Friday, November 18, 2016
I continue to participate in NaBloPoMo year after year, but I think it's been a few years since I actually completed the whole month without missing a day or two. This year is no exception, but I am only slightly apologetic.
Saturday, November 12, 2016
Friday, November 11, 2016
The bathroom remodel is basically finished, minus the finishing touches to pull it all together: towels, linen closet baskets, shower curtain, and a little bit of painting on the door. All of these things will be done by Monday (I hope).
I am also excited about the fact that I now get to hang a shelf and/or some actual grown-up art on the wall. I may even take a trip to Ikea to make this happen!
1. Despite my initial desire to try to keep the bathroom "traditional" to the time the house was built, we ended up going completely modern. I was involved in all of the decisions that resulted in what we have, so I really can't blame anyone other than myself. Does this mean I don't like the bathroom? Not at all. I still love it. But sometimes I think about how great those tiny hexagonal floor tiles would have been.
2. Now that the bathroom is all new, I really want other parts of the house to get a similar treatment; I have the remodel bug. Luckily, I have Sam to think reasonably and squash the bug before it gets me to spend too much time, energy, and money where it's not needed.
Thursday, November 10, 2016
It's not a bad birthday present!
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Today we got grout in the shower and the floor. We stuck with darker colors (not that you can tell so much), but they provide a nice contrast to the white and are easier to keep clean.
We also got shower hardware. I have to say that I thought long and hard about that shower hardware and in the end, pretty much anything would have worked. But now I have fancy shower hardware.
The lack of door also gives us a little more flexibility for towel rods on the adjoining wall. There are very few options for places to hang a full-sized towel in this bathroom, and we want to be able to consider all of them.
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
The shower tiles are not quite secure enough for grout, so the contractor moved on to the floor today. I love the floor. It looks like wood, but is actually tile. It took several tries to find a tile that matched the coloring of the wood floor in the rest of the house, but I am really glad we did. It flows nicely between the hallway floor and the bathroom floor, minus the now more obvious hump in the hallway floor in comparison with the now level bathroom floor.
Monday, November 7, 2016
Tomorrow I get to spend some time at the store picking out hand towel rings, towel rods, and toilet paper dispensers. I have a feeling I am not going to have a great time.
Sunday, November 6, 2016
We painted the bedroom yesterday and today.
The pre-painting conversation went something like this:
Sam: I want off-white.
Laura: I want bold.
Sam: Everything else in the house is bold.
Laura: Okay, off-white, as long as it's not yellowy.
Sam: Hey, how about this blue?
Laura: Bold! Yes! But not that blue. How about this blue?
Sam: Not that blue. Scratch blue. Back to off-white.
Laura: Grey/tan slightly darker than off-white?
Sam: Not too tan. Silent Smoke?
Sam: This looks really white.
Laura: This looks really white.
Sam: Well, at least it looks better than the previous color.
Laura: True. Can I still complain to Menards?
Really, the color is nothing like the swatch, don't you think?
Saturday, November 5, 2016
Friday, November 4, 2016
The tile was a big decision when designing the bathroom. I wanted something that was not too busy, not too peach/pink, and not too dark. The first tile we tentatively agreed to was pretty much all these things.
We looked at another store and I found this, which I liked quite a bit more than anything else we had seen. It is white with blue/grey/brown streaks. That keeps the peach/pink out and keeps it light enough without being too busy. Perfect.
After he saw this progress, Sam said he thought the horizontal would have looked better, but we're too far along for any change now. I think I like it, so we'll see how it all ends up.