Monday, August 31, 2009

Lemons or Lemonade

A few months ago our sons reported that "something strange" was happening to the wall behind their toilet. I sent hubby downstairs to investigate. He discovered what can only be described as "blisters" on the walls, and being the manly man that he is, he popped one and found that it was full of water. Blistered, sagging walls meant only one thing, we had a leaky pipe somewhere above or behind that wall. Fortunately we found the leak without having to tear out the entire bathroom. The leak was repaired and we treated the ceiling and walls with a mold blaster and then we waited and waited and waited. Would the repair hold? Would we find another leak? How were we going to repair the ceiling to match the existing texture? Would we have to tear the walls off down to the studs? Would we let our misfortune drag us down to the depths of depression or would we rise to the challenge and meet it with a truckload of creativity?We choose the latter.
We covered the hole in the ceiling with inexpensive tongue and groove paneling.The original plan was to cover the damaged walls with strips of plywood, but when we found subflooring for two dollars a sheet we went with plan B.Sure it resembles a sauna right now, but wait until you see it with a few coats of paint.

19 comments:

Kelly Brumley said...

I really love the look of that wall and think it will look fabulous after you paint it.

Beth said...

Great idea and I can imagine in my mind's eye what it will be like painted!

notthatkindofgirlblog said...

What a creative, elegant solution. What color are you going to paint it?

TRICIA @boutellefamilyzoo said...

I can't wait to see how it comes out. I am sure it will be beautiful!

Gwen said...

I like the sauna look:)

I am glad that your son told you that something was wrong. I bet my stepdaughter would have just lived with it and I would have found the problem much later.

Heather at Happy Chippy Junk said...

Thank goodness for water leaks!! The give us the chance to be CREATIVE!!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Thankfully, you found the leak without having to do major construction! Also, that you were told before it got worse. Looking forward to seeing the painted "after".

Heidi said...

can't wait to see the reveal. It looks so good now!

Kimm at Reinvented said...

Good for you, what a creative solution! We've been making lemons at our house too...:)

Gayle said...

Can hardly wait to see it all done!

the undomesticated wife said...

Gonna look great!

Rachael said...

I can't wait to see it finished. I'm sure it will be beautiful! I was thinking about doing the same thing in our bathroom.

Mimi Sue said...

Where did you find that subflooring for that cheap? I want to do something similar in my entryway. Love that look. Mimi

Aubree @ The Weathered Cottage said...

will you please share how you did the wall with subflooring? Just cut and stuck it up there?
LOVE IT!

Karen said...

Hey, that's one way to get a new bathroom! Very nice, I think you're lucky you had a leak lol. Karen

Chanelle said...

That is going to look so great, I just know it! I'm almost hoping for a leak in MY bathroom so I'll have an excuse to do something like that! That truly is lemons to lemonade, and again, you've inspired me!

Cherry's Jubilee said...

Hey there kiddo...this is gonna look awesome! I love the look of horizontal wainscotting....very cool! Had fun playing catch up at your place! cherry

Emily said...

Yup! You guys are doing a great job of turning this catastrpohe into something good! LOVE your blog....thanks for stopping by mine :)

Sheryl said...

We've had a hole in our bathroom ceiling for years because we haven't known what to do with it. Embarrassing, I know, but now you've got me thinking....

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