The Ugly Side of Bathroom Renovation
By Sonya Weiss – Interior Decorating
Decorating is a way to make a home more attractive. It’s what gives a home its beauty and done correctly with the right paint color and furnishings, can even make your home exude a sense of calmness. But that’s surface beauty. What’s beneath the face your home shows those who enter?
During some renovation, I found out the hard way that what’s on the outside can hide a multitude of junk hidden deeper beneath the surface. Redoing the master bathroom to remove outdated wallpaper put up by the previous owners, I discovered some pretty ugly things and realized that there was far more work to be done than I’d previously thought.
The bathroom ceiling had popcorn spray mixture on it, which you’ll often find in older homes. The problem with having it in a bathroom is that moisture can often make the mixture soggy and eventually it will start to fall off in some areas.
With the help of friends, after removing the popcorn texture, I discovered that beneath it was an area of the ceiling that was in such bad condition, it needed to be completely removed and new ceiling drywall installed. The area had been patched repeatedly rather than removed and repaired correctly.
In order to fix the ceiling, my friend climbed into the attic and had to create a frame in order for the ceiling in that area to have something to anchor to. You can see from the before photo how many nails were in the ceiling and how uneven and the thickness of the patch jobs. Then in the photo of it after repair, you can see what a difference renovating the right way makes.
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