Bathroom Remodel Demo Date

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This weekend was super busy for us.  Like, staying up til 5AM super busy…as in, it will take me all week to recover super busy.  TOTALLY. WORTH. IT.  It was bathroom remodel demo date night.  Game on.

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If you’ve been following and reading my blog, you know that we purchased our house at an auction.  The saying, “We came, we saw, we conquered” applied to the way we purchased our home that fateful day.  On a whim, a “quick” stop and look suddenly turned into a competitive bidding war between myself and another woman.  (Did I mention I like to win…? ;-))  Well…big surprise, but I “won” the bidding war for our home, and suddenly, in a whirlwind of 30 minutes, we found ourselves as homeowners.  Talk about jumping in with both feet, right?

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However, in stating that…our home is perfect for us.  It is small, manageable, centrally located, walk-able to everything awesome that we love (library, downtown, movies, COFFEE, grocery store, sports stadium, kids school) and is just….us.  One thing we knew when purchasing this home is that there would need to be some work done, but all in good time.  Baby steps.

This weekend happened to be a weekend of availability for us to get some stuff done on the house.  Baby steps turned in a full blow sprint.  Our choice?  A bathroom remodel.  Totally doable, right?  Husband and wife tackling the most important room in the house, together.  We were down for the challenge.  We had our game plan.  We fist bumped, high-fived and were ready to make mold this home like putty in our hands. We pulled up to Mernards.  We discussed our game plan walking in.  And then?  The lights struck my eyes and I got distracted.  The options!  The wants vs the needs!  The budget!  So easy to throw it all out the window.  Like a kid in a candy store.  My husband kept saying “focus”!  If only.

We grabbed two carts (because we were that serious!), hit the vanity isle, scooped up the vanity and faucet in a matter of 5 minutes.  Easy peasy.  No worries, on the same page.  Moving on.  Toilet row, here we come.  More choices here.  Super flush?  Small talk?  Tall or short?  Pearl or white?  10 minutes in we found our match and loaded her in the cart.  Check and mate.  (We were even complemented by a lady in the aisle about how efficient we were.  C’mon lady, time is money.  We gotta keep movin’! ;-))

Last order of business, the floor.  Laminate was the goal, but my eyes wandered (eek!) and I found the floor that I knew we had to have.  Waterproof click floor?  YES.  In gray?  YES.  50% more expensive?  YES.  Did we get it?  YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Okay, one minor change, not a big deal.  (right…?!!!)  Check out time, pay time, load up, grab a quick bite, get home…..and it’s already 8PM!  Holy moly.  That’s late…..but, we are still determined.  This. is. happening.

Grab the tools.  Focus.  Minimal talking, game faces on.  First order of business, old toilet needs to go bye-bye.  My hubs handles this one.  All good.  Nothing weird with an old toilet sitting on the front porch for a few days, right?  I think it adds a nice character to our home.  I may sit out on it in the morning and read the paper…really give the neighbors a double take. 😉

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Next, the sink.  This is where reality begins to hit….its now about 9:30, we have no toilet to use at this point, and the sink as we have learned has been bolted into the wall.  The next 2 hours are spent chipping away at old plaster and trying to get screws out that were put in in 1981.  (Yep, exact year as they had written it in pencil on the sink underneath).  2 hours later, that beast breaks free.  In a moment that can only be described as heroic, my husband rips the sink and base up off the floor and carries it through the house.  He. Has. Won.

Yahoo!  Rocking and rolling now!  Shop vac up all the mess, and it’s floor time!  Boy, did I under-estimate the floor.  The measuring, the clicking, the lining up…it will haunt me.  How many tiles did I mess up on?  4, but who’s counting?  By that time, it was 2AM.  I was in zombie mode.  Measure, cut, click, tap.  Measure, cut, click, tap.  Mess up.  Rip out.  Measure, cut click, tap.

I recall a storm hitting, although it seems like a blur.  Some lightening, high winds, thunder.  It was like the gods were tormenting me.  But, I prevailed.  I owned that floor.  That floor will forever be beneath me.  😉

Time check?  3AM.  New sink goes in, all good.  Lastly, the toilet.  Do you know how awesome it is to have a brand new toilet?  Truly, it felt like Christmas came early.  There are two things in life that I hate “used”.  One, is carpet.  I literally have nightmares about used carpet.  Seriously.  and the second, are toilets.    Ha, what phobias, right?   I promise you that putting in a brand new toilet made everything worth it.  When I say I love the toilet, I truly do.  New toilet = happiness.  and did I mention the best part?  It has a slow close lid!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  AAAHHHH!  No more slamming of the lid.  It isn’t even possible to happen by accident.  Best. Day. Ever.

Time check? 4:30AM.  We stop, we stare at each other.  We did it.  We started a project together, and we ended that project, still together.  We didn’t fight.  We didn’t quit.  We didn’t point fingers.  We communicated.  We gave space when needed.  We knew each other’s strong points and built off those.  and we. did. it.   Is it perfect?  No.  but is it perfect for us?  Yes.

What a sense of pride to see it and know that we did it.  It’s overwhelming to start, but amazing to finish.

In our house, demo date nights may become a “thing”.  Think about it.  Tackle a project together, no distractions, get some take out and just be together.  Bonding, embracing mistakes together, tackling issues and working through them and learning?  Sounds like an amazing, well rounded night!  Think of this tag line…”Improving your home, and your relationship.”

Have you ever had a demo date night?  If so, what did you tackle?


71 thoughts on “Bathroom Remodel Demo Date

  1. Lois Alter Mark says:

    Wow, I give you so much credit for doing this yourselves! We’re in the middle of remodeling the kids’ bathrooms and there is no way we would have any idea how to do this. Can’t wait to see your finished bathroom!

