I have this really terrible habit of assuming projects will be faster than they actually are. Take this particular project, for example.
I had originally planned that we would do this over Thanksgiving break because my husband had the whole week off. But he was gone on a trip for the first two weeks of November and felt that he really needed to work at least half of the week so he didn’t fall too far behind at work.
I figured I could handle that. We had already had our Thanksgiving dinner early with my sister, so I could do the demo and prep work while he worked Monday, Tuesday and half of Wednesday, and then we would get everything done the rest of Wednesday through Saturday. Done. Easy.
See, we have this Thanksgiving tradition I didn’t take into account.
Someone gets sick.
This year’s lucky participant just happened to be the person whose help I really needed! But, instead, he spent Thursday with a nasty stomach bug.
He rallied some on Friday to help with the plumbing and getting most of the Hardibacker hung, but then we ran into a couple of pieces that must have been a little more “set” than the rest because it took FOREVER to get those sheets scored enough to break.
And then we ran out of energy.
So this is what our bathroom has looked like for the last two-plus weeks.
Add in Christmas parties and being asked to help decorate for two different events for church, and my poor bathroom has been neglected.
I’ve even been forced to share my boys (admittedly beautiful, but still) bathroom.
So yesterday, I decided enough was enough. I had been able to do the scoring and snapping of a couple of sheets myself, so as long as I didn’t run into any of those impossible sheets, I should be able to hang the last couple of pieces myself.
And I did!
I even got it taped yesterday and bought some pre-mixed thin-set to mud the seams. In between elementary school class parties and middle school choir concerts, I’ll get the thin-set on and paint on the water-proofer.
Then, in our spirit of fun holiday activities, we’ll spend a day next week putting the tile up. We really now how to party.
Merry Christmas to you!
Please take my advice and don’t start a big project during the holidays.