You Win Some, You Lose Some

by Melissa {The Dominion Project}

Work on the half bathroom continues, and just in the past week, we’ve had our fair share of ups & downs. I know this is just the way DIY goes, but after the ceiling on the floor incident of last week, it just seems like nothing is going according to plan. Are you ready for this? It’s been a bumpy ride.

Let’s start on a high point. Last Saturday we started tiling the half bath floor…

…but my tile calculations were slightly off.  I thought the sheets were 12×12. They were, in fact, 11 1/2 x 11 1/2. So we came up two sheets short.

{the extent of Saturday’s progress}

Not a problem if I’d picked them up at some big box home improvement store. But of course, I fell in love with Arizona Tile’s Manhattan Basketweave mosaics (in the honed finish, with Titanium grout…just in case you’re wondering). Of course it’s a special order product. I called Monday to see if they maybe, just maybe, had two sheets lying around their Houston warehouse. No such luck. Those beauties will arrive from California next Monday. So until then, we wait.

{Arizona Tile’s Manhattan Basketweave mosaics}

On the upside, I now have an extra week to deliberate over shades of grey paint.

{decisions, decisions}

And an added bonus – while taking the last picture, I finally figured out how to set the white balance on our camera! It’s the small things.

Another high point – yesterday I came home from work to a nice surprise. The mini-chandelier I ordered for the bathroom was sitting at our front door!


I think Ethan’s slightly put-out that the fanciest room in the house will be the tiniest one, and moreover, that it’s a bathroom. BUT he loves me enough to just go with it (thank goodness). That, however, doesn’t mean that he will ever stop making fun of the fancy toilet room. I’m pretty sure I can endure the teasing.

But I digress. Back to that bumpy ride…

Since we’d ripped down wallpaper in the half bath, we needed to have the walls textured before painting. And I don’t do drywall (know your limitations – it will save you time & money!) The crew was scheduled to start work this morning, so last night I went in to clean up my mess of paint samples. When I was collecting them from the floor, I noticed they were slightly damp….then that the floor was even damper. Not good.

The curb stop for the toilet had been dripping since we removed the toilet a couple of weeks ago. But instead of replacing it, we just attached a plastic bag to collect the water. It seemed like a genius idea at the time. In hindsight, it seems slightly lazy. Either way, the plastic bag method wasn’t exactly fool-proof and there was water all over the slab. So the tiles got wet. And since they’re white marble (which is super porous, not recommended in wet applications like showers, and needs to be sealed), some of the tiles started to discolor & turn yellow.

I think that was the worst part. But we also had a tricky situation on our hands. Since many of the tiles were already cut, they needed to go back in the exact same spot on the bathroom floor. So I spent about an hour numbering, drying & carefully moving each sheet of tile from the half bath to our living room & kitchen. It’s basically one giant jigsaw puzzle…

…to which I have a map. Let’s just see if they go back in the same way they came out!

Some of the tiles look a little less yellow this morning. So maybe the water will just seep out & there will be no permanent damage? Doubtful, but a girl can dream…

And since I’m a super optimistic person, let’s end on a high note too. The drywall crew just left after a FULL day of work and things look great! We had a slew of sheetrock-related projects for them to tackle, but you’ll just have to wait for my next post to find out what they are! :)

3 Comments to “You Win Some, You Lose Some”

  1. Wow, this IS a live-and-learn project. Welcome to DIY! Arent’ you glad you started on the small bathroom rather than the master? I do LOVE that mini chandelier though!! Can’t wait for it all to be finished.

  2. I, too, love the mini-chandelier! I also LOVE the basketweave tile!! It will totally be worth it when it’s all done. Try not to get discouraged. . . :-)

  3. :) You make me smile!! I LOVE the bathroom tile…and of course the mini-chandelier!
    I will be over soon to use that fabulous fancy toilet room!! haha!

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