For three years now, Mom has been reminding me that I promised we would renovate our bathroom. The blue mid-century modern toilet and bathtub just didn’t go with the white, tan, and gold tiles. I’m sure it looked great back in the 1950s, but today it just wasn’t cutting it.
So in the fall of 2013, John and I started redoing it. We tore off the tile that was along the vanity wall, removed the small cabinets, and got to work. We put up some really nice bead board and replaced the blue toilet with a new white one. We installed new cabinets and a new light fixture. We even put a new vanity in. But the vanity and toilet install were only temporary, because we were planning on getting a new vinyl floor as well.
The months passed, and before I knew it, we were in December and no additional progress had been made. So with Bob coming home for Christmas, I thought this would be a great time to have additional manpower to get the job done.
We decided to forego the new vinyl floor because of cost (the vinyl would need to go into the laundry room as well). So right after the new year, we tore out the tile that was on the back wall behind
the tub. We discovered that water had made it through the tile and that the drywall had to come out as well. Of course, after tearing out the drywall, we discovered that the insulation was wet, and the studs were wet as well. Dang!
After examining the wood, we decided to rent a carpet fan and see if simply drying the lumber would suffice. And it did! After about 18 hours of blowing air, the boards were plenty dry and showed that they were plenty strong–no permanent damage had occurred. We replaced the insulation, put up a vapor barrier and drywall, then started putting up bead board.
With Bob and John working on this, it went up really fast. We reinstalled the toilet and vanity, making them more permanent. Bob cleaned up the bathtub fixtures as much as they could be, and John and Mom did additional cleaning with CLR.
The bathroom now looks great! I don’t know why I didn’t do this three years ago! 🙂