Day 11: Seal it Up

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Now that we’re back to work, we’re not able to accomplish very much each day.  Day 11 consisted of cleaning the subway tiles in preparation for grouting and sealing the marble tiles so they don’t absorb the grout.

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Day 10: Vacationing at Work

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On Day 10 Ray and I both remarked on how relaxing and nice it was to be back at work.  Ray even described it as “like a vacation”.  I had to agree that sitting in a quiet, dust-free environment and being able to pee whenever I wanted to was pretty awesome.

I picked up a small overpriced bag of white thinset on the way home and we finished the floors.

Slowly but surely…

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Day 9: Herringbone Floor

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On Day 9 we tiled the floor, and luckily it went much faster than the shower.  The complicated pattern slowed us down, but the nice big pieces had us moving pretty quickly.  Unfortunately the tricky cuts near the end of the room, combined with the fact that we had run out of special white thinset, meant we had to stop before we were done.  Plus it was after midnight and we both had to go back to work the next day.

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Day 8: From One Tile Job to the Next

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On Day 8 I had my tiling system down to a science – grab my gear (putty knife, notched trowel, rubber gloves and thinset), jump into the bathtub without stepping on the newly poured floor, start my Saturday Night Live marathon on my kindle (which fit nicely in the medicine cabinet hole), and get to work.

I finally finished the tile on Day 8.

Meanwhile, Ray was cutting our statuario marble floor tile into 6 x 12 pieces, in preparation for our herringbone floor pattern.

Day 8 was a short day because we had tickets to the Atmosphere concert at the Showbox.  A fun ending to a grueling week!

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Day 7: You Guessed It – Tiling

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On Day 7 I tiled all day again.

Ray started laying down the heating wire for our heated floors.

 

I continued to tile. And die a little bit inside.

This smile is fake.

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Day 6: Tiling

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Day 6 started off exciting because I was able to start tiling!  I was practically giddy.

Installing the first row of 22-cent Lowes tile. FYI, the cheap Lowes tile is whiter than the cheap Home Depot tile. And 3 cents cheaper.

I tiled all day, and didn’t even finish one wall.

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Day 5: Daylight

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Day 5 brought the most exciting change of the renovation so far – our solar tube!  Our bathroom used to have a window centered on the exterior wall.  You can see the blocking for it in this photo:

For some reason, the window was removed when the house was flipped right before we bought it.  It did hang over into the shower area, so perhaps the flippers thought it looked awkward?  We did consider replacing the window, but opted for a solar tube instead. This required BK cutting a hole in the ceiling and the roof, and then connecting them with a series of metal tubes.

BK looks down from the roof.

 

BK on the roof.

Its so great to have natural light during the day. We don’t even need to turn on the light until the afternoon.

Goa stealing some attention during a slow moment.

Here's a trick for cutting holes in drywall or cement board - trace the item (in this case, the toilet hole) with lipstick.

Coating the cement board in the shower with RedGuard waterproofing membrane.

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