Welcome to week 2 of the ORC. If you’re just joining in with me today, here is a link to week 1 where I explain my plans to turn this dated room into a Modern Farmhouse bathroom. We’ve all watched the home makeover shows where the “demo day” is that amazing day where you’re able to start tearing out walls, tiles and aged appliances etc. At the end of the day everything has been removed and you’re left with a clean slate to start building from. Well folks, as the old saying goes, “only on TV”! Unless you have a team of workers working behind you, there is no such thing as a demo day! It’s taken the hubby days to remove tile, drywall, a vanity, mirror, toilet and the dreaded floor tile. This One Room Challenge week 2, has kicked our butts. What we thought would be that lauded “demo day” has turned into the seemingly never ending “demo week”!
So this is what happened…get ready for some non-pretty pics.
At first my hubby tried to take each tile off at a time. With the hopes we could save the drywall behind it and not have to worry about replacing it. No. somewhere or somehow you damage that drywall behind and you end up having to take it all down. After this lesson was learned, my hubby just took the drywall and tile down together in sheets. It was a much faster process doing it this way.
When it came time to take out the vanity, we noticed there were no water shut-off valves. So after turning off the water in the whole house and many trips to the Home Depot later, we were able to avoid a flood and remove the vanity…only to find this!
The water pipes come up straight out of the floor! There is also this gigantic black drainpipe jutting out of the floor and into the wall. If you look at my mood/vision board you’ll notice that the vanity I wanted was up off the floor. In fact every vanity I liked was up off the floor. It makes a smaller space seem airier and larger. Well now I have to change my plans on that vanity. This whole pipe mess will have to be covered up.
The floor tile, mesh and concrete thingy was the worst. We finally called up a friend and we borrowed a jack hammer, yep, we ( and by “we” I mean the hubby) were jack hammering this room until late last night. We finally got it all up. Other than removing a few staples and a few stray pieces of dry wall, I think we’re done the demo stage. Phew! When things look like this, it’ hard to believe it will ever be done!
So now before those pictures burn a hole into our retinas, let’s take a look at how I envisioned this room to look. It may completely change by the time I get through but nevertheless lets focus on my pretty vision.
Here is some lovely inspiration via Studio Mcgee because Shea and her team know how to do a bathroom!
My vision for how this space can look is the only thing that’s keeping me sane at this point. This reno thing is not for the faint of heart! Don’t forget to join me back here next week to follow along as well as pop in and see all the other participants, I’m hoping there will be major progress in this room by then. Please let there be progress!! Lol.
Thanks to my sponsors who are contributing to my Modern Farmhouse Makeover this time around!