Home projects for winter, more bright ideas in the mid-at

Lititz, PA(Zone 6b)

Sometimes projects are like 'Give a Mouse a Cookie'....Lol That sounds like where Jeff's at in the bathroom project. You start doing something and then see more that you want done.

Anne Arundel,, MD(Zone 7b)

What super boys, that Josh and Ric!

I sold a vanity top by craigslist once- it's great, as is freecycle.

give a mouse a cookie LOL!

Dover, PA(Zone 6b)

The cats away.... I did get all the tiles cut for the back splash. I had trouble cutting one but had an extra, so it worked out. Since the tile is a ringer for the counter top we plan to hang our Mexican ceramics there. That should break up the sameness nicely, and be something we can scrub up once in a while. I cut it to be grout-less, with only a thin line of tan caulk to seal it. It is in place and I will post pics when it is done. The diamond blades and wet saw make cutting pretty easy. I'm glad since my next tile job will be the mud/stove room in the back. As soon as the weather breaks my project will be the hot tub, I miss it so badly. Nothing can beat a hot soak in epsom and sea salts bath, with a bit of lavender oil added.

Salem Cnty, NJ(Zone 7b)

Calgon, take me away!!! That soak sounds divine!!!

Looking forward to seeing your tile work, Ric. I'll let you know when we are ready, so you can come supervise?!!! Hehehe. Just kidding.

Dover, PA(Zone 6b)

Here is what Ric got done yesterday. It is all fitted, he has it taped up just to hold it in place and so we can see what it will look like. Next step is to bond it to the wall and seal the seams. You can see that the tile is not an exact match but very very close. We tried to decide if we wanted it to match or totally different. We decided on this because we have some nice very colorful Mexican pottery that will hang on the wall. If we didn't have the pottery we may have made a different choice. So this pic will give you an idea of the progress he made. Next pic will be the finished result with pottery in place.

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Lucketts, VA(Zone 7a)

That will be a great background for your collection. You chose well (tile and each other).

Dover, PA(Zone 6b)

It's sort'a neat Pat, if you lay a piece of tile on the counter top, it just disappears.

Lucketts, VA(Zone 7a)

Sounds perfect, Ric. Doesn't compete with the Mexican pottery, and probably no one else will notice that the tile is not an exact match.

Damascus, MD(Zone 7a)

Nice backsplash, Ric and Holly!

Robin, is that your house I am looking at or is it a fabric store? Teehee :-). Nice job!

Salem Cnty, NJ(Zone 7b)

Great choice on the tile. Will be a great background for what you want to showcase.

Salem Cnty, NJ(Zone 7b)

Here is what it looks like from one of the bedrooms. The other pic shows the mess of the wires.

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Anne Arundel,, MD(Zone 7b)

well done on the tile, RIc and Holly

thanks Jan, we want progress reports too lol

Frederick, MD(Zone 6b)

Oh yikes, sorry about the extra work but glad you discovered that issue with the electrical, Jan! Amazing what people will just cover up inside walls, either through ignorance or to save a few $. Junction boxes will be a big improvement.

Ric, grout-less backsplash is a great idea! I'll have to look for some how-to info on that... does the "thin line of caulk" get added to the sides as you go or do you smooth it into the seams when you're done?

Lucketts, VA(Zone 7a)

Wow! Code requires those electrical connections to be housed in an accessible junction box. Wiring like that is really scary.

Salem Cnty, NJ(Zone 7b)

That was exactly Jeff's reaction to the wiring mess.

I like the idea of less grout.

Vienna, VA(Zone 7a)

Ric and Holly, I never would have noticed the difference if you hadn't pointed it out. Super job!
I also like the idea of less grout, especially above a kitchen sink because it's more prone to mold.

Anne Arundel,, MD(Zone 7b)

dirty grout...hence the 'new ' style of colored grout. Works for me!!

Salem Cnty, NJ(Zone 7b)

Me,too!,!

Salem Cnty, NJ(Zone 7b)

Isn't that a cute thing?!!

Last night when I called Jeff from down here, he mentioned a thought had occurred to him. I had no inkling what might come out of his mouth. He had a passing thought that maybe he would get somebody to rock the bedrooms. We could do it, but it would take awhile. Hmm.....that's a good thought I thought. Keep fingers crossed. We would ask a friend who is a contractor who he would recommend.

Anne Arundel,, MD(Zone 7b)

you mean, do the sheetrock for walls he removed?

Salem Cnty, NJ(Zone 7b)

Hehehe, not for the walls he removed, but for the rock removed from walls because it was thin. Well, actually for the walls going in.

Picked up a sink today from craigslist in Chestertown, MD.

Dover, PA(Zone 6b)

My biggest chore right now is staying warm, and they say the worst is yet to come.

Salem Cnty, NJ(Zone 7b)

Hunker down and keep pipes dripping.

Vienna, VA(Zone 7a)

Jan, does that include indoor faucets?

Salem Cnty, NJ(Zone 7b)

I believe so. Maybe somebody could jump in with better info.

Anne Arundel,, MD(Zone 7b)

Hm, I'm stuck between worrying about my pipes or my septic? All our pipes are interior to the house, I don't think we're going to run them.

Salem Cnty, NJ(Zone 7b)

When I was down at son's on the Naval Academy grounds they got a call and a paper stuck in their door reminding them to keep their thermostats at least at 70 and run their faucets. That was on Friday.
It's a little warmer than it was a few days ago, RIGHT?!!!

Lucketts, VA(Zone 7a)

If you have interior supply lines run on exterior walls they can freeze if cooling on the outside exceeds the warming on the inside. Especially prone are lines at the back of, or in walls behind cabinets, as that provides some insulating effect from the homes warm interior. If you let a faucet slowly drip it will provide enough flow of water through vulnerable pipes to prevent freezing.

Vienna, VA(Zone 7a)

Thanks, Greenthumb; that's useful advice. I have 2 faucets I should leave on.

Dover, PA(Zone 6b)

The other funny thing is hot water pipes freeze easier than cold. I know some people leave their cabinet doors open to help warm the pipes, just be sure to turn on a light before stumbling to the kitchen for a drink.

Salem Cnty, NJ(Zone 7b)

Thanks, David and Ric.

Vienna, VA(Zone 7a)

You all and your major renovations have been such an inspiration to me! I'm only painting rooms, but that's more than I've done for 10 years. I'm almost done with the front entrance, then I'll do our tiny master bath, which will be a fast job because it's only 5' 10" x 4' 6", and most of that is tile.

Salem Cnty, NJ(Zone 7b)

Hehehe. Jeff needs to retire so he has time for these repos. The kitchen redo took at least 6 years. My niece about 2 hours north of me posted on Facebook that she has frozen pipes. Bummer!!!!

Vienna, VA(Zone 7a)

Did her pipes already burst or can she try to thaw them?

Salem Cnty, NJ(Zone 7b)

Don't know. Her husband is out of town, so her brother will help out. Haven't heard the latest.

Dover, PA(Zone 6b)

Nothing big, Josh came over this morning and put up my IKEA shelving for toy storage in the Grans bedroom. Just what I needed, already have a few things on it.

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Salem Cnty, NJ(Zone 7b)

Looks great!

Anne Arundel,, MD(Zone 7b)

Nice!
I finally bought the toilet paper and towel holder for the bathroom we re did. It's the details that get ya.

Lucketts, VA(Zone 7a)

Jan, did you ever get photos of the vintage sink you picked up?

More shelving is always wonderful.

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