Backsplash in master bath
This (Tuesday) is the last day of a 4 day weekend and I had set huge goals for myself including (in order of easiest to completely ridiculous):
- Finish the tile backsplashes in both bathrooms
- Finish the tile backsplash in the kitchen
- Finish installing about 400 square feet of hardwood flooring
- Tile our entryway from the garage
- Tile the shower in our master bathroom
- In our guest bedroom, build a shower pan, tile the entire thing and install a glass shower door
My unconventional (big pain in the ass) shower tile
Most of the time, I’m pretty good about setting achievable goals*. I’ve done this work enough times that I can estimate it pretty well. Not this time. As I type this, not one of these projects is completely done. The first 4 are just about there. However, the last 2 aren’t going to happen.
Some of the forces that conspired against me:
- Our 7 year old had a wild meltdown Saturday morning**. I decided she needed some daddy-daughter time. We went walking by the river.
- The lure of a local microbrewery proved too much temptation early Sunday evening.
I actually did put all of these down, still need to grout though. And what is that? Yes, those are my black underpants in the upper right. I’m too tired and delirious to figure out how they got there.
After the microbrewery, I made a very poor decision (perhaps influenced by the beverages consumed at the brewery) to watch the Chicago Bears game. I’m a Chicago native, but the Bears are horrible. I have no idea how they won 3 games. The team is like a car accident, I know I shouldn’t look, but can’t help it***.
- Old nasty man winter showed up in force on Monday afternoon. I draw the line at working a wet saw outside in a windy snowstorm.
- Also on Monday, all of the computers broke at my real job, so I had to log in to work and jiggle some cords.
- I like doing unconventional tile designs and working with natural stone, but I underestimated the difficulty of one of the projects. It will turn out great, but it is taking a long time. More next week…
- Finally, Mr. Buttcrack Builder continues to be a roofing nail in my side. He was the poorest excuse for a carpenter ever and I should have fired him much sooner than I did. I don’t think he ever framed a straight wall in his life. Dealing with these issues is enough to fill even the kindest mind with very bad images of things you’d like to do to him.****
So that brings me to today; I’m worn out and a bit disappointed in my lack of progress. I don’t regret it though. My neighbors just paid $3,000 for horrible tile work. More on that on Thursday.
Mrs. 1500 notes:
*This is a lie. This is such a big lie I cannot believe his nose didn’t grow 10 feet. Mr. 1500 absolutely does NOT set achievable goals. He sets goals that no one could possibly achieve. The sheer amount of work, assuming perfect conditions, was too much for him to finish. And then, after he sets said unattainable goals, he feels awful for not completing all tasks he unattainably set for himself…
**I was supposed to help with the floor, but instead I dealt with the older little 1500’s horrific meltdowns. She spent quite a bit of time in the Uncooperative Chair this weekend…
***Mr. 1500 is continually surprised at the poor performance of his beloved Bears. I am not. I gave up on them, in favor of the Colts and their awesome QB Peyton Manning back in 2011. Remember that season? The one he sat out? Guess who else Mr. 1500 likes? The Cubs. Sigh.
****Seriously, the difference between doing it right and doing it wrong is about zero extra minutes. Make sure the board is plumb. If all boards are plumb, the whole wall will be, too. Not rocket science…