The theme for this week was: it has to get worse before it can get better…I hope. We’re still trying to fix a few things that seem to be stuck in the “worse” phase, so stay tuned for the reveal to see if we can make them better.
Overall, this week was productive and full of drama.
Not only is our floor tile a hot mess (I’ll get to that in a minute), but we had a workplace injury.
While we were making the pull-out drying drawers, the drill slipped and may have punctured a finger…
Don’t worry, everyone is alright. It did make us slow down and remember the importance of using clamps. They can be a real finger-saver!
Ripping out the floors
The one thing we knew we had to finish this week was the tiling, and boy were we eager to be done with it. I don’t think I’ve ever disliked a project more.
I feel like tiling doesn’t take an absurd amount of skill, but it’s very labor-intensive when you have itty-bitty mosaic tiles. Lesson learned. My hands have never been more sore in my entire life.
Before we could get the new floors in, we had to do some prep work which meant destroying the old floors and removing it all.
Once the old floors were removed, we had to lay down some new cement board.
Just when you thought we were about to start tiling… there’s one more step. Since the pieces need to fit together in a very particular way, we decided to dry-fit the whole floor.
I’d highly recommend dry-fitting. We got all our cuts knocked out so that when it was time to lay the tile, it took significantly less time.
Another pro of dry-fitting is that you can make sure the variation in your tiles looks good. You don’t want sections that are really dark and some that are really light.
We finished the tiling and here’s where things went wrong.
First, part of the charcoal grout dried a very light gray while the rest stayed charcoal.
Then, we realized that we didn’t get all of the grout off of the tiles after laying it, so we had to get it off. A sponge and hot water weren’t doing the trick, so we enlisted the help of a chemical that was supposedly meant for this exact situation.
Well, the product ate away at the grout that was actually supposed to be there and did nothing for the grout on the tile. So, not only did we have to hand-scrape almost 50% of the individual tiles, but we also are going to have to go back and add more grout.
I’m usually very optimistic when it comes to projects and go with the flow when bumps in the road cause us to pivot, but this is one of the projects that I just want to quit.
Despite working on it every single night, it still doesn’t look good. It’s a huge bummer, especially after all the work that went into it, but I’m trying to convince myself that we’ll figure it out. I just need a day off from it.
Folding table progress
On a more positive note, we did make some good progress on the folding table.
We made and painted all the individual pieces, including the countertop and pull out drying drawers. All that’s left to do is line up all the drawer slides and assemble.
Progress + Next Steps
Can you believe that we’ll be revealing the laundry room in just one week? We have a lot to wrap up, but for the first time during this entire One Room Challenge, I’m actually feeling confident.
Despite all the obstacles and problems that have come up throughout the challenge, we’ve still made it this far.
We came up with an alternate plan for the very time-consuming shaker cabinets doors that we were planning on making, so that’s freeing up a little more time to figure out this tile fiasco.
Here’s the to-do list that still needs to be completed:
build upper cabinets
- make shaker door fronts for cabinets
- paint shaker doors
install cabinets paint cabinets
- install hardware
make bottom section make countertop
- Drying space
- add rod to hang clothes
make lay-flat drying drawers make fold-down drying rack
remove existing tile lay tile on floor lay tile on wall
- Other projects
- make shelf for above washer/dryer
- make step-stool
replace fluorescent light
If there’s time (HA!) accent wall across from laundry room(not done, but we’re also not going to do this anymore) add permanent shelves to linen closet
We can see the light at the end of the tunnel and I’m getting eager to see what everything looks like all together. Are you ready for the reveal?
Don’t forget to check out One Room Challenge blog for more design and project inspiration! It’s crunch time now, so it’s always fun to see the massive progress that everyone is able to make.