Lucky number 33 comes to a close. Slow and steady wins the race, right?
Ryan’s been working on the bathroom. It’s coming right along. I’m sure you are about tired of all this talk about the bathroom. But, well… sorry.
This week, it was time for trim and beadboard-look panels.
We used the original trim boards and just added the panels.
We had the panels cut in half (4 feet tall) at Lowe’s. Even though we have the equipment at home, it’s so much simpler to get the big boards cut at Lowe’s. Love that service.
Don’t be too proud. Chase that red vest down, friends! It’s a sanity saver. Ryan still had to do some cutting (old houses are never level), but it’s much simpler than cutting the full 8-foot board.
(And in case you are wondering, I’m the red-vest-chaser in our relationship. Ryan does all the major work and I do things like asking for help in the hardware store and getting instructions for floor installation and having boards cut. Give and take.)
I’m really liking this bathroom.
While the original trim is grimy and not very pretty, it’s solid and in really good shape, all things considering. It will clean up really nicely with a little white page and the beadboard panels.
The vanity is in place and we picked up (the wrong size) countertop today. The vanity was a hand-me-down from my in-laws. It’s a nice piece. I’m thinking I’ll paint it black.
We did a quick budget breakdown tonight after buying the medicine cabinet and vanity, and it looks like we’ll slide in under $2,500 for the entire bathroom, including all the re-done plumbing, drywall, fixtures, flooring, etc.
I don’t know… that doesn’t seem too high to me, I guess. The budget was definitely lower in our current green bathroom, but we splurged with higher-cost tile and lighting in this one, and had to re-do all the plumbing and such.
What do you think? What’s the going rate for a new (gorgeous) bathroom nowadays?
Outdoors, at last
In addition to the bathroom, we also tried to get most of the leaves in the yard cleaned up before it got cold and started raining again. Unfortunately, it snowed sooner than we got everything cleaned up in the fall.
So, Ryan bought a mulcher to chop up the multitude of leaves. We’ll use the chopped leaves as mulch in the vegetable garden.
There was very little grass in the yard last year (besides the areas that Ryan seeded). Mostly weeds. The leaves killed most of it off, so Ryan took the opportunity to seed it now. (Let’s all say a prayer it stays warm enough that the seeds take. It’s pretty early in our area to be planting grass.)
So here’s the inside of the fence now. A nice big area for the puggies. Who would rather be inside anyways.
A blank slate. Something promising about this, right?
So, what do you think?
I haven’t updated the full house list in a while, but I hope to have more to update next week.