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This weekend was super busy for us. Like, staying up til 5AM super busy…as in, it will take me all week to recover super busy. TOTALLY. WORTH. IT. It was bathroom remodel demo date night. Game on.
If you’ve been following and reading my blog, you know that we purchased our house at an auction. The saying, “We came, we saw, we conquered” applied to the way we purchased our home that fateful day. On a whim, a “quick” stop and look suddenly turned into a competitive bidding war between myself and another woman. (Did I mention I like to win…? ;-)) Well…big surprise, but I “won” the bidding war for our home, and suddenly, in a whirlwind of 30 minutes, we found ourselves as homeowners. Talk about jumping in with both feet, right?
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However, in stating that…our home is perfect for us. It is small, manageable, centrally located, walk-able to everything awesome that we love (library, downtown, movies, COFFEE, grocery store, sports stadium, kids school) and is just….us. One thing we knew when purchasing this home is that there would need to be some work done, but all in good time. Baby steps.
This weekend happened to be a weekend of availability for us to get some stuff done on the house. Baby steps turned in a full blow sprint. Our choice? A bathroom remodel. Totally doable, right? Husband and wife tackling the most important room in the house, together. We were down for the challenge. We had our game plan. We fist bumped, high-fived and were ready to make mold this home like putty in our hands. We pulled up to Mernards. We discussed our game plan walking in. And then? The lights struck my eyes and I got distracted. The options! The wants vs the needs! The budget! So easy to throw it all out the window. Like a kid in a candy store. My husband kept saying “focus”! If only.
We grabbed two carts (because we were that serious!), hit the vanity isle, scooped up the vanity and faucet in a matter of 5 minutes. Easy peasy. No worries, on the same page. Moving on. Toilet row, here we come. More choices here. Super flush? Small talk? Tall or short? Pearl or white? 10 minutes in we found our match and loaded her in the cart. Check and mate. (We were even complemented by a lady in the aisle about how efficient we were. C’mon lady, time is money. We gotta keep movin’! ;-))
Last order of business, the floor. Laminate was the goal, but my eyes wandered (eek!) and I found the floor that I knew we had to have. Waterproof click floor? YES. In gray? YES. 50% more expensive? YES. Did we get it? YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Okay, one minor change, not a big deal. (right…?!!!) Check out time, pay time, load up, grab a quick bite, get home…..and it’s already 8PM! Holy moly. That’s late…..but, we are still determined. This. is. happening.
Grab the tools. Focus. Minimal talking, game faces on. First order of business, old toilet needs to go bye-bye. My hubs handles this one. All good. Nothing weird with an old toilet sitting on the front porch for a few days, right? I think it adds a nice character to our home. I may sit out on it in the morning and read the paper…really give the neighbors a double take. 😉
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Next, the sink. This is where reality begins to hit….its now about 9:30, we have no toilet to use at this point, and the sink as we have learned has been bolted into the wall. The next 2 hours are spent chipping away at old plaster and trying to get screws out that were put in in 1981. (Yep, exact year as they had written it in pencil on the sink underneath). 2 hours later, that beast breaks free. In a moment that can only be described as heroic, my husband rips the sink and base up off the floor and carries it through the house. He. Has. Won.
Yahoo! Rocking and rolling now! Shop vac up all the mess, and it’s floor time! Boy, did I under-estimate the floor. The measuring, the clicking, the lining up…it will haunt me. How many tiles did I mess up on? 4, but who’s counting? By that time, it was 2AM. I was in zombie mode. Measure, cut, click, tap. Measure, cut, click, tap. Mess up. Rip out. Measure, cut click, tap.
I recall a storm hitting, although it seems like a blur. Some lightening, high winds, thunder. It was like the gods were tormenting me. But, I prevailed. I owned that floor. That floor will forever be beneath me. 😉
Time check? 3AM. New sink goes in, all good. Lastly, the toilet. Do you know how awesome it is to have a brand new toilet? Truly, it felt like Christmas came early. There are two things in life that I hate “used”. One, is carpet. I literally have nightmares about used carpet. Seriously. and the second, are toilets. Ha, what phobias, right? I promise you that putting in a brand new toilet made everything worth it. When I say I love the toilet, I truly do. New toilet = happiness. and did I mention the best part? It has a slow close lid!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AAAHHHH! No more slamming of the lid. It isn’t even possible to happen by accident. Best. Day. Ever.
Time check? 4:30AM. We stop, we stare at each other. We did it. We started a project together, and we ended that project, still together. We didn’t fight. We didn’t quit. We didn’t point fingers. We communicated. We gave space when needed. We knew each other’s strong points and built off those. and we. did. it. Is it perfect? No. but is it perfect for us? Yes.
What a sense of pride to see it and know that we did it. It’s overwhelming to start, but amazing to finish.
In our house, demo date nights may become a “thing”. Think about it. Tackle a project together, no distractions, get some take out and just be together. Bonding, embracing mistakes together, tackling issues and working through them and learning? Sounds like an amazing, well rounded night! Think of this tag line…”Improving your home, and your relationship.”
Have you ever had a demo date night? If so, what did you tackle?