THIS is what I’ve wanted now for 8 years, a new bathtub. Sigh, I’m so happy it’s in and over with. But first, the gory details. Below is the original bath as it was when we moved in, sans the ladder. 😉
The process to renovation was about what we expected, but it never happens as quickly for me as I’d like. I started this, as mentioned, by scraping down the old paint. Then, I primed with an exceptional bonding primer, filled in with joint compound, re-primed with bonding primer on the walls and a sealing primer on the ceiling. Next, I painted my first base coat, on walls and ceiling. But, the paint work was easy compared to bathtub installation, primarily done by Billy.
You can see from the photo below how cracked the ceiling was and how yellowed the vinyl surround had become. We believe it was originally white to match the bathtub.
In the meantime, we took apart the old surround, took out the old tub, and looked into the plumbing. It took us hours to figure out how to turn off the water, but that is the true treasure and beauty of an older home. We went through every single pipe in the basement together and took a look at how it all fit together, twisting every handle and finally discovering that none of them really worked unless the water from the street/village was turned all the way off. It was just the back pressure that kept pushing water up to the tub. Bill was able to attach new plumbing relatively easily and we were able to install the new (porcelain steel) tub. It’s longer than the last tub, which is a boon for me!
We debated on tiling or acrylic surround for the shower. Besides raising the shower head, which I’m also thrilled about, we landed on surround. It is easier to put in and repair down the road. Having only one working shower in the house means that we need to have it working quickly and efficiently.
And the best part of the room is the new mini chandelier. We needed more light since the two sconces are rather high on the wall and the room is oddly shaped. It was a fun bobble to add and gave us the chance to put in two more outlets near the sink.
New towels, new rugs and sigh.
Before too long, we will replace the toilet, but really it’s done. SO HAPPY doesn’t even begin to cover how this new room makes me feel. Nothing like a pretty bath to make you feel really clean.