Thursday, November 5, 2009

Guest Bathroom Reno - Day 5

Thankfully, it was fairly easy for Kevin to sand all the sticky off the plywood floor in the bathroom the other night...



He went through quite a few pieces of sandpaper...



...but he was striking poses on our smooth, clean floor in no time...



:-)



The next morning, Kevin took a trip to True Value in Montgomery to pick up some of the stuff we'd need to finish the floor.

He came home with two gallons of paint, some green painters tape and a chalk line.



I chose "Sea Salt" and "Alabaster" as the main colors in this room. They're Sherwin Williams colors, but the folks at True Value were happy to color match them for us.

Kev went ahead and primed the floor...





...but then we decided he should probably get crackin' on the built-in's first, before we paint the checkerboard pattern on the floor. We're going to use a few coats of non-yellowing poly on top of our checkers to protect it from wear-and-tear and from any water that may hit it, but it makes more sense to do the bulk of the work first because of the amount of drying time each coat of paint and poly will require.

We want to clad the entire ceiling of the room in beadboard panelling. We'll paint it with semi-gloss paint so that it can handle the moisture factor this room may experience if anyone ever actually bathes in here. It's been two years and it's only been used a few times so far, but if we decide to sell the house at some point, we want to make sure it's good to go for the people who may want to use it more than we do.
So last night, we attached the first piece of panelling to the ceiling above the vanity area...



But because we always forget to hook it up to the charger, our battery-powered screwdriver died within minutes of driving in the fourth screw.
We let it charge overnight last night, so today we'll attach the other piece of panelling and Kevin will start building the shelves that will flank the farmhouse table that our sink is going to go in.

Here's a short video we filmed to document the first step of what is sure to be a lengthy process.
(I'll apologize in advance for the spooky lighting. We had to use a lamp because we had to shut the power off in this room so that we could take down the light fixture where we attached the panelling.)



Someday, when we're old and gray, I'm sure we'll look back at this virtual journal of ours and say, "what were we thinking"?!
But like they say, "Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the number of moments that take our breath away."
And since moving into this place, we've certainly had enough "moments" (a.k.a WORK) to consistently leave us out of breath!
And like Kevin says, "hanging panelling on the ceiling, ain't no joke"! <:-P

Happy Weekend!

Layla


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42 comments:

Samantha2818 said...

I can't wait to see how your floor turns out! If the rest of your house is anything to go by this room is going to look gorgeous. Don't worry about visitors - I'll be happy to visit you! I'll probably never want to leave though!

Sara said...

I cannot wait to see the finish product!!

Good luck! :)

foggogs said...

Oh I am getting more and more excited to see the finished project. I am going to show my husband this video and anything else you post on the ceiling. I love the bead board idea and all my ceilings in my house have that yucky textured stucco! Maybe once he sees the changes I can convince him to help me do this in my home!

Kimm at Reinvented said...

Looking good! I can't wait to see the finished project! Can you hurry up, please? :)

Melissa said...

Tell me more about non-yellowing poly. Is it just water vs. oil based? My oil based yellowed and I have some chairs I did that turned yellow over time. I need to protect my kitchen cabinets and I don't dare.

Lettered Cottage said...

Hey Melissa!

They actually sell a poly that is labeled "Non-Yellowing". You just have to make sure you get one that says that on the can. Sometimes it's very small print.

:-)
Layla

undomestic chica said...

Can't wait to see how it all turns out!

Erin @ The Impatient Gardener said...

I'm so excited to see the floor. Hurry up!

Quick question: If you're planning on painting the beadboard paneling on your ceiling anyway is there some reason why you're not at least priming it before putting it up? I only ask because I'm about to tackle painting our kitchen ceiling (which is actually individual board vs. paneling) and I'm dreading it.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh I can hardly wait to see the finished room. I know it will be gorgeous. Hugs, Marty

Jacci said...

Alright - that's it. You all have convinced me. We've got to make a video for our blog. These things are too cool and so stinkin' fun to watch! :)

Maybe our first video should be of the leafblower in action?!

Jacci

kaper54 said...

Hi...

You may want to add a coat of Zinsser paint then you'll never have to worry about mildew etc. it's great stuff !!!

Kathy :)

The Smith Family said...

SO fun! Good luck!
We're gettin' ready to hang bead board on our bathroom ceiling, and just from what we've practiced... (yes we have practiced. lol) it's kind of a joke. lol.. especially when one of us is 6'4 and the other is 5'3.........what?
lol. Can't wait to see how it all turns out!
Shelley S.

Jamie, the Very Worst Missionary said...

sheesh...even your pictures of used sandpaper are cool...

Meredith said...

I am a recent follower of your blog and it is so inspirational! I am loving the addition of videos, they are fun to watch and I feel like I "know" you guys more. How come you are screwing the beadboard panels up instead of nailing them? Seems like one of those sweet nail guns would make the job a breeze. Relatively speaking. I'm doing a beadboard ceiling in our sunroom and I don't want to nail it up if its gonna fall on my head or something! Keep up the good work!

Lettered Cottage said...

Hey Meredith!

