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Bathroom: The Repurposed Vanity – Part 3

Have I mentioned that this bathroom is my favorite room in the house??  You’ll start to see why!


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After tiling, we hung the mirror… No one the wiser to our sneaky little cost effective trick…


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Keep in mind, when you use plywood, you’ll get a fair amount of woodgrain showing despite painting it. I wanted that look, but if you don’t I suggest you use something else.

Again with the junk?!?!?  I swear the stuff multiplies!!

In my defense, most of it ended up in baskets on the shelves! 😉

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I bought this ugly brass light fixture for like $5 and bought new lightbulb covers from Menards!  I love them!

Wait… Are they called covers?

Globes?  No…. Globes sounds rather 80’s-ish.

Let me look Google it. Now it’s bothering me.  Hang on……

Shades.  They’re called shades.  That’s odd.  I didn’t think to call them that.  It doesn’t sound right.  A shade is like a lamp shade!  It’s traditionally cloth.  And solid colored.  Not glass.

Whatever.  I like the shades.

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Such a beauty!  Whowoulda guessed she could look like this after being such a ratty old girl??

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Still need to get better baskets, but I had these on hand already and they do a good job of holding my stuff for now.

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Kinda love my first aid box…. Can you guess which one holds all the band-aids and Neosporin?? 😉

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Did you notice my awesome towel holder???

Personally, I think I’m terribly creative.

And humble.  I’m obviously humble too.

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It swings back and forth, has an awesome untouched patina.  (That’s code for, I didn’t paint it! It’s perfect as-is!)

Sam got it from his grandpa’s auction a few years back and I was THRILLED to find the perfect place to showcase it!

I love it so much more than a cheap towel ring we could have gotten from Menards!

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On the other side, we hung a mason jar from a large hose clamp that I spray painted the same looking patina as the other hardware.  Also… I hung this thing.  I have NO idea what it is.  It also came from Handsome Man’s Grandpa’s auction.  I love it.  I hang my washcloth from it.

(I also just accidentally typed warsh instead of wash.  Apparently the fact that Handsome Man’s grandpa lives in Missouri is rubbing off on me! 😉  )

Bathroom: The Repurposed Vanity – Part 2

After building the side open shelving, I wanted to put glass tile from the vanity all the way to the ceiling.  (Again, scandalously mimicking The Lettered Cottage’s bathroom.)



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We got this glass tile at Menards on sale, baby!  It makes me very very happy.

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While glass tile is typically pricier than other tile options, we were okay with that because we were not tiling the whole space.  *hint: we just tiled around the edges.  If you removed the mirror, you would find purple drywall.  Shhh!!!*

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Because we merely tiled the edges, it was very inexpensive to do this project…

Easier to complete…

And provides a lotta “WOW punch” for the amount of cost included!

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Again… This concept was brilliantly thought of by The Lettered Cottage.  Credit where credit is due here people.

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All I want to know is how did SO. MUCH. JUNK. manage to find it’s way into my open shelves?!?!?!   We had literally JUST built the things!!! Yeash!

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Dontcha love this tile!??!?   More pics coming in the next post showing it up close and in better light!

We always seem to do these projects after dark.  Like at midnight.

Occupational hazard to marrying a NIGHT OWL I guess! 😉

Bathroom: The Repurposed Vanity – Part 1

Initially, my vanity inspiration was this bathroom by The Lettered Cottage.

A beautiful room… I wanted to replicate that vanity so badly!!

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This is actually one of my original crude sketches of what I was thinking.  I love my finished product a lot better than this! 😉

My first stroke of luck was when Handsome Man’s mom and dad saw this ratty old buffet in a pile of junk by the street that someone was getting rid of.  Again… No before pics.  I. Am. Kicking. Myself.

It was horrible.  The top was warped and pulling up in places…  It was wretchedly grungy… and in desperate need for some luvin’!

I brought it home…

Cleaned it up…

Removed the warped top…

Cut a few inches off the feet to make it vanity level…

And painted the livin’ daylights out of it!

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After distressing it a bit, I ended up with this pretty lady!

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After adding 1x’s for the new top & staining and sealing them, we installed the sink.

The sink was actually on sale at Menards and I love her so much!  The granite is so pretty!

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Next, it was time to add those built-in shelves I love so much!

Entrance: Handsome Man.

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Because building shelves requires exactness.  And Handsome Man excels at exactness.

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We used 1/2 in plywood for the majority of these shelves…

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I have a serious crush on air nail guns.  If you don’t have one, get one.  Or two.  Your choice. 😉

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Handsome Man built them on the floor first, then we set them up where they belonged after they were done.

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Being the king of ingenuity, Handsome Man came up with this clever way to get the shelves nailed in straight and all the same hight.  We had these pieces of glass that were the perfect size.  He put 2 on the bottom of the shelves in the shape of a V, and simply set the next shelf on top of them.  After nailing that shelf in, he proceeded to the next shelf.  I thought it was simply brilliant! He impresses me!  🙂

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I missed photographing a step, of course.  Lifting the shelves into place.  The reason being, it took ALL of both of us to get them up there!  Each one was heavy!!

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Then it was just a matter of screwing them into the studs.

Next project… Tile the backsplash!!! Whoop whoop!