HOUSE: Newburgh

Grouting done, sleep pending.

The grouting is FINISHED. (The gaps in the corner and the around the tub will be caulked later.)

I’m exhausted. What a weekend! I need to sleep.

p.s. Photos of the painted floor tomorrow, I promise. I would post them now, but I’m so tired I could cry, and I have to get up for work in 4 1/2 hours.

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  • Reply miss ripley January 26, 2009 at 12:57 am

    Feel better! It looks great.

  • Reply siescierto January 26, 2009 at 12:59 am

    it’s coming along lovely!

  • Reply Amanda January 26, 2009 at 1:05 am

    Gorgeous! Can’t wait to see the finished room!

  • Reply Tam January 26, 2009 at 1:48 am

    Great job!

  • Reply Michelle January 26, 2009 at 3:50 am

    Bless you for sharing!

  • Reply griffo68 January 26, 2009 at 7:00 am

    What a fantastic job you have done!!
    I hate tiling!!

  • Reply Sammi January 26, 2009 at 9:20 am

    Fantastic, looks beautiful 🙂

  • Reply jacklyn January 26, 2009 at 9:47 am

    this really turned out beautifully!

  • Reply AmyA January 26, 2009 at 9:52 am

    What a weekend! It looks lovely!

  • Reply modernemama January 26, 2009 at 9:57 am

    Your tile work is amazing – so neat

  • Reply Cherisse@newburghrestoration January 26, 2009 at 9:59 am

    Very cool Anna. You are like me with the sleep. I went to bed waaaayyy to late last night only to have to commute to the city. And the crazy thing is I don’t always sleep on the train. Great job with the bathroom

  • Reply jesse January 26, 2009 at 10:05 am

    Looks great! Can’t wait to see the floors!

  • Reply Averill January 26, 2009 at 10:30 am

    The tile looks great — just imagine how much time you’ll have when everything actually gets finished!

  • Reply lindsay January 26, 2009 at 10:33 am

    I wish I had seen these pics before we did our subway tiles in the kitchen. Your edges are perfectly finished. I feel like a total dork for not doing mine like this…maybe I can talk my husband into re-doing it.

  • Reply lesley January 26, 2009 at 10:36 am

    may a offer you a “you go, girl”? there is no way in hell I would attempt to retile my own bathroom (but then again, I can barely hang a picture on the wall successfully). I am way impressed!

  • Reply wendy January 26, 2009 at 10:46 am

    It looks fantastic. I have the exact same tub with the Art Deco detailing. Can I ask you how you demo’d around the existing tub. Wasn’t it hard to install the backer board and tiles with the tub in place? This is exactly what I’d like to do in my bathroom but I thought the tub would need to be removed for access. DId you remove the tub and then put it back?

  • Reply erin@designcrisis January 26, 2009 at 11:10 am

    Dear lord, get some sleep and take care of yourself!

    You did an absolutely fantastic job and I can’t wait to see the floor!

  • Reply reva January 26, 2009 at 11:45 am

    looks great! i wish my bathtub looked that nice.

  • Reply heather January 26, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    This looks amazing!
    Please get some rest. 🙂

  • Reply anne January 26, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    Looks amazing Anna! I love the classic look of those subway tiles.

  • Reply Eva January 26, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    Looks great!
    Hopefully the rest of the bathroom will go faster for you now and you can get some rest.

  • Reply Ann Marie January 26, 2009 at 9:09 pm


  • Reply Marie-Eve January 27, 2009 at 10:34 am

    I think it makes us feel good to live in a space we like. It’s like a candy for the eyes, or a good book for the soul. I like the white floor.

  • Reply Anna at D16 January 27, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    wendy: No, we didn’t remove the tub. The backerboard isn’t actually supposed to touch the tub at all, though — it should stop about 1/4″ from the edge of the tub. You don’t want to run it behind the tub or anything. The tiles overlap the edge of the backerboard slightly, and run about 1/8″ from the edge of the tub. That gap gets caulked. Again, you don’t want the tiles to actually touch the tub at all. Gaps are necessary for expansion!

  • Reply Emma January 29, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    This looks amazing Anna!! I love white floors and have been thinking about painting ours as well, to me it’s a very danish thing that I wasn’t used to while living in Sweden. Now I’ve leared to love it and it sure can make a room feel increadibly airy and fresh! I’m very impressed with all the work you put into your house, and your amazing results! You keep on inspiering me!

  • Reply Emma January 29, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    Oh that comment was meant for the post about the floor! But the bathroom looks great too!

  • Reply puck January 29, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    Well, Anna… this is all your fault. I see your bathroom and think, “My bathroom is blah. I haven’t done anything but hang a shower curtain since we moved in.”

    I have been so busy restoring the other rooms.

    So, I get this wild hair to pull up the vinyl floor, so I can paint the subfloor a pretty glossy aqua-blue, paint the walls a heavy cream, and the trim a bright white. Just as an interim fix until we can afford the hex and clawfoot and all that.

    Hours later, we located a TON of water damage, mold, vast grossness. And I won’t have a toilet for awhile. (I will have to brave using my sons’ toilet. Gross!)

    I blame you. I really do. Witness the carnage here:

  • Reply puck January 29, 2009 at 10:07 pm


    Seriously. I love you. You know I was joking, right??

  • Reply laura February 19, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    Best of luck with the silicone caulking, or whichever caulk you use. It’s the one job that I hate. I had to caulk some skirting last year and I still have nightmares about how much smoother it could look.

    I read a great hint on how to get a neat finish from caulk. It was in a DIY book. Place masking tape a few mm from the edge you are sealing. When the caluk/sealant has been applied and smoothed with a wet spoon, take up the tape for a neat edge.

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