Bathroom Remodel – Part 6 – Countertop Install

This post is from February 2015.


Yesterday, we finally got our vanity top installed. It was very difficult for Josh to find someone to fabricate and install it for us. I believe this may be because it was such a small job (10 sq. ft.) Even when we did find someone, it was still a lot of trouble. Originally, it was supposed to be installed on Friday around 11:30 AM. So Josh took half the day off from work, and I made sure we were done with school by that time so I could get the kids out of the house. The guy never showed. In the end, Josh had to call HIM to find out if he was even coming. So Josh took half the day off for mostly nothing, though he was able to get the vanity and wall cabinet completely sanded and prepped for staining. The guy told Josh he would be here first thing Saturday morning.

Saturday morning came around. We were in limbo most of the day and had a birthday party at 4 PM to get to. Josh and Corran were able to sand most of the primed walls and Josh was able to stain the vanity and wall cabinet. The guy didn’t show up until 3 PM. I don’t think that is first thing Saturday morning. In the end, the vanity top was installed by 6:45 PM, but Josh ended up missing most of his nephew’s birthday party.

Cost of countertop install: $300, which was already pretty low so I didn’t push Josh to get a discount for all the delay.  I don’t think we’ll be using them again though.

Total cost of vanity: about $1300, includes vanity top, stain for the vanity, cabinet/drawer pulls, two vessel sinks, two faucets, and two pop-up drains.

The mosaic tile for the backsplash, the large white tile going around the bathtub, and the quartz counter. I am not sure yet about how the mosaic tile goes with the counter.

Overall, I am happy with how the counter turned out. It is a little bit more off-white that I thought it would be but it’s probably because of how white the sinks are. I like the way the quartz counter looks a little bit like a sparkly riverbed.

The vanity area probably won’t be totally done for another two weeks.

This week’s next step: Plumbing for the two sinks and the faucets. We will be losing either two or four drawers in the vanity to the plumbing but I am hoping Josh can rig it somehow so we don’t lose four.

3 thoughts on “Bathroom Remodel – Part 6 – Countertop Install

  1. Your bathroom is lovely! Congrats. We are working on our bathroom as well. My husband decided to relaminate the counter in our bathroom because it was the cheapest way to go. We picked up some tile for the backsplash and the sink at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore. Relaminating is a really stinky job. The glue is very fumey and ventilation is key. I now understand why people just rip out the old and replace with then new! The next step for us will be ripping out tile around the bathtub and deconstructing a wall at the end of the tub enclosure to see what is inside! We also need to sand and revarnish the vanity and wall units. Yow–that is a lot of hard work. I admire your work ethic! Begonia

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    1. Thank you! Bathroom remodels definitely take a lot of time! And patience! And money! lol All of the previous posts (I think there are two more posts left to go as well) are about work that was done in Dec 2014 to March 2015. We had to stop in March. We are hoping to finish the bathroom this year. I’m just glad that Josh and my FIL stopped working on the bathroom at a point where we could still use it! Here is to hoping you find no surprises in that wall you will be taking down!

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    2. Sanding our vanity was a ton of work. I put at least 24 hours into the vanity, but I am glad I did. The real wood that was hidden under the paint is beautiful and durable.

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