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Old 03-14-2011, 11:40 AM   #1
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My wife and I bought our 18 year old house 2 years ago. One of the things we noticed, was the bathroom paint was 'bubbling' and when we showered, we could actually move it by hand. Come to find out from an old neighbor, there used to be wall paper in the bathroom, and the old owner probably just ripped it off and painted over the old glue. The first thing we did was scrap ALL the paint off the walls. What a pain in the butt!







After scraping all the paint off the walls, I sanded down the entire room. After that I put a coat of Zinnser Gardz. Then the project took a turn, and we decided to install a new shower unit, and a new toilet.

I had to replace the floor under the toilet. Look good?



New tub install - We did put tar paper, and concrete on the floor under the tub like I had read on a few websites, for stability, and to prevent cracking.





Does it look like I did the right thing with the tub install?

Then we decided we wanted some tile. I have never tiled before, so it does look a little sloppy in some spots, but I'm my own worst critic..





The wife wanted to help out too.. she restained ALL the wood in the bathroom, and the new trim.



After all that I put another coat of Zinsser Guards over the new drywall patches as a primer, and did orange peel texturing (Turned out amazing! First time doing that too!) And repainted with Bathroom paint.

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This was our first time doing anything like this.. and I think it went pretty well. Overall it took about and month and a half, only working on it 1 to 2 hours a day after work, and some on the weekends. What do you guys think? Opinions? Tips for future?

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Old 03-14-2011, 11:47 AM   #2
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Some finished product:



These were the spots that bothered me the most.. it's a remodel tho, I can't expect it all to be straight and level and such... (Or should I?)




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Old 03-14-2011, 04:53 PM   #3
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Nice work! It is a whole new room----Pat your self on the back---take yourselves out for a big ice cream cone!
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Thanks guys. Maybe I'm being overly critical on my own work, and when I show other people the bathroom, they don't notice the flaws until I point them out usually.. I'll be tackling bigger projects this summer
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Good job! I wish everything I did turned out that nice!
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That was pretty ambitious for your first remodel, going straight to tile work. You've done a great job! The bathroom turned out really nice!
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Thanks guys. It was my first tiling job also, and let me tell you, I learned a LOT from it. There's a few things I would definitely do differently if I were to do it again, but I bet it would go a lot quicker the 2nd time around. The most stressful part had to be the shower surround. It didn't have holes drilled in it for the faucet and spout and such... talk about measure 20 times, cut once.. and hope.
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Why a chair rail in the bathroom??? My only issue with the new look.

I would have went with bead board if I had plans for trim in the middle of the wall, or just a tile trim.

Look good other wise.
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I guess we had no real reason to put the chair rail up in there, we had just looked at some pictures of other bathrooms online and decided it was something that we wanted to give a try. I now know, that in order for chair rail to look very good.. you need to have straight walls. I couldn't tell that our wall was wavy until I put that rail on, and now if I would do it again.. I probably wouldn't have put it up. It just highlights the flaws.

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