It’s no secret that I scatter from project to project. I’ve been doing really well at focusing on my entryway, but it doesn’t stop me from randomly selecting other parts of the house to tweak when I have a few spare minutes.In the master bathroom, I’ve begun dry fitting the tile. DIY tip: even in a small bathroom like mine, dry fitting is a good idea. “Dry fitting” is when you lay down each of your tiles to figure out the exact pattern and see what kind of cuts you’re going to need to make before you actually cut or adhere them to the floor. I’m working with 12 x 24 inch porcelain tiles, and the last thing I want to do is have a really narrow piece in the doorway. That would scream DIY (and as proud as I am to do something myself, I still want it to look like a professional job). I’m comfortable taking the extra time on this step to make sure I’ve got things exactly right, so when I start in the far corner near the toilet, I won’t wind up with odd-looking seams by the time I get to the door threshold (another DIY tip: it’s just like painting yourself into a corner; you don’t want to tile yourself into one either since you need the tiles to be level, and walking around on them before they dry is a no-no).
The toilet and bathroom cabinet have been removed, so I can now work on the remaining part of the wall where wallpaper still needs to be taken down. And the light fixture above the mirror is one upgrade I’m very happy to have in place.
I’ve been meaning to make a second couch sleeve just like the first one I made last fall. I’m now past the stain step. I still need to poly it for durability, but maybe a warm weekend will allow me to keep the windows open and get it done.
Finally, there’s the dining room, which has been put on hold for the staircase makeover. But since that’s drawing to a close soon, I can turn my attention back to this neglected room. And, hopefully, get my downstairs back to looking like someone lives here.
Got any projects you’re working on this weekend?
PS – I know I mentioned last Friday that I was switching to WordPress. That clearly didn’t happen, so I asked them to wait until the following weekend (tonight) to get started to limit site interruptions. If you see things kinda wonky over the weekend, please know that I’m working on it. And I really hope you like the new design!