Thought I’d write a quick update on the progress of our never ending bathroom remodel. I did manage to get a few things done. Not as much as I would have liked though. I’m realizing that this will be a slow project that we’ll probably drag into late Spring.
The main reason we didn’t get as much done was the weather. Every year in early February Mother Nature gives us a gift of a few sunny days. This weekend I could see that my grass in the front yard has started growing again. Next to the house there are some bulbs coming up. If you look closely at the Japanese Maple near our front door you can just make out the start of spring buds.
Anyway, when we get this early February reprieve everyone in Portland drops what they are doing and heads outside. We know too well that we will see constant rain until sometime in May.
Rita and I woke up Sunday morning and headed out to The Rebuilding Center to look for more tiles. You can see here our tile find at the Habitat for Humanity Restore. We thought we’d see what we could find at the Rebuilding Center then maybe take a walk or go skating.
We did manage to find a pretty decent assortment of tiles. Somewhere around 150. That puts us around 400 tiles. We need another 150 or so. We probably will go to the Pratt & Larsen Outlet Store to get the rest. It’s a bit more expensive but we’ll be able to be more specific about color choices.
Anyway, here’s a picture of our haul. Notice the light we picked up. Hope it’s more authentic to our house than the multi-bulb golden thing we have now.
Not a bad haul I think. We then had a couple of burritos and did a great walk in a North Portland neighborhood that we haven’t been in before. I think it was the Overlook neighborhood? Beautiful old homes from the 1940’s or so. It was great to be out in the sunshine. The homes on the edge of the neighborhood look out onto the river and a train depot.
After the walk we weren’t quite ready to head home. Instead we decided to head out to the Eastbank Esplanade and do a bit of skating. The weather was gorgeous and it was still warm. When we got there it wasn’t as crowded as usual. Probably because it was Superbowl Sunday. I like to watch the game but couldn’t pass up being outside on this day.
Well, eventually we made it back home. I did get into the wall and do a bit of work. The day before I managed to cut out the old fixture and cap off the water pipes. This was necessary to install all the blocking for the cement board.
That’s it for now. Not a lot done but I wouldn’t have spent the weekend any other way. Feeling extremely grateful for the sun and warm company I got this weekend. I’ll finish that wall when the rain starts.
Want to catch up on the remodel project?
Why we started: See, we had this little mildew in the shower…
Demo-time: Who knew it could be so much fun to smash stuff?
More balls than brains: As they’d say at Nike, sometimes you gotta just do it.
Tile me: Our first foray into the land of tile
12 steps to progress: Some principles that are helping us get through this challenge
How about you?
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