Update: You can see the final result of this project here.
Ikea creates, and we destroy. (Though not always in that order.)
That means -- you guessed it! -- that our second (and final) bathroom renovation is under way!
Creation first. Our master bath design employs a boxy, modern Ikea vanity, mainly because no one else affordably creates a double sink that fits in a mere 39 inches, and because those ingenious Ikea engineers have figured out a way to run the sink drains horizontal, so that you can still get full use of the drawers right under the sink. It's pretty amazing.
Soon the master math will go from this...
Renovating our guest bath -- which we viewed as the practice project and took many lessons from -- took a full eight weeks. That was due in large part to inexperience, lack of time/planning and not having all of the materials on hand when we started. (And, oh yeah, taking about six ski trips while it was all happening.)
But, with this bathroom, I am determined to get it done in three weeks or less. So that meant first buying all of the materials we would need. We have had the toilet and floor tiles loitering around the house for months, along with the sink faucets and wall hardware. But we still needed the biggest piece of furniture, and so a trip to Ikea was in order.
Ikea Burbank, identical to every other Ikea on the planet
The secret to getting in and out of Ikea efficiently (other than going during the day on a week day if at all possible), is learning the location of the store's "shortcuts." Otherwise you get stuck in that long, endless maze.
See that smaller arrow on the left?
Also, it's critical that one stop and get a $.50 hot dog or $1 cinnamon roll on every trip
Thank goodness for flat packs. Everything fit in my little Civic.
Vanity, sink, wall cabinet, mirrors
With everything home, it was time for a little destruction. (Cue the 80s hair metal.)
Awwww, how nice! The old owners were so sweet to leave us some fun wallpaper hidden behind the mirror!
And even more behind the toilet. What sweeties.
The vanity refused to budge, so we had to break it into pieces and carry it out (which, actually, made the carrying easier, and meant that it all took up a lot less space in the dumpster, which no doubt made the condo president happy).
Mark doing very manly things
The same vinyl slats as in the first bathroom, but this time Mark was a pro at pulling them up quickly
So much wall damage left behind, even with us being soooo careful... blame the 70s materials and nearly 40 years of aging
The bathroom post-demo
Next steps: a lot of wall repair, sanding, priming and painting. Then we lay the floor, get the new vanity and toilet in, and apply the finishing touches. Piece of cake in three weeks, right? (Oh, wait, did I mention we both work full time?)
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