When the whole “remodel the bathroom” started, I had every intention of just doing a renovation. Updating the tile, the vanity, fixtures, etc.
I began calculating costs. Scoured the internet for ideas and inspiration. I came across an article detailing how to revamp (paint) your bathtub. I thought that perhaps this option would save me a lot of money, so I looked into it.
I researched for hours. I read customer reviews. I compared the $50 DIY kit to the professional epoxy, painters reviews. I really wanted this option to work. I was really hoping to save money. I eventually called the company that makes the DIY kit. Their customer service was nice enough, but there was 0% guarantee on their product. Not only that, when I asked how long they anticipated their epoxy lasting, the answer was 5 years. That right there settled it for me. I didn’t want a 5 year fix. I wanted a permanent bathroom solution.
So, when I started the tear out, I anticipated replacing the tub with a white one.
First up – removing the cultured marble. I was worried it was going to be really stuck to the wall. Pleasantly surprised. First, I cut the caulk away with a box cutter. Then, I used my mini pry-bar and mini hammer (it’s just too cute) to get behind the cultured marble.
The marble basically popped off once I loosened it all the way around. We knew we would need to replace all this sheetrock anyway, so I wasn’t worried about damaging it.
This then left the bathtub edges visible. The tub is really crammed into this space. In order to remove a bathtub, you need to remove the drain. Depends on the style of bathtub, but most screw onto the pipe, so a pair of pliers can often grip allowing you to twist the drain free:
Besides the drain, there will also be something anchoring the tub to the wall. In this instance, some simple nails:
Once the nails were free, the bathtub could rock. But again, it was such a tight fit, we had to remove some of the sheetrock:
The tile floor was also installed after the bathtub, therefore it had to come out before the tub. I used a chisel to gouge the grout line:
This then allowed me to get under the first tile with my hammer. They came out quite easily after that.
Now we were ready to pull that tub out! No pictures as it was a 2 man job… But here is the space once it was removed.
At this point I was beaming ear to ear.
Getting rid of this gross bathroom.
I walked around the new space. I then sheepishly asked Scott, “So…the plumbing is open to the crawl space…is it possible to move the toilet over here???” (6 feet away…)
Not what a man wants to hear…
Scott grumbled around the house for a bit and I could hear,
“Move the toilet, she says!”
He is a good man.
As I stated when I started this post – I had every intention of just replacing and updating things. But, once the tub was out I couldn’t help but wander the space and feel how OPEN it felt! The way a powder room should feel!
Secondly, there were a few things that really bothered me about this bathroom and it’s layout:
1. The toilet is basically IN the door. When someone uses the loo, you hear it…I wanted the toilet elsewhere in the bathroom.
2. The pocket door was old, meaning it would often stick and scrape and was just a pain. I wanted a real door.
3. The bathroom is off our main entry – it does not need a bathtub. There are no bedrooms near this bathroom. Therefore, why not get rid of the bathtub all together whilest moving the toilet?!
These 3 items were details that could only be fixed with a major overhaul. The other details – gross tile, replacing toilet and sink, new mirror, all that could’ve been done with a renovation. So, those were going to be changed no matter what.
After Scott scoped out the crawl space and plumbing situation, it was reluctantly announced that yes, it was possible to change the location of the toilet.
Dream come true!
The next day entailed more demo.
All the way down to the bare studs and insulation.
We bribed our boys with a 99 cent chocolate frosty from Wendy’s.
Cheapest hired help ever!
My favorite was when we handed them wrenches to remove the old toilet. Our oldest began dry heaving.
It’s good for them to have to do gross hard things now and again…we’re raising real men, not sissy’s!
We hauled all this to the local dump. Cost us $28.50 to dispose of it. It was work, but worth the money saved from hiring someone else to come do the demo and haul away for us.
COMING SOON – Bathroom Remodel – Transformation!