Tuesday, September 18, 2012

operation knock-down drag-out: week 3.

so i was all prepared to get next to nothing done on the bathroom this week. in fact, i had the post pretty much all pre-written in my head. it went something like this:

"so, not a lot happening in the guest bathroom this week. it turned out to be a pretty busy week around here, what with monday night football, tuesday night softball, wednesday night community group, thursday happy hour, and then camping all weekend. busy, busy, dreadfully busy, much much too busy for working on the bathroom. so no new progress to report here. check back next week."

while part of that turned out to be true, (seriously, i dont think Mark and i had an actual conversation until thursday night) we didnt end up going camping this weekend. sadface. because it would have been a gorgeous weekend for it. so instead of having hilarious anecdotes about my nature-related mishaps that were certain to accompany two days in the wilderness, you'll have to settle for listening to me yap a little about the progress mark managed to make on the bathroom over the weekend.

first up: finishing the subfloor. just to recap a little: since we removed three layers of flooring when we demo'd the old bathroom, Mark had to build up the subfloor with plywood so that the new tile floor will be the same height as the hardwood in the hallway. we accomplished this by layering 1/4" plywood over 1/2" plywood. (why not just use 3/4" plywood? lets just call that one a slight miscalculation) each layer is glued down with subfloor adhesive, and secured with a zillion screws.

next up: fixing up the rest of the walls. this involved some large-ish areas of drywall patching around the tub area, removing the last lingering bits of nasty wallpaper, sanding and scraping all the walls to get rid of lumpy areas, and starting to throw up some tape and mud over all the various cracks and holes.

its not a ton of progress, but its more than i was expecting to get done this week, so i'll take it. plus, i got to do some fun little things like buying paint (finally decided on ice folly!) and listing a few of the still-in-good-shape-but-just-not-our-style things on craigslist.

a little leery of the word "folly" in the name, but excited nonetheless.

if you were to judge our progress based on photos alone, you probably wouldnt notice much of a difference between last week and this week. but just the fact that we got to buy paint this week (and knowing that soon that paint is going to be on the walls!) is keeping me excited about this project.

trips to Home Depot: this week - 1. total - 8.
trips to Ace: this week - 0. total - 2.
trips to Lowes: this week - 0. total - 2.

times Amanda has cried over this project: this week - 0. total - 1.
times Amanda has cried in Home Depot: this week - 0. total - 0.

days until Thanksgiving: 72.

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