Thursday, November 16, 2017

Another fine mess.

Please put all food and beverages aside for a moment.
We'll be visiting in the bathroom today.  :o)

After we spent countless hours on wallpaper removal and plaster repair
in our upstairs bathroom (8 months ago) was I any happier with the room?


After the wallpaper was gone and the upper walls were painted white
all I could focus on was the beige tile.  I looked at that wall tile
 month after month and wished it would magically transform itself
into white subway tile.  Not happening, I'm afraid.

I was so uninspired to continue with the room that last weekend I convinced
my partner in crime (who may have been slightly less enthusiastic
than I to embark on this quick fix) to help me remove the beige tiles.
Less than an hour later we were done!

  Woo hoo!

Then we stood back to survey the damage.

It gets worse.

You can see the many layers of paint over the faux plaster tiles
from days of yore.  It's even worse behind the toilet
which necessitated removing the tank.

After removing most of the tile to reveal the nightmare beneath,
I wisely decided to leave the tile around the tub.

I'm going to cut a few tiles I saved to finish off the edge
and then paint the remaining tile white.  My ever changing plan
is to install beadboard over the rest of the damaged walls.

*Update:  It seems the tiles have been transported to the landfill.
Hmmmm.  I guess we'll worry about that later.

First and foremost we need to smooth out the walls to create
a flat surface on which to adhere the beadboard.  No small feat!!
Worst Case Scenario is what we uncover
 every blankety-blank time we start a project.  You'd think just once
things would go our way!

As you can see, progress has been made, but I foresee nothing but problems
nailing base trim around the room (that slopes downhill)
 onto walls that are not remotely level or plumb.  There will be a lot of standing around
 and head scratching whilst we try to figure this out.

If you've visited the Cosmos Mystery Area in the Black Hills of
South Dakota, you have an idea of what we're dealing with in our bathroom.

 I'm trying to be more of a glass is half-full type of person,
so on the plus side:

1.  No black mold was found in the crumbling walls.

2.  No small rodents or insects crawled through the holes in the walls.
(I watch every episode of Infested.)

3.  We already have new plumbing, wiring, toilet, sink,
medicine cabinet, and window so this facelift should be fairly inexpensive.

*Estimated cost x 4 (or 10) = Actual cost.

4.  I'm not a participant in a blogger ORC.
(for those of you unfamiliar, ORC is a one room challenge
completed in a few short weeks.  I'd crack under the pressure.)

Now let's look at my timeline, shall we?
Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner.
Six adults and 4 small children.

Is this not the perfect time
 to demo a bathroom?!

Timing is everything.


  1. You are a brave, brave woman!! I think I would have just painted the tile white and left it as is, but I'm not as brave as you, that's clear!! Can't wait to see what you do with this fine mess!! :)

  2. Is this your only bathroom? Thinking about your company coming. Don't know if you caught the big problem I had under the temporary wallpaper I had behind the couch. But the residue did not come off. I had to order Zinsser Gardz to seal it in before I painted.

  3. hmm, looks like your house is about the same age as mine. Let me guess, about 100? Nothing EVER is as simple as you think its going to be in old houses. But I guess thats part of the charm . . . . or not.

  4. We live in a 100 yr. old plus house that we've been renovating (repairing) for more than 32 years! It leans like the Tower of Pizza
    and any attempt at improvement involves lots of #)!!!& and money, lots of money. Wouldn't have it any other way. But, I did like the beige tiles.
    Nice contrast! Sorry.

  5. Oh, no. It's never as easy as we think it's going to be. Hope your beadboard sticks :) I have a HUGE project I want to tackle this weekend and then I remind myself I haven't even bought a bird yet, so I probably should focus on making Thanksgiving dinner instead of pulling out the miter saw :(

  6. Sounds like every project we do around here minus the antique house. Just keep your eye on the prize-pretty new bathroom and hopefully it'll fall into place. Such a pain while you're working on it though!

  7. Wow you are very brave to remove the tiles. I would have just painted them. In the end I think this will all come together nicely and you will love the bathroom so much. Have a great Thanksgiving.

  8. Every job always seems to be more work than what we think. Wishing you the best of luck! I know it will be darling when you are done. :)

  9. Oh my dear, Vickie! You have my deepest sympathies. The only thing I can think of that would be worse than a bathroom demo (which, if you remember, we did from late Feb through mid-May 11 weeks) would be if we had done it ourselves! You deserve a vacation when this is over!
    hehe - we have a place here in WV similar to that in the Black Hills. It's called the Mystery Hole. When my daughter posted a picture of her Christmas tree last night I laughed and said it looked like it was at the Mystery Hole. It was leaning, lol.

  10. Boy, I am with you on this one. I did two bath remodels in my 111 year old house and of course, had lath and plaster like you. It's a real pain to work's a pain to nail anything to it. I used bead board around the lower half in the downstairs bath and it looks great. I wish you luck, I think you will make it for Thanksgiving as you've done all that prep. Have fun.

  11. So relieved to see that you had the reno necessity (jumbo beer) on hand in the first photo... and I feel your pain on the land speed record being broken on the way to the dump. Sigh. I know it will turn out perfect and in the meantime I can still swoon over your stained wood doors. Good luck... maybe you'll be thankful and celebrating a new bathroom this Thanksgiving. Or not. xo

  12. Keep your eyes on the prize, a lovely finished bathroom, which you will just LOVE!
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  13. It can sure get overwhelming! I'm afraid to start some projects at the lakehouse, because I'm afraid of what we;ll find, too! It is going to look great when you are finished, Vickie! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! I am hosting, too...and hoping everyone stays well and can come!

  14. I can so relate to your woes since we have the same her. Remodeling is never easy and almost never seems to go as easy as planned. I think the beadboard will look really nice.

  15. EEECCCCK, Vickie. I think I would have used tile "paint" and called it a day! I know it will be wonderful when you're finished. Have you thought of just handing out blindfolds at the door to the bathroom, and postpone this? Have a fun Thanksgiving. Loved the video. I've lived in a few of those houses too!

  16. We are afraid to do any remodeling of our house for fear of what we might find.

    Our neighbors down the street started a kitchen remodel which is now over $200,000 when they found major leakage among other things - all doors and windows had to be replaced, new stucco and redoing the staircase are just a few of the unexpected things that happened to them. And, they are still not finished 8 months later.

  17. Oh no, poor you. It is always the case that one job just leads to another and you end up with a bigger project and bigger problems. A big big hug.

  18. Oh, my such a huge job to begin at the perfect moment of the year ;) BUt I bet you'll be happy when the beadboard is on the wall... and possibly the bathtub?

  19. You're a brave woman, Vickie! I know that there's plaster walls underneath the fiber board someone put up in our bathroom, but I haven't touched it yet, because I'm chicken lol

    I'm sure you'll love it when it's over :)


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  23. Oh no, poor you. It is always the case that one job just leads to another and you end up with a bigger project and bigger problems. A big big hug.

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