Why Can't I Just Needlepoint or Something? (Tile Update)Monday, May 09, 2016
Here's the moment where I say ah, yes, now I know why I hadn't gotten around to redoing the first floor bathroom. Or to have started then stopped but not started again. Ah, why I've been avoiding this project. Ah. Ah. Ah yes.
Mortar is my mortal enemy I've resolved. Yes. Hands down, abhor. It despises me, I despise it. Never the twain shall meet to be bff's ever ever.
So when I'm knee deep in mortar, my evil nemesis, and quite literally knee deep, I'm thinking to myself, why can't I be a needlepointer or a basket weaver or be a master sock darner or something where I'm quietly, stilly sitting on the couch and not getting myself all DIY neck deep in cuckoo large projects where I destroy then try to rebuild our house?!
Not to belittle needlepointing or basket weaving or sock darning.
|We are gathered here to say our final goodbyes.|
Ok, to backtrack, where the torment began its slow seep in:
Weary I became from pacing back and forth and back and forth past the toilet, eyeing it, muttering to myself about how its presence was holding me back. Sick of waiting for help, I did what I always do: decided that I can do it. I can get that toilet out by myself. And oh, I will.
And oh, I did.
Found this on the internet and within five minutes, bam, the toilet was out. Easy peasy. Why'd I think even for a half a millisecond that it'd be difficult?! Silly me.
I think I assumed it was heavy. It is not. Especially if you take the tank off.
So all right people, clap clap, it is on! Let's get that horrible tile out of the house, gone for good, buh-bye, don't let the door hit ya on the way out!
|Ugly tile gone! Hallelujah, ugly tile is gone!!|
Zipped out all the drywall screws after popping up all that cement board. They were rusted a good three-eighths of an inch down because wow, buying a box of cement board screws* reaaaallllyyy woulda busted the budget....
Standing there I had a decision to make. I had picked up three sheets of 3' x 5' environmentally friendly Green E-Board which surprisingly was less expensive than cement board. Now, do I mortar it down like the directions on the sticker say, onto the OSB subfloor or do I not put water on the OSB and just screw these puppies down?
I, like the flipper's freakshows, opted not to mortar them down, not get water on the OSB. My decision was based on damage avoidance. Theirs was based on profit margin, time constraints, and because they revel in doing crappy work.
Was it the right decision? Can't say for sure but I feel comfortable with it. Especially since I went through darn near an entire box of two hundred cement board screws.
|Bad measuring of course. But hey, new green and clean underlayment is in! Progress!|
So later that evening Mike and I, we're sitting eating dinner at the dining room table which is typically a rarity but policy has changed. I casually mention it took quite an exorbitant while to cut tiles.
See, I prattled, I did a dry run of the tiles which one is supposed to do so thank goodness for me not stubbornly skipping that step. But I discovered with the late addition spiffy border, I had two options: cut 1x1 itty bitty lil' wee tiles or cut octagons.
|Dry running that there tile. The 3x6 border was a snap decision while buying the remaining needed octagon dots.|
|More dry running.|
|Here's where the bath meets the kitchen, how I handled that scenario.|
M: I mean, we can hire someone to do it instead. That's a lot. You know I'm right though.
B & M have an entire one minute long unspoken eye contact conversation parts of which vaguely resembled "I don't know if you're right but you sure seem sure." Several "whatevers." "You're crazy." "No, you're crazy." "What are you talking about?" "You're killing me, smalls." "I thought you loved me." And of course lastly, "trust me, I'm a designer" followed by more "whatevers."
(Yeah, he could potentially be right, we'll see. The octagon dot would look pretty awesome in the kitchen with the black cabinets and the wallpaper. But, likely not with the backsplash tile being small. That's too too many smalls in combination with the wallpaper pattern. Besides, kitchen + white floor + dog + husband? That's...that's inviting disaster of epic proportions.)
B: You realize the existing tile goes under the appliances and the cabinets, right? You know what that means, right?
M: Oh. (pause as he processes that, thinks about getting up to double check me) Oh. (fading from me now).......Well, someday we'll rework the kitchen and do it then so it's going to only be a temporary stupid.
Mike, having lost interest in the conversation due to my parade rain deluge, says "maybe we should go back to eating in front of the television," I nod in agreement. He sighs, "crap, now I just made it into your blog again didn't I?!" I nod in agreement.
|My sweet pea at 2.|
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