Not really. In reality, when it comes to DIY bad asses, I fall far below Ty Pennington or whoever reigns as the current darling of DIY home shows.
I am, however, way better at home improvement than a dead hobo with a toothpick.
I have the manual dexterity of Gertie bird and she doesn’t have opposable thumbs.
I painted most of the interior of our house.
I had help, thank the stars, because I thought I was going to succumb to paint madness. I still might. I have one room to go.
Paint madness is the worst.
The symptoms I just made up are:
- Homicidal rage when someone points out you got paint in your hair.
- Becoming dependent on paint fumes.
- Eye twitches.
- General crankiness.
- Feelings of resentment that it’s been years since you’ve had a rice krispy treat and why doesn’t anyone love you?
I thought painting endless walls was the worst thing ever.
We have made enough progress that we were ready to talk to a real estate agent. We talked to the dude who sold us our house 9 years ago.
When Brett sold us our house, he was young and fairly new to real estate. Now, he has one of the top agencies in the area. Super excited to be working with him again. I feel confident this will go well.
Anyway, I hate Brett.
Brett came over and looked things over. He confirmed the issues we knew we need to address. He assured us that now is a good time to sell. I think everything’s going to go okay. Before he left, he casually mentioned it would be a good idea to re-grout the showers.
You guys. I have one third of the smaller of our two bathrooms done. I can barely type this post because my shoulder burns and I think I ruined it forever.
I watched YouTube videos on how to re-grout a shower.
It’s not hard. Well, it’s hard, but not technically hard to do, which is good. When it comes to DIY anything, I don’t want to have to be too precise. Still, if any precision is required, the job is mine. Randy is at the “tear it down” DIY level.
You have to dig out the old grout and can either get this little circular saw looking tool, or you can get a jaggedy razor looking thing on a stick and dig out grout manually.
The teeny circular saw tool was $89. The razor blade thingy was under $10 bucks.
The razor blade thingy sucks ass.
The razor blade thingy method is tedious, dirty, and so very fucking slow. It also upset my spirit animal.
I don’t know if I ever told you guys this, but I have a duck in my shoulder.
I tore a rotator cuff years ago and got an MRI. I was able to access the images online and, in my professional opinion, I have a duck in my shoulder because the MRI image looks like I have a duck in my shoulder.
Scraping out grout with the jaggedy razor blade thing pissed off the duck. Really bad. I have zero strength in my right arm and my shoulder hurts like a motherfucker.
Six years ago, a surgeon told me I needed surgery.
I considered his opinion and decided that not being able to comfortably raise my right arm laterally is not a big fucking deal. My shoulder twinges a little from time to time, but it doesn’t hurt. It’s not a hardship to live with. Until I scraped the grout from my shower stall. Like I said, the duck is not happy.
On the other hand, the lower third of my shower stall looks goddamn amazing.
I am a DIY bad ass.
I am also a DIY bad ass that will be putting ice on her shoulder and investing $89. in the teeny circular saw.