Thursday, November 29, 2012

operation knock-down drag-out: week 13.

well, we took it right down to the wire, but the bathroom got done before Thanksgiving! sure, Mark was adding the finishing touches and cleaning all the construction mess while i was en route to  the airport to pick up my mom, dad, and brother, but by the time we got to the house, the bathroom was looking something like this:

everything is done done done done done! and the best part is that in its inaugural weekend it has survived the use and abuse of 9 people for 4 days (mostly) unscathed. there is still a teeny tiny leak in the shower that needs to be addressed, but Mark is confident that its an issue within the fixture itself and not with any of the plumbing that's behind the walls. 

speaking of the shower, remember how i mentioned last week that we bought the wrong showerhead? turns out its harder than we thought it would/should be to find a showerhead that swivels, and we actually bought the wrong showerhead two more times before we found the right one. fourth times the charm? note to future self: the Depot tends to have a better selection of building materials, but Lowes has the better selection of the finishing touches.

did you notice the shelves i finally finished? i can't take the creativity credit for these, since i totally stole the project idea from a pinterest link, but i think they look fabulous in my bathroom. they gave me an excuse to play with power tools and make a sawdusty mess, and i only needed Mark's help a little at the very end, so i'm pretty proud of them.

the shelves are almost entirely decorative at this point, but could at some point be used to hold some more useful stuff. for now, on the top shelf i have a framed free printable that i found through pinterest, and a fake starfish that i cleaned up after i found it in the flowerbed by my mailbox last week. 

on the bottom shelf, there is a glass container from walmart that holds q-tips, an empty metal bucket from ikea, and a bear-shaped bar of soap that my mom brought from Yellowstone.

also on the bottom shelf is the old beer bottle that we found under the old tub during the demolition phase of this project. yes, i know its totally random and weird and it might make us seem like crazy alcoholics who keep their beer stashed all over the house, but this bottle had lived in this room for the past 29 years and i just feel like it would be wrong for it to live anywhere else.

there are not enough words to express just how good it feels to have this room completely finished and functional. Mark has declared this to be the last major house project for the year, which is a good thing since i've already managed to fill almost every weekend from now until next year with various sorts of holiday fun that does not include power tools or plumbing or renovating anything. this is it, folks. for now.

trips to Home Depot: this week - 3. total - 24.
trips to Ace: this week - 0. total - 2.
trips to Lowes: this week - 3. total - 10.

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: -7. and i miss everyone already.

total cost of bathroom reno: $2210. and worth every penny.

1 comment:

Minnie said...

Looks beautiful! You both did a great job! You could wrap twine around beer bottle to dress it up.