  2. hanna - platforms and pacifiers says:

    A new toilet sounds like HEAVEN! We are currently renting a home that has not been updated in at least 40 years. The toilet was probably updated in the 90’s but that’s it! And the lid is ALWAYS slamming down so hard from the kids and then that loosens the screws and you have to tighten them! uhg SO GROSS.

    My husband and I are already picking out new bathroom stuff for when we purchase a home!
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  3. Cia Black says:

    Tha is one room I am terrified of doing. We have a large bathroom upstairs, really large, it could pass of a small bedroom or office with it’s size. But is in need of some serious work not that its in bad shape just that is in basic standard construction still, basic cabinets, shower/tub combo and just downright Blah. I loo forward to seeing you finished product, perhaps it’ll push e to do ours.

  4. Zan says:

    This is so funny but so glad you did it . It may have taken one entire night but now it’s done and you don’t have to worry about it anymore. How amazing that you tackled it together all the while not fighting or pointing fingers but working to create your home in one piece. I’m sure we’ve had demo nights but I don’t think we picked stuff for the house so quickly as you did. I take way too long deciding!!
    Side note: Nope – don’t like old toilets and carpet, either:))

  5. Lisa says:

    My husband and I used to tackle projects together, usually finishing a basement or adding a bathroom but never the whole home. Although going thru the construction process on four new homes felt at times, like a demo gone wrong, lol. No, seriously we make a great team and have been very pleased with the homes we have built. Wish you all the best with this project!

  6. Cynthia says:

    You and your husband are a great team! Taking on yourselves such a task it’s quite an accomplishment, I don’t think I will commit to such a thing! I’d love to see the pics!

  7. Morgan says:

    It sounds like you have been putting in a lot of work! I’m planning on purchasing a house next year, so this series has been interesting and helpful to read.

  8. Ithfifi says:

    High five, what an epic team you made! I love reading your posts and your sense of humour. Let me know the reactions of your neighbours after your morning paper-read!! I am glad that you managed to get everything done and that its made you feel better – I wouldn’t know where to start let alone to attempt it all within one night, well done!!
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  9. Joline says:

    Wow, staying up until 5AM! That’s legit. We haven’t done demo date nights but maybe when we finally decide to re-do our own bathroom we should!

  10. Tee says:

    Wow, go you! I’m not good at taking on such projects but I’m beginning to think, esp from reading your post, that I’m missing out. There’re advantages…

  11. Christy says:

    The house auction sounds exciting! This sounds like it was a lot of hard work but must be so rewarding to do it yourself and see it come together. I’m very impressed, as I don’t think I’d trust myself to not ruin something.

  12. Michelle Leslie says:

    LOL, I loved reading this Thena. You’ve got such an awesome way of explaining things. I’d really love to see some before and after pics, coz a bathroom remodel is not for sissies 😀

  13. Joanna Bayford says:

    I really dont like the bathroom in our rented place as it needs a revamp. My mum had her bathroom revamped a few years ago now and it looks lovely now as she had a green bath before which she had been wanting to replace for a long while. It does sound like a lot of hard work.

  14. Candy Rachelle says:

    Sounds like you had a busy weekend! It’s great to spend time together finishing something that big.That’s so exciting. Amazing achievement.

  15. sarganser says:

    As I will be soon working from home part-time and free the other times and with th winter just around the corner, I need to update my bathroom too to mke it a place to relax.
    Thanks for the inspiration, just what I needed.

  16. Joanna says:

    It’s amazing how you’ve redecorated your bathroom during one night! That’s an awesome project! I would love to see some photos though, that waterproof click floor sounds like it needs to be shown 🙂

  17. Mayuri Saxena says:

    This sounds like an amazing thing to do! Bathroom remodel is something that I am considering to do but I am going to outsource it as I am sure I wouldn’t be able to do it. I would love to see the pics

  18. Preet says:

    You are doing a great job. I need more planning and courage to get started, and then I know it will be fine, it seems like we don’t know where and how to start. I need to show this post to my husband. Its been almost a year since we are thinking to do out bathroom. Can’t wait to see your finished one.

  19. Beola Lawal says:

    This was surely interesting to read, you made it sound fun and interesting. Glad you both could get through the renovation without fighting or pointing fingers, that’s really awesome to me.

  20. Shubhada Bhide says:

    Bathroom remodel looks a quite interesting to do this weekend. I really like the idea that you give props for doing it yourself. Can’t wait to see the finished result.

  21. Stephanie says:

    We are currently building a house (well the land is being dug out haha) and I’m so glad we are getting help with it. Always so stressful but worth it, especially with renovations!

  22. Jillian says:

    I have been hoping to remodel our bathroom next, and Would love to see photos of your work! We remodeled our kitchen with click tile a few years ago, and it looks very well done.

  23. Quirky Homemaker says:

    This sounds like an amazing date night. It’s great that you guys got along and worked so well together. and how funny that you guys bought a house on a whim. LOL Here’s to more remodel date nights in the future and getting your perfect for you house to your liking!

  24. Tiffany says:

    Haha no I have never had a remodel demo date but it sounds like it was fun, exhausting and such a workout all at once. And may I say your writing style is great!

  25. Deb B. says:

    I’ve never thought of a demo date night! What a fantastic idea! So many projects I do at home, I choose to do it on my own. It takes twice as long (if not longer), and instead of it being fun, it just feels like it will never end. I’m excited to do this next time with the hubs. Love your story telling. It’s like I’m right there experiencing this with you!
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  26. Candy Rachelle says:

    Wow!! You are so good that you are doing this bathroom remodel by yourself. I can not imagine that I can do it alone. I can’t wait to see the finish work.

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