Jennifer and I are in the process of “redesigning” our downstairs main bathroom … the one we use since the one upstairs is small and not fit for “daily” use.
As in most older homes, the downstairs bathroom is small, so size isn’t the issue here. But everything else seems to be an issue:
• We peeled the wallpaper from the walls and ceiling (yes, ceiling), only to see a layer of water stains and mildew that we’ve had to use bleach to get off.
• The aformentioned ceiling has a second thinner wallpaper layer that is sticking to the ceiling. We’ve purchased the spray that’s supposed to dissolve wallpaper, but it doesn’t work well. The heat gun only catches it on fire. Any suggestions, I’m open to them.
• The bottom half of our wall is more of a concrete surface, and while peeling the paint away with a heat gun, we discovered a layer of green paint from probably the 30s … a layer that is almost surely filled with lead, which means we can’t use the heat gun. I did anyway for about an hour yesterday, and now I’m scared that I have lead poisoning.
• Parts of the wall around our bathroom mirror is chipping away … like big chunks … so I used a half a jug of spackle yesterday to fill that in.
• There is not real “ventilation” in the bathroom, except for a window, so I’ve been breathing in paint fumes and bleach fumes for a week now.
So now I’ve made our bathroom a construction zone. It’s currently completely unusable, unless you like bathing with paint chips, and I’ve got family coming in for Thanksgiving.
Once we get the walls primed and painted (as well as the cabinets and window panes), it will look 100 times better … something we can be proud of. But up to now, it’s been a giant mess and a pain the butt. We’re going to leave the ceiling alone for now and come back for that after the walls are done.
I just thought I’d share. I don’t write as much as I’d like to at this site anymore, but I want to start again. And what better way to get started than to vent about poorly done housework?