You know that feeling you get when you do something amazing yourself? That DIY satisfaction of a job well done with your own hands? Not to mention your own blood, sweat and tears? Yeah, we're about over that after a little over 2 weeks on this project.
I think to appreciate where we are on DAY 16 of the upstairs bath remodel you have to consider a couple of things.
Things like what it looked like before and why we started this (backbreaking) project 16 days ago. Also, consider that we both work full time, so all the work is done on weekends and after work in the evenings. This means we haven't done
any much relaxing lately.
BEFORE (eagerly anticipating the day when there is an after photo)
I honestly had no idea how much work was involved between those two pictures. You can find Part 1 here.
Along the way there has been plumbing work,
rejecting tile because it didn't match the existing floor,
finding tile to match the existing floor so we didn't need to replace it,
discovering the new tub wouldn't cover all the old floor tile after all,
tearing out the old tile and buying more new tile,
lots of trips to the home improvement store and lots of $$ spent,
dust, dust and more dust,
and long evenings working after a full day at work.
Then there is the backer board, tape and mud.
Did I mention DIY isn't always as fun as you think it's going to be?
Did I tell you there are 18 stair steps to the second floor and I've gone up and down those stairs too many times to count in the last two weeks and still gained weight?
And best of all did I tell you that we hired a "professional" to install the tile? Two more nights of work applying waterproofing and we get to take a week off......or work on another project while the tile is installed.
I'm leaning toward the week off, both SuperDave and I need a week for our bodies to recuperate from all the pain of using muscles and joints in ways we haven't used them in
For now, I will keep repeating to myself, eye on the prize, eye on the prize, the AFTER is coming, hang in there. Sadly, when it's all done I will have to climb 18 stair steps just to admire it, if I have the energy.
Much love and laughter,