THE FERAL TURTLE

THE FERAL TURTLE

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

I Hope We All Make A Lot Of Mistakes!

Happy New Years!   
My hope for this year is to make mistakes....cuz if I am not making mistakes, then I am not trying new things!   If I am not trying new things, then I am not learning and experiencing life.
I hope this for all of you too!

   Got the tree down....ahhhhhh.....so nice when all the Christmas clutter is gone.  It's like you cleaned your whole house without having to pull the vacuum or the dust rag out.  Well that's not true either, cuz from the garland greenery all over the floor to the concrete board dust, well it was a full blown cleaning war in this house.  I must admit, as much as I love the Christmas smells in the house, I do love the uncluttered look much more.  We have been feverishly working on  tiling in our new bathroom.  Our first step was to level the floor in our 100 year plus old home.  Previous tenants had punished the old girl by removing support walls on the main floor, which was probably one of the biggest crimes.  When we went to ensure their was enough support in the basement area underneath the main floor wall we were to build, we realized that the basement supports consisted of three 6x6 Douglas Fir posts, two of which were rotted.  We dug, mixed concrete, and teleposted.   That was our first step in correcting some of the sins committed.  Now that our house is a  better supported, I can sleep at night.  We built the support wall on the main floor, laid out where the other wall will be, and started to level the floor.   We decided to go with hot water heating, as tile, IMHO, should be heated (plus the hydronic system is already in place from our kitchen build).   We cut cement board in 5 1/2 inch strips.  This is not for the weak hearted.  It's like cutting drywall on steroids.  The tubing was laid in between each strip.  The Dremel with a diamond blade.....and then carbide discs (cause we wore out the diamond blade) was used to curve the cement board for the corners.  This worked great.   We had to install the bathtub and build the walls around the tub area before we could lay the tile.  Tub walls were built and the rest of the floor was levelled.  Tub got installed smoothly.  Hey.....this is starting to look like a bathroom!   Tile pattern was important to us.  We had to have the transition from the old house to the new house, seamless. Unfortunately the tiles we used in the kitchen were in low supply.  We found some tiles at one of the big box building stores to coordinate.  We worked out a pattern that was acceptable to both of us.  This actually took a few days to do as tile is so permanent, unlike paint.  The actual tiling  took two days in the "Will Be A Hallway" and three days in the "Will Be The Bathroom" area.  So that's where my week or so has gone.  Now that other things have creeped up, the bathroom is on the back burner for a month or two.   Hope your New Years festivities went well with no Jail House Best Ofs  or The Toilet Rhythm Blues.   We had a great  time tiling and were in bed by 10 PM.  We did have some scallops wrapped in bacon and some yummy samosas which hubby made from scratch.   Yes, even the wrappers!   One final note!  Mistakes were made!  So we are definitely experiencing life, but luckily on a blog,  life and mistakes can be edited!





























 Grouting will be done in a few days.  I will post some pictures as soon as that's done!
 Updated grouting pics.  CLICK HERE
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13 comments:

  1. WOW! That floor looks amazing! A ton of work, but it really looks like you had a professional come do it. I love the pattern!

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  2. It was a ton of work. Thanks for saying that it looks pro. We are always so critical of our own work and it is so nice for some reassurance! :D

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  3. I love that radiant heating...because I can never get warm enough! I need to do that in my bathroom (all 8 sq ft of it!) ha
    great job

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  4. Wow, gorgeous tile work -- a lot of intricate cutting with an excellent design for your whole floor. And you've made it perfect adding the radiant floor.
    dawnedesign.net

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  5. wow! you did a lot of work, and it shows! Great job!
    gail

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  6. hard work shows in these beautiful results. hugs!

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  7. Mistakes or no mistakes, you guys did a FABULOUS job!

    Well done!

    Thanks SO much for linking up @ Feature Friday Free-for-all!

    ~Abbie (www.fivedaysfiveways.com)

    P.S. I'm your newest follower! I hope you'll follow along with me too if you haven't yet! : )

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  8. here from Katherine's hop. We live in a 100+ year old farmhouse. We are in the midst of redoing the whole kitchen and next will be the bathroom (if money is left of course!)

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  9. Holy cow!! What a lot of work! We too live in an old house (circa 1830's) and whenever we 'fix' something, we have to 'fix' something else first. We call it 'The Ripple Effect'. The floor looks beautiful. Great job!

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  10. Wow!! That is amazing. It's looking so good and very professional. Thanks for sharing the in-progress photos. I love the underfloor heating! OMG - how cool is that? This reminds me of the cool stuff Mike Holmes does on his show.

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  11. What a great project! Love the in-progress pics! Won't you consider sharing it with my readers at sassafrassalvation.blogspot.com/2012/01/architectural-salvage-jewelry.html. Thanks! Happy New Year!

    Kathy

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  12. Just letting you know I featured your trunk to side-table transformation on my facebook page today! ; )

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