This was an image taken by the previous owner. I know I have an insane eye for detail, so in case you don't notice it like I do, please note the nasty, black all along the crack where the tub and floor meet. This is no mistake, that is straight mold/mildew/nasty build-up.
Yes, all the darkness in the cracks is a combination of missing grout and mold.
Why yes, there is water leaking through the missing grout cracks, down the back wall of the shower, and causing the drywall next to the tub to mold, mildew, and deteriorate....and the baseboard also.
And yes, the mirror is rusty.
Even on the inside. Hell if I'm putting my toothbrush on that!
So, first we removed the moldy drywall. I let the kids help me cut it out. They thought that was awesome. A chunk of the baseplate for the interior wall was rotten to the point of crumbling. I cleaned up all of that and sprayed all the wood with a sealing primer. And yes, I let the landlord know what I found when I cut away the drywall.
Clearly this leak is not anything new.
So that's the before. And I wouldn't say I'm high maintenance, but this girl has standards. Cleanliness and not broken, moldy, or rusty standards.
Here are the after pictures.
I took down the cabinet, sanded off the rust, and spray painted it with an appliance epoxy paint. I lined the inside shelves with cute, red damask rubber cabinet liner.
The walls are light blue and I added a red shelf. I have a real love for red and light blue. Sometimes I add red zinnias from the garden in the white milk glass vase on the shelf....but they die quickly.
Ohh look! No moldy caulk anymore!
And no moldy wall either!
It's all clean now...and I've scrubbed the grout on the floor as best I can. It's never going to be white.
No more dark and missing grout! I re-grouted the entire shower. It was a first time project for me and I did it while Justin was working out of town. I thought it was fun!
I like things that are white and clean. Really, really, like them.
I even painted the doors/trim white to help lighten up the whole room. I don't like wood trim/doors. In a place this small and dark, I prefer to keep things as white and light as possible.
Truth be told, we do have to keep this dehumidifier in the bathroom to help with moisture and air circulation. It's not ideal to move around it, but whatever keeps the mold from growing!
So, that's our bathroom! All clean and mold free! And no more leaks in the shower! I had to paint the walls twice to find the right color and I couldn't be more glad that I did. The color is light, cheery, and exactly what I had in mind.
Next time I get around to cleaning our kitchen, I'll share with you all the work I did in there this summer!