Half Bath

Just off of the living room and kitchen is a small ‘half bath’ guest bathroom.  And if you can picture the space underneath a stairway… then you will know how TINY this room is (and therefore impossible to photograph!).  And to top it all off the previous owners had chosen a color that was a very unattractive shade of green (it might also be that i’m not a huge fan of green… and I was a bit biased against their other green choices in the house) and painted THE WHOLE ROOM… ceiling and all.  Doing so made this tiny little room feel even tinier!

guest-bath-before And with a builder grade octogon shaped mirror, I knew a little bit could go a long way in this room.  And this was definitely a room I did a little bit at a time.  One weekend I got fed up with the mirror… and switched it out.  About 6 months later I decided the ceiling needed to be white.  And somewhere around that time I found a glass bowl for a sink at the Habitat ReStore for about 50$.  Since I’d always wanted an above the counter glass bowl sink, I went ahead and bought it with ABSOLUTELY no idea what the next step in how to actually make it function as a sink.  And so… like the tile in our Backsplashing Project it sat in my garage for a LONG TIME.  But I knew if I could figure out how to convert it into a sink it would look PERFECT in this location.

And then a few other pieces of the puzzle fell into place.  I was perusing faucets on overstock and found one that was perfect at a deep discount and when I looked closer it mentioned it had the sink stopper to go with it! I immediately purchased it and added it to the now growing stack of sink materials in my garage.  The other piece that fell into place was realizing that the old record holder which was sitting in my garage awaiting its furniture destiny was the exact right size to fit in that little corner of the bathroom AND the sink and faucet could comfortably sit on top.  You would think with all the pieces I would jump right in… but life has a tendency to get in the way and all these pieces sat in my garage.  Party because I didn’t have any time… and partly because I was scared to start, I mean lets be real… if this goes wrong it means I have a leaky sink and plumbers ARE NOT CHEAP.

And this is when I know I married the right guy (or at that point was going to marry the right guy).  One Saturday afternoon the guy who isn’t a big fan of projects says to me… do you want to go to a movie tonight… or do you want to rip out the old sink and start the bathroom renovation? (I might have accidentally kickstarted it by randomly deciding I couldn’t live with the green anymore and needed to paint the walls…oops) So I immediately answered yes and got in the car to go get all our supplies before he changed his mind.  So we jumped right in and started to remove the pedestal sink.  I knew it would be kinda tricky because the tile had been laid after the sink and so along with the sink needed to come out two other pieces of tile (fortunately the previous owners had left several spares in the garage).  So I did what any good DIYer does… and googled how to remove a pedestal sink.  I followed instructions… cut the caulk around the back and gently pull away from the wall.  HA… easier said than done. We ended up having to take the Dremel with a grout removal attachment and cut all the way through all the grout and break up the pieces before that sink would even budge an inch.  But thanks to the husband’s perseverance… it finally came out. The ‘progress’:


I like the picture above because it gives a very good picture of the old paint color vs the new paint color.  I decided to paint so spur of the moment that I just mixed my own paint using leftovers from the kitchen, living room and office paint jobs to find a happy medium.  Which is a little sad because I LOVE this color and wish I could use it in more places! I might have to get it color matched sometime!!

Since this post is getting a bit long and unwieldy I’ll save talking about how we converted the old record holder into a bathroom sink for Friday’s post.  And I’ll leave you with the before and after of the paint job in this tiny little bathroom.

guest-bath-before1 guest-bath-after1 I think the biggest difference in the painting was turning the ceiling back to white.  It definitely made the room feel bigger.  (again… sorry for the blurry pic!)

Stay tuned for Friday’s post about the sink!

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