Overnight Guests During Renovations … When Good Enough Will Have To Do

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We’ve got company coming this morning and I’m trying to breathe through it. The house as you might expect is not really guest ready due to a kitchen renovation that has morphed into a couple of other big projects as well. We’ve managed to make it presentable with the dining room table in place and some of the artwork back on the walls, but many places are still very unfinished. There’s a hole in the wall where some electrical bits will be going in next week for the new boiler and it’s right in the place where I’d like to put the tile work you see above.

John and I are still in negotiations about this tile pattern. His only concern seems to be that as it’s behind the hob/stove top, it might get cooking splatters in the grout. I think he’s referring to his mad cooking skills particularly in the stir fry department. I’m joking here, I’m actually a messier cook.

I don’t think this would be a problem, but what do you think? Suggestions, experience … please share your backsplash stories in a comment.

Going back to our guests … they are staying overnight so they’re sure to notice the all the little things that would normally drive me nuts. They’ll have clean sheets, and a tidy bathroom along with a good meal and a glass of wine, but the never-ending dust and the shift in the placement of things makes it all feel a bit off-balance to me.

It’s silly really … all this trying to control things that I can’t right now.

Fingers crossed nothing odd turns up in the food tonight.

A Room Of One’s Own – Week 8 – Update

This week John finished putting the plasterboard (sheetrock) on the bathroom for the master bedroom and he did a bit of plastering and framed out the doorway to the bath. He gave the ceiling and walls a base coat of paint in the master bedroom and later today will begin tiling the bath. I think I mentioned last week that we’re working to finish the master bedroom and bath so we can move out of the guest room and back into the bedroom before we refocus on finishing out my studio/writing/office space.

I’ve been doing a massive amount of research for just the right way to make this all work…color, furniture design, room setup, lighting, and any and everything else one might want to consider to make it all work best. What began as a new space for me has not surprisingly spilled over in to the master bedroom with a totally new look complete with new furniture. Additionally, the kitchen and half bath have become projects for next year. It’s a good thing John likes to renovate. We hope to have the master bedroom and bath finished in two to three weeks. Next week I’ll be showing you a tiled bathroom along with a painted (probably blue) bedroom.

As you can see by one of the pictures, we’ve chosen a darker hardwood floor for the bedroom, both new baths and my new room. The rest of the house has a light colored wood flooring so this darker one is a shift for John who prefers white walls and light floors. We’re off to the store in a few minutes to pickup the bathroom tiles. He’s designing and decorating the master bath completely while I’m doing the bath that goes with my space and it’s interesting to see how different we are based on American versus British design ideas.



The bathroom ready for tiling.


More of the bath


Bedroom with the new ceiling and window.