Tuesday, November 20, 2012

operation knock-down drag-out: week 12.

well, here we are: Thanksgiving week. the deadline is upon us. now if all went as planned, i would be sharing a lovely, fully styled grand reveal with y'all today. but y'know, things around here rarely go as planned. we would have loved to be done early, but its looking more like we're going to juuuusst make it on time, which is better than late, which is better than never. (read: hey family! dont cancel your travel plans for thursday! the bathroom WILL be done!)

this week was all about plumbing, plumbing, and more plumbing, because no matter how pretty your bathroom turns out, people will appreciate it way more if they can actually USE it.

Mark started with the vanity. before he could install and plumb the faucet, he added knobs to the doors and caulked the gap around the backsplash.

then he tinkered for a while under the sink. the process went kind of like this: tinker, test, leak, repeat. i think he only had to repeat the whole process two or three times, so i would consider that a major success...

... especially since it ended with a working, non-leaking sink!

over the weekend, after Mark installed the baseboard, his dad came over to supervise/help with the toilet installation.

i was busy doing things that were slightly more productive than hovering over the toilet installation process, but from what i can tell it went pretty smoothly. the toilet justbarely fits with the baseboard installed, which we are very very very happy about, since we neglected to factor the baseboard into our measurements.

you may have noticed that we ended up with a round bowl. i was thisclose to giving in and letting mark win and get the elongated toilet that would have taken up more space in our little bathroom, but he actually conceded before i had a chance. i think its quite lovely, dont you?

and oh hey, see the shower hardware in the background of that last picture? no, i didnt forget to mention it, i just took that toilet picture a couple days later, since the only other after picture of the toilet had Mark sitting on it and even though he was wearing pants i thought it might be a bit much to put it on the internet.

the shower hardware unfortunately did not go nearly as smoothly as the sink and toilet, and actually put up quite a good fight. Mark fought back, took a drill and a chisel to his beautiful new shower tile, and came out the winner.

and then we realized that we bought the wrong showerhead. crapbag. but other than that, all we need to do to finish the shower is to hang the shower curtain. which i have all ironed and ready to go. easy peasy. 

so what was i up to all week? eh, a little of this and that. mostly dishes and cleaning and laundry and replacing ALL the flourescent lights in the basement (they seriously burned out all at once!) but i did manage to squeeze in some time to work on my two bathroom projects: the shelves and the towel hooks. i dont have any pictures of the shelves, since it took both my hands and then some to assemble them, and the process shots i took of the towel hooks are boring and no fun, especially when compared to the final product, so blah blah drillmitersawgluenailcaulkpaintscrew BAM! finished product!

gorgeous, right!? once the shelves are hung i'll take pictures of them too. but until then, i'll be busy running around like a crazy person to get everything done and my house in a state of not-filth-and-squalor before Thursday.

trips to Home Depot: this week - 3. total - 21.
trips to Ace: this week - 0. total - 2.
trips to Lowes: this week - 0. total - 7.

times Amanda has cried over this project: this week - 0. total - 3.
times Amanda has cried in Home Depot: this week - 0. total - 0.

days until Thanksgiving: 2!!!!!!


Miss Brenda said...

Oh my! I can't wait to hang up my towel. (I don't have to bring my own, do I?)

Brenda's Man said...

absolutely lovely! But I'm most excited to see you and Mark and the rest of my fam!

meghartman said...

I love the towel hooks!! Gives the bathroom so much personality. So fun!(Meg)

the indians and pirates said...

I love it already!