You know when you finish a project and you kind of never want to think about it ever again? I dare you to ask me why our bathroom looked like this.
Remember when we recently installed a new vanity in our bathroom? Well, everything seemed hunky dory until I noticed a certain trickle…
Yep, our hot water had a leak, and apparently a rusty leak at that! After a few weeks of putting a towel under the sink to catch the water, Ben took a look.
Ahhh, there’s the culprit! I wish I could say that we knew exactly what to do and fixed it right up, but not so much. We assumed that the pipe would need to be replaced or sawed off or something drastic, so we called in a pro.
About five minutes, some tape and $50 later, the leak was fixed! The handyman initially told Ben that he charged $25/hr, but forgot to mention that he charges a $50 minimum (even though he lives within a mile of our house). We both felt silly and a little foolish, but were very happy for a quick fix!
Who else out there has felt like a DIY dork? Are we the only ones who procrastinate fixing stuff like this as long as possible? What’s your least favorite redo project?
Oh, how that blog title sounds so simple. Unfortunately, this project was the definition of Murphy’s Law! It all began with a simple conversation…
Ben: Our bathroom facet is leaking.
Monica: Really? Well, you know I bought a new one several months ago when we were getting our house ready to sell that you could install.
Ben: Where is it?
Monica: In the top of your closet with the porch light you still haven’t installed.
Ben: I can’t find it. Oh wait, there it is.
This is what our old bathroom vanity looked like. Note the off-white sink and the chrome facet that clashed with the brushed nickel everywhere else.
That Sunday afternoon while I was at a baby shower, Ben decided to replace the facet and surprise me when I got home (insert DUN DUN DUN sound effect).
What we thought would be a simple switch-out became a month-long home improvement nightmare. Ben broke a small piece of the sink when trying to remove the rusty drain (which ended up taking both of us to remove). Oh, did I mention that my mom was coming into town that next weekend?After a trip to Home Depot, we found out that they don’t make off-the-shelf sinks that size, so we decided to replace the entire vanity. Just look at that happy face when we discovered mold underneath the old vanity – yuck! Don’t worry, we bleached the crap out of that nastiness.
My mom was forced to brush her teeth in the kitchen that weekend (as did we for a couple of weeks) and finally we decided on this beauty! It’s similar to the old one except it’s not as deep and has that beautiful WHITE scoop sink.
This is the original facet and the first replacement I bought was a dud. Water would sit in a ring around the drain – there was a reason it was cheap. Ben refused to use it because it made him an angerball!
Ahhh, much better! We took the first one back and invested in one we really liked. No water sits in this fancy-smancy drain!
Let me backtrack. When we removed the old vanity, Ben discovered this strip of oddly placed tiles were just held on by cheap glue so we wanted them gone.
He proceeded to melt the glue using my new hairdryer and carefully scraped it off with a putty knife. Then I heard the dreaded, “Baby, come here!” yell and we discovered 5 holes behind that strip of tile – ugh! We decided that the original sink in the house must have been attached to the wall.
We brainstormed about another creative way to hide those unsightly holes, but decided that was the best solution. Any other tile just brought more attention to it, so 3 Home Depots and 1 Lowe’s trip later I found white subway tile which we attached with stuff way stronger than the cheap glue that was there before.
Thankfully, (besides the wild goose chase finding it) this was an easy fix!
My cute little Pier 1 basket still fits horizontally in the bottom – yay!
I really like how the smaller vanity makes our bathroom look bigger! The scoop sink and new facet really add a modern, updated feel as well.
Ok, one more full frontal of this beauty. It might be fun to put beadboard wallpaper in the space on the front of the vanity – what do you think? Overall, I love how this bathroom has transformed over the years on a budget!
Anyone else have a simple home improvement project take a month? What about having relatives visit during a mini reno? Who else hates mold?
Guess who’s back to blogging 3 x’s a week?! I finished my 6 wks of working full-time for a co-worker on maternity leave and feel like I have my life back! A little organization goes a long way at our casa. Also, I’m a sucker for baskets. These two facts led to a bathroom organization overhaul.
If you’re a Curious George and like to snoop through people’s bathrooms like my friend Christi, this is what you would have found underneath our sink. I recently cleared everything off the top of the sink, but it all had to go somewhere! I think that plastic purple box was leftover from college.
A trip to Pier 1 and $10 later, I had this simple woven basket to neatly hold all of our get ready stuff. Really it was Ben’s fault because he uttered the words “I would LOVE for you to go to Pier 1!” so that he could finish up some things at work before I picked him up.
I had been looking for a small basket made out of a similar material as these two Pottery Barn baskets I got for our bathroom closet. It really amazes me just HOW much bathroom stuff we can accumulate. It seems like I go through it a couple of times a year, but those baskets stay full to the brim!
It makes me happy now getting ready in the morning and having a “home” for everything. I doubt if Ben has even noticed. Who else out there has done a mini-organization project? Am I the only one who is drawn to the organizing section in stores like a bug to a light? What’s your favorite basket store?
One of the first projects I did after moving in was replace all the wall plates in our house. There was an assortment ranging from brass gold, off white and even a Coca-Cola themed one in our bathroom (seriously, I’m kicking myself right now for not taking a pic of that monstrosity).
Here you can see one of the gold ones in our kitchen, not to mention that handy fire extinguisher that really adds to the decor. I ended up buying brushed nickel wall plates for our entire house, which I now regret. This is why…
Our front door is an excellent example of what the brushed nickel looks like next to all of our brass gold doorknobs – yuck! I’d love to eventually spray paint all the doorknobs oil-rubbed bronze. Regardless, the wall plates needed to be replaced so they wouldn’t stick out like sore thumbs.
Fortunately, this was a cheap fix. The plastic outlet and light switch plates come in boxes of 10 for $2 and the specialty ones (like the 3 light switch plate) were less than $1 at Home Depot – $11 total for our entire house! Ben about had a budget heart attack when I said I wanted to replace them all because the brushed nickel plates weren’t nearly as cheap. They also had unbreakable nylon and metal ones that were paintable, but I opted for the basic plastic.
See how much better the white looks with the white trim and next to the gold brass? As we slowly repaint each room in our house, we plan on replacing the actual light switches and outlet hardware. We already did this in the living/dining rooms when we painted and Ben knocked it out like a champ!
Otherwise, they would look like this once I add the new plates. Most of them were painted over at some point and need to be replaced for safety reasons anyway. You can get the hardware in boxes of 10 for a reasonable price as well – just make sure you cut the power and follow the instructions.
This was such an easy, cheap upgrade – I’m not sure why I didn’t do it sooner! It gives our nearly 60-year-old house a fresh, crisp look. Anyone else ever give a second thought to your wall plates? Who out there will admit to having a Coca-Cola themed bathroom? What other simple upgrades have you done lately?