We ran into a bit a of a scheduling snafu. I had everything all lined up – what we were going to accomplish during the week, what was going to get done over the weekend, the whole nine yards. It was a glorious list. And then it died.
This is the tub I have picked out for our bathroom, from Lowe’s. It’s a fiberglass tub, which is what we have in the master bathroom and I love it. We took out a steel tub because it was just too noisy – the bathroom is right over our living room, and you can’t hear the TV when someone is in the shower. I also didn’t want an acrylic tub because I think they feel cheap. And cast iron was never going to work – there’s no way the two of us were going to carry 400 lbs of tub up our stairs.
So Brandon and I went to Lowe’s with our rather long list, totally prepared to get everything we’d need for the bathroom remodel. (If you’ve ever done a large-scale remodel before, you know there is no possible way to get everything you’d need in just one trip to the hardware store – unless you have a really great stash of useful things in your basement, and we’re not there yet.) Our first stop was in the bathroom department, so we could get the tub. And that’s where we hit our first bump in the road.
Our Lowe’s doesn’t keep tubs in stock in their stores – they have warehouses all over the place, and bring them in from there. And our tub would take about two weeks to come in. So much for my great timeline.
We ordered the tub and decided we could do other small jobs in the meantime, so we picked up the rest of the supplies we had on the list. The tile for the floor also had to be ordered, and that would come in around the same time as the tub.
About a week and half later (the tub came early), we went to pick up the tub and tile from Lowe’s one night after work. Once we got it home, we opened the box in the living room. In case there was an issue, we didn’t want to haul it all the way upstairs, just to haul it all the way down again. A better option would have been opening the box in the store, since the tub had a *big* crack in it and needed to be returned anyway. So back to Lowe’s we went.
I didn’t want to wait another week and half for another tub to come in, so it was time to do more research and find a different tub, probably not from Lowe’s.
After shopping around a bit, I settled on this tub, which I found at Home Depot. It’s enameled steel, which I didn’t really want, but it’s for a guest bathroom, and it was in our price range.
One tip – when you find something you like, always Google the model number. As long as it’s not a store brand, you should get a bunch of hits, and then you can price compare. Home Depot was the lowest price with the quickest turnaround – and we could get it shipped to the store, so we wouldn’t have to pay any shipping charges.
So I ordered tub number two – and six hours later, I got an email saying that it was back ordered. #tubfail
I call Home Depot customer service to see what the issue was, and they couldn’t provide a date that the tub would be back in stock. Next, I called American Standard, the manufacturer, to see if there were any production issues causing the delay – there weren’t. But they did tell me that they make their tubs to order, so there is usually a two-week turnaround time. That really wasn’t going to work for us, especially since we were already two weeks behind at this point.
The following week, I was talking to another woman on the HOA with us, and she mentioned a plumbing supply place nearby that might have the tub in stock. I called Northeastern Supply in Bel Air, and they had the tub! Labor Day weekend was coming up, and they wouldn’t be open on Saturday, but Brandon could pick up the tub on Thursday afternoon – the pieces were finally starting to fall into place!
Lesson learned – ALWAYS make sure you have EVERYTHING on hand BEFORE starting demo. It may make the rest of the house cluttered for a few weeks, but it’s so worth not having to run around trying to find what you need at the last minute.
We were finally starting to move forward with the project again! It’s been slow-going so far, which is why I haven’t had tons of updates like our last bathroom, but we should be able to make some more progress this weekend, so I’ll be back next week with plumbing updates and hopefully some other small changes. We’re getting close – I can feel it!