How are you doing? I spent a lot of time this weekend reflecting and listening and learning. I am grateful for the voices that teach respect and love, even if we don’t always agree.I am determined to continue to improve.

I thought I would switch gears today and share a DIY renovation we did a few years ago with you. 

It started with a bathroom that was blue, in color and in spirit. Everything in the bathroom was blue, except for the ceiling and the vanity. That means that the floor, tub, toilet, sink, counter top, wallpaper, soap and toothbrush holder, and towel bars were all blue. As in 1950s, here for the long haul, light blue.

So much blue. All the improvements that have been made over the years are past their prime, too. And they are not really improvements.


Then we  ditched the wall paper , the extra layer of molding around the window and door and traded out the light fixture.


Next the sink faucet had to be replaced – The old one was just so, so awful.


Then Hero harvested tiles from behind the vanity and took out the soap dish, tooth brush holder and towel bar – all blue and built into the wall to last forever.


We edited the counter top, too – That thing just kept on going.


And we ended up here after I painted the vanity white. Not the worst looking bathroom ever, which is why we were not rushing to do the big renovation, but we sure don’t love it.

And then this happened.
This is the soap dish in the shower. It is supposed to be attached to the wall forever like the others, but it had rebelled and broke loose. It had happened before guessing by the amount of caulk that is smooshed on there like bubble gum. (sorry about the fuzzy photo.)
This little issue was the thing that finally propelled this project to the top of the list. 
We measured and figured and came up with a budget ($1000!) and made our plans. We were on our way.

And with that excitement Hero did a little “research” to see what was behind the walls and under the floor. 
Looks like mostly dust. And insulation.
Which is better than lots of other things. Like critters. Or mold.

Look at that! A whole (partial) wall with no blue.


Things always look worse in the middle of a project – Holy cow, what a mess.

Hero scoped out the other end of the shower / tub and found some previous water damage, but nothing wet, and the studs are in good shape. Another good sign.
We were really hoping the wall with the rebel soap dish is not too awful. Turns out it was in good shape as well.

The floor was a little more challenging. Apparently these little tiles are set into about a foot of cement. Since the tub we ordered was a little wider that this one, Hero took the opportunity to get a new cement cutting saw blade and take out a section.

What a stinkin’ mess! Seriously, there was so much dust in there. Even with respirators, we could hardly breathe. 
Fortunately, Hero determined we should be able to pop the rest of those tiles off the cement. After prepping the cement the plan is to lay the new floor right down.


Need toilet paper? We kept it right next to the reciprocating saw.




But what a difference in our floor with all the dust. After the first swipe cleaning, the white dust settled into the icky gray (probably used to be white) grout. I always knew white grout would be a huge improvement for this floor.
Next time I will share how we got to the bathroom we love today.





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