Feline Friday: Nate and Cat

Nate & Pixel in the background

So today I decided to do a little character study of Nate with each of our kitties. I really like this photo of Pixel unfocused in the background with Nate watching television. I can’t tell if she’s watching him or I distracted her with the camera.

Loki asleep above Nate's head

Loki has been Nate’s sleeping buddy this year. I really like this photo of waking up to find the cat behind Nate’s head on a pillow. Often, I have a sense the cats are on the bed with us, but until I fully wake up I don’t know what configuration we are all in.

Prison Bath Remodel: Putting up walls

Prison Bath Remodel

Here’s Mr. MVP of our prison bathroom renovation. Having the summer off from teaching, Nate’s been able to do 90% of the work and focus on all the little details while I am on my day job. I know, I am a lucky girl. Since I wasn’t personally involved with most of the projects, in the next few posts I’ll be highlighting what was done, but not going through a detailed step by step of the process.

Prison Bath Remodel

After wiring the closet and new bathroom wall, the next step of the reno was closing off the closet and finishing its floor. Remember we are converting an old shower into a closet so the floor was sloped had a big drain in it.

Prison Bath Remodel

The power duo of Nate and Dean leveled the shower floor with a self leveling concrete. The process consisted of building a mold with a couple of pieces of wood, plugging up the old shower drain, applying a sealer (takes 3 hours to set) and then a thin layer of self leveling concrete (about 4 hours to dry). The floor wasn’t quite level after the first layer, so we’ll be applying a second coat later on in the process.

Prison Bath Remodel

A couple of days later, the duo installed the drywall for the walls. (By the way, do you say sheetrock or drywall? I say sheetrock but the boys both say drywall. My understanding is sheetrock is a brand of drywall so maybe I need to wise up and change my vernacular. What do you think?)

Prison Bath Remodel

It took three sheets of drywall for the new wall and around the door frame.

Prison Bath Remodel

Before they installed they marked cutouts for all the electrical boxes and reinforced the inside corner with another 2×4 so they had something to screw the drywall into since it’s a tight corner. Then they installed metal corner bead to the inside corners for reinforcement.

Prison Bath Remodel

Once all the drywall was hung, the joints were finished with a layer of drywall paper (Dean’s preference over tape) and joint compound (or mud).

Prison Bath Remodel

Nate spent a lot of time fine-tuning the corners especially on the bathroom side where we have a nice indention that will become a shelf unit.

Prison Bath Remodel

With the drywall up and a new layer of concrete down, it finally is starting to looks like a real closet. 🙂