We may have opened a can of ants…(Spaceship Bathroom Remodel, pt. 2)

First off, I apologize for my lack of posts lately. Its been a bit of a whirlwind around here- camping-graduations-getting to hang out with the cutest niece in the world. I promise I’ll post recaps of all the fun in the very near future…

But, to the point of this brief update: we are up to our eyeballs in demolition right now. My entire house is covered in a gross layer of dust, my bedroom is filled with things that should live in a bathroom and our living room floor has plastic taped to it and construction materials strewn about. It looks like a construction bomb went off in our house. BUT, we’re getting a new bathroom. YES!!! (you can see the original Spaceship Bathroom over here)

Last weekend my Mom and I said adios to the boys and headed down south for the weekend and left them to start the bathroom remodel. My only stipulation was that by the time I got home on Sunday night there had to be functioning “facilities” (when a girls gotta go, she’s gotta go!). They almost made their deadline…it was installed about an hour after I got home. Thankfully, no one was doing the potty-dance by that time. My Dad and Josh had spent the weekend working their tails off to gut the bathroom and fix a lot of things that hadn’t been done right the first time. They discovered that the toilet had been venting into our walls (eww), the bathroom floor was about 1 inch out of level and that bathroom remodels take a whole lotta work and patience. By the time we got home, they had closed off the awkward door between the bathroom and the coat closet, pulled up all the old tile, leveled the floor and replaced it with amazing new not-silvery-grey tile, fixed the venting problem, and installed a new toilet. Good work guys!! (many more details on this in a later post)

So, lets get to the “we may have opened a can of ants…” part. The other night at about oh, 10:30pm…Josh decided that it was time he figured out what had been causing a soft spot in the ceiling of the bathroom. A while back I had noticed the soft spot and found a few ants crawling around it. Thinking that it might just be a slow leak in the roof and a coincidence that there were ants, we used a blue-painters-tape-band-aid and covered up the boo boo. We knew that this remodel was coming up, so we figured it could wait until now. Well, Josh began to poke and prod and what did he find? ANTS! Thousands and thousands and thousands (you think I’m kidding…) of ANTS!!!!! Watching them pour out of our ceiling was probably the creepiest-crawliest moment I’ve had in my entire life…YUCK! We panicked and used an entire can of Raid on those suckers. We disturbed a huge nest of them that had probably been there for years, causing mass exodus into our bathroom. It ended up being more than just the 2 in. x 2 in. spot that we had anticipated…more like 2 ft. x 2 ft.!!!  What a disaster! We spent two evenings after work cleaning up after those pests and finally just last night Josh was able to patch the gaping hole that resulted. Let me just say how blessed I am to have a husband who a) isn’t afraid to dive into a bathroom remodel b) is SUPER handy and able to fix most anything (or figure out how to if he doesn’t) and c) isn’t afraid of ants. Thousands upon thousands of them. I love you, Josh!!

We just got a coat of primer on the walls and ceiling and are hopefully going to get the vanity, mirror and light fixture installed this weekend. Ahh…it’ll be SO nice to not brush our teeth in the kitchen anymore! (I really shouldn’t complain, its only been a week!)

Don’t worry, this isn’t the last of the Spaceship Bathroom Remodel updates. Keep an eye out for pictures of the entire process and more details of everything we’ve done.

Feeling less space-sick,
Mrs. Edwards

p.s. I’ll leave you with a picture of my cute handy-man of a husband. He just loooooves painting, can’t you tell?!

3 thoughts on “We may have opened a can of ants…(Spaceship Bathroom Remodel, pt. 2)

  1. kitcressaty Reply

    EEEWWWWWW! oh my gosh that is my worst nightmare! ANTS!!! wow. you are both troopers. I can’t wait to see the bathroom!

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