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It feels like we’ve been slowly updating our master bathroom for forever. We started with dark green walls, outdated linoleum on the floors, banged-up baseboards, and some really ugly light fixtures. Some of that’s still there. Some of it’s gone. To refresh your memories, here’s where we started back in May:

Then we went on to rip up the painted-over wallpaper in the master water closet:

Then came the priming and painting, to give us what we have now:

And now, thanks to some generous Lowe’s gift card giving by our families at Christmas, we’re finally in the position to do something about the rest of it (we got a Lowe’s credit card a few years back and used it to buy new washers and driers at a discount during a big sale, and we kept the card because we get 5% cash back on all purchases, so it’ll come in handy when we do big projects). Namely, install that over-the-tub bookshelf we’ve been wanting to do, and put up some beadboard in the water closet. (Eventually we plan to run the beadboard throughout the bathroom, but we’re starting in the water closet for cost purposes.)

So today we took a trip to Lowe’s, and got ourselves some beadboard:

Beadboard come a number of different ways: in packages like we got (8 feet long), or in big 8-foot-long sheets. That’s what we have underneath the packages of beadboard. We had Lowe’s cut the large piece into three different pieces to fit measurements B took. One of those pieces is going to go behind the over-the-tub bookshelf, while the other will be used, along with the packages, on the walls in the water closet.

B did a lot of measuring and math before we bought anything. He determined that for our space, it was actually cheaper to buy the packages of beadboard and use those, rather than the big sheets. So we went that route. Also, the packaged beadboard comes with notches on each end so that the boards snap together—a handy bonus that the long sheets don’t offer.

It can be tricky getting all of these supplies into our Honda Accord! We’re quickly learning that we need an SUV or truck for our home projects.

Now the beadboard, along with the packages of chair rail trim and baseboards we also purchased, will sit in our bedroom for 48 hours so that the wood can acclimate to the humidity of the room we’re installing it in. (Technically, the wood should be in the bathroom, but we can’t fit it all in there and still move around, so we’re compromising and putting it in the bedroom. Also, we bought packages of chair rail trim and baseboard specifically for beadboard installation because the pieces are notched to fit around the beadboard. That’ll make more sense when we get to the installation.)

After that, we’ll measure the walls one last time just to make sure our notes are accurate, make our cuts, wipe the boards clean, prime them, and give them two coats of paint. Then we’ll install them on the walls.

Oh yeah, and somewhere in there we’ll also finish the bookshelf.

And then we’ll do a happy dance 🙂

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