If the nastiest bathroom you’ve ever set tush was a johnny-on-the-spot, you’ve lived the good life…Our bathroom makes any construction site’s facilities look like the Hilton.
Let’s begin by making your jaws drop:
In case you were wondering, we don’t normally have wrenches and tools on our bathroom vanity, but hey.. after seeing these images, there’s no point in trying to seem neater than we really are. lol
That vanity mirror with not-so-hidden storage had two remaining mirrored doors that would not close. Imagine getting gently face planted by a cabinet door every time you washed your face. Not pretty (well, there’s a lot of not-so-pretty stuff in this image), I digress…
And imagine while your head is getting tapped by the door, you’re looking down while washing your face at a rotting sink. Need a closer look?
Gahhhh!! This picture makes my neck itchy… Yes, that stain (and that lovely stray hair of mine) added to the charm of our fixer-upper. This is what gas station toilets look like… except this one is only inches from your face.
Onto the shower. It wasn’t anything to write home about. It looked like your average prison cell shower..
The beige tub with the white, moldy tile was always nice to shower in (especially when you wondered if you came out cleaner than going in… and hoped that the mold wasn’t the dangerous kind).
On a random note, let’s take a quick look at the toilet. Now for those needlepoint enthusiasts reading, this is your dream come true right here.
I’m sure that toilet seat top is evoking pleasant memories of sea & sand in your mind right now, but bonus: that lovely detailing was embroidered onto the toilet lid. There’s nothing like the classy touch of thread to your fingers before dropping a load, and imagining all the people of the past doing the same before & after their business. If thread holding in memories (in air-born particle form) from the past doesn’t get your love for history going, I don’t know what will…
Okay, now that we’re all thoroughly uncomfortable, I thought I’d finish with happier thoughts… in this case, sharing how we gutted this bathroom (The final after pics will be saved for a later date).
First order of business, removing the partially-mirrored cabinet from the wall.
Next, we took off that stained vanity top and started deconstructing the vanity. Already a million times nicer looking (well, not a million, but already a huge difference!)
Then we lifted that sucker completely out of there (while keeping the stink at bay with a ziplock of course).
After removing the cabinet above the toilet, we then started ripping up the tiles on the floor…
This process was brutal, to say the least. That tile was cemented on there pretty well, which meant a lot of fun chiselling with a hammer and screwdriver for me.
The slow process…
It eventually got a whole lot smoother (well, smooth enough to be able to tile on top… and smooth enough for me to throw in the towel, which was the most important thing at that point!)
For the tub area, I initially tried to chip the tile off the wall similar to what we did on the floor, but chunks of dry wall just fell off with the tile. We just decided to rip the whole shower down and start fresh (plus, that mold left us with no choice but to start with a fresh seal and tile). Dumping all of the tile slabs into the tub was actually fun (the part of carrying each heavy slab into the truck for a dump run was not so fun though).
To make sure water wouldn’t drip into our dry wall-filled tub (which would make clean-up a whole lot more difficult), we devised this high-tech solution… ;)
Here was the wall after all the tile was ripped off.
This was what we showered in for a couple of days… the hole behind the knobs led to the hallway closet. Anytime we showered, we had to tell everyone in the house not to look inside the closet, and had to make sure not to spray water everywhere on the exposed wood or insulation. Let’s just say showering was not a relaxing retreat at this point, but more like what a tense prisoner would experience in the communal showers (so I imagine…)
And thankfully that pitiful spout wasn’t what we showered under. I think I would just check myself into a hotel if that were the case…
But my husband insisted on getting a fancy rain shower contraption that also sprayed your body from the sides, if you were too lazy to move during your shower. I guess it made the showering experience a tad more enjoyable.
After putting in the proper sheet rock for the shower, we patched up the hole above the sink with dry wall.
Then we installed our new cabinet (with some pretty snazzy plumbing I might add…)
Now that I’ve shown you what harrowing conditions we had to fight through to gut the bathroom, I can’t wait to share our ‘after’ pictures :) We renovated this bathroom awhile back, but it’s about time our new (and much-improved) bathroom made its debut! Stay tuned for prettier pictures ;)