March 30, 2012

Drywall in the Main Bath

So we're in the middle of the worst part of a reno right now (in my humble opinion), the drywall.  We're following this step by step process, so for the past few days we've just been mud, dry, sand, repeat. It goes incredibly slowly, because you have to wait for the mud to dry, but its actually been nice to work for a little bit, and then force ourselves to step away from the bathroom and go have some fun.

To give you an idea, sometimes after step one, the mud and tape can look as bad as this:

But if you let it dry, sand it down and reapply, things start to look a little smoother.

Here's the wall where our vanity will be, with the Durock cement board on the bottom because of our tile half wall.

From a distance the doorway framing looks good.

But when you get up close after the first coat you see that this guy definitely will need 2 more coats before its smooth.

I measured out the wall exactly so when our barn door is open it will sit completely flush with the wall on the left side, and when it is closed it will cover up the opening perfectly.  My plan is that the door will mostly stay open and be decorative, until the future when we have multiple little people using the room at once and need to close it.   I'm hoping this door style is less awkward than a pocket door.  Is it just me, or does anyone else feel strange when using a bathroom with a second pocket door?  Even with the main door shut and locked, I always pause a moment on whether or not I should close this second door.  If it's closed you're really over doing it, but when it's open you feel a little exposed... Just me?  Let's pretend this never happened then.

I'm really glad we moved that header up, as the opening looks so much bigger, especially when there will be tile all the way to the ceiling in the tub. 

Ryder photo bomb.  I can't take a blog photo around here without him jumping into the picture.

We built just a little lip on the other side of the doorway, as well as on the ceiling so that the barn door had something to slide in front of, and will "seal" around all three sides. I'm also going to find a way to put in a lock here somewhere, preventing pre-tween bathroom fights.  Or maybe starting them... well see.

Hopefully we will get to leave the drywall and sanding mess behind this weekend and start playing with paint and tile.  It's a sickness- I realize.  Anyone else have fun plans this weekend?  The weather in Minnesota is supposed to be in the 70s, so I promise not to spend all my time indoors.  Any ideas?

If you're just joining us, here's a look back at the Main Bath project so far:


  1. You guys have made such great progress! I'm loving the barn door idea. I know it would have prevented many fights with my sister. I can't wait to see what you have in store for the rest of this bathroom.

    I'm in the middle of a two month remodel on my master bath/closet area. It has been the longest process of my life! Too dramatic? No. I know I'll love it when it's done.

  2. What a renovation. Soon these drywall and the entire bathroom will turn into a modern and adorable bathroom.

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