Bathroom Remodel – Part 7 – The “Little” Things

I messed up on my scheduling of these posts! So somehow Part 8 posted before Part 7. Oops!

The countertop install was probably our biggest holdup for this part of the bathroom remodel. Once that was in, Josh was able to get to the plumbing, putting up mirrors, shelving, and finishing with the painting.

These posts were written a few days after the countertop install in February 2015.

I had the hardest time finding mirrors for the bathroom. Since this is an older home, a lot of the measurements are not standard. The medicine cabinet needed to be 14″ wide and 24″ high, which is nonstandard, which means not a lot of options. I also wanted a mirrored interior instead of the plastic (yes, I was being picky) The only place I was able to find a medicine cabinet exactly that size with the mirrored interior was Restoration Hardware. It was a little bit more expensive but it was on sale for $80 off plus it has the mirrored interior I was looking for. The medicine cabinet was delivered two days ago but it will be at least a week before Josh can install it. I did like the frameless medicine cabinet at Restoration Hardware more but the dimensions were just a half-inch off.
I also made the mistake of looking at their wall mirrors. And ended up buying two of those also. Ideally, we were looking for 15″ by 24″ wall mirrors for above the vanity, but those don’t really exist. Once Josh hung the white cabinet on the wall I was able to measure how much space we have between the white cabinet and the side walls. An 18″x 24″ would fit perfectly. I was originally going to go with two IKEA mirrors that were almost 20″ in width (and a lot cheaper at $10 each) but the Classic Wall mirror at Restoration Hardware was so pretty that I fell in love with it. I was also able to get it in Satin Nickel, which matches all the rest of the hardware in our bathroom. The mirrors were $60 off regular price.
I ended up paying about $630 including shipping and taxes for the wall mirrors and the medicine cabinet. When I told Josh how much they were, he said that they must be magic mirrors. That is what happens when you don’t use standard sizes though! It costs more.
Once we had the counter in, we were able to see what it looked like with the current lighting. It seemed off-white in the light. I didn’t like it that it was matching the floor in color. When Josh and his dad put up the ceiling above the vanity, they had to take down the pendant lights. So I got to see what the counter looked like in just the light from the LED ceiling light. It is funny how  light can change the color of a room. In the light from just the LED ceiling light, the counter looked whiter. So yesterday, when we were at Home Depot returning some things, we picked up some LED light bulbs for the pendant lights in “daylight.” Hopefully, this will give us the white color we want in the counter. The pendant lights had LED bulbs in “warm white.” The ceiling light is also “warm white,” but I think it is far enough away that it doesn’t affect the color of the counter. It is also diffused while the pendant lights are direct lighting.


This past Saturday was another all-day workday in the bathroom. I was hoping we’d be able to get the mirrors and medicine cabinet up on Saturday but by about 10 AM, I realized that wasn’t going to happen. Josh had a more realistic goal – getting the plumbing for the sinks and faucets done!

We had the kids out in the living room playing while Josh and I worked in the bathroom. He worked on the plumbing while I sanded down the walls and put primer on them. We had a bet going: I thought it would take him 5 trips to the hardware store to get the plumbing done. He said it would take him 2 or 3 trips.  He won! I think he fixed the minor leak in one of the pipes yesterday so I am not sure why the bin is there under the pipes. Maybe it is insurance in case one of them does start leaking. I definitely have to replace the cork liner I had there.

Josh also was able to put a skim coating on the a few of the bathroom walls. He will have to explain skim coating in a post but my understanding is that it is a thin coat of joint compound layered on the wall to smooth it out and cover imperfections. After some sanding, the walls will be ready to paint.

Josh’s plumbing setup in the cabinet. We are losing the equivalent of 3 drawers in the vanity but 2 sinks is more important!


A close-up of the sink and faucet. We got to use one of them for the first time yesterday! No more brushing our teeth in the kitchen!

The vanity is starting to look decent!
What’s left for the vanity: painting the walls above the vanity, installing the mirrors and medicine cabinet, putting up the tile backsplash and pendant lights, setting up the middle storage cabinet, and putting the drawers back into the vanity.



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