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the turning point in the master bathroom renovation

You guys!  This weekend was the most exciting weekend in the master bathroom renovation so far. By far. I can't really explain it all, but the moment the finishing touches start happening is the same moment a renovation starts to feel like a real room.  And ghost face and I installed the vanity lights! Actually, ghost … [read it...]

use Olympic Rescue It! on a concrete wall

one more little exterior painting post with videos

Hey hey!  I'm here today with another Friday quickie.  Wait.  That didn't come out right. As for how the bathroom is going ... I'm taking the grouting process one day at a time as I tend to get sloppy if I rush or try to put too much pressure on myself to just get it done already.  And while, yes, I am … [read it...]

long octagon gray dot marble tile

Carrara Bianco Honed Long Octagon Bardiglio Gray Dot Mosaic Marble Tile

That's it.  The full name of the master bathroom floor tile in all its glory.  And you guys are crushing on it as much as I am.  I've discussed the tile decision here and little more here.  And it wasn't until I saw this tile that I finally decided to succumb to my marble tile desire.  I had never seen anything like it before … [read it...]

exterior painting progress

and in other news, more exterior painting progress

Hey guys!  Tiling is going strong around here.  And by that I mean Joel and I knocked out the floor in about 7 hours on Saturday before we drove to Miami. (Might not be my recommended strategy for everyone ... just ask my lower back, and knees and every other aching body part.)  Thank you so much for the input on laying the … [read it...]

laying irregular tile

laying irregular floor tile {what would you do?}

Hey hey!  Happy Friday!  I'm popping in with quick little what would you do question.  You know I like to get your opinion on things that are really stumping me.  And at the end of the day yesterday I had the entire new master bathroom cleared out and I started playing around with the floor tile.  Its Carrera marble in a mosaic … [read it...]


talking tile and other bathroom stuff

You know, when this master renovation project began I had visions of creating these all-inclusive checklists of what to do and in what order if you, too, want to tackle this project.  But the reality is that my mind just does not work that way.  In the way that is clear and concise and orderly.  Its rhythm is more of a roller … [read it...]

master bathroom renovation

don’t forget about the shampoo and other master bathroom renovation progress reports

Happy Day after Labor Day!! This post comes to you with all kinds of awkwardly unattractive, in-between process shots (with product affiliate links to boot) of the master bathroom renovation in an effort to spread the good word about shampoo storage in a tiled shower.  That's right, it's a bit of a sea of cement board around … [read it...]

final steps to a diy shower pan

the final steps of the DIY shower pan … finally

Who's sick of hearing about the DIY shower pan?  :/ There's not even one lonely comment on the last post about the pvc shower liner.  Yeah, I realize this is a bit much for information about one project but I really did want to create a resource where people could follow from start to finish about the project since I had … [read it...]

upcycling idea - picture frame

upcycling idea – one of a kind picture frame {and for some reason some thoughts on religion}

It's been a while since we've talked about a little upcycling idea around here so today we're going to pause with the hard-core home improvement and I'm going to start with my first ever thought published on this blog about religion and that is that I don't really know what I believe.  (How's that for covering a lot of topics in … [read it...]

how to install a pvc shower liner

installing a pvc shower liner {the step I thought was going to be easy}

Alrighty, we're back on track with the shower pan project.  Which is a good thing because the tile is officially on the way.  Which is exciting and nerve racking all at the same time.  I don't know why.  The tile just seems like such a huge part of the final room it just feels like such a big step.  We are so ready for it, but … [read it...]


10 beginner plumbing tips everyone should know

Hey guys!  We actually just got back from 10 days away, up to Maine visiting family and completely unwinding without cell or internet for a few of those days. Sorry for the crickets in the comments and on social media.  Speaking of crickets, we didn't really see much wildlife on our vacation (that transition works, right?), … [read it...]