Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Ding-Dong! The Bathroom Remodel is dead!

Like I said, it was a big weekend. Yes, it is true. According to the redefined interpretation of “completed,” The Bathroom Remodel is officially completed. Sure, there are a few cosmetic things to be finished: The baseboards need painting; the sticky, frosted privacy screens need to be attached to the windows; shelving, towel rods and pictures need to be hung, but WHO CARES. We can use the toilet, brush our teeth and shower all in the same room. We can do laundry. We can put stuff away.

The pantry is slightly behind the bathroom in terms of technical completeness, as it needs trim installed, primed, and painted, the walls aren’t finished, and the floor isn’t installed, but again, no one cares about these things. We can PUT DISHES AWAY. What else is there in life, really?

So what was not-a-thing-but-bigger-than-a-breadbox surprise? Well, I’ll tell you. On Saturday, while I was at the lab and then at Target shopping for bathroom accessories and enormously large maternity shirts, The Husband and Father-in-law changed this:

into this:

Yes. That is our pantry. With cabinets. Cabinets on the wall. Cabinets into which we have placed dishes.

But that wasn’t my entire surprise! No! Because on Sunday, while I was opening baby presents at my mom’s house, The Husband and Father-in-law transformed the dining room from this:
into this:

And the kitchen went from this:

to this:

I used to hate the kitchen, what with its being so ugly and all, but now I am in love with it. Who cares about ugly when you can walk through it without fear of losing a toe to a drill bit? On Monday, I even ate breakfast at the kitchen table! I hadn’t even seen the kitchen table since June.

So, all in all, the surprise was a good one. With an impact much, much bigger than a breadbox.

Now, I’m not showing you the office, living room, or nursery, because they are still being reorganized as we still have to arrange the furniture and finally put away all those homeless books. But that’s fine. Because you know what else happened? Yesterday, The Plumber came back and hooked up the bathroom vanity. And that means that it is time for pictures of The Remodeled Bathroom! (Back in the day, I told you I was going to talk about framing out the walls, but I realized that no one cares. So I’m skipping to the good part.)

First, let’s recall what it looked like before we started:

Now I present to you… The Remodeled Bathroom.





There she is! Complete with a new toilet:

and a sink faucet

from which water runs.

(Sorry, that part is still pretty new and exciting for me.)

And around the corner, to the right of the laundry area, we have the bathtub section.

Complete with a tile shelf

and a shower

from which water runs!

Last night The Husband also installed the toilet paper holder and the hand towel ring, but I’m going to spare you those pictures. You’re welcome.

I should mention that a huge side effect of The Remodeled Bathroom will be that I will no longer be distracted by The Bathroom Remodel when trying to hold social conversations with others. Instead, I will be free to obsess about The Pregnancy. The Pregnancy which gave my sisters an excuse to buy these for me:

You can’t see them, but they also have zippers!

I am now excited by running water and zippers. You might want to avoid me for the next few months/weeks, as I am the most boring person on earth.


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Anonymous said...

Is it bad if I say that my favorite part is the little shoes? SO CUTE! (And yay for water running in the right places!)

Anonymous said...

YES! I am so so happy for you. It looks awesome, but I bet it FEELS even better. Now when's that baby due to arrive? Nothing like having something new to fixate on, is there?

Dr. Maureen said...

The baby is due Oct. 21, for those unaware. That is 3 weeks from now. Dear God. We don't know the sex, so I'm not keeping that a secret from you or anything. Well, I am, but I'm also keeping it a secret from myself.

Beth said...

Hooray!!! Congratulations! Your house looks AWESOME!!!

Anonymous said...

I have to give you a warning about the sticky, frosted privacy screens. I'm not sure you've yet had the fun experience of trying to put the @&^$%#%^*! things on a window, but if you figure out how to do it without sticking them to yourself or any other available surface first, put one on and then realize that it isn't straight so you have to remove it and then low and behold it doesn't stick the same because you already squeezed the water out from it and the window, or leave about a 1/2" gap between the film and window thereby exposing only a small sliver of yourself to the rest of the let me know. I want to know your secret.

Anonymous said...

Oh, BTW, Congratulations!!!