Sunday, December 19, 2010

Some Rehab

In years past I tended to do quite a bit of "training" in the off season. I figured I didn't want to lose all I had gained during the season. I worked harder than I ever have this year in training and I figured because of that, I was going to approach the off-season differently this time around. A real break.

Off season has meant sleeping in, maybe riding my bike or running to work, but choosing other things over training if they are an option. I decided to tackle the rehab of our bathroom. I have never laid tile in my life. So a bathroom rehab that involved painting, beadboard, chair rails and laying penny round tiles after ripping up old tile was in order. Because really, if I can complete some of the crazy triathlons I do, how hard could this be?!

My goal is to transform what used to be "Little Japan" into more of a "Connecticut" bathroom. I know the Japanese bathroom was perfectly fine. Except I've never been to Japan. And it is not me at all.

The beadboard that is going onto the walls.

Nick is awesome - not only is he always up for long rides, but he also knows everything about tearing out tile and removing toilets. Although after posting this picture hopefully I will not need to find myself another contractor. Or bike riding partner...

See what you can accomplish when you only swim 1,000 yards in one week?!

12 comments:

SSB said...

Please post lots of pictures and stories of the progress. In January I think I'm going to rip up carpeting and put down tile in my whole house.

Kiet said...

Too funny, I remember using that bathroom and thinking, whoa, this doesn't really match the rest of the house nor Charisa's taste. It all makes sense now. Happy demolishing. My season officially starts tomorrow.

Beth said...

Happy rehab-ing! :) Can't wait to see the finishing pictures!!

Damie said...

Yes! We worked on our kitchen last year, and I need to tile the backsplash, but I am scared! Let me know how it goes!!! It is a project I want to do myself, but scared to get going. I think your whole life will feel better- more fulfilling in all aspects- when you take a little training time off and apply it to your home :)

Meg said...

This is what happens when we have excess energy! Great job putting it to good use, can't wait to see how it comes out!
Merry Christmas!!

Elizabeth A. Rich said...

Can't wait to see the finished project... and I can't believe your bathroom looked like that - too funny!!

Kathleen @ ForgingAhead said...

Rehab projects can be a real drag in the middle but the result is always fun!

solarpowered said...

When Nick is done at your house, can you send him my way? I'd like to redo my bathroom, too, and I'd love someone's help :)

ONEHOURIRONMAN said...

With our 5000 sq ft house, I am always in the middle of something. Thank God I can do this IM thing on one hour per day.
I have never tackled tile before, looks like fun.

Steve Stenzel said...

.... I get a lot less done when I swim 0 yards in a week... ;)

Christi said...

You are a brave woman! I have no remodeling skills at all!

Lisa T said...

No! I loved that bathroom! :)