July 8, 2011

Just Wasting Time

It seems like lately I have been doing tons of work around the house, but have very little to show for it.  Unfortunately most of it has been Bath Crashers clean up, which has been time consuming, but doesn't make a lot of impact.  No items to scratch of The List, nothing particularly post worthy.  For example, I painted another coat of paint in the toilet room.  The Bath Crashers crew only had time for one, and with this dark color, up close it was very noticeable and looked terrible.

Tough room to photograph, you'll just have to trust me, it looks better.

I also had to put another 2 coats of stain and a coat of poly of the pocket door and laundry shoot, since they also only had time for 1 coat on those guys.  Staining a pocket door that has already been installed is sort of like putting on sun screen while already at the beach.  It's awkward, messy and you can never get into all the cracks and crevices. 

Looking much better now that it is a darker color and matches the rest of the wood work.

I also spent more time than I want to recall painting the ceilings in the Master Bedroom, Dining Room and Master Bathroom.  Notice anything?

I attempted to paint around the track lighting, which has since been removed.  See that little brown spot on the ceiling next to the top whole?  That's where the fixture started melting and burning the ceiling.  Yes, you heard me right.  I called the electrician in a panic and he came over to take the big, 13 foot long, scary fire stick off the ceiling so that our family could be safe.  Which leaves me to patch those holes in the ceiling and paint it, again.  Super.  He said he would come back next week and install two new junction boxes for ceiling lights instead.  We're hoping he returns sometime soon, because right now we just have this hanging out of the ceiling.

 I also took the time to finally get all my clothes up into my brand new closet.  Unfortunately this only confirmed my suspicion that it would look terrible in there with out any doors on the closet.   My awesome Bath Crasher producers said that we can discuss options for this next week, so I'm crossing my fingers that they'll come up with a solution for me. 

I've also spent quite a bit of time in the Laundry Room post-Bath Crashers to bring it back to shape.  Once the drywall guy came back to patch the hole in the wall, it was up to us to sand it, prime it and paint it, and then reinstall all the shelving and the sink.  

It doesn't look like a lot of work, but it was.  Oh Lord it was.  Our contractor still needs to come back to trim out the laundry shoot, which I'm really hoping makes it look better because I'm not a fan right now. Hopefully I'll have an updated photo for you on that one next week. 

The good news is we didn't even bother to put back in our old laundry tub, which looked like a prop out of The Shining.

We took the opportunity to replace it with this beautiful (and affordable) new guy:

 I'm not going to lie, it's been pretty frusterating spending my time going back and fixing things that were already done. (Wasn't painting the Laundry Room one of the first projects we crossed off The List?)  But I'm still so incredibly grateful, and feel confident that once the bathroom is finally fixed by the various contractors and usable, we'll be able to make a few updates (like a new mirror, frosted glass closet doors, and maybe some small chandeliers) that will warm up the space and give it the sparkle and character it's looking for.  Then just imagine how amazing it will be when we get our bedroom furniture up there and can actually live in our Master Suite..... there I go dreaming again.  So much to do before then.  That's what the weekends are for though, right? Happy Friday!

What about you guys?  Any one else taking on any home improvement projects this weekend?  Or are you spending summer the way it was meant to be and relaxing in the sun?  Do tell, I need to live vicariously through you!


  1. Our summer hasn't been too glamorous, just a ton of work and a few moments of outdoor fun.

    I think frosted glass doors on the closet is going to give you a polished/finished look. I can't wait to see what you do for a mirror and lighting too!

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  4. Last comment on the night. We're adding a laundry room and I'm glad to see your tub. Our parents are talking us into a cabinet/sink combo, which might look nicer, but we can probably do without for the short-term to save money. Who knows? Maybe it's be okay for the long term as well?

  5. Kim- we certainly looked at those sinks, but in the end, for us, this sink will be such a utility piece as we use it to clean paint brushes, mortar trowels and grout floats, I just didn't want to spend so much that I was always worried about ruining it. For $30 we think the one we got was a steal, it looks clean and it serves it's purpose. Plus, down the road I'd love to make a skirt for it like this fun sink from Decor Pad http://www.decorpad.com/photo.htm?photoId=80851&index=12&currentPage=1&searchQuery=laundry%20rooms&searchType=photos&spaceId=22

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