The saga continues with my master bathroom makeover.
This room was part of my 30-Day Room Makeover Challenge.
If you remember, it was extended to 40 days because my readers and I needed more time.
But I “failed” my own challenge because I didn’t get done by the due date.
So I’m essentially on Day 49. 🙂
I tried to chuck up the delay to the new floor being installed on Day 28.
But considering we’re already 30 days beyond the floor being installed–yeah–that’s not a good excuse. 🙂
The Real Reason For the Delay
The real reason for the delay in getting my bathroom done is because I’m scared of messing up.
You see, one thing I absolutely love is pushing myself further than I’ve ever gone before.
So I decided I would go outside of my DIY comfort zone and build a 60″ bathroom vanity.
Let’s keep in mind, folks, that I’ve hardly ever built anything bigger than a breadbox. HA!
(Oh wait, I did build a DIY bench with storage, but that was simple compared to the idea of building a vanity!)
The last update I provided, I had shown you how I planned to upcycle these old legs from the salvage shop into vanity legs.
I knew they’d be perfect, even though I didn’t know exactly how I would use or attach them.
I hate stripping and sanding curved surfaces! LOL.
Thankfully, I binge-watched HBO’s new series with Sarah Jessica Parker called Divorce while I sanded (you must watch!), so the job was less tedious in between fits of laughter. 🙂
Once clean, they were ready to be used to start designing and building my DIY bathroom vanity!
The Fear is REAL…
This whole challenge, I’ve been scared that:
- I’ll build pure crap.
- It won’t be anatomically correct.
- I’ll get halfway through and realize I screwed something up and have to start all over.
- It will look good initially but it will crack under the weight of sinks, granite, or climbing kids.
- Did I mention I am afraid it will crack….?
It’s different if you’re building a vanity from DIY plans that someone has already painstakingly crafted for you.
But when you’re using upcycled legs, there are no plans for that.
You gotta wing it…and then you cross your fingers and hope it doesn’t crack. LOL
As I sit here pouring over tons of project pictures, I realize that there are so many things to share with you, including how I removed and installed a new toilet… how I fixed huge holes in my drywall… how I did the board and batten…
So I promise I’ll share more detailed step-by-steps, but for now, here’s where I am with things!
Normally I’d not want to share any parts of a room makeover with you until it’s all done, but why make you wait?? 🙂
If you recall above, those vanity legs were the only thing I started with.
But after buying some solid oak, I started sketching what I thought it would look like.
I didn’t know how to create this in SketchUp, an easy way to draw in 3D which a lot of builders use to plan and create projects. But it would have taken me just as long to learn how to draw it in 3D as it did to build it!
Sometimes you got to go old school, yo!
So far, so good!
I can’t wait to explain to you how I’ve done it so far!
This week I am hoping to be done.
Just got to get the drawers built and inserted, along with making some cabinet doors.
The granite should be ready by the end of the week!
In case you’re wondering if I am going to stain or paint it, I’m going to be painting it, but with a very light wash of gray, following by liming wax which will settle into the grain and highlight the grain.
It’s a technique I learned at an Amy Howard painting workshop and I have always wanted to do a piece in that manner.
I plan to practice on sample boards first so I don’t ruin this piece!
What you don’t see are the hours of agony over, “Is this going to work?” and “Okay, what’s the next step?? Think, Serena….think…”
I ran into issues such as whether there was enough room for the plumbing. My friend Edmundo said there should be at least 6″-8″ of space under the pipes to work, but I’m sorry–in taller vanities like this, how can that be possible unless the plumbing is super high on the wall?
My thought is this: as long as the cabinet doors in the middle swing open, there should be plenty of room to do basic plumbing. Anything more extensive would need the vanity removed from the wall, anyway, right?
There’s no turning back now.
The Drywall Repairs!
Remember those nasty, ugly holes behind my vanity, where the plumbing must have been updated years ago, but the holes never filled?
Once the wallpaper was removed and some paint added, it looked better.
I was actually going to take the lazy route and not repair these big drywall holes, but it wasn’t a good idea to do that because of pests, humidity, and other things.
Plus, when I open my pretty vanity cabinet doors, do I really want to see gaping holes??
It was challenging as heck to drywall around plumbing!!
It was even harder to apply drywall mud and sand smooth around the plumbing, so some areas are little rough. But considering it’s going to be behind a vanity, it does the job!
I’ll share this tutorial on how to fix and repair big drywall holes with you soon!
The New Toilet!
I’m excited to say that I’ve now removed and installed two toilets. 🙂
Since I had removed the toilet in my kids’ bathroom makeover previously, this toilet was a cinch to remove and replace!
I’ll be sharing this tutorial with you, as well!
The New Toilet!
Of course, I don’t want to give away too much of the room makeover! 🙂
So I’m only giving you a sneak peek of the new Mansfield toilet I installed. I’ll give you the full tutorial soon on how to remove and install your own toilet. It’s actually very easy!
My goal is to finish up this project by Friday.
The holidays start this weekend, and I would rather not be in the bathroom working on New Year’s Eve! lol
I haven’t forgotten about you guys!
I’ve just been in the throws of a challenging (yet exciting!) bathroom room makeover and trying to figure out how to build a DIY bathroom vanity from scratch!
In the meantime, have you checked out all the other room makeovers from readers in the makeover challenge? You can see them here!
I’ll be back on Wednesday with another update!
Catch up on this entire master bathroom makeover series!
Day 52: How to Remove a Toilet Yourself
DAY 57: How to Install a Toilet Yourself