Thursday, December 20, 2012

Christmas Greetings 2012!

Merry Christmas from our family to yours! We wish you a joyous and healthy holiday season. 

With Love,
Chanelle, Tim, Turner, Monkey, and Sullivan

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Monday, December 17, 2012

Building the Ark

Okay, so now that we tore apart the bathroom, it's time to rebuild it. Unfortunately, this process takes a lot longer than tearing it apart! As I mentioned, my mom, Steve, and Rex came to the rescue.

I don't have any photos of the tub setting. Here's how it went: take out the old tub, check supports in the floor to make sure the joists are still in good shape (we were good there), place the new tub, level, and set it. Voila.

Rex installed new drywall for us. This new drywall is green because it's a moisture resistant sheet rock intended for use in bathrooms.

You basically clean up the rough edges of the existing drywall, score the sheet rock, snap it, and screw it into the studs.

Then you tape everything with mesh drywall tape.

You fill in the drywall tape and other small holes with putty (or rather, you kindly ask Steve to do it.). Once it dries you sand, sand, sand for a smooth finish.

See the silver behind Steve's head? We had to use metal patches (see below) for the big holes where the porcelain toothbrush and soap holders used to live. Same idea, they just have big metal pieces for stability for such a huge hole. It worked like a charm.

Remember the area where the medicine cabinet used to live? Rex covered that with a new piece of drywall too. He had to attach a new 2x4 adjacent to the stud to secure it.

The floors also got new sheet rock too since we planned to tile them.

 Hey, this kinda looks like a bathroom again!

Monday, December 10, 2012

It's a Dirty Job...

Demo. It's a dirty job. Tim did ALL of the demo himself! He was eager to get a start on this project since my mom, Steve, and Rex were headed down soon to help us install the new tub.

Here's my wonderful husband proudly demolishing our old bathroom!

Beneath the toilet, Tim unearthed two old layers of linoleum. Can you imagine this faux brick look with our aqua tiles? Wow.

Here's a shot of the linoleum we lived with for close to two years.

That's a Coke, not a beer. As Steve says, Don't Drink and Demo!

Tim turned off the water valve, but there's an old sour cream container to catch any drips. Look at the empty floor where the vanity and toilet used to be!

You can see in the back of this photo that Tim peeled off the first layer of tile. More on that to come in a minute... Tim had several holes to patch. These are two of the smaller holes from the shelf that once lived here. That's pretty easy.

Now these holes... that's another story. How on earth are we going to patch them? We had no idea that the porcelain soap and toothbrush holders would leave gaping holes in the wall. We thought they were attached to drywall not sunk IN drywall!

Former vanity. It was gross!

Whoa, what happened to the bathtub!? He peeled away the first tile around the perimeter of the bathtub. Then, he took a circular saw and cut a nice hole in the drywall and took the tile out in chunks. We didn't want to redrywall the whole bathroom, so taking away the first tile allowed us to preserve the good drywall and just install new over the tub surround.

Tim managed to demo the entire bathroom by himself except removal of the tub. It was too large and unwieldy to get himself. He also cleaned up the debris.

A few days later, my mom, Steve, and Rex came and helped remove the tub. We were left with this completely empty shell of a former bathroom! What did we get ourselves into? :)

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Upstairs Bathroom: Before

 The moment you've all been waiting for... or maybe the moment I've been waiting for... or maybe I'm 6 months overdue in posting this project. Whatever the case may be... enjoy! Okay, so our upstairs bathroom was pretty funky. I don't think I realized how bad it was until we started tearing it apart.

Aqua tiles that look straight out of the 1950s + brown vanity = awesome.

Peeling linoleum? Even better.

Actually, the toilet looks pretty crisp and white in this photo. So that's not too bad, but we're replacing it anyway. Who wants a 30 year old toilet in a brand new bathroom?

You can barely see the corner of the vanity top. The previous owners had actually replaced this while they lived in the home. It wasn't in bad shape either, but we wanted a vanity with two sinks, so it too had to go.

What would you call that? Seafoam green? Aqua? Not-quite-turquoise? It's hard to say.

This is my favorite. Wicker cabinet, oh yeah. Notice we had already updated the light fixture when my mom and Rex came down to help with several other light fixtures in the house.

Tiny shelf, but functional.

You recall my ideas for this bathroom here. Just wait and see how close we come...