I have to warn you. What you’re about to see is NASTY. I’m not intentionally trying to make your stomach queazy, but it could very well happen. I’m going to show you pics of my kids’ bathroom as I make (slow) progress for my 30-Day August Upgrade Room Challenge. For those with squeamish stomachs, ya may want to pass on this one……
I know I said in a previous post and video that you should stop thinking you have an ugly house. But there are exceptions to every rule.
And my kids’ bathroom is one of them.
If you have a room in your house that looks like this, you have every right to call your house whatever you want. You’re allowed to label it “dreadful,” “horrific,” “mortifyingly embarrassing”–
And yes–even a “rat hole.”
(The caveat is that if you label it so, you must do something about it).
It’s a terrible thing to say about my house, but it’s true. But at least I’m doing something about it. 🙂
That’s why I wanted to work on this room for my 30-Day August Upgrade Room Challenge (see all the room challengers participating!) because aside from my laundry room makeover that I tackled for the June Room Challenge, this was the most awful room in the house.
This “in-between” stage when making over an outdated room is always the hardest part, because you can’t believe it looks this terrible!
Part of Me Loves The “Ugly”
There’s really something endearing about the ugly. I think it’s because in the back of my mind, I know the “awesome” is just waiting to be revealed. But before you get there, you have to strip a room to its bear bones, no holds barred. And just knowing that I’m doing it all myself is even more rewarding. Tonight I started removing parts of the toilet, and when I informed hubby this was taking place, he exasperatedly sighed, “Ugh….I don’t know why you just don’t hire someone to do it for you!”
Um….because I want to try. And I know I can do it.
I’ve never removed a toilet before. I’ve always wanted to (isn’t that an odd desire?). But I love to challenge myself to see what I can do if I just give it a try. Only after watching at least five YouTube tutorials, though. So I’m covered in the “how-in-the-world-do-I-do-this-again??” department.
It’s also extremely rewarding knowing that you didn’t just call a contractor because you’re a scaredy cat.
(Now…if it’s electrical?? Yep–I’m calling a contractor! I don’t mess with wires…..).
Slow and Steady…..
I would have liked to have gotten further along in the bathroom at this point, since it’s August 10th (1/4th of the way way over)!! But so far, I’ve only removed the wallpaper and part of the toilet.
…But after my confession last Friday that I’m slowly killing myself with very little sleep because I keep trying to “get ahead” and move this ‘lil ole blog along into another category of “professional blogger,” I’ve been taking it easy. The past three nights I’ve shut it down when midnight rolls around (well, 12:30 a.m. on weekends, yipee!) instead of 3 a.m. like I am very capable of doing.
THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU who took time to express your concerns and support for what I do here. It meant so much to hear from all of you. And although I wasn’t able to respond to everyone (I tried, I really did!), know that I read everyone’s words. It felt good knowing that you enjoy what I post, that you’ll be here even if I decide to sleep one night instead of posting at 2 a.m. (haha). This weekend I relaxed with the kids, played with them, got–gasp!!–7 hours of sleep every night (even got 8 hours one night!!). I wake up feeling less groggy and more able to jump start than to drag :). I promise I’m taking better care of myself. You guys rock!!
Okay, now back to this mess–
WATCH THE VIDEO: Puke Green Toilet Removal
I can’t believe that someone renovated this bathroom eons ago and thought a green toilet that looks like it was made for the munchins in Wizard of Oz would be fasionable. But someone did.
And today, I removed half of it. And I was kind enough to record my progress, because of course you have to see the nastiness for yourself, right? 😉
After watching that video, tell me that I don’t 100% deserve a 1-piece seamless toilet, right???!!!!!
Once I started removing the wallpaper this weekend, I knew why the bathroom smelled so awful:
there was pee-soaked wallpaper next to the toilet!!!
Apparently my boys had been aiming in the wrong direction, and the wallpaper soaked it up like a dry desert. SIGH….LOL
I know….I’m sorry. That’s pretty gross! Sorry if you’re eating while reading this! Didn’t mean to throw off your appetite or make you spit your coffee! EEK!
Another reason I haven’t moved as quickly as I would like is because I’m deathly afraid of asbestos. It’s something I never even really considered before, but when you’re a DIY’ers, ya just better care.
I did my master bathroom makeover a couple years ago and didn’t even blink an eye at asbestos because I didn’t even realize it was something to consider. This time around, I know I must proceed with caution.
Here is the most questionable area, right above the kid’s shower. It’s some faux tile boards stuck up there with some adhesive.
When I did my master bathroom makeover a couple years ago, I removed similar boards that looked 10 times worse than these. (At least these aren’t covered in mold!). I sanded….plastered….sanded some more….. all without thought to asbestos. Stupid!
This time around, I’m proceeding with caution. Still haven’t decided if I am going to call in a professional or try to get a sample myself to mail in to a lab. What would you do?? Anyone has any tips on asbestos?
Mirror, Mirror on the Wall
I still haven’t decided what I am going to do with this mirror. I removed the sliding mirror panels. I could just plop down $100 for a new large mirror. Or, I could use the existing mirror to try to DIY something. What do you think?
Wallpaper and frame removed.
I also removed these shower doors and frame. This is another area I was a little worried about, because I read that asbestos can be in caulking around windows and bathrooms. And there is caulking along these edges. I did go ahead and remove most of it, but the bottom part, I didn’t feel comfortable putting a lot of effort into removing because it is going to require lots of scraping and wiggling.
So there you have it! What I have done so far, up to Day #10.
And wouldn’t you be so happy to know that it’s 11:59 p.m. as I write this. With just ONE MINUTE to spare before I push “PUBLISH” on this post! Guess where I’m going? To sleep! For 7 hours!! And not only did I make progress today, but I did a blog post–and a video.
How’s that for time management? 😉
‘Night, my lovely friends!