The project has been dragging on for a while now, but we’re not giving up! We finished rebuilding the wall around the pocket door, installed installed the last of the wainscoting, and applied caulk all around.
I hate this project. Let’s just get that out of the way. I hate this project more than anything else we’ve done, including the Pond Project…and I really hated that one. But it’s Friday, and I don’t want to be cranky, so I’m going to let go of my hate. I’m going to punch it and kick it and stuff it into a box and mail it to yesterday, where it can’t bring me down anymore. Because as much as I hate this project, I’m going to love the end result. And the end is in sight. It’s close. I can feel it. I can taste it. We may even finish this weekend. And when I share the reveal with you all, I’m going to pour myself the biggest, driest martini, throw a cow on the grill, park my ass on the sofa and do ABSOLUTELY NOTHING for a week. It’s gonna be epic.
But until then, we have work to do. It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve posted about the bathroom, so let’s see what’s been happening. The last post left off just after I installed the studs on the pocket door wall. The next step was to put up the drywall, but before that, I wanted to hang another board to act as a stud, so the drywall would have another place to be screwed in to.
I cut the pieces I needed and fit them into place. I started with the interior bathroom wall.
I cut a hole in the drywall for the electrical wiring.
I ran the wiring down the stud at the far end of the wall. The bumper on the back of the door prevents the door from slamming into the wires every time it’s opened.
We then hung drywall on the exterior walls.
You may remember my rant in the last post about taping – the process of smoothing the joints between pieces of drywall with joint compound. Sensing my hesitation to begin the next phase of the project, Handan offered to do the taping. I agreed without hesitation. I loaded her up with mud and a small taping knife and set her to work.
She didn’t do a bad job, but we agreed that with my experience, I may be better off doing it, so we switched places.
I realized that part of my problem with taping could be due to the fact that I’ve never had the right taping knives. We went to Home Depot and bought a set of three: an 8 inch, a 10 inch, and a 12 inch. Wow, what a difference the right tool can make! I spent the next week taping up those walls. We had some pretty uneven surfaces to correct, so I took me six days instead of the standard three.
Since it was a pretty small space, I was able to pay attention to every detail. I can say two things after that week: 1) I’m no longer afraid of taping, and 2) You won’t find a finer and smoother wall than that one I taped. It’s damn near perfect.
Handan painted them, and they looked brilliant.
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