Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Powder Room Makeover

All of our three bathrooms are circa 1965...vintage one might say. We have decided to tackle the easiest of the three -The Powder Room. And like all projects which you read about online, watch DIY YouTube videos about and appear to be simple, we encountered challenges at the very start:

Q) how to turn off the water using old stubborn values? a) call the plumber (after calling my dad). Turns out our hot and cold water valves are so ancient, they no longer turn off the water or turned at all.  Quick valve removal and replacement, and we are back in business.
Don't be fooled by their shinny facade, these valves are stubborn and evil!

Starting to breakdown the vanity. Bye bye doors (which I spent so much time painting a year ago)

Mirror off and resting in my patio. Anyone need a mirror?

Stamp on the back of the mirror which reads: April 28, 1965. I feel some guilt about removing this perfectly intact 46 year old mirror, which lived through several earthquakes (San Fernando '71, Whittier '87 and Northridge 94) still reflecting. To honor its birth, let's highlight what happened the day this mirror was born (installed)
Barbara Streisand stars on "My Name is Barbara" special on CBS
- Lindsey Nelson broadcasts game at Astrodome from a hanging gondola
- US marines invade Dominican Republic, stay until October 1966
Back splash pried off...

Removing the vanity counter top - really heavy

My husband breaking down the well-built vanity piece-by-piece

Now to filling in the floor since the vanity is gone. Luckily we have extra flooring and extra sub floor padding

Piece by piece

Demo completed!!!!

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