Sunday, September 10, 2006
Sunday's home improvement update
Saturday, as mentioned last entry, we went to Yakima to visit friends and relatives, thus no home improvements were done. One significant note: A week ago when we went to Packwood, Paige's mother asked us days before to come see her and we declined because we knew we would be busy. Well, it turned out her entire family came over to mother's house and they wondered where we were. Uh, no one ever mentioned a family gathering beforehand or we would have made the time. I know for a fact that her mom has been hanging out with my mom, at the health club, but we're both frankly surprised that her mom (and three sibs) would start acting like my mom as a result. Our time with her mom and one sib (other sib and lesbo-sib-in-law were at work) was pretty okay, once I figured out where the hell everyone was (hint: the opposite side of town from where they said they'd be).
So before the trim debacle, I got the medicine cabinet up. The instructions say to get help mounting it, but since my coworker was Paige the extent of her help was getting the thing aligned... I used the drawers from the old vanity to prop up the medicine chest while I attached it to the wall. I also bought a studfinder, which identified the studs as being 16" apart... the pre-drilled holes in the cabinet were 18½" apart. I wound up drilling holes 1" inward from the existing holes, and managed to cover the outline of the previous medicine cabinets when it was up. Also completed on Friday night was putting in a transitional piece of wood (a reducer) between the hardwood hallway floor and the tile bathroom floor... see illustration, which I can't call exciting but since this item is something people normally take for granted my cutting it to the size and contour of the doorframe then putting it in is at least noteworthy.
I'm holding off on taking the picture of the cove tiles, which I grouted tonight. We bought this silicone caulk for putting around the tops of the cove tiles and between materials (tile and wood, tile and the tub, etc.) which is the same silver-grey as the grout, and once that's been applied you'll get a gander. At least this time I wised up -- instead of making a 25 pound bag of grout and letting it dry in the bucket, I used half of a 10 pound box and got everything rinsed out before it could get crunchy. I made it a little wetter than the directions say because I was going to pipe it into the crevaces with a cake decorating bag instead of spreading it with a float, and I hope this does not have a negative effect on the final result. Anyhow, we're almost done with the project and Paige has already said she's going to start yanking down those decorative wallpaper borders in the kitchen... you know, the ones the previous crackheads put up then painted over/around?
As far as our house goes, we were informed today that all the cabinetry is in. All that's left to do now is the flooring (tile & carpet), counter tops, toilets/sinks/showers, and finish the stonework on the front of the house. They are still waiting for the stone to arrive. Grrrr!
I think you should stain the ivy trim to match the vanity. That's just MY humble opinion.
I look forward to seeing photos of the finished product. You & Paige could write a good, common sense how-to manual.
Paige bought some stain today, so it looks like the trim will be stained to match the other wood. Not a precise match but extremely charming it's gonna be anyway. As for us writing a common-sense how-to manual... that could be an adventure in itself. We read no less than six books when we were getting the tile ideas and instructions together, and we even have two books and a video on how to install a toilet (and I wound up only using the trilingual sheet that came with the toilet).
Ugh, sorry about the wait for your stonework. The rest shouldn't ake more than two weeks if you have concurrently-working professional installers -- one extra week if you don't, or if you do yet you like to BREATHE when you're indoors. :)