Bathroom project: part 1

April 24, 2012 | Filed Under House projects 

A couple of people are interested in the evil project, so I decided to throw it out here. We’ve wanted to redo the upstairs bathroom since we moved in. It wasn’t terrible, but definitely needed some updates.

Here is a picture of the bathroom before we bought it!

Here you can see the pedestal sink (boo!), and the dark wood cabinet and medicine cabinet. At some point, we removed that white shelf and had an antique dry sink to provide some counter space between the sink and toilet. Not pictured is the wonderful 1976 harvest gold tub and surround, with brass and glass shower doors.

Besides being an eyesore, the tiny tub and and doors are not convenient for bathing children. We planned to upgrade to real tile flooring and replace the pedestal sink with something not useless. This was a “someday” project.

Right before Thanksgiving, the problem child toilet leaked, flooding our bathroom. Always fun when you are expecting houseguests for the holidays! This bumped the bathroom project up the list.

Phase I (November 2011): Phase I began with a plan to replace the toilet, which required a new coat of paint (desperately needed anyhow). To do it “right”, we decided to remove the huge linen cabinet and medicine cabinet. Once the room was emptied of the dark wood and the space eating dry sink, we thought “wow! this room feels so much bigger.” Jason asked if we had to put it all back in, and I agreed “no way.” Thus, Phase I was born.

The paint and toilet was completed before Thanksgiving, and with great effort of J and his dad, the sink and vanity was completed Black Friday. In the following weeks, Jason and I finished the medicine cabinets and shelves. Phase I was successfully completed, with Phase II scheduled for Spring 2012.
bathroom reno
bathroom reno

Whew…that finally brings us to the almost present.
Phase II

Hmmm…I think that is all. Here’s where we started with Phase II:
bathroom reno
bathroom reno
bathroom reno
bathroom reno

The division of labor for the project was clear, though not terribly fair. Jason would work on the bathroom, and I would keep 3 monkeys out of his hair. Saturday morning, things started out great with the demo work…
bathroom reno
bathroom reno

…of course, nothing can be easy. A run of the tape measure proved that our 60 inch standard alcove is only 59.5 inches. Further investigation found huge gouges in the wall studs, which is how the golden beauty was installed. ::sigh::
bathroom reno

So, our weekend tub install now involves moving a wall. Did you not read that? MOVE A WALL. An inch. This is also the wall that contains the plumbing, which also had to move an inch. Down comes the wall.
bathroom reno
bathroom reno

Oh yeah, the wall is shared with the closet in Sam and Luke’s room, which is now also a construction zone. Very not planned. With a hole in the wall, the closet spread across their room, chunks of drywall everywhere, and a tub in the kitchen, the kids and I escaped to the local motel.

By Sunday night, Jason had moved the wall and the plumbing and had the water back on. He took a vacation day (whee!) Monday, and by the end of the day, had the tub in place. He’s my hero.
bathroom reno
bathroom reno

Unfortunately, there is the surround to go up, more plumbing and lots of drywall before we can call the tub finished. It will probably stretch over the next several weeks. Slowly, but surely.

PS: How amazing is Jason?

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One Response to “Bathroom project: part 1”

  1. Laurie Eagle on April 25th, 2012 6:26 am

    Wow – he’s come a long way and it’s looking good – I LOVE construction projects cuz they always go sooooo smooth!!!!! NOT!!!!!

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