Friday, May 26, 2017

Bathroom reno Part 3

Somehow the time for the bathroom renovation is upon us. When we picked Memorial Day weekend it seemed so far away and there was plenty of time to prepare and learn all we needed to know about removing bathroom tile, installing bathroom tile, and generally making the magic of before and after photos happen. (Alas, the house fairies I hoped would show up and do this renovation for us didn't materialize.)

Instead, we found ourselves staring at each other in anxiety wondering how Saturday loomed and we still didn't have a single hammer stroke of demo done or the tile laying supplies. 

Fortunately, there are kind people in the world. Our friend lending us the tile saw and tools mentioned that one does not use mastic in the shower. Wait...what? Good thing we saw her before we went to Home Depot. Then the kind folks at Home Depot helped us extensively in figuring out what exactly we needed in terms of thinset and grout. (Word to the wise, you need to look for what the packaging doesn't say - i.e. if the grout doesn't specifically say that it doesn't need to be sealed, then it's going to need to be sealed. Or if the mastic doesn't specifically say it can be used in showers, then you shouldn't use it in a shower.)

We had hoped we could reuse the cement board - here's one of the videos on how to remove the tile from the bathroom. But, this video ended up being more of the approach we took, since it turned out the existing tile wasn't installed on cement board at all and it certainly wasn't coming off without completely destroying the surface underneath it anyway. 

Taking off entire sections was much faster, but buying cement board will likely destroy our budget, which is already teetering perilously close to the $500 mark. 

Getting the tub area and flooring demo done took Mr. Awesome a few hours. 

The next step is removing the vanity, toilet, and existing floor mastic, which is very thick and should be super fun. Fortunately, we learned one lesson when we retiled the kitchen two years ago and will practice very strict dust control methods when it comes time to remove the mastic. Stayed tuned! 

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