In progress

I didn’t take a before picture.  Oops.  Yesterday, we took out the toilet (fairly straightforward) and the vanity (not so straightforward) and ripped up the linoleum floor.  The vanity had been put in around the existing plumbing, when the house was built, so it wouldn’t just come out after we removed the valves on the hot and cold water pipes.  We had a choice – cut the pipes or cut the back of the vanity.  John chose to cut the vanity (we’re replacing it anyway).  Also, the cold water pipe kept on dribbling water even though the water was turned off to the whole house.  So, you know, that was fun to keep cleaning up.  But now there’s a big empty space where it used to be.

I’m waving at you. Say hi!

And there’s a toilet in the office.

Today we measured and cut the backerboard (what the tile will be glued to) and John glued it down to the floor.

You can see the hole where the toilet belongs.  (There’s a rag stuffed in it – apparently that’s necessary.  I’d rather not wonder why.)  The shop vac is where the vanity goes.  I took the picture standing just outside the shower.  Next we buy the tiles.


  1. The rag is so sewer gas doesn’t come into your house! (I know this from marrying a plumber’s son) Yay for remodels! I hate our powder room vanity and would lerve to do a remodel in there. You may have inspired me!

  2. Zannah

    Oh, please, no sewer gas. Yuck yuck yuck.

    Mom, I may have downplayed the leaking water pipe – it was kind of a pain. 🙂 You’ll never find us on a DIY show.

  3. My dad’s standard reply to things like water shut-off valves not shutting off the water is “welcome to the joys of home ownership”.

    And Zannah, thanks for not allowing us to zoom in on these pictures. It makes all the flaws in our work a little harder to see.

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