Since we’ve been making some headway on our master bedroom I’ve been excited to start a mini makeover for our tiny airplane en suite master bathroom. I think this room is about 4′ x 4′. Not joking. Here’s my attempt to take a picture:
So I recently went in there and got to work with step 1: removing the old granny wallpaper. I also removed the awful medicine cabinet over the toilet since I planned to install open shelves there instead. To my surprise and amusement, I removed the cabinet and found this:
Tiny strips of the ghost of wallpaper past! I’m not entirely sure what era this is from, but if I had to guess I’d say later 60s. You can see too how reflective this stuff because there’s such a glare coming off of it! I can hardly imagine how loud this tiny room must have been with that covering all the walls! DH and I definitely had a good laugh.
But then, when the last strip of wallpaper came off, the laughter died. We found this:
Gigantic uh-oh. That is some very extensive mold. Our house inspector did mention that there might be a bit of a leak with the shower faucet, but he didn’t seem to think it was a big deal. But upon finding this DH and I sleuthed around a bit more and noticed some significant bowing of some of the shower tiles, and lots of tiles that felt spongy when pressed, which I assume is another sign of extensive water damage from a leaking shower. Not good.
Needless to say DH and I are pretty discouraged. The whole point of moving to a house with more bathrooms it to be able to use them, but now we have a house with just 1.5 bathrooms, which doesn’t really help with hosting overnight guests! So we’re trying to figure out if we can swing moving up the bathroom remodel to later this year–and putting our mini makeover on hold. We’re bummed but we’re trying not to get too down about it. On the plus side, we’ll get a better bathroom sooner than planned. Just one more major reno to live through…