Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Ugly Bath Reno Pt 2

Our bathroom remodel is in full swing! It's a little inconvenient having dust all over our bedroom but it's going to be so worth it in the end. I think it looks better already! In case you don't remember what we started with here's a gentle reminder:

First we ripped everything down to the studs. We found that the leak had seeped into the walls which was causing the cracking tile; gross.

We also found some things that are worrisome. It looks like whoever did this reno back in the day cut some corners along the way.

The image above shows where the shelf was. There should be a piece of wood running across the top to support the studs and ceiling above. There's not...

When I saw that I felt like that guy on HGTV's Income Property when he finds something not to code and says- "We have to stop work right now!" Anyway we fixed it and it's all good now.

Next was gypsum board and Hardi Board. We had gyp laid along the walls and the water proof Hardi Board was laid in the shower. No more plaster and wire walls in this bathroom!

To save money and time we kept the existing floor. It's in good shape and was laid in concrete- so I didn't even want to try ripping it out. Plus the penny tile is reminescent of the older style of the house.

My original plan was to save the penny tile accent band to match the floor. We took it out very carefully but it doesn't seem that we'll be able adhere it back on the wall in sections like we wanted. 

If we want to use the tile again we'd have to take it all apart and put it back piece by piece. I'm not down with that- so we scrapped the accent band. I didn't see anything that matched the floor well enough to use.

We're laying the tile tomorrow and our bathroom should be back in business soon!!!


Polka said...

can't wait to see the end result :) said...

Me too! I'm on the edge of my seat in anticipation. It's funny how these jobs always turn up with some odd, unexpected spanner in the works. Good luck. Oh, and thanks for stopping by :)

Suzy xxx

Terry said...

Wow! What a surprise to find the plaster beneath the tile. Ouch. Our last house was 150 years old and every time we did a renovation, that's what happened to us too. Some bizarre surprise, lol.

Looks like you've overcome this one though and it's going to be fabulous. I'm going to follow along for the final reveal. Thanks for stopping by These Peas Taste Funny. :)

elyse said...

?!?! who tiles into cement? thats annoying! its a shame you cant reuse the penny tile... i have been seeing it everywhere lately. i guess its "modern" again!

The DIY Show Off said...

Wow - you've hit some obstacles but looks like things are moving along. I can't wait to see more!

Thanks so much for sharing your hard work in the DIY Project Parade. ;)

Have a great week!