Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Mirror, Mirror on the...

"Can we hang that mirror today?"  It was a simple request for Handyman Bob.  Just take down the old mirror in the bathroom and hang up the $5 treasure I had found at the Tillamook Habitat for Humanity Restore.

Which he sweetly did, only to reveal a large patch of bright pink daisy wallpaper the previous owners had not covered when switching to blue lighthouse wallpaper.  The new mirror wouldn't cover it. Yikes!  I decided (with Bob's consent) that I would strip the wallpaper off and paint for now as the bathroom remodel was not scheduled for another 3-5 years.

During the wallpaper removal process, chunks of the sheet rock also came up because the first layer of wallpaper was stuck right to it.  Geez! 

My plan?  To sand it down a little, patch and paint anyway, no one will ever care.  Handyman Bob had another idea...let's put beadboard over it to match the rest of the house and it will look better.  Sounded like a lot of work to me, but off to Tillamook we went to spend money at Rosenburg Lumber.

Upon returning home from Tillamook, Bob decided it would be best to take out the vanity too so he could beadboard behind it.  So out came the sink and cabinet.  My job was to find an updated version of the vanity and quickly learned they don't make that size anymore. Uh...Oh!

We scooted up to Wheeler and found the perfect antique dresser to refit into a vanity (something I have wanted to do for quite a while).  It was just about the perfect size for the cabinet, but the mirror on the vanity made it necessary to move the electrical outlet and light fixture.  Rats!

Back to Tillamook for more hardware, tools and electrical advice.

Once home, Handyman Bob decides we might as well replace the floor, because the new/old vanity has a different footprint.  So up came the linoleum and, of course, next to the tub and toilet we found dry rot.  Down to the subfloor he goes.  Yep!

Long story, short, four days later we depart for Portland for our day jobs.  The bathroom is empty, the toilet is out, and a bare light bulb hangs in the middle of the room.  We are no longer using that $5 mirror and instead are completely remodeling the bathroom. "That's how these things go," Handyman/electrician/plumber/carpenter Bob says.  Oh my!

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