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Monday, January 28, 2008

Finished! (Well, Mostly.)



After:



The Sink That Started It All:




Finished:

  • New tile floor installed, grouted, and caulked to tub and wall
  • Water-damaged wall repaired
  • All walls painted
  • New baseboard installed and painted
  • New wax seal installed in toilet
  • Tub re-caulked
  • New sink installed


Still To Do at a Later Date:

  • Replace vent fan
  • Replace toilet seat
  • Replace bath enclosure
  • Replace bath faucet and drain

You might ask why we didn't just replace the bath enclosure and bath faucet while we were painting so we wouldn't have to do touch-up paint later. Well, partly because we just didn't want to spend any more money on home improvement this week.

(Or rather, we really didn't HAVE any more money to spend on home improvement this week. I mean, other than that imaginary money on our Home Depot credit card, which, luckily, lives in my husband's wallet and not mine. Because if the Home Depot credit card lived in my wallet, it would be maxed out all the time. Forget shoes. Momma needs a new pair of POWER SAWS! *Drool*

The same thing happens to my husband at Radio Shack, but, thankfully, we do not have a Radio Shack credit card.)

And we also didn't replace the bath enclosure because when we replace the bath enclosure, I plan to actually tear out the wall behind the enclosure and replace that too. Because someone who owned the house before us installed the current enclosure directly over greenboard (which is mildew-resistant gypsum board/drywall, for the uninitiated). The trouble is, that sort of installation is no longer up to most local construction codes, which now recommend using cement backer board behind all tub and shower enclosures. Cement backer board is much more resilient to water exposure and is much less susceptible to mold issues.

We don't currently have any serious water or mold issues with the greenboard that is behind the enclosure now, but, it's almost certain to happen at some point down the line if we don't tear it out and replace it with cement board, and, being my husband suffers from severe nasal allergies to EVERYTHING, I want our bathroom to be as mold-resistant as possible.

However tearing out the greenboard and replacing it with cement board will probably be a days-long project, and considering that when this whole New Sink Installation project started it was supposed to take two hours, we decided we really needed to limit the current Bathroom Construction Chaos to one week.

So, expect another Before and After in a month or two.

(And DON'T get me started on what needs to happen in my kitchen.)

10 comments:

Marriage-101 said...

DIY projects are a bitch but you guys did a fabulous job!

Awesome Mom said...

Beautiful! I love the green that you used. It works so nicely with the dark wood of the sink.

Dana said...

Oooh, pretty. I am loving the green.

Jeannette E. Spaghetti said...

Love the color!

Yeah, we're still having "leak issues" with our bathroom.

The only GOOD thing about the stupid leak is the water lands perfectly into our kitchen sink.

Lisa said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the green! So very pretty.

A Buns Life said...

You all did a great job! Once you start you will never be finished...it is a sickness.

slackermommy said...

Nice job! I love that shade of green.

Jaelithe said...

Now that I have such universal approval of the color, I must confess it was a $5 oops bucket from Home Depot ;)

Hi! I'm Kim said...

It's gorgeous! I'm so glad you dig the home improvement stores. I thought I was the only one who thought dinner and Lowe's was a hot date.

Sugared Harpy said...

I adore that green! Even better you got it as an oops!