Thursday, July 28, 2011

Bathroom Reno Update #3

LL says:

Well, we were up til 1am last night putting the tile in the bathroom shower. Holy crap, thinset mortar is some messy stuff! It looks like we had a mud fight in there! But the tiles are looking good. Well, I'm sure that they will look good once the thick layer of anger that is floating around in there dissipates.

Did I mention that our house is not level or true? Anywhere? That includes the bathroom. We tried to our best to make it level but of course, since we are amateurs, we didn't reach that goal - to be straight. I'm pretty darn sure that I will never make that a goal in life.

Anyhoo - Cool J is working tonight therefore I have to finish off the last of the tiling and clean up the drywall dust, dried thinset mortar mud and tile shards before the inlaws arrive tomorrow. Oh, and a tool bomb went off in our kitchen and patio. So, lots to do - lots to do.

Here is one of the many videos that I watched to learn how to tile. Home Depot had a pretty thorough explanation and we based our plans around theirs.

We didn't start from the middle of the wall though, which might have been a mistake. We made due though. It seemed that I had the knack for placing the tiles, and Cool J took on the cutting of the tiles. It took her awhile to get the knack.

We did have a small miracle though! I tend to have faith in reno miracles and just show up to the supply store and wish myself one. It happened 2 times at Home Depot and now just recently at Lower Mainland Ceramics. We were having a struggle disagreement full on fight regarding how to deal with tiling around our window. Since we are amatuers (did I mention that?), we didn't FULLY measure out how the tiles would EXACTLY fit on the wall, therefore the window coverage came as a surprise! We came up short and started brainstorming what to do. Add a decorative border? Put a huge plastic trim around it? We were stuck. So, we headed back down to Lower Mainland Ceramics and said "Doug - help!!!" After walking around the store, looking for decor options, Doug pulls out of his closet the perfect thing...ceramic corner pieces!! Here I am excited about the miracle that happened before my eyes.

Tile miracle!!
And let me just say, the miracle happened just in time. We were about to break up over tiling! I thanked Doug for saving our relationship and off we went. Once the season 3 of Lez Renovate starts, you will be hearing more about our saviour, Doug.

In the meantime, the question of the week is: What would you like to have in your dream bathroom?

Ok, that's it for now as time is a wastin' and I gotta get back to it. Have yourself a fabulous weekend!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Bathroom Reno Update #3

Ok, ok, ok. I know it has been awhile since we have updated you on all things bathroom. Well, we have been uber busy and haven't had time to collect our thoughts let alone write them down. But today is Sunday and I'm sitting on the couch with a coffee and Menue, watching youtube videos on how to apply tape/mortar to a tub enclosure.

So where did we leave off? I'll have to read the last post to see...

...ok, I'm back.

The amount of work that was laid out before me in the last post seems like decades ago! Insulate the wall, install electrics, cut a hole for the ceiling fan, hang the drywall and Green E-board and make recessed shelves. WELL - I can safely say that we completed that list by 80%! Just yesterday, we put the last of the drywall up. And of course all of that other stuff had to be done before we put the drywall up. So yayyyy us!

And now we are onto the taping/mudding stage of the process. When we fixed the basement suite we hired a guy to do the drywall, although I was around to assist and learn. He taught me some valuable things. Like, wear a mask when you are sanding the mud, use con-fill to fill big holes and blare classic rock. Well, I knew about the classic rock thing a long time ago. In any case, my acquired knowledge has brought me to believe that I can pull off doing it all myself (and Cool J or course). But I feel nervous. If you don't do a good job, its TOTALLY noticeable. If the joins aren't covered properly, you can see them, if you don't have straight (gayly forward) lines in your ceiling, the rest of the room looks crooked, if you don't blare classic rock when you are doing it, you are not a real renovator and your project is fake. So here is the first of the taping/mudding.

Cornering is tough!

Impressed by Cool J's electrical box cutouts? I am.

So far so good. Now its onto the thinset mortar taping in the tub. Which I haven't done before. That is why I am watching youtube videos on how to do it. Of course I get sidetracked and watch a few kitten videos. Don't you?

Right. Applying mortar to a tub. Right. Like this:

Ok, enough dilly-dallying! Lez Renovate!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Bathroom Reno Update #2

The other night we made burgers and sat on our patio looking at the calender trying to figure out the schedule of finishing the bathroom. We kind of have a time limit since we have family coming up to visit at the end of July. Oops. So, we looked at our list of things to do, perused our respective schedules and almost started crying. Work is very busy for both of us! So renovations have to happen on the weekends and the odd weekday evening. Lots to do. Lots to do.

And have I mentioned that I hate dealing with drywall? Hence, I am not very good at it. If you don't like doing something, you tend to not be very good at it. And I especially dislike the mudding/sanding process. It takes clean lines and dirty lungs. We discussed that it might be smart to hire Pete back to work his magic. I am hesitant though. It's Lez Renovate! Meaning, Let's Renovate! Meaning - we do it! But sometimes I have to admit defeat and get a professional to do it and save myself the agony. As Cool J's family says, "Spend the extra 6 bux!". Hire a professional.

Speaking of professionals, Cool J has a mini-crush on our plumber! She managed to stop herself from flirting and making him feel awkward. Which she felt was a smart idea because she didn't want him to feel weird. I say that it was good that she stopped herself because it would feel weird when she would be sleeping on the couch if she did!

So what's next for the bathroom? Well, Cool J is out of town for a week and I'm staying behind, once again, to work and renovate. In the next while I need to complete the electrics, including the Nuheat we decided to install, cut a hole in the ceiling for the fan, insulate the outer wall, hang all the drywall and massively heavy Green E board and build recessed shelving. Phew.

Let's talk about Nuheat for a second. This is a little something we like to call heated floors. I don't think we would of entertained the idea of heated floors if we didn't live in a suite for 6 months that had it. It was wall to wall. In the bedroom, living room, kitchen and of course, the bathroom. And the bathroom was pretty much covered in tile. It was a beautiful bathroom, inspiring us to get our own magical place where we can lie down in the dead of winter when the plastic on our windows isn't quite do the job of keep the heat in. I'm excited. We may be fighting over the bathroom more often, great.

And Green E board. What's this you ask? Well, apparently its the heaviest "drywall" known to man, unbeknownst to us. Cool J researched this product and its basically enviro-friendly, mold resistant gypsum. We are putting this in our shower and using it for backboard for tiling. When we picked it up at Standard Building Supplies we had no idea that we would be yelling at each other while transferring from the van to the backyard because of being so heavy and for us having extremely short fuses.

This better turn out to be the most amazing renovation or I am going to lose it.

Anyways, our schedule is tight so I may be knocking on friends doors to help me at some point. Anyone willing to lend a hand in the next couple weeks? Nothing major, it would include beer or some other drink of choice! Plus, you could be an internet star in one of our videos. Only if you want!

Speaking of videos, we are going to be posting again soon - don't worry! We have a plan. ;)