Lesson learned for today.
When restoring an old bathroom, have the ceramic refinished on tubs, sinks and toilets LAST. Not first.
Originally, we were not planning on doing as much to the first floor bath as we did. But plumbing problems, insulation issues, window issues...everything kept adding up to an extensive gut and rebuild.
Now, when we look back at these original pictures, we have only one question.
WHAT were we THINKING?
Bad idea. To do the bathtub first. Tim from Aquarius even ASKED us about this when he came the first time. He was willing to delay and come back if we were doing more work. (He is such a nice and honest guy.)
We naively and firmly reassured him, "No! No! This is great. We're just going to use these current plumbing fixtures and put up new tile and... really ...everything is fine."
We are such, um....what's the word I'm looking for...hmmm. Newbies? Dunderheads? Goofs? That's sounds like the word...inexperienced, making a big mistake without realizing it. Goofs.
When we realized that more work needed to be done (i.e., gutting the walls, the ceiling, the floor, replacing some plumbing fixtures, replacing floor tile, replacing the window)...I swathed, SWATHED the refinished tub in towels, plastic and a huge canvas army tent.
We learned that--no matter how swathed--sharp tools dropped accidentally from a certain height will chip the porcelain. Again and again. We are also happy to know this before we have had kids. Swathing doesn't protect tubs or kids.
So, we taped together some trash bags and DRAPED the hall door AGAIN.
Okay, so. Though embarrassing to write about this in public, it's important. DO NOT DO AS WE HAVE DONE!
LEARN from our mistakes. That is part of what this site is for.
1. FIRST, take all removable porcelain objects out.
2. NEXT, redo the plumbing, electricity, fans, windows, strip wood, etc.
3. Insulation and walls next.
4. Prepare floor for receiving tile.
5. Then tile walls.
6. Then tile floor.
7. Install porcelain fixtures.
8. Then have porcelain tub reconditioned....LAST!
The extra money we had to spend on this is what my dad used to call "tuition. Try to learn from it and only pay for it once." This story we've told here...consider it something that you won't have to pay tuition for.
p.s. Tim, you "told us so". And you were very nice not to have rubbed that in this morning. Thank you.