I ended up taking the whole day off on Wednesday, so I didn’t have a half bathroom update to share yesterday. But yesterday, I got busy and finished up the tile. I thought that I could get the tile finished and the rest of the trim installed, but I was so wrong! I have no idea why the tile took so long. It’s just a small border in a tiny room, and part of it was already installed. And yet, it’s the only thing I got done yesterday, and it took me a ridiculous amount of time to finish.
Oh, well. Some projects are just like that. 🙂 But I’m so glad to have it finished. I always love seeing the big difference that grout makes on tile. If you’ll remember, this is what it looked like before…
And here it is now, all grouted and bright.
It seems like every time I install tile, there’s a pretty long lag between the install and the grout, and I get used to seeing the tile with the dark shadows between them that look like black or dark gray grout lines. And I always think, “Ugh, that’s not how that tile was supposed to look.” But then I grout, and it totally changes the look of the tiles.
I’m so glad to have this done. I’ve been procrastinating because it required me to get out my tile saw, and that’s low on my list of tools that I like to use. But as it turns out, I really only needed to cut about eight tiles in total, so it wasn’t a big deal.
Now before I get the inevitable questions about why I didn’t finish the wall first before installing the crown and wainscoting border, let me just go ahead and share my reasoning. I did it this way because I wanted to. 😀 That’s it. If you’ve been around here for long, you know that I don’t always (or ever) do things in the order in which they make the most sense, but things always seem to work out in the end. And I am dreading doing that wall simply because I’m out of the paints that I mixed for the walls. So that means that I’m going to have to trial and error my way through mixing six colors to match what I’ve already done. I’m dreading it, and procrastinating as long as I can.
But for now, I’m just going to pat myself on the back for finishing the tile. Future Kristi will worry about the wall. 😀
So as of this morning, my “to do” list for the bathroom looks like this…
- Raise vanity 1/2 inch (in progress, but still needs paint)
- Install HVAC air duct vent
Install ceiling lightDone! Install crown moldingDone!
- Put a clear coat protective finish on the upper walls (just on the “wallpaper” design)
- Install wall trim — chair rail, picture frame molding, baseboards
Finish installing the tile and then groutDone!
- Wood fill, sand, caulk prime and paint all of the trim
- Paint the bathroom door and install the pull
Install the mirrorDone!
- Install two outlets and outlet/switch covers (in progress!)
- Finish the wall design and remove all of the tape
- Install the toilet
- Print and frame photo print for wall
- Find a privacy solution for the window (tried and failed…I’ll try again!)
Ugh. When I look at the room, it doesn’t seem like there’s that much left to do. But that list says otherwise! I’ll just keep pressing on until it’s done.