Thursday, March 17, 2016

Ready for tile!

Five days and a lot of hard work later and we're ready for tile!  

I am so excited to see what it looks like when everything is done.  I'm slightly nervous to tile it myself as I've never tiled anything before. We're going to do white subway tile on the wall of the shower, a small black octagonal tile for the shower floor, and a really cool mosaic for the shelf inset.

I still need to rip out the floor tile and the baseboards as those are being replaced as well.  I bought the Hemnes vanity from Ikea as this bathroom is so tiny that it's one of very few vanities that will actually fit.
I also need to paint the bathroom but haven't even begun to think about colors yet.  I'm leaning towards something bright since everything else will be black and white.  Hopefully, I'll be able to start the tile work this weekend because it would be really nice to use this shower again!

Sunday, March 13, 2016

A month later and finally some progress!

It's been a little over a month and we're finally making progress, thanks to my dad! We got all the drywall out and my dad was excited to come up and help (aka pretty much do it all) with building the shower pan and hanging the hardiebacker. Plus, he has a truck, which we do not, and we were super grateful to have his help and expertise.

Apparently my dad spent a lot of time watching YouTube videos on how to build a shower pan, and we got right to work.

In three days we've gone from this:

To this:

Doesn't look like much, does it? We had to add some pieces to build up the shower pan area and give something to attach the liner to, frame a recess for a shelf, and raise the height of the shower head, and install a new valve.  We also laid another sheet of plywood on top of the old one to add stability since there was some water damage.

The problem with an older house like this is that the pipes are cast iron, and replacing the drain was not easy.  Apparently back in the day they sealed the drain with lead and in order to get the old drain off we had to literally chisel out the lead.

My dad found this product called the pre-pitch kit that makes it fairly easy to get the correct pitch to the shower pan. He thought Home Depot carried it in the store, but they only sold it online, and we needed it ASAP.  Thankfully, Amazon carries it and I was able to get it in two days. 

So this is where we're at.  We have the first layer of cement poured and it has to cure for 24 hours. 

Tomorrow we'll attach the liner and pour the rest, and do the curb. He bought another kit called Kirb-Perfect that should hopefully make forming the curb pretty easy.  I honestly had no idea it would be so difficult to do this, but I can't wait to see the finished project!

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Demolition is done! (mostly)

We got most of the demolition done today, including the floor pan. Yay! I was nervous as to what we would find once the floor pan was out, and while the subfloor wasn't as bad as I was expecting, the surrounding studs are rotted and now we're looking at quite an additional amount of work.

Before and after!  

Can't say I'm too surprised, but there was no type of moisture barrier underneath. We found some tar paper behind the drywall when we were taking off the sides of the shower, and I thought maybe it would be underneath the floor pan, but nope. It looks like they had metal around the sides of the floor pan, and that was completely rusted away and just crumbled in our hands.

Finding the rotted studs was a bummer.  We also found some mold, which I was totally expecting.  Now we're going to have to rip out two of the walls to replace the rotted studs and subfloor.  These walls are shared with a hall closet and the main bathroom, so it's going to be pretty interesting for awhile.

So for now, this is where we're at.  I've sprayed bleach water on the moldy areas, and we're not really using this bathroom at all for now, to limit exposure until we can get everything ripped out and thrown away.  

We did find this old linoleum underneath the current floor tile.  It's a good thing we were already planning on replacing the flooring in this bathroom, because if not we'd have to now.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Demolition has begun!

I will admit, I've never really demolished anything before.  So I did some research and found a video on YouTube showing how to basically cut the drywall from around the shower and just pry it off in large pieces, saving you the hassle of having to bust all the tile from the wall.  Sounds, fairly straightforward, right?

Not this house! The video showed a much newer tiled shower without the 1950's chicken wire and cement mix.  So tile bashing it would be!

This is what we're dealing with.  Cement, chicken wire, and tile attached to drywall. Good times!  It was about as difficult as I was expecting, however, the chicken wire is quite simply, a massive pain in the butt.  We blasted some David Bowie, and after about an hour of banging away with a sledgehammer, we were left with a pile of rubble along with a fine coating of dust everywhere, including inside the medicine cabinet, which was closed.

