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Aug 20

Nesting Project: Tiling the Bathroom

It’s been a little while since I’ve sat down to write a post about my building adventures.  The “tree house” has kept me very busy since we moved in back in January.  I have about 10 projects in the queue that I am looking forward to sharing soon.  Well, there’s no better place for me to start than one of Kelli’s main “nesting” projects that I was assigned: tiling the bathroom.

As usual, my friends Google and YouTube got me started off on the right foot.  I have a wee bit of experience with tiling during our days in Sidney, but I’m still considered a beginner since we used porcelain tile this time instead of vinyl.   Also as usual, I had a buddy helping me out. You will see Thayne in a couple of the pictures.  He is the man!

He and I have a good partnership going when it comes to house projects. We are both blessed with amazing PREGNANT wives, so while they kick it on the couch and watch trashy tv, we work on each others houses’.  They are due about a month apart so we both have been given very similar lists.  It’s worked wonderfully in getting things done.
So let’s get started on Nesting Project: Tiling the Bathroom Floor

BEFORE

Nesting Project: Tiling the Bathroom

AFTER

Nesting Project: Tiling the Bathroom

First Step: pull up the existing floor.  We found out that it wasn’t just one layer.  1st layer – carpet, 2nd layer – padding for the carpet and the tack strips.

Nesting Project: Tiling the Bathroom

3rd layer – vinyl tiles

Nesting Project: Tiling the Bathroom

4th layer – cement board that the tile is glued down on.

Nesting Project: Tiling the Bathroom 5th layer – laminate from the 90’s in bottom left of the picture above. 6th layer – Honeycomb laminate from the 70’s in the picture below.  I tried to talk Kelli into going retro in the guest bathroom.  She veto’d.   Nesting Project: Tiling the Bathroom

And lastly, pounding in the top of staples.

Nesting Project: Tiling the Bathroom
We were able to pull up the toilet pretty easily and then proceeded to leave the “throne” in the dining room, for easier access, obviously. 😉

Nesting Project: Tiling the Bathroom
There was a little bit of prep work we had to finish before we started putting the new layers down.  The first was to cut the door trim high enough to fit the cement board, 1/4 inch of motor, and a 1/4 inch tile.  We went with the logic path to make this easy.  We put the cement board down and then two tiles on top of that, which would equal the total height.  Then we took the best tool ever, the oscillating plunge saw, and cut the trim up to the correct height.

Nesting Project: Tiling the Bathroom
These aren’t all the measurements, but it does map out our toilet area.  When I jump into projects that have a lot of measurements, I find it easiest to make a drawing and then list all the measurements I have.

Nesting Project: Tiling the Bathroom
Originally, when I was thinking about cutting cement board, I was at a loss on what to use.  Luckily, my dad had just got done doing a tiling project and had a great recommendation of below blade on a jigsaw.  I’m not sure what the exact name is for this blade, but it worked great!  Thanks for the recommendation Dad!

Nesting Project: Tiling the Bathroom

Nesting Project: Tiling the Bathroom

And there she is!  We used cement board because it is very rigid and it doesn’t mold.  We put a lot of screws into the floor, mostly around the outsides of each piece.  It is very important to not let the cement board move at all since that is what the tile sits on.  If it moves it will crack your grout and you will have to start over.

Nesting Project: Tiling the Bathroom
We weren’t sure if this was the best way, but Google told us to mark the line with a chalk.  It worked really well in keeping us straight after we started laying the tile.

Nesting Project: Tiling the Bathroom

Nesting Project: Tiling the Bathroom

Before we started laying the tile, we put mortar in the cracks of the cement board.  I think this again helps with a complete moisture barrier as well as keeping the floor stationary.

The other thing we did before laying the tile was laid out the entire floor.  This was THE MOST CRITICAL STEP for us!  This let us make sure we didn’t have any tiny pieces on any of the ends throughout the entire floor.  I think the professionals could start without cutting every piece, but for us beginners cutting every piece is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!  If we wouldn’t have done that, we would have had dry mortar, terrible cuts, and all kinds of other issues.

Nesting Project: Tiling the Bathroom
My engineering highlight was using a kitchen bowl as the stencil for the toilet hole.  I was pretty impressed that I figured that out on my own.

Nesting Project: Tiling the Bathroom
We had never cut tile, but this is what it looks like.  I used a wet tile saw to make all of our cuts.  Pretty easy, but it can be a little dirty.

