So, here it is, week 2 of the bathroom remodel! As I write this, I wonder what can be learned from our demolition, beyond just a progress update. But one of the scariest things about BIG DIY projects like this is just knowing where to start (and having confidence not to mess up everything in the process). You see all the guys on TV wildly swinging sledgehammers and ripping boards without a care of damage in the world! The reality is that demolition is actually much more controlled than that.
Take our flooring for instance. We previously had builder grade rolled vinyl flooring. There are a many possible ways this could have been installed and we have learned to never assumed that it was installed correctly. In our case, a second subfloor was laid and the vinyl was glued and brad nailed to that board. But going in, we had to be careful until we could figure out how it was installed. After pulling all of the flooring up, we used pliers to pull all of the brad nails out of the floor so no one would catch one on their foot.
If you read last weeks introduction, you know that we have looked forward to this project because some of the floor was rotted underneath and we want to start fresh. Well, good news! This second subfloor absorbed most of the water damage and rot that we knew we would find. Although we will still have to replace a section between the tub and toilet, I am thankful that the rotten subfloor does not extend to under the vanity. Actually, not thankful, I am elated! Do you know how bad I felt as a parent that my son took his showers on a floor that I knew was rotten?! So fail.
In our bathroom, we knew that the vanity was probably salvageable. We also wanted to save the mirror, although we have a fun project coming soon to show you what we did with it. I tell you this, the mirror is 5 ft long and we were convinced it had been glued to the wall. It turns out we were wrong, and the mirror was only being held up with two anchored screws and a tract. I admit to being partially relieved and partially scared that thing could have fallen at any time!
Of course, our son got in on the DIY demolition action as well. It is so liberating as a parent to be able to tell your son, “Yes, honey, I want you to whack that wall as hard as you can with a hammer!” Demolition is usually pretty therapeutic for me since I get to watching all of the things I hate go away anyways. Of course, I videoed the whole shenanigans. When I turned the camera on, I laughed so hard because my son gave this long introduction about safety first. I think I am definitely winning this parenting thing, at least in that moment! If anyone in our neighborhood is having a demolition project, I might have to loan him out, haha.
That’s about it for this week as we start to look forward to repairing the subfloor and picking out all of the finishes and colors. Sometimes you can feel like you are opening a can of worms with a project, and this was definitely one I was apprehensive about. You just never know, but nine times out of ten, it won’t be as bad as you think. With each project, we get closer to making our home our haven, but we are just average people with a good work ethic and high standards. Therefore, if we can do it, I know you can too!
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