Hi & The Beginnings of a Bathroom Renovation


Last week defies explanation and was full of challenges and I just couldn’t get in a space to come here and post anything. If y’all have been around here long enough you know your homie is only down for so long then its time to get back in the swing of things.

We’ll start with the fact that I lost every. single. solitary. photo and document I own when my son dropped my external hard drive. Please spare me the tongue lashing because I knew better and only had a few things backed up. I literally was going through anxiety symptoms until I was able to find a company that will be able to get my data back. Now I just need to find $1300 to get it done. I know, just, please don’t say anything. If you want to help please donate, based on my pageviews if everyone donated……Nevermind. It will likely be after Christmas before I am able to cough up that money but it makes me feel better that I will be able to get them back…..I tell ya, that is an expensive lesson to learn. Take it from me BACK THAT THANG UP. Not the Juvenile type but every form of storage that you have please take a moment this week to back your stuff up to a cloud or something.

I don’t have the money to spare right now for my data because my husband kind of made an executive decision to move forward with a master bathroom renovation. I thought we discussed waiting awhile but then I look up and my shower is being removed. I’m not complaining but you have to mentally prepare yourself for these things. Not to mention we are also getting the front yard done so there is a lot going on.

The previous owners left the bathroom disgusting. They only lived here 2 years and I am coming to learn that they kept maintenance to a minimum. I’m pretty sure they didn’t buy this house in this condition based on what the neighbors tell me…I digress. So we had opened a keepsafe storage perth unit and move all our bathroom contents and began the job!

Anyway. The bathroom shower was so nasty my husband and I refused to bathe in it. We use the bathroom in the hall, so his decision was not an unnecessary one. This is our first rodeo with any type of renovation project so I was expecting all h*ll to break loose when they opened up the wall based on my experience with HGTV…I was right. The back wall had all kinds of ants..dead and alive and eggs *skin crawls* attached to the insulation. We removed all of that. I couldn’t get a picture…you’re welcome. But if you look at the floor of the shower that will give you an idea of how nasty and moldy the grout was and there were cracks in the grout so water had seeped down and rotted some of the wood underneath. At this stage we were wondering whether we should just phone up a company like Glass Shower Direct so that we wouldn’t have to worry about all of this! However, the money for that is rather hard to find at the moment, therefore we continued.

Bathroom Renovation

Bathroom Renovation

In this case they didn’t bring the moisture barrier all the way over to cover the wood so it molded as well and had to be replaced.

bathroom renovation

Bathroom Renovation

Because this house was built in the early 90’s there really was no separation of tile and shower so a new shower meant all new tile, thus the entire renovation of the bathroom and the floor.


That open door with all of the stuff on the floor? Our closet that needs to be redone. That is next on the list.

This work was done last week. I’ll update you next week on the progress made this week.

Have you ever gone through a major renovation? Got any tips for me as I start shopping for tile and materials?

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  1. I had my master bath done shortly after I bought the house. It wasn’t too bad because I knew the guy so I let him work while I was at work and by the time I came home, he needed to roll out. I just couldn’t be bothered with the noise. I know that I would have gotten cheaper tile from somewhere but I went to Home Depot and very satisfied. I should have opted for heated floors though because the tile is cold as ever. Brrr
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  2. I have never find a major in home renovation. We are doing the backyard piece by piece and on next year we will do the kitchen. I’m scared!!! Can’t wait to see the progress!!

  3. Oh my bless you. I had that happen to me once when were using digital cameras – no good camera phones – and all my pictures were deleted. I definitely didn’t pay $1k, but it was just a measly digital camera and all I wanted was my birthday pictures!
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  4. Pick something pretty and refreshing in terms of the tile. We had a pipe burst and flood an old apartment once. The apartment complex was quick about ripping up all stuff that needed to be replaced. The process was pretty painless and they worked around me and the Mr’s work schedules.

    Can’t wait to see the finished project!
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  5. Mimi, I’m so sorry to hear about your hard drive! I feel your pain: something similar happened to me, and I hadn’t backed up my photos, etc. either. I used Data Savers (http://www.datasaversllc.com) near Mercer Univ; their prices were much, much less than the other quotes I received, and if I remember correctly, they don’t charge much if they are unable to recover any information. HTH!
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  6. Also, have you been to Floor & Decor on Northeast Expy? They have beautiful tile and stone, good prices, lots of stock, and you can easily return any extra unopened boxes.

    Some things I learned during our reno: show the contractor exactly how you want your tile placed (they’re probably going to have to cut some tiles, so think about where you want the cut pieces: maybe they could lay it out first, so you can make adjustments before the tile is actually affixed); how thick you want your grout lines; and what color grout you want. Ask them about sealing options so you don’t have to add grout-scrubbing to the list, lol!
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  7. Ok, I won’t mention ANYTHING about how Google Drive is free. I won’t say nothing.

    Eggs? My God. I don’t even want to know what kind because they just shouldn’t be there.

    I’ve done some renovating.. my siblings and I took down two walls. It was pretty fun and easy to do even though I got a few splinters.

    Good luck with the renovation!
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  8. Well looky looky. My job’s ban on your blog has been lifted! Glad I can finally comment again. Havent gotten a chance to tell you congrats on the new house! Cant wait to see how everything comes out.
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  9. I’ve never done a renovation but when my parents were renovating/finishing their basement they found the The Home Depot off Jonesboro to be very helpful. My Dad said the staff there really helped them when they needed it. Could be a great place to get referrals for materials that they don’t carry…
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  10. I’m sorry to hear about your hard drive. I hope that you will be able to get it fixed soon. Reminds me that I need to back my stuff up like now! As for the bathroom, I say it’s good that you’re getting it done now, but wow, I’m just reeling because of the cost. Can’t wait to see how it comes out.
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