Its amazing what a little tile can do. Everything is brighter, lighter and looks more like the thing it is supposed to be, and not just like ambiguous construction caves. Like this, for example – this is a bathroom. The main bathroom.
Or this. This is the ensuite shower. Seeing this shower in particular inchworm its way towards completion has me feeling hopeful and happy at the thought of one day using those body jets against the wall. I had almost forgotten about the body jets!
There are still details to be worked on and grout to be poured of course.
Doesn’t this new hallway look all old-timey? We asked the contractor to repurpose anything that was still in good shape. That’s the powder room door in the foyer, and the panelling was repurposed from the old hall.
This is what was there, (or not there) before:
Breaking NEWS: The staircase is in! The ‘CASE is IN! I asked the guys if I could finally(!) walk on it and they said yes, because it was wrapped (not shown) and so I did, cautiously, as the wood is still unfinished. I must have been descending really slowly, like I’d never walked on stairs before because one of the guys kept shouting: “Be brave! Walk bravely on those stairs!” It was a funny moment, and it felt pretty good. Everybody laughed. And laughed and laughed. “Geez, those stairs took a long time,” I was thinking to myself as I laughed with them.
The posts for the rail are still being put into place. There will be two more posts: one on the corner and the other will be where the rail meets the wall. We’re not sure yet whether we will stain them the colour of the hardwood, or paint them white.
And speaking of decisions to make, here’s one:
We’re carpeting the upstairs hall and bedrooms the same colour so I need to choose something neutral, and preferably without yellow undertones. In leading place are the colours in the first row, fourth and fifth ones down. “Crushed shell” isn’t bad either, its second from the bottom on the first row. Lighthouse seems the best neutral perhaps.
Next up: more tile and grout.