It has been a busy week+ in half bathroom progress. I haven’t had time to update, because I’ve had to choose between doing the work and blogging about the work (and, well, catching Olympic swimming), and blogging was a distant third. But here we are.
Last Saturday, we grouted the tile floor. Grouting is just kind of tedious, but it’s gratifying to see the floor going from looking obviously in-progress to DONE in an afternoon.
Sunday, when the grout was dry enough to walk on the tile, I primed the ceiling and walls so they could be painted.
We also went to Lowe’s to buy the beadboard and molding. 4’x8′ sheets of beadboard don’t fit as well into a Subaru Forester as one might hope, but we got them home.
Monday I got up early and painted the ceiling white before I went in to work, so I could do the walls that night when I got home.
Tuesday the beadboard started going up:
The hole saw was nobody’s BFF, but we got the job done. Since this is the only piece with holes, the hardest one was out of the way first. We adhered it to the wall with Liquid Nails and actual nails into the studs.
The beadboard + chair rail will be about 40″ off the floor. That will be about 6″ higher than the top of the pedestal sink, and a couple inches below the light switches and outlets.
The pieces of beadboard were not as long as the walls were, so most of the walls (all except the door wall) have joints in the beadboard. They’re about 1/8″ wide, caulked, so there’s room for the beadboard to expand and contract a little, and the caulk should hide it. The goal was to make it with the beadboard around the corner where the toilet will sit, so we could put the toilet in and not have to take it back out again to finish the trim work. We also needed to put in the baseboard molding behind the toilet.
The remaining days of the week were mostly spent painting. Three coats of semigloss paint took some time. Yesterday, I finished the third coat of paint in the morning, cleaned out the accumulated tools, washed the floor, and the toilet went in — just as weekend guests were arriving.
The bowl went in pretty uneventfully, but when we sat the tank on the bowl… womp, womp, womp. The pieces don’t match.
The bowl is white like it’s supposed to be, but the tank is bone colored. We’d ordered white, and hadn’t checked the boxes to make sure both pieces actually said white. What a pain. So that is still to be resolved. The white sink pedestal is also still on backorder, and will (really) hopefully be here soon. The only positive that I can say for all this is that it makes me feel good about the decision to replace the old bone colored toilet in favor of a white one, rather than just buying a bone colored pedestal sink and being done with it. I like the white with the white beadboard. I think it’ll look great when the trim work is finished and the sink comes in.
In the meantime, we’re finishing the beadboard and baseboards, and will then do the chair rail over the beadboard. New door casing will be part of that, again with lots of painting. Eventually we’ll need to pick out and hang a new door, since the Lauan door that’s there has seen some better days (and even those days were not as awesome as they could be). Solid pine is a possibility for the new doors. Whatever we pick will probably become the standard for the rest of the house as we slowly replace the stained Lauan doors throughout.
The bathroom is far from done, but at least there’s been some significant progress, and it’s starting to look like a bathroom again!