Today, Geoff Fandrick, owner of Ontario Stipple Removal, and his helper, Mike, were hard at work putting the last skim coat on the ceilings now that the popcorn is down. Here is shot of Geoff (sorry it’s so dark: I used my new smartphone and haven’t yet figured out how to use it properly!)
And here’s a picture of Mike, who was busy priming the second bedroom ceiling.
That ceiling stain in that room (see below), is all gone along with the popcorn and so is the metal closet door track which Geoff removed for me, in preparation for Mirrorworks to come and install new mirrored doors late next week.
This morning Alex and I went down to Lowes to pick up my tub and vanity for the main bathroom. The new vanity (Liezl Grey) is one of my favourites and very inexpensive at $299. It’s a light grey with a cultured marble top and goes with pretty much everything.
The Sapphire tub from Lowes is one of my favourites as well with its clean, crisp lines, and a great price at $ 329.
I was still debating what to do with the horrible peach coloured tiles in both the kitchen and the MBR ensuite. I thought I could work around them, but today I decided they had to go:
While at Lowes, I came across some gorgeous ceramic tiles in a light grey mix that I really liked. At 93 cents for a 13 x 13″ tile, I couldn’t say no to the bargain (again, no HST today!) so we decided to pick them up and Alex got a further 5% discount as a contractor.
Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture but they work perfectly with all the elements of this reno: you’ll see them in the after shots when we’re done.
I had also picked up some encaustic tile at Euro Tile late yesterday for the front foyer Again, I hadn’t planned on replacing the foyer tile initially, but then I found a couple of holes in the tile (holes, not cracks, and no idea why). I love this new tile, and it works perfectly with the grey-brown hardwood flooring. Plus it is definitely on trend:
In my high-low world, this one was a splurge at $10.95/sq ft. But for a small space (25 sq ft), I think it will have a big impact, particularly when the new mirror doors go up and the cool flushmount ribbon light fixture.
The new paint colour will be Satin Silver (Benjamin Moore). Here’s how it looks in a finished room on the Benjamin Moore website–fresh and clean!
Still lots to do! We discovered we have to install a hot water shut-off before we can do the tile surround in the main bathroom so I’m scrambling to find a plumber who is available on short notice. Alex will be back tomorrow AM to fix the drywall behind where the old baseboard heaters were so that my electrician, Mark Dods, can come back Tuesday to install the new ones. Alex is still working on building new boxes for the new kitchen cabinets and plans to install the foyer flooring before Wed when Mirrorworks will come to install the new closet doors. The painter will start painting this weekend. Sometime next week, Alex will start tearing out the bathroom.
We are shooting to have everything done by the end of next week, two weeks from when (UPDATE: May 26/2018 – we just decided to move a wall in the mechanical room to make more room in the laundry, now looking at first week in June to be finished, but it could end up being mid-June, the way things keep getting added to our list!)