Once Upon a Time…

Once upon a time, we lived in a happy little home, with one humble little bathroom.

That humble little bathroom had it’s squeaks and it’s groans and we knew when we purchased it that one day, it would need a little help to keep it alive.

Then, one day Joel had 31/2 days off work…

And he said to himself, and his wife…

And shortly later, I heard those 5.5 fateful words…

Who knew that there was severe water damage on some very crucial parts of this house?

Who knew there was a 10×10 post holding up the closet?

Who knew there was 3-inches of concrete behind each and every one of those tiles? Who knew?

I’d like to say I knew…because I kinda knew (and this crazy boy’s momma kinda knew) there was going to be something crazy and unexpected. I mean, I’ve seen enough episodes of DIY-Diasasters to “know”. Haven’t you?

This is right about Day 2 when Joel asked me, “Kit, can you go into our bedroom?”

I said, “Okay, I’m here, what?”

He said, “Did I just knock a hole in the bedroom wall?”

To that I replied, “Yep. You did.”

He said, “Alright. Add that to the list of repairs.”

And I was relieved to “have plans” to enjoy some of this…with some very compassionate friends.

Happy Birthday to ME, HUH?

I came home to this…(Next Christmas this boy is SO getting saw-horses! The Recycling Bin??)

There was a lot more of this…

And some more of this…

Thankfully, we could go to the Davis’ to shower up and hit the hay.

Because in the morning REINFORCEMENTS WERE COMING!!

YAY for fabulous friend who can pitch in (all the way from Charleston!) and help. Thanks, B!

Scott served on the “night shift” and we were so grateful.

Scott’s 9-5 engineering job really paid off tonight! Because after Brandon and Joel did the plumbing all day long, Scott could come helplay the sub-flooring.

By 9:30pm we had gone from this:


It’s 11:29 and I am now going to coerce my sweet handy-man to call it a day.

PRAY because we go back to work on FRIDAY!!?

8 thoughts on “Once Upon a Time…”

  1. This is hilarious! I know it would not be funny if it were in my house though! :) I must say though that Joel’s talent really impresses me! I know who to call if I ever want anything re-done. I just will leave the house for the week!

  2. Oh my gosh!!! My favorite part about this post is the conversation where Joel confirms that he knocked a hole into your bedroom!!! I can’t wait to see the finished result!!! Bonus points that Joel is still smiling in most of these pictures!


    Honestly Kitty …. I love my hubs for all his many strengths, but he has NO CLUE how to renovate a bathroom nor the guts to even try. I wish he were more on the brave side to give it a shot though! I think this is awesome! Please tell Joel I am super impressed! :)

    He’s literally putting his blood, sweat and tears into that house. That is something to be so proud of!!!

  4. Kitty!!!! Oh my gosh- those pictures totally stressed me out/depressed me because I would just cry and not know what to do!! It’s so nice not to be a man and feel like I have to try to do something like this :) I’ll just stick to crafts!

  5. I am so impressed. Yes, behind every single house job is so much more work than anticipated. You know that. I know that. Joel knows that. But we seem to forget.

    I loved your old bathroom! Probably too late to say that, huh? I’m a fan of tiled walls though and hate they have gone by the wayside.

    Yet again, love that Joel was taught by a Dad how to destroy and rebuild. Dying skills. Hope he’s passing those skills along to student guys too… Chad McGhee always did that with guys when he worked on cars.

  6. Trust me, we loved our little bathroom. It’s just that the previous owners did a terrible job of fixing a major water issue, so we had to completely gut it :( I LOVE tile surround too! Joel said it was too much $$ though ;( boo. Anywho, loved seeing you last week and love being bloggy friends :)

  7. Haha. I think my blood pressure has been waaay more elevated than normal. Joel is UBER-handy, but often has unrealistic expectations of what he can get done in a time-crunch. I def fled the scene last night to go to a craft night w/ friends :) YESSSS! Let’s stick to crafting :)

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