With everything else that’s been going on around the house (baby stuff, ripping up the carpets, rearranging furniture, etc), it’s been easy to forget that we’re right in the middle of remodeling the master bathroom. After a couple of weeks of neglect, we got back on the job yesterday.
It was time for the shower walls to be put up, so out came the sand paper and the Liquid Nails. We’re using plastic tub surrounds, and gluing them directly to the drywall. It’s less expensive than tile, and also lower maintenance. These bathrooms used to have tile walls, but one little crack would form in the grout, and it would just suck in the water. The drywall was basically mush when we finally got around to tearing everything out. These surrounds are nice units that come in five pieces, and you just glue them to the walls. The only places you have to watch out for water is in the joints where two pieces meet, but a little bit of caulk solves that problem. A one-piece fiberglass unit would probably be the most maintenance-free, but we didn’t want the hassle of trying to install one of those in a room that’s not only in the middle of a finished house, but that also has the plumbing fixtures already installed. So tub surrounds it is. Now there’s only about fifteen more steps before we have a functional bathroom.
Sometimes it seems like these projects are never going to end, like the house is going to be in this state of disarray forever, and that the pile of tools and trash and materials is just going to migrate from one room to the next. But we’re getting close. The only rooms that still need work are the baby nursery (which sort of has a deadline), the master bedroom and the master bath. Those three are nasty. Everything else has been cleaned, organized, polished, and is ready to show the world.
Slowly. Surely. Hopefully.