So here is where we left off. The only obstacles in our way were the mirror and leftover sink frame.
It all seemed easy enough. Pop off the mirror, remove the little wooden chunks, go out and dance the night away in celebration of our swift success. I wish this was the story I could honestly tell. What actually happened was far more frustrating and dance-less.
After a bit of light probing, we determined the best method for mirror extraction would be a thin strong wire, used as a saw, to cut through the glue attaching the mirror to the wall.
We wound the wire around a hammer and a mini crowbar that would serve as handles. And of course, we must always wear our safety glasses and gloves (and probably long sleeves).
I’m pretty excited about my gloves. They are sturdy and only cost $2.50/2pack at Home Depot. The next step was simply sliding the wire behind the mirror, and sawing back and forth like a lumberjack with a crosscut saw.
Pulling to the right and to the left.
The wire kept gliding back and forth, but it wasn’t doing anything. Our idea of having the mirror come off in one nice piece quickly faded, or should I say splintered.
This was a bit of a turning point in the operation.
Plan B involved the mini crowbar tool and a razor blade. I used the little crowbar to pry one small chunk at a time away from the wall. As the pieces snapped, I carefully cut the tape along the break line to free them from the rest of the mirror.
Slowly and dangerously, I removed the shards of mirror, exposing the massive amount of glue that had been holding it on the wall. Everything after that seemed easy. The remaining parts of the sink were glued, nailed and screwed onto the wall.
The key here again was the mini crowbar I used as a wedge. I found a gap near the end of the board, got the wedge in between it and the wall, pulled back, then slid it down towards the other end and repeated. Eventually I got enough space between the board and the wall to get my hand around it and pull it the rest of the way off. So after a little more sweat and persistence we were left with an almost bare wall and a few holes.
At this stage it would be alright to just hook up the laundry machines, but since we are eventually going to patch and paint this wall, I figured I may as well get the hard work out of the way and scrape the mirror glue off of the wall. Cue the multi-talented flexible putty knife and bam, we’re scraping like pros.
Presto. We are ready to receive some stackable laundry machines.
and BAM! We got a pretty good deal on these. Not a steal, but not too shabby for a pair of GE front loaders from Home Depot.
And this ends our first Laundry / Utility / Half Bath saga. We can now clean our clothes, and make an occasional emergency pit stop if the other bathroom is occupied. What’s left for this room? Plenty. In order of importance, a new dog door, built in storage, new sink under the window, new louvered doors to enclose the furnace and water heater, and removal of the drop ceiling. Other parts of the house are still a bit naked though, so we will have to revisit this room later after some much needed painting, wall treatment, and furniture rearrangement.