Rob Vila - Alternately Titled...Demolition Man...

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Well, after spending countless hours applying to be on this DIY show or that one...and even managing to get a  scout out to our house for an interview once...

I'm giving up...
Besides...Who needs their help anyway?

I AM married to Rob...Rob Vila.
Ladies and Gentleman...

I bring you deconstruction...via my very own demolition man...err, men.

A peek inside the door of our 'master bath' - I use the term Master loosely...as it's also the ONLY bath on the main level of our home...
Small vanity, pocket door leading to one of the two bedrooms on the upper level of our house...(broken for the last year or so by an overzealous child who loved opening and closing that door fifty seven hundred times a day...) and then closet...


 From the closet you move over to the monstosity of a whirlpool tub...
A nice tub...a big tub...
But also a tub that takes up a ton of space - We've never really loved this tub...especially when I was 9 months pregnant leaning over it to bathe a 1 year old...oh my those were the days...

 Next to the tub...the toilet...
 And next to the toilet - behind the door...a shower...
Nicely hidden...so many folks never even knew we had a shower in this room - of course -we've used it as a broom closet for the last 10 years...storing the vacuum and other random junk...
It's leaked since the day we moved in.
And by leaked - I mean, water runs through the floor and into our lower level. Awesome.
We tried to fix it to no avail...so we did what any other person would do...We ignored it in hopes it would go away...It didn't.  We are currently on our 11th year in this house...
Here's the skylight which I love...a person can never have enough natural light...
(But what we don't love is the cottage cheese ceiling ~) 
 And so...finally...after all these years of not loving this bathroom...
We finally decided to go for it...
The hubs got to work...


 um...hello? Nasty.


 Even though he was doing just fine without my help...I offered and he did need me to help get these gigantic mirrors off of the walls...I couldn't believe they came off in one piece...but they did! Until of course...
I set one side of the smaller one down on the garage floor too quickly...and the corner busted right off...
GRRRRR.
No matter - We weren't planning on re-using these mirrors anyway - but I did find someone to take the larger one...by large - I mean huge...60x64 inches!


Every project needs a Foreman...

With his own tools on his waistband - (tape measure)

And Hammer...
 And then the real fun began...
 If I'm being honest - I guess I thought we'd take turns with a sledge hammer and then we'd just sweep it all up and toss it out...
BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
 My husband literally worked this out of here tile by tile by tile...hammer and crowbar...
 He worked sooo hard...by. himself!!
Talk about sweat equity!!

I offered to help but...he wasn't really interested in having me help...I don't know why........................
 And then on to more tile on the step of the awesome whirlpool tub...



 And once the step was gone...it was almost like...ok wait...this totally changes the feel in here...should we just keep it?
And...the answer is no...no thank you.

 As if that tile weren't a ton of work...he then got to work getting rid of the cottage cheese...(If only it were that easy huh ladies?)
 What. a. mess.
 But a billion times better...

Safety Glasses!
 And then...I took the kiddos out for some fun...and came home to find...A giant empty spot (and a fun little hole) where the whirlpool once sat!
 And now...it sits in our garage...Anyone need a whirlpool tub? Can you even believe he busted that thing out of there while we were gone?
He had the help of our wonderful friend and neighbor Denny - for SURE this could not be done by one person ~ and how lucky are we to have friends willing to take on this project! YIKES!

They also popped out the vanity...Which now, when I look at it - seems it was alarmingly tiny. Did four people really utilize this vanity space for teeth brushing and getting ready?
Well ladies and gentlemen...
There you have it...
The before...

& you should know...this was our first major take on ever...it went a little better than we thought...or I should say...he thought...and I am so so proud of my hubs for taking on this project...(Especially with me!YIKES!)

And the after...?
Well...the reconstruction begins in about 12 hours...

4 comments:

Katie said...

I can't wait to see what the finished product looks like! It seems to be going much better than the time Mike and my father-in-law were supposed to do a simple project of laying tile down in our townhouse. It was a very small bathroom-so it wouldn't need many tiles.

I called Mike in the middle of the day and I could hear a saw. He said "Oh, we're cutting the bathtub in half" It was one of those one piece tub/wall things. 10 hours, 2 trips across state lines with a new tub, and one visit from the fire department-we had a new tub, and new tile.
Then we moved 6 months later

fritzfacts said...

Oh my gosh! I can't believe the difference having that tub out made! So much room!

I can't wait to see how it all goes, so exciting!

Anti-Supermom said...

That look like an amazing amount of work, but wow... I can't wait to see the end product :)

darcie said...

@Katie - HA HA! Hilarious! And then you MOVED! ACK!

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