If you've ever tiled before, then you've probably have grouted (or at least should have). Our night of grouting fell on a Wednesday evening (Day 4 of the Renovation) beginning at 7:30pm. We knew that this step may take a little time.
If you've never been acquainted with process, essentially you mix up the grout and using the grout float, spread the sandy mixture into the spaces between the tiles. You leave this set for a few minutes and then the fun begins. The grout leaves behind a white film that you need to wipe off with a clean, damp sponge. You keep doing this until the white film stops reappearing.
We figured on maybe needing to wipe over the area three times. Foolish thinking? Yes, most definitely. I honestly don't know how many times we wiped the tile, but I do know we started around 8:30pm and ended finally just before midnight. Yes, midnight. Almost three and a half hours of this.
I don't know why exactly it took this long or even if this is normal, but I do know this: If you're grouting, after wiping the tiles a few times with the sponge, use an old T-shirt and rub over the tiles. The white film fades away and you aren't a slave to the shower for the entire night.
So after we successfully got the film off, it was time to wait for 48 hours to seal the shower. We sealed after work on Day 6 and this was by far one of the most simplest tasks. Just brush the sealer over and wipe off the excess.
Great! Done! After waiting another 24 hours, we could finally shower (at home)! (Please note-we were showering during this time!)
Welcome to Day 7. The expectant finish the shower day (well, night that is). We were all set and ready to go when we realized.....the shower handle valve and diverter pipe were too short. And the lower faucet pipe was too long. By a lot. This was going to need replaced before we could hook the fixtures up. Obviously, this was not going to be as easy as we thought.
Luckily, Kinsey's uncle knows about plumbing and pipes. Unfortunately, he was out of town until Tuesday.
Day 10- Kinsey's uncle comes and replaces our lower faucet pipe and attaches the fixture. He also uses his mighty tools to pry off the old shower handle valve setting that wouldn't budge for us. At this point we were getting pretty excited and felt the end was in sight.
I'll spare all the minor details of "why doesn't this pipe fit?", "the pipe isn't long enough", "do we need a plumber" "various trips to local home improvement stores and plumbing specialist" scenarios we encountered in the last few days.
Let's just say we were beyond thrilled when we had attached the new fixtures and turned the water back on for a test run.
This was all that remaining of our old shower.
And the finished product:
We picked up a new shower curtain, hooks, rug, and various other accessories at Target.
I love our new shower head.
We didn't raise the plumbing at all in the shower, but the new head is probably a good 18 inches or so higher than the old one. The old head was just a stationary one that sloped down sharply. The new hand held one is high enough that I almost think it's like this one that I've always wanted.
These shower hooks were purchased as well. I love the little glass ball on the end of the hook. Our old shower hooks were the circle kind that snapped closed. It was always a hassle to un click each one and then re click each one to change the curtain. Does this sound lazy? Probably. Does it look a whole lot better? Yes.
And another shot of the shower curtain because I love it so:
Shower all done, now it's time to move on to the sink/vanity and the floor.