It's been a few days, we couldn't totally fill up the trash can, and I didn't want to go to the hassle or expense of renting a dumpster, so we're hoping to get the rest of the rubble out this weekend.  We still have the floor pan to get out, and that I have a feeling, will be tricky.

We've found at least one leak so far, and will need to replace the plumbing from the shower valve up to the shower head because it is beyond ancient and it's definitely been leaking.  Most likely, after ripping the floor pan out, all of the plumbing will be redone, but we'll see.

I'm planning on getting more done this weekend.  I want to tile up to the ceiling, so we need to take down more of the drywall, and I'm really anxious to get the floor pan out.  We'll see!

Monday, January 18, 2016

Bathroom Remodel

I have always wanted an older house.  I would often say the older, the better!  But now I live in an older house (built in 1958), and I think how much less of a headache newer homes are.  I love my house, it's nothing special, but it's a great home that needs some work.

I'm pretty sure that the people who sold the house had flipped it.  And they would be on a flipping show of what not to do.  Seriously, they did it the cheapest way possible.  Looked great at first, but once I got everything moved in and lived here for awhile I found a bunch of small-ish problems.

One of the biggest problems is an original shower that is leaking into the laundry room below.  Because the shower was so old, and the tile and grout were not that great, and the floor pan was horrendous, I knew the only thing to do was to rip it out.

This bathroom is the master bath.  It is also the size of a small closet.  I wish it was possible to somehow make it larger, but with the layout of the house, it's really not feasible.  When I first moved into the house I thought the shower tile was an off white color.  I quickly realized that it was, in fact, white, it was just covered in years and years of soap scum. Nasty.  It took me 2 days of scrubbing to get it clean.  

The shower pan is just gross.  Someone decided to paint it with gray paint.  That lasted about a week after I moved in until it started to peel off.  So even though it wasn't dirty, it constantly looked grimy and gross.  It's also the part that makes me nervous to rip out the shower.  I'm not exactly sure what I'll find underneath of it, how much of the plumbing (probably all) will need to be replaced, and how much it's going to cost me to have a new floor pan put in.  My boyfriend and I plan on doing most of the work ourselves, but that part we plan on leaving up to the professionals.

Saturday, January 16, 2016


If I had to sum up the last three years since I've posted something on this blog in one word, it would be, change.  I didn't even realize it had been so long.  Life has a funny way of sometimes taking drastic turns in ways you weren't really expecting.

In the last three years, I have gone through a divorce, moved to a house in a new city as a single mother, and changed jobs.  To say I've had a lot of changes in my life is an understatement!  But they have all been good changes, and I'm finally at a spot where I'm feeling creative again and so I thought it was time to update this blog, and hopefully be able to start posting regularly again.

Unfortunately, a few of the projects I had been working on like the Jim Morrison pillow will probably never be finished.  I can't seem to find my pattern for the cross stitch.  There's a chance it's down in my craft room (which is often a horrific mess) and if I can find it, it is definitely something I want to finish.  We shall see!

I just wanted to thank everyone who reads this blog, I hope you've enjoyed some of the things I've done and I'm looking forward to continuing to share a little peek into my life and the often weird projects I'm working on.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Baby Quilt Is Started!

Lately I've been purchasing most of my quilting fabric from the Fat Quarter Shop.  I just love the variety that they have, the prices aren't bad and to be quite honest I like being able to look at a bunch of different fabrics without having to wander all over a store carrying bolts with me!  I've bought fabric from there twice now and they ship it pretty quickly and it comes packaged so nice!

I'm making this quilt for my supervisor's baby and was told that his wife prefers greens to the typical blues for a baby boy.  I was having trouble finding the right green and then I found this!

It's perfect for a baby boy!!

This is part of the Backyard Baby collection by Michael Miller.  I found a pattern for a Dutch Windmill block quilt that I'm using.  The book has various prints used for the windmill's but I've decided to only use the print above for all the block on a white background.

There are 4 corner windmills that I'm going to do in a solid green that will also make up the binding and the backing.  Here are all the fabrics together:

I have just started cutting everything and I need to hustle so I can have it finished by March when his baby is due.