Thursday, January 28, 2010

Upstairs Bathroom

The grout is cured and I sealed the stone yesterday. I took my first shower in it this morning and it's awesome!

I finished putting up the sheetrock yesterday also. I still need to mud it though. Then I can paint and install the sink and toilet.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Shower is complete

I finally finished the shower.

Now I just have to wait three days for the grout to cure then I can seal it. In the mean time I'll be hanging the greenboard and installing the toilet and sinlk.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Bathroom Floor

Yesterday I finally got around to laying the bathroom floor. I had temporarily installed the toilet a few months back so I removed it first.

Then I laid down the backer board.

and then laid the travertine.

Today I'll finish tiling the curb and hopefully grout everything.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Shower Walls

The shower walls are done with the exception of the bottom row. I will finish that on the next day or so once the rest of the wall is completely set.

The flash is making the filled in portions of the travertine look glaringly white but it's not like that in person. Maybe once I seal it it will look better in pictures.

Once I finish the bottom row of tile I still need to tile the bathroom floor and the curb, then it's on to grouting.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Shower Floor Tile

Yesterday I laid the floor tile in the shower. The tile is 1 3/4 x 1 3/4 Noce tumbled travertine.

I laid out the sections around the drain first and made all the needed cuts.

Then I mudded and laid the tile.

Next it's on to the walls...

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Finishing the mud bed

I finished up the mud bed yesterday.

First I finished installing the backer board.

Then I installed the wire mesh around the curb.

Then I started laying the mud.

This is what happens when you leave for a half a second and you have a curious kitty in the house.

Here is the finished mud bed.

It should be ready for tile this afternoon.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Shower Liner

I've installed the shower liner and most of the backer board.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Shower mud bed

I've finally began working on the upstairs shower.

Next I put aluminum flashing all around the edges of the shower since there was a small gap between the floor and walls. Then I put down felt and wire mesh.

At this point I realized that I needed to fix the hole in the back wall before I put the mud down.

This hole was the original access to the attic above the dining room and kitchen. The boards I took from the new access in the nursery fit perfectly.

The mud came next.

Getting the mud perfectly smooth and sloped was hard, my trowel was too big so I ended up doing most of it with my bare hands.

Here is what it looks like this morning.

Looks like it's just about dry. This afternoon I'll put the liner down then the final mud bed.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Kitchen Paint

For the past few days I've been working on getting the kitchen ready to paint. Sorry I dont have any work in progress pics... First I mudded and sanded the walls then began working on the trim. The door and window casings were in horrible shape. I had to scrape and sand them first. Next I installed them, fixed any holes and cracks with wood putty then primered them.

Finally I was ready to paint. The color is a goldish yellow. We picked out the color then found almost an exact match in the oops section. It saved us more than half and to top it off it's Valspar's premium paint.

I also sealed the backsplash with two coats of sealer. All the switch plates on the backsplash are oil-rubbed bronze. The plates in the rest of the kitchen are painted wood.

Here are a few pictures:

Left to do in the kitchen is install the crown on the ceiling, install the crown on the cabinets, install the light bars, and install the toe kicks. I'll be moving on the the upstairs bathroom next though. I need to get the shower built ASAP, the downstairs bathroom is an addition on the outside of the house and isn't insulated very well so it gets very cold in there. This makes it hard to take baths.