Bath Basics: Family Bathroom Remodel
By: Danny Lipford
Renovating the bathroom that Stephanie and Pat Greenwood’s four children share had been on their to-do list from the day they bought their home over 11 years ago.
We helped to make it a reality by replacing the vinyl flooring and shower surround, installing a new vanity top and faucets, and replacing the toilet and light fixtures.
Bathroom Prep Work
The whole Greenwood family pitched in and helped by stripping the old wallpaper, and removing the tub surround and vanity top.
Watch How to Strip Wallpaper to find out more.
After any holes in the walls had been patched, joint compound and drywall tape were used to repair the wallboard. The joint compound was sanded smooth and the sanding dust removed.
The walls were painted with Sherwin-Williams Emerald interior acrylic latex wall paint (pavestone gray color).
Tub Surround Prep
The first step in installing the new tile tub surround involved cutting and screwing 1/2″ cement backerboard to the wall studs around the tub.
The seams in the backerboard were covered with self-adhesive fiberglass mesh tape, then coated with tile mortar and allowed to dry.
The final step in the tub surround prep was rolling on a coat of RedGard waterproofing membrane made by Custom Building Products.
Tub Surround and Floor Tile
The floor and tub surround were tiled with Captiva 12” x 24” Sterling tile. In addition the tub surround was accented with mosaic glass tile (Red Stick 5/8” x 5/8”).
After the tile had been installed, a rubber float was used to apply Fusion Pro grout (#386 Oyster Gray) to the seams. This professional grade grout is stain resistant and doesn’t require sealing.
Bathroom Vanity and Top
The doors and drawers on the existing vanity were removed and holes for the new hidden hinges drilled. After the vanity had been primed, the holes left by the old hinges were filled with auto body filler and sanded smooth.
The new cultured marble dual-sink top was installed on the existing vanity with Moen Darcy brushed nickel faucets (model 84551SRN). A Darcy single-handle faucet (model 82550SRN) was installed on the tub.
Watch How to Install a Bathroom Vanity to find out more.
Toilet InstallationAfter the water to the toilet had been turned off, the toilet was flushed to drain the tank and the water in the bowl removed by pouring a bucket of water in the bowl.
Next, the water line was disconnected from the toilet bowl and the flange bolts holding the toilet to the floor removed.
A new Optum VorMax toilet (Model # 707AA101.020) from American Standard, which uses 1.28 gallons of water per flush and has an antimicrobial surface and jet flushing action, was installed in place of the old toilet.
Read Down and Dirty Toilet Replacement to find out more.
The new dual, three-bulb, antique nickel light fixtures over the vanity from Quoizel (model TY8603AN) give just the right amount of light in the room.
Watch How to Get the Best Bathroom Lighting to find out more.
Other Tips from This Episode
Simple Solutions with Joe Truini:
Caulk Gun Flexible Tube Nozzle
To make it easy to caulk in hard to reach spots, such as behind a toilet, attach a piece of 1/4″ I.D. (inside diameter) clear flexible tubing over the end of the caulking tube nozzle. Use a 1/4″ diameter wood dowel to clean the caulking out of the tube when you’re finished. (Watch Video)
Best New Products with Jodi Marks:
Optum VorMax Toilet
The bowl on the Optum VorMax toilet from American Standard has an antimicrobial surface and jet flushing action to clean the bowl thoroughly with each flush. It also features a 17” comfort height, slow close seat, and lifting tab. The Optum VorMax toilet is available at The Home Depot. (Watch Video)
Ask Danny Lipford:
Replacing a Bathroom Vent Fan
Replacing an old bathroom vent fan isn’t that difficult if you choose the right replacement. The EZFit fan from NuTone (model EZ80N) can be completely installed from the bathroom without ever having to go into the attic. The EZFit fan is also more powerful and much quieter than typical fans. (Watch Video)
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