We started demoing the bathroom the day after we closed on the house. It is the only bathroom in the house so we stayed at my cousin’s home for two weeks while we worked on the bathroom.
We took it mostly down to the studs and floor joists. Two of the walls were plastered over brick so we didn't touch those. To save on money we did all the demo ourselves. Luckily, I'm married to a general contractor!
When we ripped up the tile we found the original hardwood. They were in such bad shape, we couldn't save them. I forgot to mention in my previous post, that this house was built in 1912. It's old. All the original hardwood is still flowing throughout the house and in great condition!
We kept the footprint the same in the bathroom to save on costs, but there are two big upgrades we decided to make. One: we flipped the tub around so when we installed the shower it's wasn't floating in the middle of the room next to the toilet. Two: we added a second sink. Again, it's the only bathroom and we wanted to make this have more of a master bath feel. (We'll hopefully be adding in a second bathroom in the basement, but that's at another time).
We also flipped the door so it opens into the wall on the left and not to the right against the tub. It should never have opened that way to begin with.
Since we added another sink and flipped the door, we had to rewire all the electrical on that wall. We had to move the light switch so it wouldn't be behind the door. We had to move the outlet so the new mirror wouldn't cover it. We also had to add in a second vanity light above where the new mirror will go.
Now it was time to put the pieces back together and make this bathroom look beautiful.
It was not easy lifting a 300-400 pound cast iron tub out of the bathroom. When we did, we discovered that only half of it and 2 1/2 of the feet were painted! We stripped the paint and found 6 layers of different colors just on that one side. I don't think the tub was ever moved out of the bathroom in the past century. It was just painted in place and we were the first people to move it so it could be refinished all the way around. It was a long day of stripping off all the layers of old paint and then another day of repainting it with a nice, clean, smooth white. We spray painted the feet gold.
Bathroom Design: I picked out black and white hexagon tile for the floor. Subway tile for the walls. Using charcoal grout, which gives it a modern touch. It is a small bathroom and I didn't want it to look too cluttered so I went with a white, floating vanity. Very modern with a high-gloss finish. The faucets will be changed out for a vintage oil rubbed bronze look. All the hardware we are using is oil rubbed bronze: the shower pipes, the towel rods, faucets and cabinet pulls. The wall tile wraps around the whole room half way up the wall. The walls are painted a light navy blue. The mirrors are gold rimmed and the light fixtures are industrial.