Sunday, July 1, 2012

a bathroom facelift {part 2}

Guess what?  I'm finally done my weekly trips to Ann Arbor!  Made the flight from DTW to BOS for the last time (for a while, at least) on Friday afternoon.  I was so excited to return home and relax for the rest of the day, but was met with an even bigger surprise - Adam had arranged to work from home so he was there to meet me.  This worked out really well too, since we had a large freight shipment coming in that day... the new shower door!  I won't get to that yet in this post, but coming soon.  

6// Painting the vanity

We decided to keep the old vanity base, but to spruce it up with a fresh coat of paint, some caulking to fill in cracks / seams, and new cabinet handles.  Here's what we were dealing with before:

I pulled the cabinets off to fill in cracks / seams, repair the pieces in need, and paint it all.

While the rest of the bathroom was in surgery, I added the new cabinet handles we had picked.  I had to drill a new hole, and filled in the old one with caulking before painting.

7// Choosing a vanity top

In the midst of all the work mentioned above and in our previous post, I had been doing tons of research on vanity top options.  The plan was to keep and repaint the base but get a new vanity top, sink, faucet, etc. to replace old one (note the discolored top, gross caulking, and drop-in sink):

One of the main challenges was finding the right size in a nice material at a good price point, since we have a built-in unit.  The best option turned out to be custom vanity tops by St. Paul, ordered through Home Depot.  We went to the store to scope the samples out:

The most affordable options for a custom vanity top were engineered composite.  Of these, I liked some of the simpler patterns best.  They fit in with the clean, high-contrast vision, and also looked more intentional than fake granite/marble/quartz.  We were gravitating towards the pure and simple white.

Home Depot / St. Paul has an online custom vanity top designer, where you can set the dimensions, pick a material and a sink... well as sink location, faucet type (center / 4" spread / 8" spread), edge profile, and back & side splashes.

After lots of agonizing, we pulled the trigger on the white vanity top with a rectangular undermount sink, 8" spread faucet, and square edge profile for the contemporary look.  After about 2 weeks it arrived at our home in it's shiny (upside down) new glory:

And it sat on our living room floor like this for a while as we got some other things done.

8// Installing a sconce

In the previous post, we got to the point of picking the 4-light version of the sconce my dad was kind enough to offer us.  Upon arrival, we did a few quick checks of dimensions.  We were lucky enough to have 2 of the main pre-drilled holes on the mounting plate align perfectly with the junction boxes.  I added drywall studs on the outside for extra security (the blue ones below)

We got the mounting plate up pretty quickly, with 2 screws into the junction boxes and 2 into the drywall studs on the outside.

Finally, we wired and secured the sconce, added the shades, and installed our 23w fluorescent bulbs.  Then we were here:

Isn't she beautiful??  As a reminder, here's what we had before:

And the after:

We'll pick up again next time with some plumbing!  

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