July 15, 2012
Home Improvement Time – Stage 2

Still no headway on the last piece of trim for the door in the upstairs hallway. Oh well… I’ll just keep trying at Menards until the trim comes in. Also, I haven’t done the painting in the entry way. So it goes… In the mean time…

Saturday morning I dragged the washer, dryer, toilet and vanity out to the garage. Next, I took out the old shelves in the laundry room. Then I cleaned up the floor as best as I could with an ice chipper to scrape the crud off the cement and then used a chisel to even out some of the worst stuff. Then it was time for the real work. I laid out all the tiles, cutting the ones that needed and fitted them all in with spacers. Then I mixed up the mortar (mortar with polymer) and smoothed it out according to the directions and laid the tile. It all went rather well. I even got done in time to go to the Riverside Casino and catch the Joe Walsh concert!

Today, I put up the new shelves, grouted the tile and then trimmed the area where the washer and dryer will go. Tomorrow will be installing the washer, dryer and vanity. I won’t be able to do anything more until the weekend due to other stuff (ain’t it amazing how life gets in the way of home improvement projects?). But at least we’ll be able to do laundry!

Here’s the photos:

The new shelves already up and loaded.

The floor in the laundry room.

Bathroom floor – no trim

The laundry room floor from the bathroom

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