Tuesday, April 29, 2008


Last year at about this time, I started a "home improvement" project. We had recently purchased our new home (built in 1871!!) and upon moving in, pieces in one of our two bathrooms started shutting down. It began with a mystery leak under the sink, and after trying everything I knew at the time (turn the faucets handle harder) to stop the leak, I just shut off the feed lines. We had another sink close by. Problem solved. Then the corner shower unit installed by a previous owner began to back up. A bit of time and a few bottles of Liquid Plum'r later, we decided to just use the other bath. We still had a toilet, right? After a while, it too became inoperable, (roller coaster ride, anyone?). I decided I'd had enough, and started asking some of my neighbors for information. After almost a full year, I now understand why they were so reluctant to help. Some friends from our church were much more willing, and so, after inspecting the job to be done, we started pulling out EVERYTHING from the small room. The paneling they had used to hide the holes in the plaster walls, the (total of) 1/2 inch of plywood for floor and sub floor, shower, sink, toilet, walls, and ceiling- after it fell on us. I was now the owner of a black hole of a bathroom.

After repairing floor joists, running all new plumbing, new electric lines, installing an overhead light and exhaust fan, sub floor, tile backer, drywall, and tub, I am seeing a light at the end of this tunnel. Above, I've included two pictures from after the demolition. Yesterday, a church friend came over and helped me lay the tile. I am so excited to be this close to finishing, I just had to share. The room is only 9.5 ft. x 4.5 ft. with a window at one end, yet it has a full size tub, and will have a working sink and toilet within the next few weeks.

Every body dance a happy dance with me !


Brandi said...

I'm seeing that light, too! We sure will be spoiled in the years to come won't we?

weavermom said...

Happy Dance!
Happy Dance!
And isn't it so nice when you get to the "fun" part and start really seeing the progress!

I grew up in old home, and we pulled the damaged plaster off one of the walls when I was a teenager. I still remember how great the shower felt when were done- It felt like I had 2 inches of plaster dust in my hair! :)

Hope you'll post pics of the finished project! Looks like you've made amazing progress so far - even if it has taken awhile. :)

Mrs. Darling said...

Okay Im doing the happy dance for you but oh it looks like sooo much work to this tired old lady! LOL

Damama T said...

YAY! Congratulations! I can't wait to see the finished product. I think we have that same tile in the kitchen. Is it named milk chocolate something or other? I'll email you some picks of mine to see if you can tell.