HOUSE: Newburgh

Bathroom progress!

I’m going on day 5 of not having any internet access at home, and it’s not getting any more fun. We’re going to pick up the new modem tomorrow, and hopefully that will do the trick. I’m sort of afraid to check my inbox at this point…it’s going to be a busy Sunday of catching up.

We’ve been making a little progress on the bathroom while we wait for our plumber to show up (don’t get me started on that subject, ugh), which is very encouraging. Evan pried off all of the original beadboard, which was unsalvageable, unfortunately, and we started nailing up the new pine planks in its place. Everything will be painted white, of course—we’re not going for a ski lodge theme in the bathroom!

I also did a little repair work to a rotted corner of the window sash in the bathroom, which was very satisfying. This poor window (which actually isn’t as bad as some of the other ones) still needs a lot more work, but it felt great to carve out all of the rotted wood and patch up the whole corner. I can’t wait to see it totally repaired and repainted. This is the first window that I’ve done any work on, and it’s very encouraging even to see this minor improvement. (Only 14 more windows to go!)

Our tile has arrived, too! I don’t have a photo yet, but we’re using white/gray marble hexagons with gray grout. Like the rest of the house, the walls and trim will be white. If I don’t lose my nerve, the outside of the clawfoot tub will be painted a rich, pinky red.

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  • Reply katie February 29, 2008 at 10:47 am

    Can’t wait to see how the bathroom progresses! Good luck with it.

  • Reply Janelle February 29, 2008 at 11:20 am

    Wow! I wish I had a place that I could actually work at it and change it from something not so great into something beautiful.

    I love mostly white bathrooms (all white bathrooms still creep me out) but I do like the basis to be white with a little bit of a dull blue and pink. (My bathroom right now has a light green tub, dark green floor tiles, a green toilet seat cover which I want to change, and a green wallpaper-thing on the front of the sink. It also still has the green shower curtain that was there.)

  • Reply zee February 29, 2008 at 11:24 am

    Having seen your inpiration file I can already imagine just how fabulous its going to be when you guys finish! Are you salvaging the original tub?

  • Reply alison February 29, 2008 at 12:20 pm

    Don’t lose your nerve! It sounds lovely.

  • Reply Aimee February 29, 2008 at 12:36 pm

    Looks like it will make a huge difference! Can’t wait to see the outcome, and good luck getting your internet at home again. 🙂

  • Reply nicole February 29, 2008 at 1:11 pm

    go for the pinky red! that’s the fun with tubs: you can always paint over the outside.

  • Reply Adam February 29, 2008 at 1:11 pm

    Wow, this is coming along great! Congratulations on your fine work on the window, you should be very proud. Seeing you do this gives me encouragement to try to repair more things on my own.

  • Reply Sue February 29, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    Sounds exciting. I am on the look out for hexagon tiles for my kitchen backsplash– for some reason it’s difficult to find on-line. Care to share your source?

  • Reply Sam February 29, 2008 at 3:05 pm

    Don’t lose your nerve! Pinky red sounds amazing!

  • Reply Vicki February 29, 2008 at 5:25 pm

    Have you heard of a good process for painting your clawfoot? I’ve contemplated painting ours an un-nervy shade of black, but I’m not sure how to go about it. It currently has a layer of white paint that’s kind of bubbly. I’m thinking it was done a while back to hide rust. The problem with doing any work on our bathroom is that we only have one. And I must bathe every day.

  • Reply Kristina March 1, 2008 at 1:53 am

    Sending you lotsa energy and good vibes from Denmark ;o)
    I know you’ll need it….ha ha….having been there myself! I think you guys are doing SUCH an amazing job!

  • Reply Kathy March 1, 2008 at 8:50 am

    Congrats on your first window and good luck with the rest of the work–can’t wait to see the *after*!

  • Reply jennifer in sf March 1, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    Ooo, don’t lose your nerve! That sounds like a great color scheme for a bathroom.

  • Reply monique March 2, 2008 at 10:08 pm

    that is one hell of a patch job. this might sound weird but i really miss doing that sort of stuff. i love projects like that especially when you can see a picture of the before shot.

    The color and tile sound perfect! It really looks great Anna.

  • Reply mrslimestone March 3, 2008 at 4:16 pm

    Exciting. Can’t wait to see how it turns out.

  • Reply ann March 5, 2008 at 12:40 pm

    it looks great! can you tell me what you used to repair the rotted wood? There’s a fix like that in my future….

  • Reply jenn ski March 6, 2008 at 5:02 pm

    I miss you! come baaack!!!

  • Reply maryam in marrakesh March 8, 2008 at 10:19 am

    Hey where are you?

  • Reply lostas January 2, 2009 at 5:07 am


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