Over the long weekend, Ben decided he was going to get serious work done on the house. Perhaps start tearing off solar panels and cedar shakes to get ready for roofing? Mother Nature had a different idea.
On Saturday morning we woke up to a few inches of sloshy, wet snow. Never in my life have I seen snow on Memorial weekend! Bad weather turned our attention back to the main bathroom. Before we could get working, we needed to run errands. Costco for the week’s groceries, an auto store to get a new car battery for Handy Sammy, and Home Depot for lumber, plywood, sink, and new faucet. Errands caused us to get a late start, but we did get something done before building. Grouting the floor tiles.
Ben likes grouting because it is the mindless part of tiling. Mix, spread over tiles, let it sit a few minutes, wipe off. It’s like Staples ‘Easy Button’ of the tile project.
One thing to keep in mind when you’ve got small grout lines: wipe off the excess grout in a circular motion. When cleaning in a circular pattern, it’s nearly impossible to remove too much grout.
Use an old, wet rag to wipe, rinsing occasionally, re-wiping until the tiles are clean.
A slight haze stays on the tile, and that’s okay. Wait until the grout has completely dried to clean thoroughly.
For cleaning reasons, we decided to use a medium gray grout, Pearl Gray on the floors. In our first house we used white and it did get a little dingy in main areas.
The long weekend started off with a few sheets of 1/4 inch MDF to cover the glued bead board mess of yore.
Turns out the 8 foot square bathroom comes in handy for this. No seams, just 36 inch tall pieces nailed to the studs. Covers the ugly mess quickly, and this room can benefit from bright white trim. Ben drilled holes to fit around the sink plumbing.
And we’re ready for a linen closet. Measuring and marking made building easier.
We’re already short on space. To make the most of the layout, we decided to skip building a 2 by 4 wall. Instead, Ben built the closet just like he did our fridge surround in our kitchen remodel. A few strips secured to the wall and ceiling, then a piece of MDF to act as the wall.
See how rough the framing strips look?
Not anymore. Strips of 1/2 inch MDF cover everything for a beefy, finished look. And the shelves keep the vanity edge wall from shifting.
The bath tub got a little action, too. Ben framed up the support wall in preparation for a granite sill. Still no grout in there. More trim work to happen, then grout.
In our first house, we had trim treatments in every room. Yes, it’s very pretty, but also time consuming. More finish work and more cleaning. But I don’t know if I want the wall panels in the bathroom to look as plain and flat. So, I worked on a few trim designs in Photoshop to see what I thought. Here’s an idea I tossed to Ben. The back wall, straight ahead of the entrance.
Looking at the vanity wall:
The entrance wall:
And the tub wall.
We discussed the hexagon idea and nixed it. We’ll live with the plain, easy to clean walls. But you got a peek at the vanity design. Similar to the basement vanity at our first house, but smaller. Ben made a few changes because we didn’t have enough material for the legs. You’ll get to see that tomorrow.
How was your long weekend? Did you get work done? Or spend time with family?