Nesting Project: Tiling the Bathroom
Here’s Thayne laying the mortar and then the tile.  We would put down enough mortar to lay about 2 rows.  Just in case you didn’t know (because we sure didn’t at the beginning) when your tiling the bathroom or any room, you want to start from the furthest corner so you never have to step on tiles you just laid.

Nesting Project: Tiling the Bathroom
Here’s what the tiling looks like after we get them all spaced and laid down.  80% of the time we spent on the project got us to the picture below.  Once the tile is laid it needs to sit for roughly 24 hours to firm up before you walk on it.

Nesting Project: Tiling the Bathroom

The next step is to lay the grout.  We had a lot of the tools from the last time we grouted, but we used a foam trowel, bucket of water, and a grout sponge.

When laying the grout, the ultimate goal that I was trying to achieve was to make sure all the grooves were completely full of the grout.  TIP: fill the gaps in at a 45 degree angle like the picture below.

Nesting Project: Tiling the Bathroom

 

TIP #2: Try to get all the grout that is not in the grooves off the tile. If you don’t, sponging the grout off is a ton of work!  It’s already a shoulder workout without adding more difficulty to the project.

Nesting Project: Tiling the Bathroom

We’re getting close!! The last couple things I had to finish up was to spray the grout with sealer and to re-install the baseboards.

Nesting Project: Tiling the Bathroom

 

Nesting Project: Tiling the Bathroom
And…it’s complete!!!!!  I was pretty proud of how it turned out since I’ve never laid “real” tile down before.    I’m not sure if this is true, but I feel like I could attempt just about any tile project now.  The cool thing about getting one of these projects under your belt is that you feel like you could really try anything tile-related.

Nesting Project: Tiling the Bathroom

Nesting Project: Tiling the Bathroom

Kelli had me put a couple floating shelves to give the walls a little flavor.  She’s the creative brain behind all of our decorating.  She’s a very gifted lady when it comes to decorating.  And I’m a very gifted man when it comes to doing what I’m told….which ends up looking amazing.  Kuddos to you Kel!

Until next post, which on my current writing trend, will be a couple months from now.  Annndddd Kelli and I could have a new member of our family by then!

-ER-

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Apr 23

Introducing the Finished Bathroom Project!

What a learning experience!  We laughed, we cried, we try to electrocute ourselves.  The Bathroom Project was by far the biggest undertaking that I attempted to this day.  I learned something every step of the way.  Some say it takes a village to raise a child, it took a village to help me put this bathroom together.  I had a ton of help from a number of people (Chris, Jim, Brandon, Jay,  and most importantly Kelli!)  I am very lucky to have a lot of skilled people in my life that are willing to help the kid in the corner with the dunce cap on.  Much love goes out to each of them (I’m listening to some rap while I write this.)  Also, big shout out to google.  I couldn’t have done it with you.

Without further a due I present the Finished Bathroom Project!

From the Bathroom Door

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Introducing the Finished Bathroom Project!

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Introducing the Finished Bathroom Project!

The East Wall – The Washer and Dryer Side

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Introducing the Finished Bathroom Project!

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Introducing the Finished Bathroom Project!

Storage Below the Stairs

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Introducing the Finished Bathroom Project!

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Introducing the Finished Bathroom Project!The West Wall Towards the Bathroom Door

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Introducing the Finished Bathroom Project!

Introducing the Finished Bathroom Project!

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Introducing the Finished Bathroom Project!Electrical Work and Vanity

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Introducing the Finished Bathroom Project!

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Introducing the Finished Bathroom Project!Raise Toilet and Shower “The Throne”

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Introducing the Finished Bathroom Project!

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Introducing the Finished Bathroom Project!

After all the work that was done and the blood, sweat, and tears that were spent, we are very pleased with the results!  From start to finished the Bathroom Project took around 7 months.  That includes casually working on it and many times having to teach myself the next step or recruit someone to help.  Knowing what I know now, I’m thinking we could’ve finished it in 2-3 months working most weekends and the occasional weeknight.

Now on to cost/benefit.  We did every part of this project ourselves and with the help of friends.  I paid all my friends with food and adult beverages so I don’t count that (I was going to use both of those things anyways.)  With that said, we are only looking at cost of materials and the total for the entire bathroom was right around $2,000.  We sold our house in January and I will assure you that adjusting the listing for your house from a 1 bathroom to a 2 bathroom definitely provided returned our investment we were hoping for.

