A January Makeover

Our ancient bathroom is getting a much needed makeover! Ed is doing all the work, other than painting which falls to me. Hooray for my small part.
First the rarely used doorway between the bathroom and our bedroom was removed and hole walled over.


Ed stripped off the old wallboard inside the bathroom.

The old sink was the impetus to the makeover: the original molded sink was about worn all the way through after almost 40 years of use.


Note the linen cabinet to the left: that to will be transformed. Ed started working on it yesterday.


New wallboard in place. Ed is cutting flashing to put around the floor openings for the sink plumbing. Much to his chagrin, plumbing in old mobile homes is far from standard.
Laying the new flooring. This coming summer we hope to remove that ugly old orange carpet that’s in the hallway.
Painting next to the redwood wall that Ed put in the tub/shower ten years ago. Slowly, slowly the improvements are being made.
Applying the second coat of off-white.
The red wall was the first to be painted. That cheerful color delights my heart to no end.DSC01849

Cabinets and new door installed.DSC01881Once Ed has made the new linen cabinet I’ll repaint all the walls one last time and rehang the curtain I wove last year. We’re thrilled with the clean new look and feel.

It’s been another month of not being able to settle down to a knitting, or weaving project. So far each thing I’ve undertaken has languished quickly after it was begun. Instead, lots of spinning has been happening. Mostly during the almost daily walks. I’m participating in the Jenkins Woodworking Ravelry group’s “Recipe Challenge” which has been fun. It’s helped that despite having over 7 inches of rain fall in January the temperatures have been in the 40s and 50s F with a couple days edging above 60F. We had only 3 days where the temps dipped into the 30sF. A few days of hard rain were followed by sunshine.
The yarn needed to crochet my granddaughter the mermaid blanket was finally ordered last week. I’m hoping that once it arrives I’ll have a blast making it.


Author: Wanda J

I never dreamed my life would be entangled with fiber and the tools used to produce fibery items. When I bought a boat shuttle used in weaving Ed looked at it, decided to make a better one and the rest is history. For a decade he made shuttles, crochet hooks, knitting needles, until his spindles became so popular that he had to devote his time to making them, as well as Walking Wheels. Free time is spent reading, trying to coax food from the ground, and playing in the creek near our place. I love long walks and camping far from crowds. Playing a fiddle beside a stream or with good friends brings sweetness to my soul. Sundays are set aside for worshiping God with our small Quaker meeting.

7 thoughts on “A January Makeover”

  1. The makeover looks amazing! You two are an awesome team!! I have to say though…I believe we have that same orange carpet throughout the living room and all down the hall! It is so bright it glows!! Ah…the 70’s!!

    1. Ha! Yes, that awful, ubiquitous orange so popular in the 70’s – although it’s more of a slightly burnt orange than that wildly bright, almost neon orange. Pulling it up from the living room was the very first “improvement” we made here.

      On Mon, Feb 1, 2016 at 7:59 AM, Fiberjoy wrote:


  2. Hi Wanda, Larry has done some bathroom renovations too. In our upstairs bathroom at the cottage he used cement board around the tub. I, of course, was expected to hold one end of this incredibly heavy board while he wrestled it into place. Your “new” bathroom looks lovely. I hope you have fun with the mermaid blanket, and post some pictures.

    1. Cement board makes sense around the tub but gracious, that stuff is heavy!

      Still waiting for the yarn to arrive…

      On Mon, Feb 1, 2016 at 1:08 PM, Fiberjoy wrote:


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