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Reno begins!

Posted Jan 20 2013 5:09pm

Well, I wasn’t quite planning on starting the bathroom renovation quite yet, but you know how sometimes things just happen.

This is our full bathroom. 

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Yes, we have 2 scales. The one above is Mary Lou – my scale.  John used the numbers scale.

It’s actually a nice size room and it has a big window in it, so that it nice.  Since we have a 100-year-old house, we have a couple room that have an angled ceiling and the bathroom is one of them.  That means the shower is weird.

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We’ll just ignore the shower curtain hanging issue for now.

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This seems to be 1980s era tile.  I don’t know how well the color shows, but it is dark green and kind of an off white tile. It was okay for a while when we moved in, but there are certain things that I really don’t like.  I hate how this vanity was tiled to the walls.

We don’t have any drawer storage, so stuff just gets jumbled up underneath – and I end up leaving stuff on the counter (jumbled up). 

The thing I hate the most is the toothbrush holder.  Why?  The holes are all different sizes and my toothbrush doesn’t fit in there.

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Good quality check on that one. Sorry for any of you with OCD tendencies as this photo probably drives you as crazy as it does me!  The brush gets stuck in there too, and I have knocked the cup over that sits on this because of that.  Annoying. 

The floor tiles is also cracked and broken in spots. 

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We had a few thoughts.  One was to have a company come in and refinish the tub, then put wainscoting over the tile in the rest of the bath and putting in a new vanity. However, I didn’t want to risk dampness in between the tile and wainscoting. Plus, behind the current vanity there is no tile, so we would have to build the wall up with plywood or something to have the same depth.  Then we thought about have them come in and refinish all the walls as well and we would just replace the flooring.  However, that still leaves that annoying toothbrush holder, and the current vanity. 

After John and I did some talking and I presented my ideas, John pretty much said to do whatever I wanted.  He really needs to be careful about saying these things!  The bathroom is now all my project to do with as I will. 

Well, today in prepping for doing something at any rate, I got out my safety glass and a chisel:

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And popped off one of the towel holder tiles.  It had a hole in it and the tile just popped of the wall.

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Okay – that kind of made my decision.  I started working and the tiles pretty much popped off on this wall.

If you work with tile stuff, please wear gloves. I was remiss and broken tile is razor sharp. I didn’t realize I had cut myself until a tile slipped in my hand because blood was dripping everywhere.

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I left that picture small.  Over sharing, but safety is serious business in rehab, so be prepared.  I bandaged, got work gloves and continued thereafter.

No going back now!  I have just a few patches and a skim coat of mud will do it.  The other wall behind the toilet is not as easy and I will have to replace some drywall.

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For inside the shower, we are going to try a new product by Rustoleum called Tile Transformations. It especially made for tiles and showers.  Then we will have a professional come in and resurface the tub (although that may be put off until next year).  That’s not something I would try to do myself.  The walls I will.  Hopefully that will turn out. If it doesn’t, we will just have the pro do the walls when he/she does the tub.  Guess we will find out.

I now have my work cut out for me for a bit!  Hmmmm… am I ready? It’s a big project. Little nervous because you never know what you will find underneath stuff in an old house.

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It’s a little complicated as well because it’s our only working full bath.  Thank goodness we put in the half bath downstairs.  That will come in handy when the floor comes out.  I figured best to start fairly soon so it isn’t interfering with biking season Big Grin

I’ll be making the signup announcement this week for the February Health Heart Weekend!  I need to come up with some prizes, so stay tuned!

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