Bathroom remodel: demolishing the 70s, joining the…

What do we call the current decade? The 20-teens? The 20-tens? Whatever it’s called…we’re joining it.

Back in January, after looking at what Young House Love did to their bathroom, we felt confident that we would be able to get our bathroom remodeled very frugally as well. Oh, how naive we were. We were so certain we could get it done for under $1000. Ha! $2000 and 2 months later, we still haven’t finished purchasing all the items we’ll need to finish our remodel.

But more to the point…yesterday I posted photos of what our bathroom looked like earlier this year. Today I present you with some photos of our demolition derby, minus the cars, or the state fair. We, however, definitely looked like that’s where we belonged:

Okay, here’s the slightly more normal version of our faces:

And now, some photos of our demolition as it progressed over the course of two weekends.

Before and during of the soffit above the sink:

And here’s how the ceiling looked with soffit followed by a shot without it and a direct view to the attic:

We removed the vanity mirror and here’s the hole in the wall to prove it, followed by a photo of that hole all filled in with drywall and joint compound (mud):

Here’s a before shot of our shower:

We first knocked out all the tile with a hammer and chisel, trying to catch the pieces before they fell and damaged the tub, which we are keeping. We then had to pry out the cement/chicken wire that was behind the tile which you can see here:

After that was out, we removed the dry wall and insulation, and this is what remained:

Pretty, right? Next up, Chet and our wise and knowledgeable friend Gary put in the insulation:

We planned on getting the usual fluffy type of insulation, but the guys at Home Depot told us the stuff seen above is what people tend to use nowadays. I’m not sure what it’s called, but it’s sort of like two pieces of cardboard filled with a styrofoam type material in between. If anyone ever reads this and wants to know, I’d be happy to find out what it is exactly.

Other than what’s in the photos, these two manly men also did a lot of other work in just the first two weekends of this project. During the first weekend, they replaced all the drywall on the ceiling and on the walls except around the shower. They also installed¬† a vent and recessed lighting in the ceiling, including doing most of the electrical work. Amazing!

On the second weekend, they started the process of putting in about half of the durock/backerboard in the shower, as well as creating with 2x4s the little inset in the shower for us to put our shampoo bottles/shower gel in. Oh, and Gary McDrywall “mudded” up all our walls too. Apparently, drywall and drywall related tasks are his favorite when it comes to home renovation, and he is willing to stop by at a moment’s notice if we need drywall help. Right, Gary? ; )

After all that work, we had to stop and make a decision on fixtures for the shower. Which also meant really deciding on the overall design of the bathroom. Lucky for me, I married a designer who thinks these things through more carefully than I do. Part of picking out the shower kit including picking out the sink faucet, since we wanted the styles to match. Which also meant we needed to come to a firm decision on what kind of vanity and sink we were going to buy. So really, it ended up taking us several weekends of other tasks before we were able to move on. The next task – revamping the shower plumbing – had to wait until we actually had the fixtures. Also, we needed to replace the window and had to pick one out, order it, and wait for it to arrive first.

I’d love to share some of the items we’ve picked out, mood board style, but I need to learn how to do that. So for now, if you want to read some of the continuing saga that is our bathroom renovation, feel free to check out my previous post on how to install a window in a block style home.

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