Thursday, May 5, 2016

ORC* 5: What? Already?

I may be babbling.

In fact, I'm pretty sure I am.

No wait, that water all over me is from using the tile saw. I said to Mom, "I'm pretty sure professionals don't get soaked."

Sorry, should have got  pic. Here's one of my tile all laid out in the hallway, instead.

But whatever. It was Wednesday. It was hot. It was OK until it got dark and the wind picked up--but even then I really didn't care. The wet saw and I were buddies. I was shaving the tile. It was good.

Except the white I chose--and took two days to paint--is the wrong white. At least my gut says it is.

To be fair, we also re-trimmed out the window in those two days.

We put in a piece of wood. Then we took it out,. Then we put it back in again. This is how we renovate.

But, ugh. I did not expect to take two of my three available days to work over at my Mom's this week to paint half the wall. (And the two doors, both sides, and trim. But still.)

So, may repaint. May change the lightbulb and that just might be OK. We will see.

Light fixture in the proper finish arrived. Yay. Much more yellow than I expected. Boo. Forgot to get a pic, though.

Our fabric has been here for weeks. Finally looked it today. Not enough for drapes. I cannot believe it. I just can't. We will have to do a roman shade instead. Outside mount. Never done that before--but I have made a roman shade and those babies take time. And attention to detail.


But you know what?

It's all good.

An entire city to the north of us was evacuated Tuesday because of wildfires. Seventy thousand people got in their cars and headed....somewhere else.

All I'm doing is decorating a powder room. Not threatened by wildfire.

It's more than good. It's freaking fantastic.

Please check out the main contenders and their progress here.

And check out my fellow cohorts and our progress here.

Will we be ready for the Big Reveal next week?
Honestly, I've no idea.

What we need to do (I have four days available.):

  • (eta) Grout! I forgot to mention I need to grout! (Yes, I am that tired.)
  • (eta) Trim. OMG. The trim we bought for the top of the tile is just not going to work. I don't know what we were thinking. Probably nothing. I do remember Mom wasn't feeling well that day.
  • Paint upper wall and ceiling
  • Paint mirror? and put up.
  • Paint towel rack? and put up.
  • Install ceiling fan
  • Spray paint ceiling fan cover
  • Install light fixture
  • Hang art (Paint frames?)
  • Sew window treatment and install.
  • Are weputting up the glass shelf?
  • Photograph

eta (again) Links to previous weeks:

ORC 1: Going Insane Again
ORC 2: Hall of Mirrors 
ORC 3: Seven Steps to Stress
ORC 4: The Roller Coaster

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Wilma Hovius said...

I love your comment about how great we're doing further south. We are lucky. Our hearts go out to those affected by the fires.

And I think you should wait on repainting until you're a bit further along. you never know...

Madeline said...

Any time I use the wet saw, it sprays into my lap and gives me the sensation like I just peed myself. The. Worst.
It's looking really good though! I like the tile choice.

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

I love your design plan! It's going to be beautiful despite the challenges! You'll get there. Your tile looks amazing!!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Alana I adore the tile and I can’t wait for the reveal! I love the direction the space is going in. As a fellow ORC participant it’s been wonderful to gather some fantastic inspiration. I’d love for you to share your progress at Thoughts of Home on Thursday. Our readers would love to see it. The gathering is at

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