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post #101 of 158 Old 08-22-2017, 07:09 PM Thread Starter
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Looking good

I like the commode right by the window, on our old house the MBR was the same, the sidewalk to the back door everybody used was right outside the window, I used to wait til our son came home after work and I would turn out the light, and wait until he was right beside the window and yell BOO or something

He would just about filled his britches LOL

But he was a slow learner, I would get him about every other night
Haha. I enjoy scaring people. Only view I get out of the toilet window is my shop, and the carport/junk storage shed that will soon be a large 2 stall, covered dog kennel. Going to put down gravel, line the outer edges with blocks, and put up chain link from floor to ceiling. Dogs need somewhere secure to stay outside when I'm gone for more than a few hours. I don't trust them in the house for more than 4 or 5 hours, and I don't yet have a fenced in yard.
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Should be done with everything except for the bedroom by Friday afternoon. Bedroom will have to wait, money has dried up again. Trying to free up a little more money tied up elsewhere. Bathroom is done, except for a little more paint on the windows, finishing the vanity, and the shower. I'll continue to use the shower and bedroom upstairs until I can afford to finish those things, but at least I'll have a toilet and sink downstairs in the meantime. Tomorrow I'll try to get the back door framed in so I can finish putting down the flooring in the living room and hallway, and I'll finish the crown molding in the kitchen and living room. Then once the flooring is down, I can finish up the baseboards Friday, along with finishing up on the vanity. Still have to find a day to take all of the new doors outside and spray them all at one time ( all 6 of them), and hang a few more light fixtures. Ignoring the exterior wall that still needs to be repaired, I'm 95% finished with the downstairs.

A sort of neutral brown in the bathroom, trying to tie in the colors from the tiles and grout.



Toilet corner, with the last unpainted window in the house, and the new closet door.



Laundry corner of the bathroom. There used to be bifold doors there, but it makes it impossible to move the washer or dryer in or out without taking them down. I'll just put up some nice looking curtains.



Mostly finished vanity, and the mirror that will go along with it. In the future I'll install some sconce lights beside the mirror. Supply lines are inside the wall, just need to drill the holes and slip them through and hook up the shutoffs.



A view of the mostly finished living room from the back corner, by the bedroom and bathroom doors. Can't wait to move in my TV and surround sound system and start living down here.



Looking across the living room into the kitchen, from the back door area.



Wish I had my better camera. The phone camera lens isn't very wide and makes everything look small.
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Got the flooring finished, minus thresholds, and some more painting in the bathroom. Have some more before and after shots.

Hallway before...



And after... Notice the wider opening and lack of horrible floor furnace



Living room, mostly before



And mostly after, taken yesterday



Some other random shots



Here is another shot of the corner of the hallway, water and termite damage that was repaired.

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AAAAAAH the good old floor furnaces, I never had seen one until I got to Texas, and for a while worked for the only company in Dallas that would work on them, glad i was too fat to fit under the floor LOL
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AAAAAAH the good old floor furnaces, I never had seen one until I got to Texas, and for a while worked for the only company in Dallas that would work on them, glad i was too fat to fit under the floor LOL
She was a grand old lady. Worked like a charm for almost 30 years. Kept the whole house warm for only cents per day. Granted, our winters are typically only in the 20's or 30's for lows, with maybe a few nights in the single digits. But for what it was, it worked great.
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Sooooo close. Ran out of trim. Lack 1 more piece of crown molding and one more piece of baseboard, and installing the two more pieces of corner trim in the hall, and I'll be done. Still have to go back and paint a coat or two on all of the trim, but that can be done in a day. Got the new a/c return grill installed, no more cruddy, 30 year old off white. New hallway light fixture, so now everything in the house is LED. One more little section of wall needs paint next to the back door where a hole had to be patched, and maybe one more coat on the living room ceiling above the foyer door.



My patch job of the ceiling was so shoddy, I decided to use some leftover beadboard and do something a little different. It divides the living room from the hall, and accentuates the short wall just inside the foyer door, which I was going to make an accent wall anyway, with wall sconce lighting, later. Looks bent in the picture, but that's just the camera.



Dogs are enjoying the new space...

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Been a pretty slow day, so I just tinkered around. My mom had 2 boxes of 4" Travertine tiles she picked up for cheap, that I thought would make a great vanity top, to save me some money. Just so happened they fit perfectly on my top without having to do any cuts, aside from around the sink opening. Already had some edge and corner pieces that matched well enough. So for a little of nothing, I have a pretty snazzy looking custom vanity top. I'll do a single tile backsplash in the darker border color tiles, straight onto concrete board attached to the wall, once these finish setting. The sink is a pretty basic white oval drop in, with a pretty classic looking chrome fixture, which matches the rest of the bathroom fixtures.





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As you probably already know, Travertine is porous and will require sealing.
I really like the look of travertine.

