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Tuesday, February 21, 2006

So Tired of Talking About the Bathroom

The changes taking place in the master bathroom are like water whittling stone, wind weathering rock - in other words, S-L-O-W.

We spent a lot of time Saturday standing around in the demolished bathroom, leaning against the grungy walls and debating the following issues:

Leave the beadboard as is, replacing one broken spot and patching/bondo-ing the rest.
Take down beadboard and use the best pieces to create a wainscot up to chair rail or shoulder height.

Ding-ding-ding - "Leave the beadboard" emerged victorious.

Replace window with original size window
Leave the window the way it is

"Leave the window" won but only just barely. I may call for a rematch later.

Sink by the window, tub by the closet
Tub by the window, sink by the closet

Um, no answer yet. As soon as we think we've made a decision, something else comes along to change our minds. Either way, plumbing will have to be moved. Either way, something is inconvenient.

Finally, we gave up and got out the trusty TSP. We washed 60 some-odd years of grime off the beadboard walls. They still look mottled and discolored, but the formerly clear water and formerly white washcloths were charcoal gray in the end. We must've made some difference.

So now the place is prepped. What next?


amanda said...

I hear you... that's how I feel about the basement. We unofficially started this project last June. We still don't have walls. We've had many arguments standing there being indecisive. Maybe we should switch- you and Darwin come and work on our basement, and we'll go and work on your bathroom! ;)

4:13 PM  
Maria said...

Hi Kristin...
I feel you pain, girl! I've been agonizing about some decisions on our bath as well. We came to the conclusion a long time ago to make some intermediate changes to get the place live-able, then get to the details later. So glad we did!! Lots less stress!

Can't wait to see progress pictures! Hang in there!


5:12 PM  
Beth said...

We have changed our minds about our bathroom approximately 249823948234 times.

The decision reached thus far includes one shower curtain purchased.

5:34 PM  
Kim said...

Lol, I *so* hear ya! Would it make you feel better to know that our bathroom is still gutted, save for the tub? We've finally pretty much made all the important decisions, finally, but then just moved on to kitchen work, lol.

11:36 PM  
John said...

I feel your woe.

If you're still not sure about the whole tub/sink issue, start on the ceiling and walls. Once you've finished with the patching, priming, and painting (you were painting it right? If not substitute staining for above), you'll probably have figured it out.

And, everything about an old house is a lot of work and a pain in the butt. Decide on what you'd like (within reason) and just do it. You'll feel better for it in the end.

Good luck.

Oh, and I'll put in a good word for you with Kenny. You may have to sweeten the deal a little. He seems to like Arkansas an awful lot.

7:39 AM  
Kristin said...

Thanks guys! I feel better knowing I'm not the only with Indecision Syndrome.

8:50 AM  
Jordana said...

Long before we ever start a project around here, I drive my husband crazy with all my constant talk about all the options we have and all the things I might want to do. I think it's helpful and makes me think through potential pitfalls and such, but eventually my husband gets information overload and doesn't want to hear any more.

9:14 AM  

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