A blog about the restoration, remodel and renovation of a 1929 Chicago-style brick bungalow

Posts Tagged ‘tile’

Chiseling Away At It

For the past couple of days we’ve been working on the bathroom for a few hours after work, and that helps a little. The tile job will be far from perfect, but overall I think it’s looking pretty good. We had a couple of snafus, one of which was the level of the floor tile…

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Tiling, Staging and Timing

The master bathroom tiling is dragging on. And on. I really want it to be over with. The contractor occasionally hounds me about it because he wants to do the finish work on the plumbing so he can get a final payment (although apparently he just realized yesterday that the plumber he sub-contracted didn’t include…

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Maybe Before Winter?

It has been a month and a half since the contractors left and we’ve taken over on the attic remodel. While they worked diligently every day, everything came to a screeching halt once they left. Reality set in. We’re on DIY time, baby. Of course, I would love nothing more than to be able to…

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Look, We’re Tiling!

The long quest to move the master bedroom to the newly renovated attic space got a little shorter last weekend when we finally had some time and all the materials needed to start tiling the master bathroom. I say “start” because we’re a long way from finishing. As with any DIY project, we didn’t get…

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The Great Tile Debate

After multiple trips to Tile Outlet (a great discount tile source if you’re in the Chicago area), additional trips to King of Tile (also a good place for deals but not as big) and Century Tile, we finally ended our quest for bathroom tile at The Tile Shop in Deerfield [update: there’s a Tile Shop…

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Bathroom Break

Now that it’s getting way too hot outside for my tastes, I’m thinking about my next project — one that’s been on the agenda for a while: the bathroom tile. Because the PO had the entire bathroom tiled, including the ceiling, we’re not going to be tearing it out anytime soon. (Yes, the ceiling too!!)…

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Backsplash Breakthrough

While I was buying the paint for the kitchen, I mentioned my backsplash problem (Swedish flag blue and yellow using bathroom tiles) to the sales clerk. She steered me toward a water-based paint called Breakthrough!, made by Vanex Color, Inc. of downstate Mt. Vernon, IL. There is not much information on the web for this…

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