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!


  1. Ahhh... bathroom renovations! We've done a few of our own so I'm pretty familiar with the challenges. YouTube definitely comes in handy ;-) In fact we just finished a bathroom build. Lots of work, but perhaps one of the most rewarding when done!! I'll watch for your progress posts...

  2. Yes, youtube is quite handy when you don't know how to do something. I have learned a lot! I'm quite excited to have the bathroom done as living without a shower/bathtub is crazy making!! Thanks for commenting. ;)

  3. As always, very much enjoy watching your progress. In my amateur experience, I've done carpentry and (lots) of (passable) sheet rock work. I've never done anything with tile. If you two do your own tile work, I'll be eager to see the video. We're slowly (I emphasize slowly) working on our own little fixer upper, so you two inspire us. Keep up the good work.
    ~Elizabeth and Kim

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  5. Oh yeah? Well, we'll do our best to film and tile. I have tiled a small amount in the basement suite before, but this bathroom is going to have considerable more amount of tiles so wish us luck! Keep you updated!! Thanks for keeping us going. ;)