I have been working over the last month on a friends bathroom. Things are going to really start coming together by the end of this week. Still a ton to do!
One of the things we are planning is to paint out the cabinetry and "change it up" a bit. It'll save us a ton of money to make some minimal changes and that money can be used elsewhere. She's trusting me, so hopefully I can wow her when I get it done and make her love her cabinets again.
I spent multiple days last week grouting. I had to use two different grouts due to the glass tiles. Worth the hassle. My friend didn't want white grout so we went with grey. There are multiple colors to choose from so I went with the one that had the same color available in sanded, unsanded and caulk. Only one left to choose from (in stock) so that's what I went with.
The white ceramic tiles get the sanded grout. It came in a pre-mixed tub which made it very easy. I did small sections at a time. I've made the mistake in the past of doing too large of an area and getting the grout off is extremely difficult (my husband is still cursing me for that one!)
This project is about an hour from my house. When I spend the day over there I try to make it worth the drive and get enough done to make it worth my while. Half-days are a waste of gas, so in my efforts to use time wisely I also stripped the carpeting. Yep, they've been walking on sub-floor for nearly a week. After the glass and countertops come we can tackle the floor.
Ripping out carpet is a pretty easy task. Here's a peek:
I started with that awful stair, I really hate these things. Do you really need a stair to get into the bathtub? I think it's more of a hazard than a help myself.
Using a utility knife I simply cut the carpeting into small, manageable strips rolling them up as I went. Padding is the same. Time-consuming and a little rough on the knees, but easy peasy.
My friend and her husband are still using and living in the space as I work on it. What a mess for them. I'm sure they look at it most of the time and think it's never going to get done. Hopefully by the weekend they'll see it all coming together, even though there's still a ton of work to do.
Glass shower surround and countertops are coming in a couple days. What a difference they will make.