Bathroom Remodel – Part 8 – Finished Vanity (mostly)

Note: This post is from March 2015. I think this is when we had to stop work on the bathroom remodel. Since it was spring, Josh wanted to get outside to put his plants in.

The tile backsplash is completely different from the one that has been in all the previous pictures. We ended up going with a more expensive tile, but I love it so much that I think it was worth the extra cost.

We used the Moon Jewel mini-brick tile from

We had to take a break from the bathroom remodel because Josh was out of town for two weeks.  He was able to get a lot done before he left.  I was not able to update while he was gone though, so this post is to make up for that.

This is how the vanity looked before Josh left. The vanity area is missing a mirror because a piece of hardware to hang it was missing from the box! I am not sure what Josh is planning to use instead.

Before Josh was able to grout the tile backsplash.

I love our faucets!

The right side of the vanity closest to the door. Please ignore the ugly shower reflected in the mirror!

Our new medicine cabinet.  I love it! It is mirrored on the outside, on the inside of the door, and in the shelf area!

How the tile looks with our quartz countertop. I was a little afraid it wouldn’t match but it is perfect.

This kind of tile backsplash is very hard to lay flat, especially since our walls aren’t really straight. So we just had to make do with imperfections.

A closeup of the countertop.  I love how shiny it is.

The left side of the vanity and the other sink.  We no longer have fights in the bathroom between our kids.

The difference between the paint. We thought we were getting white!  But it is more of a lavender color and I love it.

Accent tile around the window.  Josh was not able to grout it before he left.

Our vanity in actual use. There are seven of us sharing this bathroom so I think countertop clutter with toothbrushes, toothpaste, and mouthwash is inevitable.

My attempt at spa-like decor

My  kids thought the stones in these cylinders look like mentos.

Final touch on top of the cabinet. Some blue hydrangeas. I am pleasantly surprised how much I like the teal in the bathroom.

So we still have a long way to go.  The bathtub is the next project, which should hopefully not be too complicated.  After that, comes smashing up the shower and replacing everything in it.



A Bread Post

Since I am trying to make all our bread now, I have to practice! Sometimes I’ve been successful and sometimes not. I also want to talk a little about how my sourdough starter has been doing!

We tried making homemade hot dog buns last week. They tasted good but they turned out flat. I think I know why though. I didn’t add enough flour to the dough. I’ve noticed that most of the time I have to add a lot more flour than is called for in the recipe to get to the texture that it is supposed to be. Maybe I am not measuring my flour properly. The dough for the hot dog buns ended up so sticky that it was impossible to work with. At least now we know what to do for next time!

On Saturday, we had homemade pizza. I doubled the recipe and still didn’t feel like it was enough crust. I think I might have messed up on my timing with this though. The dough needed to rest and rise longer in the  pan. I did use my sourdough starter as most of the raising agent so that probably contributed to the longer rising time.  The pizza was good though and had a great crust because yesterday we ate up the rest of it (and I guess it was enough crust!)

One pizza for Josh and me
One pizza for Josh and me in a deep-dish 10 x 13 pan

One for the kids!
One for the kids! They only ate half of this pizza on Saturday, but they gladly ate the rest of it for lunch on Monday!
One bad thing about making bread in the afternoon to be used as part of dinner: Dinner ends up being late!  We usually eat around 5 PM, but because of my bad timing, we have been eating around 6 to 6:30 PM lately.

I also made crackers again with my sourdough starter last week and of course, the crackers were all gone by the end of the day. My kids seemed to be addicted to them. I do need to figure out how to roll the dough out thinner though. The middle ends up too thick and doesn’t get crispy when baked. I am considering splitting the dough in half and rolling out smaller portions to get the thinner dough.

So my sourdough starter is still alive and happy. I have it out on the counter right now so I can feed it before I go to bed. We also went out to a warehouse grocery store after Josh got home from work today and I needed the fridge space! So out came the starter to sit on the counter overnight.

Yesterday, dinner was late again because I was making hamburger buns from scratch. I think if I had started the dough around 1 PM like I had been planning that I would have been okay, but no, I was a little bit scared of making burger buns from scratch and was actually trying to think of something else to make for dinner! In the end, I started my dough around 2 to 3 PM. I will say that making hamburger buns from scratch isn’t easy!  I used a recipe from one of my newer cookbooks, Brown Eggs and Jam Jars: Buttermilk Oat Hamburger Buns. It uses some good for you ingredients: old-fashioned oats, whole wheat flour, honey. I think there were 3 times that I had to let it sit for around a total of 2 hours and 15 minutes of resting/proofing.

Josh got a picture of me rolling out the dough balls. This was the fun part because I was almost done!
Josh got a picture of me rolling out the dough balls. This was the fun part because I was almost done!

I put the dough balls on baking sheets to rest for 45 minutes.
I put the dough balls on baking sheets to rest for 45 minutes.

The hamburger buns in the oven.
The hamburger buns in the oven.

After baking, the buns were a nice golden color.
After baking, the buns were a nice golden color. I couldn’t resist tapping some of them on their bottoms to hear the hollow sound.

Here is my burger!
Here is my burger: mushrooms, red onion, and provolone on a thick beef patty!
I know these buns must have tasted good because my youngest boy ate one without a burger in it, and my oldest boy asked if he could have another bun (no burger) after he had finished his first burger.