This is our upstairs bathroom. I hate it. Yucky old linoleum, blue and pink tiles (ignore the missing ones) heavy ugly vanity, walls painted to match the blue tile. Holes in the ceiling paint from when we (my dad) installed the ceiling fan. We had the idea of taking up the yucky linoleum and taking down the pink trim tile, and putting down white tile on the floor and white trim instead of the pink. Let me talk about how gross this linoleum that is on the floor is. It’s a dingy white color, that no matter how much I clean it, it doesn’t turn white. At one point, there used to be a raised pattern, but with time the pattern has flattened out just enough to get a little bit of dirt caught forever in some of the grooves but it just looks grimey all. the. time. Ick.
I like the sink/counter combo, and we had planned to paint the vanity. Turns out only the doors are real wood, the rest is gross pressed wood that is all warped and trashed from getting wet for years. Also, if you look to the left in the picture, there used to be a wider, shorter vanity there when the bathroom was tiled. Whoever put in this vanity put in some weird matching wood pieces on either side. Now the plan is to get a new vanity. Maybe one we can use our existing sink top with, maybe not! We’re searching.
To take up the floor, Alex took out the vanity and the toilet. Fritz investigated.
Here is a picture of Alex’s butt. And the surprise we found under the gross linoleum! More gross linoleum! Yuck. This second layer of linoleum was put down the same time as the gross brown tile in the rest of the upstairs. What terrible taste. Also, check out the terrible plumbing to the left. Those pipes are for the sink, but instead of coming out of the wall like most people’s bathroom, they come out of the middle of the floor! Ugh.
Then Alex took up all the linoleum. Then he took up the rest of the plywood layers. The picture above is before he finished. Check out those wide original boards! I wish they were complete enough that we could use them as the floor, but we can’t. They’re so wise and perfectly fit together.
We figured we might as well go all out. Bye, bye blue tiles! We’re taking down both the pink and the blue tile, except around the tub. Scroll back up to the top picture. See how the tiles don’t go all the way to the ceiling? We’re going to tile all the way up around the tub, keeping the blue, but taking out the pink and replacing it with white. The walls under the tile is in pretty good shape, so we’re going to put up bead board and a chair rail. That’s the plan, at least.
The good news is that we have the downstairs bathroom, and we can still use the tub upstairs, so even though this is a much bigger project than we expected we’re at least able to shower and everything! Wish us luck!