Thursday, July 17, 2008

Old House Remodel

Well, the old house remodel has officially begun, sort of. As is the way with most of these things, it started simply. Smaller Dog likes to play with his water, splashing his paws through it as he drinks, which results in a gigantic puddle around his water dish. We tried to solve this problem by putting the water dish on a boot tray, but that wasn't wide or deep enough to contain the mess he likes to make when he drinks. As a result of this constant mess on the bathroom floor, the self-stick tiles which make up the bathroom floor began to come up. So we decided that we simply had to re-tile the bathroom floor.

Re-tiling was always the plan, I just planned to wait until I actually had the money to do so.When the tiles started coming up, however, the situation got urgent. Here are some pictures, of the bathroom currently, the bathroom at it's worst, and the bathroom pre-remodel.
As you can see, things have gone beyond a tile job. After my dh got the tile up, we discovered that the lovely fake tile on the walls was nothing more than glorified cardboard. And since we hated it anyway, we decided to put up drywall and paint. And then of course we needed a new sink to go with it... Shades of "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" , anyone?
In the middle of all this, we all got a lovely case of intestinal flu. So our two-day tile job is now at a week and counting.
When it's done, however, it will put the rest of downstairs to shame, and I can't wait for it to be done, so I can take pictures and share!


Kev said...

Oh ugh! I hate remodeling.
I've had my fill of that, and we're no where close to finished!!

Rubi says there's a company that will company redo your bathroom in one day. We're going to look into that, but I'll bet it's crazy expensive!

bzsclmom said...

Well, part of the attraction of doing it ourselves ("ourselves", as in I pick the colors, etc and Bill does most of the work-beyond painting and clean up all I do is say helpful things like," Aren't you done with that yet?")is that it's waaaaaay less expensive. For tile, cement board, grout,
wallboard, mud, tape, paint, and a new sink, minus my birthday money from both sides of the family, it's around $150. I'm pretty sure I couldn't even pay a day's labor with that much. And besides, then I couldn't change my mind halfway through a job, or get to contribute helpful comments like, " We've all got the intestinal flu. Get that toilet back in there NOW!"

Kev said...

Oh I'm completely on-board with less expensive, and doing it yourself if you know how.
I haven't the foggiest idea how to do home repair, am not repair-inclined, and can't cut a straight line to save my life!

You should see my DIY home repairs: they're so pitiful looking...