Welcome to TLC!
We're screwing the panels to the ceiling because we don't own a nail gun, we don't have the money to buy one, and they don't carry them at our True Value- otherwise you can bet your bottom dollar we'd be using part of our gift card they gave us to get one!
If you're lucky enough to already have one- I say fire away!
:-)

Layla

KJ said...

Seriously...it doesn't matter what you two are doing the videos are worth coming back for day in and day out! You guys are hilarious!

I want to be at your Halloween parties!


I really just want to bop in and out of the video screen to the music. :o)

Hannah said...

I love the beadboard over the funky ceiling stuff, what an easy and cotaggey solution.

Question on a completely non-housey topic, what software do you guys use to edit your videos? We have a few hours (try 25) of our last vacation, 7/8th of which is silly stuff and we can't find a cool way to edit it out or add music or graphics to it...you guys have some great video clips with great music...thanks

Drew said...

How do you address seams in the beadboard? My neighbor paneled their bathroom ceiling in beadboard and the seams where the pieces meet are very noticeable.

Kelly said...

Although I couldn't understand a word you were saying but I must comment that Layla has very beautiful smile and I can see that Kevin is so much fun to hang out with....Can't wait to see the end results!!!:) PS: I am so in love with your dog, can't get over his ears!

k. a-bear said...

great video! I can't wait to see the next installment of guest bathroom redo!

pk said...

I LOVE painted floors, but will probably never have one so I'm looking forward to seeing yours! Have a good weekend!
pk @ Room Remix

Hopeful Housewife said...

You guys crack me up as always! I can't wait to see the bathroom. I'm sure it will be just as fab as the rest of your home!

Wendy @ The Shabby Nest said...

I'm so excited to see this room when she's all done!!!

Janean said...

batteries are wonderful...but that charging thing...not so much. lol. it looks great so far!

Junkie Gems said...

I don't care if you guys ever finish a project because I love to watch how the 2 of you work together. You both crack me up and look forward to new videos.
Thank you for all your hard work for my entertainment.

Heather said...

I'm so glad that you're installing paneling in your bath! That's what we want to do in our master bath to hide the horrific walls. Everytime I go in there, I don't know if I should scream in terror or disgust.

Melissa Tyndall said...

I’m not big on leaving comments, but I stumbled across your blog about a month ago and I Just wanted to let you know that I am totally addicted. I have gone back and looked at your previous post, and you have really motivated me to get a move on doing the improvements that we have needed to do to our “fixer upper.” You guy’s are such a cute couple and I just love to see what you are up to and follow the progress on all of your projects!

Melissa Tyndall said...

I’m not big on leaving comments, but I stumbled across your blog about a month ago and I am totally addicted. I have gone back and looked at your previous post, and you have really motivated me to get a move on the improvements that we have needed to do to our “fixer upper.” You guy’s are such a cute couple and I just love to follow your projects!

{ L } said...

lol...Kevin looks cute. ;)

You two never stop. I'm very interested to see this floor!

Shana said...

I'm loving all the videos! It's so fun to see you guys in action. :) It's gonna be cool to see this room finished!

My name is PJ. said...

You guys are the most creative troopers to ever march the face of the earth! I can not wait to see it all done!

Lettered Cottage said...

Hey Drew!

We address the seams with various types of trim moulding. We'll be sure to show lots of photos of how we are going to hide them in future posts!

Layla

Marie said...

I'm sure your guest bathroom will turn out lovely just like your other projects. I just completed my own guest bath reno last week, and so happy with the result! Check it out when you get a chance at "maries maison". Can't wait to see yours.
-marie

The Covered Porch said...

It's coming along...hang in there with the flooring. We painted our bathroom flooring, and I've been so pleased. It's in the hall bath that the kids use each day, so it definitely sees some water. It holds up well. Good luck!

Sharyl Williams said...

Ok - I work with video and have to say that was the best home improvement video post ever!!

www.reasonablyrandom.blogspot.com

Chloe and Co. said...

You have inspired me...I really want to rip out the carpet in my office and paint the subfloor now. Can not wait to see your finished bathroom!

Vivian said...

Very inspiring to see a YOUNG couple at this type of thing (I have been at it for years... but many people my age, 54, have...not so much at your age!) I have always been in love with stacked, layered white moldings, beadboard, deep white sinks and dark floors. Can't wait to see how wonderful this project will turn out! Please keep on keeping on! Love the music, too! :)

Erin said...

The video is awesome! You guys are hilarious :) Can't wait to see how the ceiling turns out!!

Me... said...

That was one of my fav videos so far! You guys are too funny and I always love your taste in music...that song was perfect. Love the choreography. LOL! Can't wait to see the finished product as usual! : )

Cottage Dreamers said...

I bet you'll be using that bathroom more yourself because it sounds like it's going to be beautiful! I'd look for reasons to be in there! Love your videos!!

Briasmama said...

I can't wait to see how the floor turns out, haven't seen this done before.

The DIY Show Off said...

Catching up...

I'm so excited about your floors since it's nearly the exact same project we're working on! I have my primer, paint and non-yellowing poly too. I'm not doing a checkerboard pattern but I can't wait to see how yours turns out. I wonder if I should hold off and see how yours turns out first? lol

Good luck!
Roeshel