recent goings on

it’s been all about the little bathroom

A week ago I couldn’t sleep, so I got up before 6 on a Sunday, and started taking the wallpaper off the wall in our eeensy “bathroom”… it’s 28 inches by 42. And when I did, there was more wallpaper, and when that came off, so did the protective coating on the sheetrock.

The plan was for the plumber to put in a new countertop and sink, and a new toilet. But that meant I needed to get the wall taken care of, so I can prime and paint behind the toilet before it goes in.

Before (a few years ago),
small wc
lovely purpley mauve paisley…

And then,
bathroom 032 bathroom 034 bathroom 036 bathroom 037 bathroom 038 bathroom 043 bathroom 044 bathroom 046 bathroom 049 bathroom 052 bathroom 053

What’s going on here…

  1. oh crap, now what… guess I’ll skim coat
  2. oh, look at that, no 2×4 behind the door frame, except for about 2 feet in the middle, no wonder the bottom wiggles all over the place
  3. huh, itty bitty old sheetrock nails, these screws should work better… IF I could find a stud. The outer wall wiggles a LOT, because it was mostly nailed into plywood, which may or may not be nailed onto studs
  4. oops! I was standing on the toilet, and moved, and broke the ceiling fixture
  5. need a new globe… and another view of the lovely walls
  6. … spent a few days putting coats of joint compound on the walls…
    and then decided to pull up the old (and stinky) linoleum
  7. to be met with that hideous ugly black mastic tar paper gunk
  8. … and took out the toilet, having to hammer the porcelain around the bolts because they were just spinning around…
  9. hot water with fabric softener, couple times, and the gunk scraped up pretty well
  10. ready for the plumber and carpenter
  11. couple views of the area

Just a few minutes ago a nice piece of plywood went down… They’re putting in a one piece counter, a new sink and faucet, new toilet. I’ll put down the floor, and paint the walls. And then will tackle the walls outside of the toilet closet.

But all of this means very little knitting has been happening. This is all hard on my tendinitis in the elbow, and generally makes my hands ache.


Last night DH racked off the first batches of wine into carboys. They’ve been in buckets for 4 weeks. They will be another 2 weeks in the carboys, and then into bottles. Supposedly the longer they’re in bottles, the better…

first wine (1)

We made Bergamais (the Vino del Vida) and the Vino del Vida Pinot Noir. They were both incredibly drinkable, even now. We only have one 6 gallon carboy which takes all the wine, and a bunch of 5 gallon carboys. So we each had a small glass of what went into the big carboy (the Bergamais, at this point it is the tastier), and there’s maybe a half gallon of the Pinot in a jug in the fridge because it all wouldn’t fit in the 5 gallon carboy. The per bottle price on these is about $2-3! We have to start another, soon! One that takes some time to age… The Bergamais is the quickest to drink of the reds they sell.

See… after days of hard work, an early evening shower, and a glass of new wine…
first wine (4)
such a fashion plate…

8 Responses so far

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    Sandy said,

    April 18, 2011 @ 10:30 am

    So. Much. Work. I get tired just watching your bathroom process (so to speak!)
    But the wine!!!! That is great! Andy bought me a wine making kit a while back and our first batch (merlot) was a flop. Down the drain. But actually, 5 gallons of wine to drink may or may not have been a bad thing!! :)

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    Melinda Butcher said,

    April 18, 2011 @ 10:50 am

    Oy! I need a nap just reading this entry! Someone told me hair conditioner helps remove wallpaper. Have you ever heard of that. I’m thinking that if it was a joke, it’s a messy one!

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    Yarndude said,

    April 18, 2011 @ 11:56 am

    I know this doesn’t actually have anything to do with your blog post, but I LOVE that quilt on your sofa!

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    Kristen said,

    April 18, 2011 @ 12:20 pm

    Nice work on that bathroom Lisa! Tiny is not necessarily easier or faster, cuz it’s tough to work in a little space like that. Can’t wait to see the finished pics.

    And good for you on the wine making front. I haven’t made any wine for a while now, but did teach a couple of my neighbors how to do it over the winter. You’ve inspired me to get a batch going, it’s so much more cost effective, and it’s cool to enjoy your very own vintage.

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    Mom said,

    April 18, 2011 @ 6:18 pm

    I LOVE THE “SUCH A FASHION PLATE” PIX. You look soooooo tired!! Can’t wait to be north and to see you. Love you lots & lots & lots! Hugs and kissed, Mom

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    Chris said,

    April 19, 2011 @ 8:38 am

    Why does it always happen like that? You start with a project that doesn’t seem too bad, but it grows and grows…

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    Vicki said,

    April 19, 2011 @ 2:46 pm

    We had flocked wallpaper on one wall in the upstairs bathroom when we moved in… and for a while. Yeah!

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    Emily said,

    April 19, 2011 @ 10:03 pm

    Sometimes a better bathroom is worth the loss of knitting time. (And Demo looks like a lot of fun!)

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