The bathroom re-decorating has changed from fun to FRUSTRATING for Mr. Wonderful. In preparation for my GET R DONE FRIDAY post this week, here are a couple of pictures showing the floor where the toilet was removed to install a new sub floor and the Congoleum we picked out.
The floor was dark from moisture and mold, and should have been replaced before the previous owners put down the pink ceramic tile. There is a pedestal-like pipe that should have been screwed into the wood floor, to support the toilet, and to guide/connect the plumbing underneath the stool. Come to find out, because they took a short cut decision to NOT install new wood, it could not be secured into the floor. so the guy cut a larger hole and then used hose clamps, like you would use to connect the hoses to the motor in your car, to connect things to the plumbing below! He GOT R DONE - but not the right and SAFE way! Someone, sometime, could have had a ride unlike any other ride, right to the basement! Wheeeeeee! And, to think the previous owner was a licensed PLUMBER!!! HURRAY!! WAY TO GOOOOOO!
Mr. Wonderful had to rip the old flooring out, install new, plus new sub floor, before he could finish the new vinyl flooring installation. He was blessed with mechanical abilities as well as construction, DEstruction, AND good taste (he married ME, didn't he??)! We are thankful every day for God's gifts to him - it has saved a lot of money not having to hire someone to GET R DONE most of the time. This man is truly amazing!
Friday I will be able to show you the completed flooring, but I'm not sure about the baseboards yet. We purchased some white oak boards from a roadside pile at a fella's place in Fremont, Michigan. They were wet from recent downpours, and needed dry time. They are very rustic, and will look great once they are cut to size, stained, and installed. That may be a story for another time.