When you Have a Handy Husband You live in a Construction Zone

When you have a handy husband sometimes your house turns into a miniature construction zone for a period of time.  We’ve been working on trying to make our main bathroom a bit nicer for a while.  Our first project about a year ago was to tear out the original 1950’s cast iron bathtub and put in a standard size bathtub and redo the tile surround.  This project was based around a $20 bathtub we found.1184981_10202235901511882_681496146_n

We replaced the toilet with a brand new $40 toilet (that a homeowner just didn’t like.  Sometimes working in the construction industry comes in handy.)  But we still had a gosh awful vanity that looked like it was the original one that had come with the house, and the tan floor tile no longer matched the shower tiles.   The tile we wanted for the floor was on sale over the Thanksgiving weekend so we went for it and my husband found an awesome deal on a beautiful vanity and we found a vanity top for a reasonable price that was exactly what I wanted.

Last week we employed help to rip out the floor and lay the tile.  We moved the water heater out of the closet in the bathroom into the laundry room and gained a whole closet for storage.  (We live in a 1950’s house.  There are a total of 3 closets in the house, all about the size of the closet door.  It seemed like poor judgement to put the water heater in one of the only closets and we’ve been talking about moving it for years.  If I would have known how easy it was to re-route the plumbing I would have had the hubby do it long ago.  Not only did we gain a lot of storage space, but the water heater is more centrally located so we don’t have to wait nearly as long for the hot water to reach the laundry, kitchen sink, dishwasher second bathroom, so it should save money on both water and the electric bill.  SCORE!) On Friday night we grouted the tile and then on Sunday the hubby (being a Master Electrician) got to work ripping out the old lighting fixtures and adding cans over the tub and toilet to create the perfect light for what will be a beautiful new bathroom when we are finished.  I’m happy to say we are back to two working toilets, but the plumbing for the new vanity still needs to be finished and we need to repair some sheetrock texture the walls and paint, but it is super exciting  Here’s a picture of the new tile…  I’ll share some more after we get a little more completed.

On Friday night we grouted the tile and then on Sunday the hubby (being a Master Electrician) got to work ripping out the old lighting fixtures and adding cans over the tub and toilet to create the perfect light for what will be a beautiful new bathroom when we are finished.  I’m happy to say we are back to two working toilets, but the plumbing for the new vanity still needs to be finished and we need to repair some sheetrock texture the walls and paint, but it is super exciting  Here’s a picture of the new tile…  I’ll share some more after we get a little more completed.
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