Well folks, this post has been about 12 1/2 years in the making! We have finally had our bathroom remodeled! This wasn't just a coat of a paint and a new shower curtain. No way, this was a COMPLETE remodel! I am talking new floor, walls, ceiling, tub, sink, lights, toilet...you name it, we replaced it! I cannot even tell you how excited we were. We were finally able to set aside some money and hired a good friend of our family to do the remodel. (At least I hope that he is still a friend after being in our house everyday for 2 and a half weeks! You can never tell what over-exposure to our chaotic family can do to a person. If nothing else, he has burned off some serious time in purgatory.)
Ok...Brace yourselves! What you are about to see are the "Before" pictures. If you have a weak stomach you might want to skim past these pictures. They are not for the weak...
Note the duct tape wall. That beautiful work of art is courtesy of the kids trying to stand on the soap dish that was tiled into the wall. It broke off and water got behind the tiles and the started to fall off. Duct tape to the rescue!! The window was another issue. It wouldn't open and no mater how much I scrubbed it, it was always gross.
Don't you love the gorgeous aquamarine toilet and tub. GAG! Apparently it wasn't bolted down to anything. Thank God it didn't fall over!
This little hole has a funny story behind it. One morning Brian was going to the bathroom and looked up and a mouse was looking out of it! We duct taped that shut too and hung a picture over it.
Here is the teeny tiny sink that all 11 of us would crowd around to brush our teeth at night.
The light fixtures were both cracked and the one on the left wouldn't work.
I have no words...
Right after we met with David and planned the remodel, the sink died. It was leaking everywhere so we couldn't use it for about 2 months. We went through 2 gallons of hand sanitizer. Literally.
The super tiny closet had three broken shelves and not nearly enough room.
So there you go. The "Before" was scary, but what we found underneath all of that loveliness was even worse. Seriously.
This is where the sink was and the floor was completely rotted underneath it.
Here is where the tub was. The floor here was rotted clear through the subfloor. Apparently the faucet was leaking for about 10 years. It all needed to be replaced. David said he had no idea how we hadn't fallen through to the basement. We know the answer to that. We have 11 guardian angels that took turns holding the floor up. Obviously!
This pipe was right beside the old closet. It had no purpose, other than taking up unnecessary space.
Here is the new plumbing and the new floor where the sink will be.
The new and improved bigger closet to be
Here is the new insulation in the ceiling. This was very exciting because when he took the old stuff down we found out that we had a hole in our roof. Thankfully we had been planning to replace that this summer too, but we were worried that it would slow down the bathroom. Thankfully David managed to patch the hole temporarily so that we could continue on with the bathroom.
No yucky window! Woohoo!
This was very exciting. The boys had to check it out.
Viola! The new bathtub and shower curtain. It took FOREVER to pick a shower curtain. No joke, it took me longer to pick a shower curtain than it did for me to find a new bathing suit. That is saying something!
New lights and an exhaust fan! I love the fan! No more moldy ceiling!!
New toilet! Brian loved it because of the elongated seat. It's the little things in life folks!
5 hooks to hold 10 towels. Three were placed high and two were placed low for the littles. No excuses little people!
My new supersized closet! I LOVE it!
Beautiful big sink, humungous mirror and a faucet that works! Oh yeah baby! We are living large!
The best addition to the bathroom...the laundry chute! We still need to put the door on it, but it is awesome!
The other little thing that we were really excited about...2 toothbrush holders. Each on hold 6 toothbrushes. I know that might sound stupid, but when you have 11 toothbrushes to store, it is a big thing!
There you have it folks. The remodel. I can not even begin to say how appreciative we are to David for all of the hard work that he did to finish it up. It was much worse than we thought as we removed the drywall and the flooring. I am very thankful that he didn't just turn and run the other way! I will admit that I occasionally bribed him with food. I was a desperate woman. Don't judge. The kids just loved him too. Everyday they would watch out the window for "The Man" to arrive. When he came they would run down the hall yelling, "The man is here! The man is here!" I tried to keep them out of his way, but sometimes they would sneak down the hallway to watch him. To the kids he was practically a rockstar. In fact the one morning we had gone into Rural Valley to meet Missy and Jonah to walk in the park. We stopped at the store to pick up some odds and ends and David was there and they were freaking out! "Mom! It's the Man!" To others he might just be David, but to the Houghs he will always be "The Man."