If I had the chance to do it again I would do it in a heartbeat.  It’s a lot of work but I gain invaluable experience, created some great memories with my wife and all my friends, and now can/could not stink up the only bathroom in the house!  Here’s to you 2nd bathroom!

-ER-

P.S. If you want to check out the rest of the post outlining the Bathroom Project Click here or click “Bathroom Project” in the tags section to the right.

Mar 04

Bathroom Remodel: The Photo Catch Up

If you didn’t know the Rineharts moved, we have.  We actually haven’t officially lived in Sidney house, which we miss so very much, since the beginning of December.  Problem is, I still haven’t finished all the posts that came along with the bathroom remodel project that we’ve, SPOILER ALERT, have already finished.  I suppose the fact that it’s complete is a good thing for the next owner to not have a bathroom that is 3/4 forth complete!  If you haven’t seen the learning in process you can check out some of the beginning stages here.

So here is what we are going to do.  I’m going to try and combine a few different steps of the build together and display in mini-posts.  The first stop in our mini-project tour is going to be the painting of the walls.  Kelli is the decorator of the Rinehart duo.  For the bathroom she wanted an airy fresh color since the bathroom is in a basement.  I think the color turned out pretty nice.  I’m not sure what the name is, I’m sure its something slightly ridiculous like Easter bunny teal or possibly spring tulip petal green, but I’m sure she can let you know if you ask.

One of the steps I was most proud of was the shower stall.  Overall I feel like it’s pretty official.  The corners were clean and at 90 degree angles, there were no leaks in my plumbing. the platform didn’t collapse when I stood on.  I mean what else could you ask for?!?!

Bathroom Remodel: The Photo Catch Up

Such an artist (pronounced like art-eest)  I’m getting fancy.Bathroom Remodel: The Photo Catch Up We got this contraption at IKEA.  I would highly recommend this drying rack to anyone without kids as it works very well.  For those of you with kids, coming from a kid in an adult body, this looks like a climbing challenge waiting to be conquered.  Bathroom Remodel: The Photo Catch Up

The toilet is looking good against the New England Boat Moss paint color don’t you think?

Bathroom Remodel: The Photo Catch Up Bathroom Remodel: The Photo Catch UpThat concludes the first part of the mini-post tour.  Next stop, big hole left in the wall.  To cover this hole we had a pretty neat idea.  We decided to make a barnwood door and use rollers on a track as the mechanism to gain access to the hole.  So rather than pull it open towards you you will slide it to the left and right.

Bathroom Remodel: The Photo Catch Up

Bathroom Remodel: The Photo Catch Up

Bathroom Remodel: The Photo Catch Up

Bathroom Remodel: The Photo Catch Up

Again, we used the neutral base paint to seal the door so the moisture from the shower doesn’t create mold or any other disgusting substance that bathrooms create.  I really love that texture.  You will begin to see that theme in a lot of the projects that we do.  Plus the wood is free and when you run out you offer to remove your neighbors old fence so they can replace their “eyesore” of a fence. 😉

Bathroom Remodel: The Photo Catch Up

 The third step is our unattractive pipe going from the ceiling to the floor.  I can’t say we were very creative on this one, we only painted it.   Surprisingly though, it cleaned it up pretty well.

Bathroom Remodel: The Photo Catch UpBathroom Remodel: The Photo Catch Up  Bathroom Remodel: The Photo Catch UpI don’t have a ton of pictures of the base boards.  It’s these details that helped make the room really look like a finished space.   Bathroom Remodel: The Photo Catch Up Bathroom Remodel: The Photo Catch Up

This is one of the mistakes that I made during the bathroom remodel.  I went to put in a recessed light or also referred to as a “can light” at the bottom of the stairs right outside of the bathroom.  I didn’t think anything of it when I went to make the cut but I didn’t take into consideration the floor joist on the other side of the ceiling.  Needless to say I had to do a little drywall repair.

Bathroom Remodel: The Photo Catch Up

Bathroom Remodel: The Photo Catch Up

The final stop on the tour is the bead board ceiling.  This part was pretty difficult because of the amount of angles and large pieces of bead board that we used.  I was able to only use 4 total sheets of 4′ X 8′ white bead board.

I did quite a bit of prep work to make sure everything was going to work like I was expecting.  I cut small pieces of 2X4s and screwed them into the floor joist.  This dropped the ceiling down far enough that I didn’t have any issues with the plumbing or electrical work.

