HOUSE: Newburgh

The wall tiles are done!

Well, almost done. Tomorrow we have to grout them. So far, this project has gone much better than I expected it to.

Still to come in the bathroom:
→ hang drywall in shelving area
→ prime & hang beadboard
→ repair ceiling/upper walls
→ repair window & build screen
→ paint door, rehang
→ set floor tiles (matte black pennyrounds)
→ add baseboard moldings and cap rail to beadboard
→ stain threshold, install
→ paint beadboard/trim (white? black? or…?)
→ plumbers in to finish work
→ build shelves
→ hang mirror
→ install overhead light and sconces
→ install towel radiator
→ mount shower curtain rod
→ …details…

I figure we’ll be done by June. Sigh.

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  • Reply Adam January 24, 2009 at 11:34 pm

    You guys did a superb job! I’m so proud of you!

  • Reply miss ripley January 25, 2009 at 12:03 am

    This looks great! Good work!

  • Reply Heather January 25, 2009 at 12:05 am

    gorgeous! i love subway tiles. your floors are going to be black? amazing.

    hang in there! june’s not THAT far away – and it will be totally worth it when you have an amazing, gorgeous bathroom.

  • Reply hollandv January 25, 2009 at 12:26 am

    You have endless stamina. Great results.

  • Reply katie c January 25, 2009 at 12:54 am

    you’ve totally inspired me to do our tile work ourselves! i’m even almost excited about it…

  • Reply Katja January 25, 2009 at 1:59 am

    looks great!

  • Reply another anna January 25, 2009 at 3:37 am

    pleasepleaseplease do not keep me in suspense anymore! I need to see these painted wood floors, or I might die.
    🙂 tiles look lovely.

  • Reply Elisabet January 25, 2009 at 7:08 am

    It looks so good. Only four weeks now before they come to renovate our bathroom. The only thing we will do ourselves is painting the walls and ceiling. I am so impressed you have the energy to do so much work yourselves. Well, we have other projects we will do all by ourselves this spring.

  • Reply Lena January 25, 2009 at 7:16 am

    I have all my bathroom work in front of me. It’s great to see your process! It makes me see the light…

  • Reply euni January 25, 2009 at 8:22 am

    Beautiful, you are almost there… at least there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Awesome. 🙂

  • Reply lisa January 25, 2009 at 10:14 am

    Inspiring! Beautiful!

  • Reply January 25, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    Looks great! Subway tiles are definitly the way to go! We just renovated our bathroom, and getting the finishing details is just so time consuming!

  • Reply Tommy January 25, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    Looking good! Where did you get your pennyround tile from? I went to Lowe’s and they looked at me like I was crazy when I requested it.

  • Reply Justine January 25, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    I subscribe to your blog and I just love your energy and excitement about remodeling. Until I’m done with college and doing the apartment thing, you keep me excited about being a homeowner 🙂

  • Reply Jessica January 25, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    Anna – Thank you so much for your blog! Your work ethic on the projects you tackle is truly inspiring. I’m a long time lurker with a small request (not sure if this is kosher, though). I think that you’ve mentioned before that you don’t use the off-the-shelf beadboard, but you’ve come up with a re-use of another product to mimic the old style. When you put up the beadboard in this new renovation, would you mind doing an entry on HOW you do it with pictures? I’d LOVE to see your technique! Thanks so much!

  • Reply read me... January 25, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    wow… very impressive!

  • Reply Tatyana January 25, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    Great job! I enjoy checking out all the progress pics.
    You know, June done correctly is better than March with imperfections you will regret every time you look at your bathroom.
    And, I too would love to see pics of the white floor.

  • Reply Jo January 25, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    Just one tip: When you grout the floor, use black or grey grout. I grouted my gorgeous octagonal floor tiles (white) with white grout, and I regret it every day. Eventually I’ll have to file out that grout and put in something that doesn’t show dirt.

  • Reply Anna at D16 January 26, 2009 at 12:11 am

    Heather & Tatyana: I was joking about the June part!!! Well, hopefully I was joking…I’ll be very upset if I have to wait 5 months to take a shower again.

    Tommy: We bought our tile from a local distributor (Accu-Tile in Newburgh), but I’m pretty sure Lowes has some basic pennyrounds (white, blue, etc.) on their special-order boards. Try your local tiles guys — it’s pretty common stuff. If they’re not familiar with the name pennyrounds, try asking for 1″ round mosaic tiles.

    Jessica: In the upstairs bathroom, we used 5/8″ tongue-and-groove pine flooring instead of beadboard for the wainscoting. We had removed the original (unsalvagable) beadboard, and since we retained the original plaster walls above, we had to make up the difference in thickness at the bottom. Thus, the 3/8″ beadboard planks sold at home stores wouldn’t have work for us — that’s why we went with the flooring instead. Downstairs, though, we’re going right over sheetrock with the beadboard, so we’ll just be using standard stuff. It’s just tongue-and-groove beadboard from Lowes, nothing fancy. 🙂 This Old House has a good tutorial!

    Jo: We’re using black tiles on the floor, so we’ll be using a charcoal grout.

  • Reply January 27, 2009 at 7:15 am

    well done! i saw this featured on AT as well. very cool. you must be so pleased.

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