Basement Reno: Week 9

There was lots of progress last week. Bathroom tile was completed, doors were installed, and most of the new windows were installed.

Day 46: Contractor finishes laying floor tile. Grouts both shower and floor.

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Day 47: No work.

I do some drywall patching in the bathroom. Then another coat of PVA primer, followed with two coats of eggshell finish paint in the same color as the rest of the basement (Martha Stewart Popcorn from HD).

Day 48: All the doors and windows are delivered! Doors are installed.

Day 49: The rest of the doors are installed. First window is installed.

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Day 50: More windows installed. All the trim is delivered.

Things are really starting to take shape and there’s a rumor that we might get electrical installed and hooked up this week.

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Basement Reno: Week 8

Tile and paint went in last week and things are really starting to come together, which is good because we’re at the two month mark!

Day 40: No work. We decide on a paint color: Popcorn by Martha Stewart. Same color we used in the laundry room. It’s basically white with a touch of gray and brown to soften it. Go to Home Depot and get 6 gallons color matched to the chip I still have since Martha’s paints are no longer available at the depot. Get all 6 gallons home and realize that the color is not even close, more like a pale khaki color.

Day 41: Contractor replaces super crappy cement board job. Takes him all day but now we have nice plumb and square walls for the shower!

cementboardwk8We go to Home Depot to try and return the paint. They agree it’s not a good color match and will refund our money. Super awesome paint guy mixes us new paint using the proper formula.

Day 42: Contractor starts putting up 3×6 subway tile on the shower surround. Pours a layer of self leveler on floor.

Day 43: Contractor finishes shower surround tile. Pours another layer of self leveler. Installs decoupling membrane for heated floor.

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*Shower tile is stock Daltile subway tile from Home Depot.

membranewk8Day 44: Contractor installs heated floor (this Ditra heat system by Schluter Ditra). Starts installing floor tile.

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*Floor tile is these Style Selections Leonia Silver 6×24 planks from Lowes.

Day 45: After painting every night, we finish the first coat of paint. Build Ikea Godmorgon vanity (happy to report we’re still married).

Tile should be finished and grouted this week and the vanity installed. Hopefully the contractor has enough time to squeeze door and window install in there as well!