Step one in project bathroom reno? Demolition, baby. We need to still be able to use the bathroom during our re-model (we only have one, after all!), so we didn’t rip everything out all at once. We knew the bathtub had to be the first thing to tackle (messiest and biggest job), so that’s where we started.

Let me tell you, that grimy old tub of ours was cast-iron and reeeeally well installed. It took a whole lot of hammering, and help from one of Dan’s friends (my muscles just weren’t cutting it), but we got ‘er out.

Luckily this friend is a carpenter/plumber, so he also helped us install the new tub. Changing a toilet is one thing, but doing the plumbing for a new bathtub was one of those things that we didn’t want to just wing ourselves. A few hours of soldering and some heavy lifting, and the boys called me back in to see the new beauty. Success!

Ain’t she pretty? Just a basic pure white tub from Home Depot for a mere $269 (plus tax). The brand is Mirolin and the tub is called the Sydney Acrylic. It was exactly what we wanted – basic, white, no frilly stuff, and comfortable. I’m so looking forward to a few evenings in there with bubbles and a gossip magazine. Come to think of it, I haven’t actually ever taken a bath in this house!

So here’s how it’s looking. A bathtub, but not much else.

The other side of the room is still in tact so we can use the toilet and sink.

And here’s the new tub celebration we had going on. Just partying in the bathroom, no big deal.

The house is a crazy mess though. I forgot how major reno’s in one space totally take over the rest of the house. There is a layer of dust on everything, and piles of supplies everywhere. Oh, and there is no door on our bathroom.. so everything is pretty “out in the open”, if you know what I mean… !!

Drywall and tiling are up next. We’ve picked out a subway tile and gorgeous glass tile accent that I’m SO excited about. Wish me luck!

You folks done any demo recently? Don’t you feel like your whole house is a construction zone? I feel like I’m going to be dusting for months and months…