Bathroom Remodel: The Photo Catch Up

For this part, I was lucky enough to have my buddy Andrew there to give me a hand.  His job is a high school math teacher, so that extra help with all the angles that I mentioned before was very much appreciated.  Andrew and I grew up together since we were wee little tikes in the 6th grade.  It seems like just yesterday I was schooling him in some basketball on his old school garage mounted goal.  Good times!

Bathroom Remodel: The Photo Catch Up

Bathroom Remodel: The Photo Catch Up

Bathroom Remodel: The Photo Catch Up

And ta-da!  I know these are great “after” pictures, but there will be more to come.  What that really means is that I need to learn how to use Photoshop so Kelli doesn’t have to edit all of our pictures.  Just put it on my tab:)

Hope you have enjoyed.  Until next time!

-Eric-

Aug 23

Bathroom Remodel: Installing the Vinyl Tile

So here’s Kelli and I standing in front of the masses of flooring samples at Menards.  We’re trying to figure out what to use as our the new bathroom floor.  I really had my heart set on fire engine red shag carpet, but she was a little more practical with ideas of a cost effective, easy to install, and great looking vinyl tile.  I usually win most of these types of discussions(just like every other husband reading this does) 😉 but this time I decided to concede my life long dream of shag carpet in our light blue bathroom and went with the vinyl tile.  Here how installing the vinyl tile went down.

The first step was to make sure that the old flooring was completely pulled up.  You can get a quick glimpse into some of the before pictures if you look toward the end of the demo post. Once the floor has all the old tile removed you want to sweep it and wipe with a damp cloth.

The last step prior to placing your first tile is to apply flooring adhesive.  I forgot to take pictures of this but imagine painting with a normal paint roller but instead of paint you use floor adhesive and instead of a wall you paint the floor.  Simple as that.

Bathroom Remodel: Installing the Vinyl Tile

In the above picture you can see Kelli placing our first tile!  This was a nervous moment when you’ve never tiled anything in your life.  One down, 80 more to go!

Chris was over at the house when we started installing the vinyl tile and was able to lend a hand on how to get this whole show started.

Bathroom Remodel: Installing the Vinyl Tile

You’ll notice a number of little x’s throughout all the pictures.  These are spacers that we used to make sure that each tile was the same length apart from the next one.  You can get these x’s in a number of different sizes from the hardware store which will create the desired gap that you will eventually put grout into.

Bathroom Remodel: Installing the Vinyl Tile

Kelli and I had a great assembly line going when we were installing the vinyl tile.  It went like this: measure(both of us), cut (Eric), peel(Kelli), place(Kelli), and stomp(Eric and Kelli jumping on the same tile!  Not really, but it would look a little funny if it were true,) and repeat over and over again.  This seemed to go really well until we arrived at the tiles on the edge of the wall. I had to cut and re-cut about 5 times per tile because I have a measuring issue.

Bathroom Remodel: Installing the Vinyl TileBathroom Remodel: Installing the Vinyl Tile

Because we were hard at work with intense focus and determination we forgot to take more pictures of the actual installing of the vinyl tile.  Instead you guys will get more final product of the instillation.

Bathroom Remodel: Installing the Vinyl Tile

This was one of the toughest parts of the install.  The round toilet base gave us quite the issue with cutting.  Up to that point I was using a utility knife on all the straight edges.  For the rounded toilet edges I had to switch it up and use tin-snips.  Not sure why that was the tool that I chose but it seemed to work.

Bathroom Remodel: Installing the Vinyl Tile

Here is the final product!  I’ve become a fan of the brown tile that Kelli picked out.  It might even look better than the shag carpet I wanted….might is the key word here.

Bathroom Remodel: Installing the Vinyl Tile

With the tile installed and the walls painted the bathroom is really starting to take shape!  Kelli has been on the prowl for decoration and has found some pretty neat pieces.  We can finally see the light at the end of the Bathroom Remodel tunnel!!  Until the next post.  Thanks for reading!

-Eric-

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If you’ve missed any part of the Bathroom Remodel Project let’s catch you up to speed: click on the links to read more about each activity:

We took our before pictures and got to work on  moving the shower stall downstairs.  Next came the demo of the utility room and pulling up of the old tile.  This opened the room up to getting the plumbing and the electrical work all put together and working.  Then came the crucial step of planning and executing the raised drainage platform for the toilet and shower and then tying it all into the main drain of the house.  Once the structure was in place we could work more on the cosmetics like drywalling and our good looking new white door!  I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about this adventure and maybe even learned something.

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