Those were the pictures on the MLS posting. Can't you smell the black mold? I can. The smell sent me right back to November of 2005 when I went back to New Orleans for the first time after Katrina hit. The whole city smelled like that.
Besides all the black mold, the bathroom was hideously ugly too boot. Beige and brown linoleum peel-n-stick floors, peach, mint AND pink tiles all over the walls and shower surround, a wooden toilet seat (I don't even wanna think of all the butt critters that were living in the cracks of the wood) and a yellowish faux marble sink that had greenish-gold glitter flecks smeared throughout for that klassy marbleized effect. Thank the Lord we had a functioning (and not nearly as gross) master bath. We only used the hall bath for "emergencies" and to wash our dog, Gus, in the tub. Other than that, I didn't use the bathroom for over a year.
That following summer the day finally came for a mini makeover. We were planning on having some house guests stay for a week and I began thinking of painting the tiles. I know that sounds ridiculous but I've seen it done and Home Depot actually sells bathroom tile spray paint. Mitch heard my idea but decided it would be best to leave that to the pros so he had a friend of his come over to give us an estimate. Well, lets just say, it wasn't gonna happen. Turns out there were a few loose tiles that would have to be replaced and the cost would just be too high.
We took it upon ourselves to try and repair the loose tiles. Ha! good idea? NO!!! ALL HOLY HELL BROKE LOOSE. It was the Pandora's Box of bathrooms. A few tiles turned into just the shower surround which turned into a rusty pipe which then became a total bathroom reno. This is what we found...
I don't have the foggiest idea as to how water was moving through those pipes. We ended up having to gut the entire bathroom and then bust out the jack hammers.
(mmm black mold... yummy)
(where the sink & toilet were)
(where the tub used to be)
Oh. My. Lord. It was a nightmare. I think I still have scars on my knuckles smashing them into jagged concrete as I was scooping dirt out of the holes in the ground.
(That lovely sink I mentioned)
We soon realized that this plumbing problem would go throughout the entire house. Starting in the garage it went through to the kitchen, over to the hall bath, outside to the back yard and over to the master bath, under the floor in the master bedroom and finally out to the sewer near sidewalk. Along with a hired friend of a friend we dug this...
A 4 foot deep trench that went from the back yard, around the house and turned to come out from underneath our master bedroom window and out to the street. I though it would've been cute if we had put alligators in it for more of a hometown feel for me but, no one else was on board with that idea. Oh well. I digress... back to the bathroom.
After Mitch ran all new plumbing and filled in the holes with concrete it was time to start putting our bathroom back together. A friend of Mitch's, who owns a tile and flooring company, came over to help us. He gave us an AWESOME deal on some extra crema marfil marble tiles that he had left over from some fancy schmancy job he had done over in the rich part of town.
Here are a few pics of the "during" stage.
And here's a picture from the night we installed the new low flow potty! Almost there...
The next picture shows it pretty much as it is today (minus a few decorations)
Our lovely Home Depot vanity and IKEA bamboo plant that Mitch and I got when I first moved into the house he rented (He didn't let our "love fern" die! Name that movie!!)...
A mirror shot of the shower.
That's all folks! Thanks for lookin'. And if you're lurkin', that's fine too!