Friday, February 25, 2011

Mishaps, Mood Swings and Momentum

On Wednesday evening my 10-year-old asked me if I was sad.  I explained that I wasn't sad.  I was just frustrated by the remodel.  He said, "well, at least you have something to blog about."

It's true.  Through all the ups and downs of the remodel rollercoaster, blogging has helped me to put things in perspective and find the humor in otherwise annoying situations.  After all, if the remodel went off without a hitch it would be wonderful, but it wouldn't make a very interesting story.  So, I sat at my computer and tried to write about the day's events.

I tried to come up with an amusing way to tell you that I had spent a good part of the day painting one of the bathroom walls, because no one from the crew was here to do it, and the plumber was ready to install the tub against that wall.  I thought I'd title it, "If You Want Something Done Right, Do It Yourself."  But, try as I might, I couldn't take a light-hearted approach to that one.

I tried to craft a funny anecdote about how the painter (not me... the "professional" one) left a wet paint pan on top of a box containing my very beautiful and very expensive tub filler.  And about how we discovered said tub filler completely covered in paint.  And about how I spent an hour soaking the tub filler in warm water and scraping the paint from every nook and cranny with a tooth pick and still couldn't get it clean.  I don't know what was wrong with me, but the tone of the writing was more bitter than witty. 

I was in a bad mood and blogging couldn't change it.  I knew whatever I wrote about that night, I would end up regretting in the morning. 

Luckily, Thursday came along, and my mood lifted.  There seemed to be a surge in momentum on the job site.  Things were coming together again, and I started to see the light at the end of the tunnel.  Or, maybe I was just seeing the light because all the sconces and can lights were finally installed.

 My tub finally made it out of the box, and I'm happy to report that I LOVE it!

The paint that isn't on the tub filler made it's way onto the walls. 

And, though it's not nearly as glamorous as the tub, the toilet is now functional.

Despite the mishaps, my mood is better and I'm hoping the momentum continues.  TGIF and one more day til my IKEA roadtrip... YAY!  Have a great weekend :) 




  1. Love the tub! Wish my bathroom was that big to accommodate something like that.

  2. Hi Carolyn -
    Saw your comment over at MMS and decided to drop in. LOVE YOUR BATHROOM! FABULOUS!
    Tammy :)

  3. I'm totally feeling your pain. We've just finished a remodel due to a flood in our house and by 'finished' I mean that I'm finishing up the last bits of the jobs because I just got so sick of waiting for people to actually show up and finish the jobs!

    I get so frustrated with it all and I just so want it DONE.

    People keep saying it will be so great when it's done....and I know it will, but I just get tired of it all.

  4. I keep checking back for the big finale. While I understand your frustration. I can't help but think come on lady keep it in perspective. So I was glad you waited to blog. It's a luxurious space you are very fortunate to have. Glad you shared however because even with the downs and lows that come with any project is all good. Or rather turning out beautiful in your case. My new build has escalated at every turn the word upcharge makes me cringe so we will take it in stride :) on a side note I am the one who asked you about storage in the water closet well after much discussion I have decided to find a shallow wall cabinet add some pretty legs so it looks like a small freestanding piece. I found one at that would be perfect but it is in the wrong color so I will keep looking size is deep enought to hold toilet paper and personal products for the bathroom. Kind of like a medicine cabinet but with two doors and lots of molding and an open area/shelves. I am excited my husband didn't want no stinkin dresser in the crapper !!!! He felt there would be no room for him. So I am releived to find a fix. My door is not in front like yours but to the side. I am still about a month away and you will be in yours very very soon. Congrats

  5. Sorry to hear about all the mishaps, but your bathroom is looking fantastic! Love the tub and the wainscoting and the huge windows.

    Looks like you're getting close to being done! :-)

  6. What a gorgeous bathroom. I bet you can't wait to soak in that tub. Your son has some good insight into life - best to take the ups and downs in stride (and blog about them).

  7. What a nice bathroom you have!! I love the tub!