Marching on Through: Monthly Round-Up

So, March was busy. Dusty, cold and busy. I can say with the utmost confidence that I can bid adieu to this phase of the bathroom reno without a tear in my eye. I don’t mind kicking the whole month of March to the curb. Early spring, yeah… not. so. much. Still snowing here in my dear mitten state. Meh. Cheers to a balmy April, that is fo shizzle.

Keeping the Heat On 

Started the month out with a brand spanking new furnace. After much deliberation, we decided to go with the Lennox EL195E. The jury is still out on our total annual savings with the unit, but since it’s a 27 year, and 25% efficiency improvement over the last guy, we figure were saving a few bucks each month. Plus, our current one was on it’s last leg, so coupled with a $1,000 rebate, it seemed like the right time to move on it. Spending your hard earned dolla bills on a furnace is not the most exciting thing, but  certainly a necessary improvement.

Lennox EL195E
Lennox EL195E

Back it Up

In anticipation of our tile job, and after a thorough coat of insulation to keep the house nice and toasty, we installed backerboard in the upstairs bathroom. After learning a few things the hard way on our first house, we took lots of extra time and attention to detail on this step to make sure that everything came out flush and ready for tile. Overall, I think it was a success.

How to install backerboard
Measuring Backboard

Bring on the T-ile!!

Yeah buddy! Herringbone tile, it had a few hiccups, but sweet mother of pearl, I’m a fan. Like sign me up for the fan club. I’ll even be the president. Major lessons learned. Cut once, measure twice. I think that should just be a general mantra for all home reno projects. At least round these parts. Here is a recap of phase 1 and phase 2 of the herringbone tile install.

Herringbone Subway Tile
Bathroom | After

My Dear Friend Craig

In between all the bathroom renovating, we also found time to do some craiglisting. It takes patience, but every once and a blue moon a winner just pops up for the snagging. These moments are especially perfecto when the said item is a steal of a deal. Winning.

Vintage Brass Hardware Table
Vintage Brass Hardware End Table

Built in Beauty

Before we knew it, we were back to the bathroom grind. By mid-month though, we were really starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel and the space was actually starting to come together and feel more like a ROOM and not a construction site. We started working on the bathroom built-in (still working on it…) but I am pretty pumped to see how this guy turns out. Just need to add some paint and trim it out and we are done!

How to construct a builtin between studs


By the end of the month – we had the floor down and the room was nearly ready for prime time! Still waiting on the sink, the lighting and au toilet and we will be ready to roll.

How to grout marble tile
Grouting Tile

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