Thursday, February 10, 2011

Bathroom-walls,insulation and ceiling painting- catch-up post.

Yes, you do have to spend your holidays fixing this!
Does a picture say a thousand words?
After a variety of wall coverings were removed (masonite,plastic etc), Mr Crazy House has added extra studs to fix the new cement wall sheeting to. He has also built a new frame for the steel bathtub we picked up at a demolition yard for $40.
In Australia it is illegal to do your own plumbing or electrical work, so for us it's a case of "not what you know, but who you know". Doesn't mean you can't assist though does it?
Mr CH used his "fitting" skills to attach the pipework for the bath and shower taps so the bath could be fitted for building in.

Extra studs in wall to support new walls and bathtub surround.

View to kitchen and into Bed 2 (through old window space).

Fast forward a few days and the walls have had some insulation added into the wall cavity to provide a little extra comfort esp. during winter. Some wiring for a light and a powerpoint has been pulled through (for later).
The old bubbled ceiling paint has been peeled and very carefully sanded to feather back the layers of paint and washed with sugar soap and rinsed clean. Peeling the paint off by hand has left asbestos fibro bare and we don't want to sand that!

There has obviously been a problem with ventilation being a tiny bathroom and the mould growth has been ignored for too long.

The ceiling is getting undercoated with"Prep-Lock" by Dulux to"block stains and seal odours" and so"adheres to surfaces without sanding". You can use it to"cover fire damage,mould,mildew,water stains,graffiti,food and beverage and crayon marks", Wow! lets hope it works.

Normally we would skimcoat the uneven paint with a filler before undercoating, however Mr CH decided to totally seal the fibro first and fill afterwards if it looked bumpy.

Which ended up being my job anyway. The can says you can brush, roll or spray it on. I chose a mini roller and should have used a mask right from the start as it is a metho-based paint and stinks something bad!

Half-way looks a bit bumpy still, and will probably get a skimcoat when dry but it's hard to make an old neglected surface look new without being able to sand properly for fear of asbestos exposure. If it doesn't work we might try adding a new ceiling over this one.

Getting there!!


  1. Hey, I'm new to your blog...looks like you guys have been VERY busy. Will be staying tuned to watch your progress!

  2. Wow, it's a lot of work. You're right pictures do say a lot, and I can see Mr CH was not in the mood for a smile that says "I love to reno" and was keeping it real with the "can't see the woods for the trees" look.
    You're really at the in-between stage. I remember this stage very clearly. Just think how great it will look completed.
    What a bargain bath tub!!! Love a bargain!

  3. What a big job! And definitely not a fun way to spend a holiday!! We have an asbestos bathroom too...

  4. Love that first funny. What a big job, that bath is fantastic buy...

  5. That first photo does not look like a happy Mr CH renovator! Hang in there it is coming together and you will look back and with great satisfaction. Great deal on the bath... looking forward to more progressive shots. ;-)

  6. hehehe..that photo of Mr CH is terrific!

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