There have been no posts in a long time due to the busy holiday season, among other things. My mother was also here for three weeks and it was awesome! It was the first Thanksgiving we had spent together in several years. Unfortunately, I had to work the entire time but getting home around 3:30 in the afternoon still left plenty of time in the evenings. I even worked Thanksgiving day but came home to wonderful smells of turkey, dressing and desserts. I so miss having her around and wish she could just move here and live with me. We had the best time while she was here. She loves my house and said she totally understands why I fell in love with it, too.
Three days before her arrival, the sink in the main bathroom tore up and had to be removed. There had been a very slow leak coming from a rusted hole in the trap. Only items I seldom to never used were stored in the vanity, and it was a rude surprise to open the doors and discover everything covered in black and really fuzzy grey mold. I got a mask, gloves and a trash bag and discarded all the items. I had a new trap in the toolbox already but when I tried to remove the rusty one, it crumbled and broke along the tailpiece (picture below). Further trying to remove the rusted stub sticking out resulted in it breaking off in the wall.
The entire vanity was removed to access the plumbing, revealing three subfloor repairs that had been made around the vanity and not under it. This was no surprise to me, as I had previously removed a floor-to-ceiling cabinet that was in front of the toilet so closely that anyone using the toilet had to sit sideways. Repairs had been made around it, too. That cabinet now has a new home in the utility room and is used to store tools and other supplies. It made no sense to spend money repairing a vanity set-up I didn't want and planned on replacing in a few months, anyway, plus the subfloor problems had to be fixed. I decided we'd have to use the bathtub to wash our hands for awhile, as I wasn't going to spend my Mother's visit doing construction. After she left, I started the work.
|Former bathroom. Vanity on left was removed. You can see part of the tall cabinet on the right, where the brass towel bar is sticking out.|
There were a few money savers for which I am very thankful. Once again, the ReStore proved invaluable, yielding the vanity light and medicine cabinet. The vanity light was $10, each glass globe was $3, and each bulb $1.
|The old fixture was brass, with two upturned fluted/tulip glass globes.|
I'm prouder of the medicine cabinet. It was a great find, misplaced in the lighting area, and was FIVE DOLLARS!! There was a 13" x 16" hole already in the bathroom wall, behind the massive newer medicine cabinet I removed and donated. I wanted a bigger mirror than a small cabinet would have, so I'd planned on buying a mirror and making my own recessed cabinet but this one was perfect! It has a larger than normal mirror and the existing hole only had to be lengthened by 1.75." And it has storage in the door, like a refrigerator! One of my antique dealer friends, who coincidentally gave me the medicine cabinet for the master bathroom remodel, said he's never seen one like it. A $4.98 can of Rustoleum white appliance paint made it good as new. Who knows how old this cabinet really is but I can't find anything like it on the internet.
|Good as new!|
|Original glass shelves. See how much door storage?!|
The only new items are a chrome spacesaver ($24.98 Wal-Mart), schoolhouse overhead light ($24.95 Lowe's...with my gift card..yay!...) and chrome toilet tissue holder ($9.98 Marshall's). Fortunately the toilet was just fine and could be reused.
|New overhead light with great view of plastic covering the window.|
And here it is, installed in my house.
|Without plumbing hooked up, but you can see the wall trim, tile and wall color. The paint looks purplish, but it's actually a very feint grey.|
|With chrome trap. You can see how shiny and new-looking the legs are!! Part of the spacesaver can be seen to the right.|
It's difficult to get good pictures of the bathroom since the floor space is only 5'x5' (not including the tub) so I hope these were able to show the transition. As soon as I have the money, the tub will be professionally reglazed ($300), I'll remove the old window (now covered with plastic to protect during showers) and install a glass block one (around $175), and tile the shower surround from the tub to ceiling.
|New view. Much more room without the vanity and the tall cabinet in front of the toilet.|