why, hello, strangers! sorry we've been so absent from blogging lately. we're still trying to get used to being a family of four. it turns out our newest member isn't a big fan of sleep -- and i'm beat trying to keep up with him. meanwhile, fish is winning all the bread for our family and making sure K still gets plenty of attention.
in house news, our powder room renovation has finally started --
from the bottom up!
from the bottom up!
this renovation was meant to be a quick refresh, but it has turned into a full-blown "replace everything but the toilet" kind of situation.
*** lots of demo pictures coming up, stick with me... ***
next came removing the toilet, sink, and rest of the tiles.
fish then removed the old cement board:
once the cement board was gone, he had to replace a few rotting planks.
ready for a new subfloor and cement board.
shopping for mortar:
K looks so big now that there's a new baby in the house. :(
laying down the new cement board:
time for tile.
from the beginning, we wanted white hex or white penny tile. we headed to a local reuse warehouse with a healthy selection of reclaimed building materials (i believe it's similar to habitat for humanity's restore, but i've never been to one to know.) to check out their stock.
lots of square and subway tiles...
we almost scored on white hex tile for $1/sq ft...but the warehouse didn't have quite as much as we needed. sad face. we contacted the manufacturer to order one more box, but (as we expected) they couldn't guarantee that the new tiles would exactly match the reclaimed ones.
sooo we ended up buying new tile for as cheap as we could find it, a little over $5/sq ft.
we found the tile company's slogan a little over-the-top.
improving lives, really?
fish working meticulously...
we chose light gray grout:
it took fish a few hours to grout.
here's the finished floor:
fish is, of course, not totally satisfied with it, perfectionist that he is.
i think it looks exactly like it did in my dreams.
next installment: the walls.
or maybe the door.
depends on what
we fish gets done. :)