Half Bath Progress

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When I last talked about the half bath, it was in rough shape, because the pipe snapped off when we were removing the old vanity. Well, after lots of you tube videos and cuss words, Matt was able to rebuild the pipes (all by himself!):

Matt built all the pipes, I cut the hole out of the side of the vanity

Matt built all the pipes, I cut the hole out of the side of the vanity (because- power tools! woo hoo!)

Installing this vanity was pretty straightforward because we wanted it as flush to the lefthand wall as possible (that’s where the pipe comes out from). We leveled it with wood shims, then drilled it into studs on the back wall. The sink is cemented on with caulk.  The towel is there because we’re just deathly afraid the pipes will drip- but so far so good.

Once this was done, I commenced operation wainscoting. Matt and one of his friends had put up half of it already, last February… we work at record speed over here people.

In addition to the wainscoting kit linked in above, I also used the following:

The bottom moulding went up with long nails, the wainscoting tucked into a ridge in the moulding and went up with liquid nails and regular nails, and the trim went up with regular nails. The punchers were used to bury the nails, then I spackled and sanded over each one (wood filler would have worked as well, but I had spackle already). The miter block cut my corner angles right, and the jigsaw helped trim down the wainscoting (particular on the back where the heater is and on the side where the built in shelves are). This is actually surprisingly easy– I put it off for a year because I was afraid of it, but honestly finishing off the room took just a weekend morning and I should have done it a long time ago.

Even though the kit came pre-primed, it got pretty banged up so I gave it one coat of primer and two coats of paint and here’s where we’re at today:

So fresh, so bright!

So fresh, so bright!

I’m not going to paint the frame or the door because it matches what’s going on in the attached room, and it’s in really good shape.

I’m not going to paint the frame or the door because it matches what’s going on in the attached room, and it’s in really good shape.

Now that the vanity is in, the mirror and lights are off center (and oh so dated), so they'll be the next thing to go.

Now that the vanity is in, the mirror and lights are off center (and oh so dated), so they’ll be the next thing to go.

I still need to caulk a few seems, replace the mirror and lights, touch up the walls, and then decorate. But it’s definitely coming along!

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