On April 15, 2008 we closed on a 1955 Mid-Century Modern home in Merriam, KS that was custom designed by the late Donald R. Hollis of Hollis + Miller Architects. We will be sharing our journey as we update the house to make it our own, while trying to stay as close to the original design as possible.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Here We Go Again!

Demolition is something we have become pretty good at.  Given that our master bathroom is 95% done (still need to paint windows, and install a shelf), we decided we could go ahead and start working on our hallway bathroom.

So LD called Deffenbaugh and arranged for a dumpster to be delivered.  This one is half the size of the other.

Before we got started on our demolition, I thought I would capture the beauty of our bathroom.  So without further ado I present to you our bathroom as it was right before we tore it apart.  Peach tiled walls, yellow tub, paperclip tile accent wall, peach tiled floor, and a rust colored vanity with cultured marble yellow countertop.  What were they thinking?  The plastic sheeting over the accent wall was something we had to put up due to tiles popping off when we demolished the master bathroom tub (drywall was pretty much water damaged).

"Paperclip" tile on accent wall (behind plastic sheet).

I am not going to miss bending over this vanity in order to wash my hands.

We started our demo on Saturday and managed to demo the walls and ceiling.

After seeing the 1 inch mortar (almost like poured concrete) underneath the tile in the floor, we decided to leave that for Sunday.

Our neighbor was kind enough to let us borrow his hammer drill and a large crowbar.  In less than two hours all of the floor tile and the mortar bed were in the dumpster.  I suited up and took out all the old insulation from the outer wall and the ceiling (fiberglass makes LD very itchy, so that was a job I had to tackle on my own).

All we had left to remove was our "beautiful" yellow tub.  So last night, our friends Rollin and Jeannette came over to help us remove the tub from that tight space.  It wasn't too bad.  Rollin did most of the heavy lifting.  He practically lifted it up with his little pinky!!  I exaggerate, but it was scary when he lifted it up on its side (the short side so that it was straight up into the air).  We had craft paper on the floor and several pieces of plywood to protect the cork, and used 2 piano dollies to move the thing.  But it's done!!!  It took more planning than the time it actually took to move it.  But we did it safely and the house didn't get hurt either!

RIP Yellow Banana Tub
4/11/55 to 9/20/10

We ordered our new tub, and we're hoping that it will come in by the end of this week.   We need to purchase some can lights, maybe some sconces, and decide on a bathroom sink.  Oh ya, we also need to buy a countertop and a cabinet!  Stay tuned, we are hoping to get this bathroom done much faster than our previous one.


  1. WHAT DID YOU DO WIHT THE PAPER CLIP TILES?! Did you smash them all?! Oh please tell me you didnt!!!!! Gah I'd KILL to have some of those!!!!

  2. No, we saved as many as we could. When I get a chance, I'm going to put them on ebay.

  3. I love the paper clip tiles. Let me know how many you have, I may have a home for them. I'm currently working on a project that could use a little mid century flair.

  4. Could you send me an Email at please! I'd be interested in buying a few of them :)

  5. Love the yellow tub, too! Ooooh, to have had that in my yellow-tiled bathroom, instead of the white one. Oh, well...