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.