I suppose I am spoiled by how smoothly my Kitchen Renovation went, as well as the first phase of this Bathroom Renovation, because I am
annoyed shocked at the delays and problems we’re having now! Obviously it’s fairly common, seeing as how HGTV has entire shows based on renovation problems. Things could be worse, so I should probably shut my trap. I showed you the beautiful new shower door that was finally installed after two months of waiting.
And the high-gloss navy walls, cabinets and trim.
Son of a biscuit, what the french is happening here?!? After only two showers, Mr. Sugarplum informed me the leak was back. I immediately called Rockstar Contractor, who assured me there was no way this shower would ever leak again. After his weekend housecall, he declared it the fault of the glass guy. You know, the one we waited on for 2 months (have I mentioned that already?)!
What happened wuz…..the gap in the door was installed too wide, causing water to spray out and seep down between the paint and drywall. High gloss paint is almost pliable when dry, so it was trapping the water and literally formed a water balloon on the side of the wall.
The fix is simple, but I’m wary of how it will look. They need to insert one of those silicone sweeps all the way up the gap (like the one along the bottom of the door), and I’m thinking that will look like crap! Does anyone have that on their frameless shower door? How wide should that gap be? Mr. Go-the-Extra-Mile Contractor is going to tile the bottom part of the wall too, just to be safe.
And problem Numero Dos that’s preventing us from moving on, is the paint application. Since I wanted a lacquer look (which shows every single flaw), I let a professional handle it. My painter ‘floated’ the walls (much like he did when expertly enclosing this opening), then sanded them smooth. The trim and cabinets are painted with a brush, creating a smooth, shiny surface. But for the walls, he used a really nappy roller….which caused the paint to dry with an orange peel texture!!
I know, that picture is lame, and you might not even
care be able to see the texture. Normally I wouldn’t be all that bothered by it…but the whole purpose of having him redo all of the walls (he already had drywall work to do as part of the reno to the shower) was to make them smooth!
|Oh hello. Someone needs another coat of paint.|
The only fix is to float and sand again, then repaint with a brush. Clearly he has to come back for touch-up work, but I feel awful mentioning the walls. And frankly, I’m ready to reclaim this bathroom! Do I let it go since I’ll more than likely cover the walls with stuff? Is the texture even noticeable in a space this small? I’d love to hear what you think regarding the shower door and paint.