Back on the straight and narrow

The framing for the wet bar.

The framing for the wet bar.

So, after determining that I had gotten them inexorably screwed up, we decided to take all the tiles I had put up back down and start over. Shannon took most of them down while I worked on other things, like getting the framing done for the wet bar. Then my friend and mentor came over to get me off on the right foot. We snapped a couple of straight lines across the room and got the first three rows of tile squared up. About halfway across, we hit the first snag: The furring strips (you know, the ones I put up twice) were out of alignment, and the way things were going, we were going to run out of furring strip to staple the tiles to by the time we made it across the room. Luckily, the furring strips are in two pieces across the room, so we were able to make adjustments without too much issue.

I felt a little better about my own mistakes once my friend got going, though. As careful as he was, he was still seeing variations in how the tiles came together. He managed to even things out, and taught me some tricks for getting the tiles in tight, like fitting a scrap piece into the edge and tapping on that to move the tile into position without damaging it. I don’t know if it’s true, but I could at least tell myself that if he hadn’t had my example of how not to do it, he could have made the same mistake.

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Now that’s a straight line of tiles.

The jagged edge.

The jagged edge.

Getting it right is s a slow process. He and I worked three hours and got maybe six rows of tiles up. Working the entire next weekend, I only managed to get about two-thirds of the theater room done. But, slow as it is, at least it’s going up right. Check out the photo to the right. See that edge? Compare that to the photo on the left, which is what was happening before. So, I’m pleased. Despite the despair at the decision, I know it was the right one. This will be a ceiling to be proud of. There won’t be mistakes I think only I’ll notice. And, more important, I’ll be able to get all 800 square feet up without running into major issues.

I wish I had gotten it right the first time, and I’ll be very glad when the ceiling is behind me, or over me. But I’m very happy to be getting it right this time. I knew this would be a learning experience. The ceiling has, I think, been the most painful lesson so far.

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