He had a great suggestion ... why pull all that wood work down? It's pretty nice and there's a chance ripping it down might uncover a nasty surprise. Do I want to fix drywall? Um no. He recommended I just cover up the tile within the mantel frame, pulling off the thin inside trim piece to give the stone a really clean finish.
I'll admit, at first I wasn't going for it. I want a chunky wood mantelpiece on top of all that stone (whine). But the more I thought about it, the more I recognized the wisdom. Less risk, less cost and a pretty great end result. Here's my "artistic" rendering of the final product ...
So, yeah, good talk. I'm sooo ready to get this project started.
So, yeah, my new basement bathroom is glorious
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