Operation New Bathroom Part I

19 Jan


We’ve got some great momentum going in the renovation of our upstairs guest bathroom. Not without a unforeseen setback, but I’ll get to that in a minute.

Just to catch everyone up, here is what the bathroom looked like when we moved in.

Due to a leaking tub, we demo’d it completely pretty quickly and then it sat like that for a while.

I created a mood board of what I want this bathroom to look like.hall bathroom mood board_edited-1

So here’s what she’s looking like as of today with drywall (the mold-resistant kind from USG), tile backer, electrical and plumbing.


We had the electrician come in to wire for sconces which will go above the vanity and put in can lights and a fan.IMG_2200

You might be asking, “what fan?” It’s actually built in to one of those can lights. Cool, right? I’m not a big fan of the look of bathroom fans so when I saw this one at Menards, I was sold. It just blends right in.

Everything was rolling along nicely, until Ben found this.

photo-79Yep, our copper pipes were corroded. Both the waste line (seen here) and the vent pipes. Luckily that huge hole was on the top of the pipe so no sewage could get out.

To fix the pipes Ben tells me he needs to rip out a huge hole in the downstairs bathroom wall and kitchen ceiling. I was thrilled!

But actually it wasn’t bad and he had it all done and cleaned up in a few hours. But we do have some remaining holes in those rooms.



Next up in the bathroom will be underfloor heating and then tile. We debated the underfloor heating but all our guests absolutely loved it in the last house (and we did too). We found a good deal on the size we needed which was only $99 from Menards. That doesn’t include the thermostat, but that shouldn’t be too much online. IMG_2202We’d like to do a tutorial of how to lay this stuff, so stay tuned for that.

Hope everyone has a good weekend! It’s a long one for me because of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday so I am pumped.

10 Responses to “Operation New Bathroom Part I”

  1. Roberta April 3, 2013 at 12:40 pm #

    Can you give me some information on the recessed fan you found at Menard’s? What brand, model, etc.?

  2. Danna M June 23, 2013 at 12:54 pm #

    I have those same plastic tiles in my newly purchased older home! What method did you use to remove them?

    • 12oaksblog June 23, 2013 at 1:06 pm #

      The old tile was ceramic and we demo’d it all at once all the way back to the studs.

  3. dolly May 16, 2015 at 1:38 am #

    After you demo all the tiles, I see you put new drywall all around the bathroom, right?. I had a similar bathroom, we already demo the tile but didnt think about putting all new drywall, instead we were thinging about putting new texture over the old drywall to cover the uneven walls. Did you remove the old drywall or just installed the new one over it?

  4. Beth Weizman March 14, 2016 at 4:02 pm #

    would you give me an idea of the bathroom dimensions.

    • 12oaksblog March 14, 2016 at 4:08 pm #

      7’5″ x 6 x 10″

      • Beth Weizman March 14, 2016 at 4:20 pm #

        thanks does the width of 6 feet include the bathtub area?

      • 12oaksblog March 14, 2016 at 4:22 pm #



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