At my last bathroom renovation progress update, we had just put on the first layer of cement board in the shower and the new layer of drywall in the bathroom area (to replace the wall tile we demo-ed). The walls are finally up and running (save some more spackling), but here’s a look at how far we’ve come:
Over the past month we’ve:
- Added the second layer of cement board to the shower. To recap, the previous shower tile/mortar was so thick (nearly two inches) that after we demo’ed it, a single layer of cement board would not sit flush with the existing drywal. We had to double up the boards to even the surface. Installing the cement board is pretty basic, but can be time consuming because of the amount of boards and special cuts we needed (for example, the shower niche for storing shampoo and conditioner bottles).
- Spackled the gaps between the new cement board (shower)/drywall (bathroom area) and the existing drywall. We demo’ed all the bathroom tile, which ran up the shower walls and up half the wall in the bathroom area (seen here), which took us down the studs. Once we put the walls back up, we had to spackle the gap. Spackling is another one of those basic tasks that can be time consuming because of the drying and sanding time.
- Leveled the floor in the bathroom area. The bathroom floor was plywood topped with metal laithe topped with mortar topped with tile. We demo’ed it as best we could, but some of the mortar remained. Rather than replace a perfectly sound floor, we used LevelQuik. Just mix with water and pour over the floor. One bag didn’t quite cover our 5′x6′ area, but once we got bag number two, it worked like a charm. The previously unlevel, dirty, mortar-crumbling floor was perfectly smooth and level — not too mention super solid. I’m sure there’s some science behind how it just levels out all smooth, but, in the world of home renovations when many things don’t go as planned, I’m smart enough to not ask questions when you find a product that just WORKS like it’s supposed to.
- Added a light over the shower. No more dark cave!
- Added a bathroom fan. None of our bathrooms have fans, and because the windows are painted shut, it was an all-too-friendly environment for mold and mildew. It will be so nice to have some circulation in this one!
One other thing we’ve done behind the scenes? Order the sink!
It’s from the American Standard Townsend line and I’m really happy with the look. While I would have loved a sink with a vanity, the size of this bathroom just doesn’t allow it. Plus, a pedestal sink is really going to help to make our tiny space look more open (i.e. bigger!). This sink just barely squeezes in to the space we have for it, but it does has some room around the edges to put toiletries, toothbrushes, etc.
We still have a lot left to do on the bathroom, including a ton of tiling, painting and installing fixtures, but I think we’ve finally turned a corner. Fingers crossed we’ll have a finished, functional bathroom by end of June!