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April 30, 2010 / mish

Demolition : Master Bath

This was our very first – take it down the studs- remodel. We basically gutted this bathroom:

We weren’t quite sure how successful we were going to be, but M and I spent a lot of evenings browsing blogs, youtube, and other DIY expert advice for some encouragement that it is possible to do it yourself.

We removed all the old tiles from the floor and shower, and removed the old cabinets and tiled sink basin. The toilet we carefully removed, to be reinstalled later, and covered the existing cast iron tub during the demo and rebuild process.

New hardibacker went up above the tub and on the floors.

We chose a small square grey tile with a light grey grout color (tile from HD).

And for the shower, we went with a 6×8 white tile (Dal Tile @ Home Depot) with light grey grout.

Meanwhile, the Den was a mad mess of materials. (driving the neurotic organizer in me absolutely bonkers)

Then went in the backsplash (Otego Black Tiles from Natural Stone Outlet). This was the biggest splurge in the whole bathroom, but we are really happy with the result.

After sharing a tiny bathroom with a miniature sink in our old apartment, we really wanted to make the one sink into two. Luckily, IKEA came through with their Braviken/Godmorgon series and the larger dimensions they offered were a perfect fit into our rectangular space! yeay! We were a little nervous about the installation, a lot of the reviews online described issues with the plumbing parts not being long enough- and because they are swedish based, finding parts in the US posed problems. Plumbers bashed IKEA products online and the reports were mixed. We expected this process to be a huge pain. Thankfully, we were so very wrong. There were a few leaks during the initial installation, but after retightening the parts, every connection was dry. And we tested them, retested them, and tested them again and again and again.

*Edit: It’s now September and we have had no issues with the sink- we LOVE it!

Next Up : the final Master Bath Reveal!

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