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?