For the last month we’ve been negotiating the purchase of a short-sale in Shaker Heights and have largely suspended our marathon showing sessions as we do expect our bid to be accepted at some point. With the resulting free time, my father and I have been hard at work renovating our third floor bathroom so my wife can finally enjoy a nice bath! You can check out my inspiration here. We’re actually almost done with the rehab, but I’ve been a bit lazy with the blog. So, lets get caught up 🙂
The first step is always my favorite…demo! To get the room prepped for new wainscoting and flooring, I first needed to remove the top-cap from the existing baseboards so that the vertical stiles would fit neatly into place. Easy enough…nothing a crowbar can’t handle:
Removing the existing flooring was just as easy, albeit slightly more messy. Why the previous owners decided to lay such a cheap and ugly product over the original hardwood floors is beyond me; but, to each his own. Anyways, a little prying with the crowbar and some muscle was all that was needed. If a floor covering comes off that easily, it should have never been installed! Oh, and it was a sticky job…lots of glue under there! I felt like I was walking through a mousetrap!
The next step was to disconnect the massive cast iron tub, which probably weighs a little over 150 pounds and is effectively the centerpiece of the renovation. Not knowing how such tubs are made, I was a little nervous as to how we’d get it out of the room, but my father quickly realized that the feet of the tub could easily be removed so that the unit can fit through the door. Loosen the screw and they slide right off!
Once we got the tub out of the bathroom, we inspected it for cracks and quickly noticed the manufacturer’s imprint on the bottom. As it turns out, the tub was manufactured in 1931 by the Standard Sanitary Manufacturing Company based out of Pittsburgh, PA. Pretty cool! Many times, I prefer old things to new. I appreciate the character, the history and the vintage aesthetic. This made my decision to keep the tub (and buy a house build in 1932) much easier. That said, I am a little creeped out by the fact that we’ll be taking baths in a tub that has been used by countless other couples over the last 83 years!