If you don't have time to do it right the first time, when will you have time to do it over?
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Yeah, unfortunately. It looks so nice though. Worth the extra hassle, I think.
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Man you are missing out on the carpeting party LOL

Got the son and grand kids hitting it right not, not real sure how it is going to turn out, but as long as I ain't doing it I will live with it LOL
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Man you are missing out on the carpeting party LOL

Got the son and grand kids hitting it right not, not real sure how it is going to turn out, but as long as I ain't doing it I will live with it LOL
Awww, shucks...
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FWIW, I sold cabinets, countertops of various materials, lighting for 2-1/2 years. I priced our low end granite to a customer and a nice laminate. He said for the difference in price, he could replace the laminate every five years and still come out ahead. I had to agree. Look at Blackstar pattern (can't remember the brand name)- we had a display just inside the front door. People asked what kind of granite it was. Personally, I don't care for granite or any natural stone. Needs to be kept extra clean and sealed two or three times a year. If it gets chipped, you are outta luck for repairs. Corian or other synthetic materials can be repaired, and if done properly, repairs are invisible. There are synthetic materials that are stone dust in a synthetic base. Laminates now come in dozens of colors and textures that look like natural materials. Check them out before buying.
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Well, this stone was free to me. I think my mom only paid like $25 for 2 boxes, roughly 100 tiles. I'm single, with no kids, and I take care of my stuff, so the minimal maintenance needed isn't a big deal for me. Finished with the few last tiles that needed to be trimmed, grouted it and have wiped it mostly clean. Sink basin is just sitting in the hole for now, not going to put it down until I mount the vanity to the wall and do the backsplash to match. Turned out pretty well for a setup that only cost me maybe $100 in total. Got the bedroom cleaned up, and pretty much finished, except for flooring. I went ahead and moved in on the plywood floors for now. It's not a big deal to me, and I'll get around to it later. Started today on the last downstairs room that was untouched, which is the foyer. It only needs minimal work, mostly just paint and new trim to modernize it a bit. I do need to work on the hardwood floor in there, in the future. After 30 years, the finish is all kinds of scratched up and chipped in a few places. Thinking I may just sand it until I get the scratched mostly removed, then go back over it with a few coats of floor poly and call it a day. Rustic is kind of my thing, so if it still has some battle scars and mild discoloration, I won't be too bothered.

Grout is still wet and will lighten once it dries.

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Looking good

Did you use any admix in the grout? If so make sure you do a real good job of wiping it all off while it is still wet, when it dries it is a booger to get off
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Did you use any admix in the grout? If so make sure you do a real good job of wiping it all off while it is still wet, when it dries it is a booger to get off
It's just plain ole Mapei sanded grout. I could have done a better job of wiping it off the vanity and the last bit of floor I did yesterday, but I couldn't hold my head up by 4pm, and had to go take a nap and forgot about it until later that night and a lot of the muddy haze had already dried. I'll just have to do a little extra work after the fact.

Got the backsplash mortared, ready to grout tomorrow. Then I'll seal the tile, silicon the sink in and I'll move on to other fun things...
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Jesse, nice job on the sink and tile top. I'm going to see if I can delete the photo so my wife doesn't see it. lol
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Thanks.

Got it cleaned up, and sealed it with 2 coats of 511 sealer. Also started on the trim. Couldn't really figure out what to do with it, since it was built up almost 1" out from the wall. A piece of trim I had to use on the stair skirtboard was the exact thickness when used upside down, so it got repurposed. The tile sticks out about 1/32" past the trim, and only has very minimal gaps. Not even enough for me to worry about sealing them. Since it ends abruptly on the sides, I'll just improvise and use chair rail molding just on that vanity wall, between the doors. Give it something to dead end into. Like most of what I've been doing, I'm just making it up as I go, and so far it's working out pretty well.



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Thanks.

Got it cleaned up, and sealed it with 2 coats of 511 sealer. Also started on the trim. Couldn't really figure out what to do with it, since it was built up almost 1" out from the wall. A piece of trim I had to use on the stair skirtboard was the exact thickness when used upside down, so it got repurposed. The tile sticks out about 1/32" past the trim, and only has very minimal gaps. Not even enough for me to worry about sealing them. Since it ends abruptly on the sides, I'll just improvise and use chair rail molding just on that vanity wall, between the doors. Give it something to dead end into. Like most of what I've been doing, I'm just making it up as I go, and so far it's working out pretty well.




You have got it looking good

And we still have the MBR to carpet so if you get here quick you can get in on that party LOL

But I sense the carpet laying party has come to a standstill, my wife paid the son in full LOL
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Uh oh, that's a sure way to end the work...
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A little more progress. Was an off day, I felt too lazy to do much. At least I cut the trim pieces and installed them. I ended up scribing the trim to fit around the shoe molding I put around the door frames, instead of running the molding to the frame and notching the shoe around it. More work, but it flows together better. A little loose in a few spots, but caulk will fill it nicely. Also started with the long process of cleaning the floor tiles, where I left too much of the grout.

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