Mom stopped by and she really liked how the bathroom paint job turned out. I’m very happy how well I did cutting in the corners and edges though I have a couple of little boo boos on the ceiling. Mom suggested using a ” flat” paint on the ceiling because that may hide any imperfections and I can test that out as I’m going to use a “ZIP” covering primer to the ceiling first and that should give me a good idea about how good the flat latex white ceiling paint will look in the bathroom. I am going to tape the walls before I paint the ceiling in the bathroom because the tape job is fairly simple, I would like clean lines and working over head can be fatiguing so I’ll need help to keep “inside the lines”.
I finished up my complete wimp out to the 100 degree F. temps today and installed the second small window A/C unit. I won’t say it was unbearably hot trying to go to sleep but it was uncomfortable. Now that the entire house can cool down at night and my window fans are still easy to install to take advantage of the night time cool off. I hope in a couple of days cooling down the house, I can raise the A/C temps a little bit, so I don’t drive up my power cost. So far this summer I’m keeping my electric bills a lot lower compared to last year but Mama Nature kicked on the heat this month so all I can do is adapt.
I found another “crazy choice” by the previous owner while painting the bathroom and it was the darn toilet paper holder. They used 2.5 inch long bolts/nuts screwed into what I assume was a metal plate of some sort that was encased within the walls. I will grant they used small bolts but it is a “Toilet Paper holder” not some sort of weight bearing object/hand rail! The only thing I can imagine is the bathroom drywall installation happened first and the toilet paper roll holder was bolted in place before the bedroom drywall was installed. The guy installed a nice solid grab bar in the shower, all of the other towel racks were installed with basic drywall anchors. All I can imagine is if the Nukes hit Idaho, he would scream to his wife “grab the toilet roll Mabel” and yet he choose a plastic toilet roll insert to hold the TP roll.
Just the joys of owning an 100 year old house with lots of character and a bit of minor remodel insanity of “It seemed like a good idea at the time”.
I”m sorry but I have noticed the previous owner sort of half assed the bath and shower areas. The tub looks solid and the shower pan in the small bathroom looks solid but the walls look all pieced in with glue and no proper anti mold “green board” backer and the use of a lot of glue/caulk to seal many DIY projects . Does a cement board need a water resistant barrier if you want to install tile? Should a person install an anti-mold green drywall first and cement board on top of the green board before tilling? Perhaps I’m over thinking this project but I’m interested in what you have to say.
This is a good home, not just a good house that has stood for over 100 years. I have no family at this time that I think deserves this house. I’m thinking of willing it to vet organization so some trooper can have a home. I also want to fix up this house properly as I can afford to pay and I don’t want to half ass the job. But I also want to do as much work myself and I’m getting more educated about doing stuff.
Pray for me I’m going to try using my router. I may fail on the garden cart but I have a small hand planer as backup. 😉