The recent bathroom remodel has set me thinking about all kinds of different things. Like how much drywall dust one human can reasonably inhale before becoming a plaster-cast statue of themselves. But also about all the little things that go into remodeling a room, no matter how big or small.
Do you know how many tools I’ve used in that one little bathroom? All of them.
When I started this blog, I shared a lot of stories about “things I tried.” Not necessarily things that worked, or things I did well, just my own personal, “well, shit, let’s give this a try” experiences. (And, honestly, a lot of “well fuck you for telling me I can’t do this, I’m going to do it anyway” experiences. But, for the most part, people don’t tell me I can’t do things anymore.)
I did a lot of things wrong back then. I learned. I did a few things right. I learned some more. I took classes. I learned from professionals. And ten years later, I don’t know everything… in fact, the only thing I know for sure is that I’m still learning. But I used to pride myself on providing tutorials for people like me. You know, people who have never done this shit before.
And then a lot of people started making internet DIY tutorials so there was already a lot of information out there (and they actually take a ton of time to write, if done correctly) and the work started to become an old hat for me. Rewire an outlet? Pssht… done it a thousand times, no big deal. So I don’t explain things the way I used to explain things. And I actually think that’s a miss on my part. It’s a little bit lazy, and a little bit presumptuous. And when I wrote this update on the bathroom I was actually thinking “aw, hell, I should link to posts on electrical and plumbing and drywall work” except sometimes I get a little stressed out about just posting something that I don’t always provide as much information as I could.
Which, frankly, that’s such bullshit. This is my hobby, and my passion, and I do make money off of it, so I should at least be doing it right. Even if it takes more time. (I mean, it’s pitch dark by 5:30 anyway, so what the hell else am I going to do?)
So, here’s what I thought… I thought I’d do some little tutorials– possibly linking to my own stuff, or to some other great resources– on all of the little things you need to know in order to remodel a room in your house.
Because the truth is you can be good at drywall, or good at carpentry, or good at sweating pipes, but that won’t get you a finished room. You’ve got to have a certain comfort level with all kinds of skills or you’re not going to be able to get very far on most of the rooms in your house. Renovating is definitely a “jack of all trades” kind of work.
Over the next few weeks I’ll cover fun things like:
- Basic Electrical Work – Changing out switches, outlets, fixtures, etc.
- Drywall – Hanging, patching, and finishing.
- Trim work – Installing crown molding, baseboard, and window trim.
- Flooring – Installing hardwood or tile.
- Painting? Does this require a post? I feel like it’s pretty self-explanatory, but if you’re looking for tips…
- Bonus for bathrooms and kitchens: Plumbing for showers, toilets, and sinks.
If you go back far enough in the archives you’ll find a lot of this stuff, but who in the eff has time for that? No one. So I’ll try to post one or two of these instructional posts a week, along with my progress on the bathroom (which I hope is done sooner rather than later.)
And if there’s anything else you’re dying to know about remodeling a room in your house, let me know and I’ll see if I know enough to add that on to the list.
Let the fun begin!