitely hope to find some great things and ideas.

Anyway, here are some shots...

Monday, May 7, 2012

Home Sweet Home.

We made it home safely from our vacation in Mexico! We had a great time, but it's always good to be back home.

And today is our 1 year anniversary! Yay us!

New posts coming soon. Hopefully.