The Unsinkable Bathroom Part 2

I posted about the debacle that was going on with the sink pretty recently.  I say debacle because it’s been an aggravating situation with a bunch of people trying to tell me which direction to go in. Keep the sink. Don’t keep the sink. Get a new vanity. Find a different sink. Keep the vanity and forget about ever having a sink. Burn your bathroom to the ground. I was in favor of the latter. I decided to give sink finding a last ditch effort and I went to HOBO and Habitat for Humanity Restore and Home Depot and I looked at Then, as if in a dream, this vanity/sink combo arose from the ashes of my frustration, took my hand and guided me back to sanity.

It said to me, “Katie, guess what? I don’t have a back splash! I’m modern and a little unique, but still small enough to fit in your powder room. AND they took $60 off me just for this weekend. BUY ME.”  So in an impulsive flick of the debit card, I did.  That night I returned the other vanity to Home Depot all the while apologizing for abandoning it. I sent Alex to pick up the new vanity the next day, but it didn’t fit in his car.  We’ll have to go back tonight.

I’m a bit nervous about the pipes and whether or not they’ll fit in the cabinet.  I don’t know the exact height of the bottom of the cabinet portion of the vanity so I’m going to cross all my fingers and everything else I have to hope that this just ends up working out in my favor. Wish me luck.


Lessons Learned

The powder room is well under way. I don’t know why I get motivated to do one project then in the middle I feel the need to start another one. For example:

Powder room  >>  guest room  >>  office  >>  back to powder room

I recently finished laying the floor tile in the powder room and I even learned how to grout! (My aunt has been guiding me through this entire project so I’m also working on her schedule) Taking pictures of the smallest room in the house is really hard so bear with me.

All the floor tiles in place!
Tile with grout.

I know it’s hard to see the difference in the pictures because the grout color seems so dark. This was taken while the grout was still wet and since it’s mostly dry now it has lightened up.  In real life, it matches the gray tones in the wall tile perfectly and ties the wall and the floor together.  Grouting wasn’t as difficult to do as I had thought. I imagined mixing up grout from a bag and having to subjectively guess what the consistency of peanut butter is.  It was a messy job and the size of the room didn’t help, but with my aunt’s guiding hand, I got the grout in.

Tonight Alex and I will be installing the toilet together which is like the blind leading the blurry, but pay that no mind!  We have been without a toilet on the first floor for too long. Installing a toilet is supposed to be really simple so I am sure with a little Youtubing and calling my dad we will be able to manage.

This is our to do list:

  • Demo the bathroom
  • Lay floor tile
  • Lay wall tile (80% done)
  • Install new toilet
  • Install new vanity and sink
  • Paint
  • Update the light fixture

I’m feeling really confident with the choices I’ve made so far (vanity and sink are already picked out), but I’m not sure where to go with the paint color. I think a dark, moody greige would give it the look I want, but it’s such a tiny room with no natural light that I am afraid to go too dark. We shall see. I just want you all to rest with the notion that I won’t have to scale a flight of stairs just to visit the loo anymore.

Projects in the Pipeline

I am not sure how many times I’ve mentioned this, but I am reminded during every waking hour I’m in my home that it is a complete and utter disaster in almost all facets. However, being my father’s daughter, I’m constantly brainstorming and working on remedying it.

Right now I have these projects in progress:

  1. Tray project
  2. Lamp makeover
  3. Bathroom reno

If I were to make a list of all my To-Do projects this post would never end but my high priority projects are these:

  1. Bar makeover
  2. New flooring (whole house)
  3. My entire master bedroom (the whole thing needs love, desperately)

As I look around my house, there is no place I find that doesn’t need some kind of help.  Thank God for handy aunts, Ikea, Pinterest, and blogging.

Moving Right Along

The demo aspect of the bathroom complete, my aunt and I began the exciting process of tiling. Honestly, it was mostly all her. But I supervised. Ok, I was watching and handing her tools and I got to put a few tiles in and measured things. This is the point in the project where things have taken a sharp turn from “Hideous Pit of Nothing” to “Starting to Look Like a Real Room Again.” Lemme show ya.



I am so deeply in love with the wall tile that I wish I could put it everywhere.  We have a new toilet, and a new vanity picked out. Once it’s done, you are all welcome to do your business in there.