Marrying Mr. Fix-it | DIY Bathroom Style

I am so thankful that I married a man who has so many incredible talents. He can sing, write and has incredible style. He has never met a stranger and is quick to make everyone in the room smile. One of his talents that always seems to impress me is his ability to solve our homeowner crises. Between the fall and winter all three of our showers leaked into the first floor and needed to be fixed. Now the bathroom fix I am highlighting today had already been updated once and you can find the updates here. But here is the rest of the story. 


{Previously updated bathroom}

The Trouble – After my husband and father-in-law redid the floor, toilet and vanity in our guest bathroom we had a leak into our playroom. It started small and we thought it was a minor roof leak – which we “fixed”. However we had a leak in the screened-in porch from my children’s bathroom as well – so the guest bathroom was getting more use than usual. After a weekend of guests the small leak developed into a hole in the ceiling. We called a plumber to get a proper diagnosis and sure enough there was a hole in our cast iron tub.  


{Part of the ceiling damage}

The Work – Unfortunately our insurance company would not cover the repairs so with limited funds the only option we had was to fix it ourselves. We were very lucky that we didn’t have to tear up any of the work that we previously had finished. However getting the cast iron tub out of that small space was no small feat. We took everything to the studs, removed the faucet hardware etc. When the tub was finally out with some choice words and a lot of finagling we were ready to move on to the next obstacle. 



We replaced some of the plumbing to ensure that there would be no more leaks. We put in some specialized insulation. Then we went to put in the new tub and the first one we purchased was cracked (of course). So we finally get the right tub to install and we can not get it to fit. Unfortunately we had, to cut away the drywall up to the ceiling in order to get the new tub in place.  After what felt like trouble after trouble, we were finally starting to see some progress.


The Solution – After we officially got the new tub in place it was a relatively quick finish. We put up the new tub walls, drywall, new hardware and painted in a few short days. Now if you have every hung drywall then you know how hard it is to get the drywall to be smooth. Now it may not be perfect but I am so incredibly proud of my husband for all the work he did in making a beautiful new bathroom! 



Our new bathroom is clean, calming and modern. It is perfect for all of our guests’ needs. I am thankful that I have a husband who was able to make our previously outdated bathroom into one of my favorite spaces in our home. As we work through our other bathroom woes, I know that they will only get more beautiful and enjoyable as we continue on. 

Lauren Cop is a part-time SAHM (Stay At Home Mom) of Irish Twins and Senior writer/editor ciao_laurencop_sig-01of the Olive Shoe Blog. Currently Lauren and her family live in Tallahassee, FL where she teaches at a local pre-school. A Clemson fanatic, alumni and general sports enthusiast. She loves reading, gardening, food, and traveling. Follow her Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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