Before Shot of Our Bathroom

It didn’t always look like this. Dan and my MIL will vouch for me. The floor was in tact during the holidays.

Two days after Christmas, I noticed that the floor felt funny, like it was squishy. Once the guests all left, Dan peeled a small section of the vinyl floor up. Sure enough, the wood floor underneath the vinyl was sopping wet. At first we couldn’t figure out what was causing the leak until Dan went downstairs in the basement and punched a small hole in the ceiling. It didn’t take long to realize that every time we flushed the toilet, water leaked down from the bathroom floor.

A quick call to the plumber fixed the problem: a crack in the wax seal.

On New Year’s Day, Dan ripped up all the vinyl floor that had been ruined from the leak.

Isn’t it lovely? groan.

Part of the subfloor needs to be fixed, specifically the section around the base of the toilet. The entire bathroom will need a new flooring, since the vinyl can’t stay like this. So we are going to use this leak as an excuse to remodel the bathroom with a new paint job, new wall cabinets, smaller vanity, tile flooring, a ventilator fan, and perhaps new lighting.

The tile that wraps around the entire bathroom will stay as is though. It’s in perfect condition and I like blue. Besides, why fix what isn’t broken?

The good news is that one of my neighbors is a contractor. I know he does good work, because he’s built our shed, the back porch, the front porch, and goodness knows what else.

Tomorrow if the weather is better (it’s raining now), I’ll head down to our local flooring store to pick out tiles. Dan is letting me choose which colors will go on the floors and the walls. He admitted to me that if it was his choice he would pick white or off-white. I don’t know how he can stand living with me. I adore color!

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9 thoughts on “Before Shot of Our Bathroom

  1. Oh no! That’s horrible! When we bought our house this last spring, we knew our bathroom had some issues because the toilet tank was cracked (someone left water in it, and the house got cold from being empty and it froze, etc). We had to rip the vinyl flooring out, too. Luckily we only had to air out the wood for a few days before we were able to put the new toilet and flooring in, but we learned that we definitely need to renovate the bathroom at some point before we decide to sell and move.

    On the bright side, it’s always nice having new flooring, regardless of whether it was from other issues or not. :)

  2. Oh ugh! Well…better now than before the mold sets in!

    I had a similar experience…was having a bath and went to pull myself up using the tiled in soap dish. I stayed sitting but had a soap dish in my hand. So I figured it was a great chance to retile. But if I’m going to tile it would be a great opportunity to replace to little tub with something deeper. And if we’re going to do that, might as well rip up the vinyl floor and put down ceramic right? And if the floor is coming up, well, the vanity is old and pretty icky…so that needs to go to.

    By the time I was done the only original pieces in the room were the toilet and the shower head! Good thing my dad is handy or it would have cost me a small fortune!

    Good luck with your bathroom!

  3. Oh, groan is right!!

    On the bright side, I can’t wait to see pics of it fixed. Ugh what a thing to discover.

    My hubby is below our kitchen sink doing repairs right now.

    I do like the blue tile. Decorate away…

  4. Isn’t it always something??

    Keeping the ceramic tile is a good choice!! Besides, it would cost you and arm and a leg to replace it. . . at least you guys have someone close that you trust to help fix it.

    Can’t wait to see what you do with it –

  5. Oh, Wow!! Hope you have a better year than what it started out as. :) Can’t wait to see pics of what you do with it. :)

    In Christ,


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