The Worst DIY Job Ever

Today Liam and I discovered our ninth circle of hell. Removing old grout and silicon from between bathroom tiles (without chipping them) so that we can make our mildew-speckled bathroom look fresh, clean and white. A project that we knew would take at least a day, but not quite as much effort as it has. Five hours of painstaking, detail work using nothing more than our own strength and a teenie tiny blade that is sharp and strong enough to scrape concrete from between the subway tiles that run around our shower. It is NOT fun. And we’re not quite done.

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In the future, we will either bash the tiles out and replace everything or get someone in to do it. Given the amount of effort and time that ‘Makeover A’ is taking, we were beginning to think the better way forward might have been to just gut the place and start from scratch. But now that we’re into it (and once it’s finished) a few weeks of (painful) work will mean that we’ll be able to save and plan for what we really want, without having to live with what we inherited.

The highlight of the project? Liam turning up five minutes after we’d decided to call it a day with a gin and tonic that I hadn’t asked for, but really REALLY wanted. Clever hubby. Apparently DIY-related pain is good for our relationship. Who knew? 🙂

Will post a quick pic of the final result in the next few days. We’re both hoping this hasn’t been a lot of work for little result. What about you guys – what’s your ‘worst’ project ever? Any ‘new year’ projects that you’re hoping to tackle before 2014 arrives?

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3 comments

  1. Re-cementing the basement walls so they were presentable and could be painted before we put the house up for sale last year was probably the hardest job I ever did. It was actually cement, not spackle, so handled really differently. Sometimes it fell off the wall if I hadn’t used the proper wrist motion to get it to stick. In the end, after primer and paint it looked like a new basement, clean, fresh, and good enough to use as a shop.

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