Sunday, June 01, 2014

Two Weeks*

Remember this post from January when I bemoaned the intended replacement of a shower door leading to the total gutting of my bathroom?  Just in case you forgot, here's a little reminder.  That's my shower after it was gutted to the studs and the floor was broken up.  It revealed even worse damage than what was behind the walls because the idiot who installed it nailed the sub-floor to the dryer vent allowing decades of moisture from the punctured vent to poor into the floor.  Mr. Lime says it was a miracle I didn't wind up falling through the floor.




It's been two weeks* since the work to strip down and rebuild the bathroom has begun.  It's still not done but we estimate it should be done in....two weeks.*  There were delays due to the unbelievably harsh winter.  For example, when you have to shovel two feet of snow off your roof, and then the neighbor's because they are overseas, it kind of wears you out for remodeling.  There was winter illness.  There was the need to completely re-plumb the house.  Little things, you understand.  Then a stretch of free weekends and a flurry of activity brought us to the point where Mr. Lime could finally spackle.  He hates to spackle.  He hates it almost as much as he hates painting.  Me?  I like to paint.  I don't spackle though.  He pretended there was no spackling to be done for a while.  He struggled through the first coat.  He begged a friend to do the second coat.  He sanded it....sort of.  Then he turned it over to me for painting because the only thing he hates more than spackling is painting.  He did enjoy building that nifty little built in shelf unit though.  It's made from local ash his friend milled.




As you can see in the picture above and in this picture, I painted.  I am given to extensive deliberation over paint colors but this time around I was pretty quick about it.  I opted for Woodrow Wilson Putty because nothing says bathroom luxury quite like conjuring images of the POTUS spackling my bathroom.  I've decided to give up on becoming a librarian.  The pay stinks. I'll need student loans.  I have to deal with the public.  I'm gonna find me a nice gig naming paint colors because I am pretty sure with names like Woodrow Wilson Putty they just sit around the pool drinking heavily while they sort paint chips.  Whaddya wanna call this faded yellow chip here?  How about Millard Fillmore Wax? 

Oh and check that medicine cabinet.  Mr. Lime recessed it for me even though it was supposed to be a wall mount.  I appreciated his indulgence in this matter.






Once I finished the priming and painting (and may I say I find it hard to believe someone finds plumbing preferable because painting is a zen thing for me) I turned the room back over to Mr. Lime.  Today he put the ceramic tile floor in. It's starting to look almost like a bathroom instead of a nightmare.  It should be done in two weeks.*















*The term "two weeks" should not be taken literally.  It should be regarded as an estimate for an indeterminate amount of time which could be greater than or less than two calendar weeks, in fact, it is best to just disregard any calendar at all and assume a span of time which may best be characterized by the term "era."  Failure to release any and all expectations regarding estimates of completion date may lead to hypertension, stroke, outbursts of rage, existential crisis, hallucinations, severe nostril cramps, hammertoes, alopecia, simple chronic hallitosis, and irritable spouse syndrome. 

23 comments:

joeh said...

Looking good.

You are right about that two week thing.

Tabor said...

I am sorry for your career decision but proud that you are wise. YOu are very talented and I am thinking where you might fit. Certainly working with children. Perhaps you can write children's books...you ARE funny even if you use big words. That bathroom looks stunning and I am so impressed by the skills you both have!

Bijoux said...

Enjoy your new bathroom........in two weeks!

Suldog said...

Nostril cramps... Aside from my being happy for you concerning your bathroom, you crack me up.

*SNORT*

Anvilcloud said...

I must remember this 'two weeks' bit. It might come in handy. :)

(not necessarily your) Uncle Skip, said...

Your "two weeks" reminded me of something I heard ...and have been known to repeat ...maƱana does not mean tomorrow.
It means not today.

Stephen Hayes said...

A project is always worse than we imagine it will be. So many places for mold and rot to hide. I'm sure your bathroom is going to look fabulous when finished.

Craig said...

Please tell me that the no-more-librarian thing is just a literary device on your way to the naming-paint-colors joke. . . I mean, other than the low pay, long commute, and dipstick bosses, it's a perfect fit for you. . .

Where I work, we have the following (mostly tongue-in-cheek) (mostly) rule for estimating how long a job will take:

1) estimate how long you think the job will really take.

2) multiply by two

3) switch to the next-largest units of time.

Thus, 'two weeks' becomes 'four months'; 'ten minutes' becomes 'twenty hours', 'an hour-and-a-half' becomes 'three days', etc. . .

;)

lime said...

no need to worry tabor and craig, mere literary license regarding giving up on libraries.

Jackie said...

Splendid job on the makeover of your bathroom....and I remember very well why I chose to follow your blog. You are a hoot, girl (meant in the nicest way!) I love your sense of humor....
Love it!!

Beach Bum said...

Want to know about a bathroom disaster? Right after we moved into our current house my wife hired a dude to "upgrade" and then paint the master bathroom.

This "professional" had all the flash but none of the talent. I ended up correcting a great deal of his efforts, including the paint job.

Since my wife hired the guy I "suggested" she call him back. She refused saying he took too long to finish to begin with. Never been sure of her logic on that one but from then on I have a say in who we hire for home improvement.

Kat said...

Pretty impressive for "two weeks". ;)
It looks fantastic! Well done, both of you!

silly rabbit said...

I think it looks great! You have a nice new bathroom. Sigh. I want one. I love the recessed medicine cabinet. I have never been much of a fan of the ones that stick out from the wall. You lose space and in a bathroom space is very valuable.

Xavier said...

Well, I haven't been here in a while but it sounds like we fell into the same trap over the winter. Our 2nd bathroom officially tanked in November and our 2 weeks is nearly up .... once the trim is milled and stained we can install it and be done.

Like yours, ours was about rotted to the core and like yours it involved more than 1 room. The attic is done but we're just getting started on the new master bedroom. Fun times.

We also had our primary bathroom tank in the middle which is always optimal timing .... chemical toilets were our best friends for a week or so.

Jocelyn said...

I'm so glad to see this progress--and am unbelievably delighted about the recessed vs. wall mount medicine cabinet.

It's the little things. Like TWO SHORT WEEKS.

Hilary said...

You're both very talented people. It's looking very good and I can't wait to see when it's complete.. in two weeks. ;)

I hope you find the right niche for how you connect so beautifully with kidlets.. and one that pays well.

Craig's formula scares me. At that rate, our renovations won't be completed for 8 years. (Four months has already become ten).

Craver Vii said...

Ugh. I have stuff to fix around the house, too. There was a time when that kind of thing was fun.

Secret Agent Woman said...

Houses are so much work - but it looks like you're making good progress. Painting is a zen thing for me, too.

And I LOVE the prom photos!

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