This post may be long and tedious, but I like seeing before & after shit, so maybe you do, too.
First, as a reference, here is a comparison of the floor plans. I made them with Paint. Sorry.
The shitter. She served us well. I liked to have the brush and plunger to either side of me so I could wield them like swords.
The tub had this piece of shit plastic surround that was pulling away from the wall in spots. Nasty.
This shot gives you a sense of how tight it was between the tub & vanity.
A couple of things to notice. A big hole in the wall, revealing insulation (next to the blue towel). There used to be a space heater there that was removed when I had a new furnace put in. I just never covered up the hole. There is also a very bad acoustical tile that had a bunch of holes in it, patched with duct tape. We never could figure out what the cause was. Rodents? We never saw any.
By now you've probably noticed the super-awesome faux marble Masonite paneling with stunning gold fleckwork (Megan's favorite!). It is amazing to me that--at some point in time--someone chose this material. Someone thought this looked nice. Surely there were other options. Fuck, there was drywall underneath. They could've just used that.
As you can see, we have our work cut out for us. This was a project that was supposed to be done last summer. However, as with most building projects, the kitchen/dining/living space took longer than expected. And there was a wedding.
So, the work begins. If you notice things I fucked up along the way, I wouldn't be surprised. I only ask that you keep them to yourselves:
So, first we had to see what we were dealing with underneath the god-awful Masonite. We knew there was drywall, but we didn't know what kind of shape it was in. We have learned with this house that if there is ever any doubt, it's probably shitty.
As you can see, it's pocked with rock-hard adhesive for the Masonite. It is unsalvagable and must come down.
Because we only have one bathroom, I was forced to work in a way that would minimze our inconvenience. I was daily removing the vanity, then putting it back so that we could still use it for as long as possible.
Because there was no vapor barrier along the exterior wall, a lot of the insulation was mildewy and useless. More work.
I love to demo. Seriously. There is a certain visceral pleasure in tearing something down.
I was surprised there wasn't more moisture damage. Anything that showed signs of mold was removed and replaced.
Now I'm drywalling. The bathroom is exactly 8' long, so I could use a full 4 X 8 sheet without cutting it. Somehow I got these two big sheets up myself. I built a temporary ledge enough to get a couple screws in.
I have also replaced insulation at this point and installed a 6 mil polyethylene vapor barrier. This should prevent the new insulation from getting water-logged.
I had to wait on the plumber before I could drywall the wall between the shower and terlet.
I temporarily put the old vanity where the new one would would go so Megan could have a better idea.
We are doing a tiled tub surround to replace the crappy-ass plastic one. This required Durock substrate on which to tile. I've also vapor-barriered the shower walls.
You can see that the shower control has been moved to a normal position. Before, it was just above the tub faucet.
I skipped ahead a bit because I sense you're getting bored and because taping and mudding drywall is miserable. At this point, all the exposed walls are painted
Still the old toilet.
This is 1/4" Hardie Backer, substrate for the new tile floor. The old toilet is now gone. This is when we had to stay elsewhere, which I mentioned in my last post.
Prepping for tile.
This first-half of the wall went up awesome. I got cocky.
The rest was not as perfect, but once the grout was applied, a lot of the imperfections became less noticeable.
Floor tile. The tiles came in 12" x 12" sheets which made it a lot easier to install than the 4" x 4" shower tiles.
Now that the shower is grouted, caulked, and sealed, and the new shower curtain rod is up, we can finally take normal showers again, without having to duct-tape up a sheet of plastic all the time. It's amazing how much a shower curtain rod can make a difference. The old one was adjustable, so there was a little lip where the shower curtain hooks would bind up and annoy. Now it is one continuous piece and Megan bought these ball-bearing-like curtain rings that glide like a fucking dream.
The new shower fixtures.
The new shitter! This was fun. We went to Lowes and went with their "economy" model. Once the floor tile had set up, I put together the toilet which came as a kit and had all the parts. After getting everything in place and triumphantly lowering the new throne onto its base, I could tell that the wax ring that creates a seal between the toilet and drain and ultimately keeps poop off your floor was not thick enough. Another aggravating trip to Lowes.
Just a brief interlude from the work. I saved the shower plumbing access panel made from the old Masonite. I am still trying to convince Megan that we should frame it and hang it somewhere in the house. It's so pretty!
Holy shit! A fucking vanity (this went in today--a balmy 95 degree day). I did most of the plumbing on this. I became familiar with Sharkbite copper fittings which allow a shmuck like me to add elbows and what-have-you without needing a torch and solder. One of the compression connections on one of the stop valves was a pain my ass. I must've made 20 trips to the basement to turn on and shut off the water main because of a leak I could not seem to remedy. I finally got the bastard to cooperate and the thing works. As for the mirror, we are going to devise some sort of flip-out mirror that has two sides that can fold out and be temporarily in front of the window. Pics to follow...
This is one of two new light fixtures. There will be another over the sink.
So, there is still shit left to do. I have to finish the rest of the base/door/window/ceiling trim and paint it. The tub will eventually be re-surfaced white. The rest is stuff like towel bars, toilet paper holders, etc. When the whole things done, I might post a pic or two.
Damn, that was long. If you are still reading this, you must like bathrooms as much as I do!