Master Bath Phase 5: Plumb 'er Up!

We’re THISCLOSE to a finished master bathroom and I can hardly contain myself!  It is going to be so AWESOME to finally have a beautiful bathroom we can use, and even though I haven’t officially run the numbers, I know it’s going to come in under budget. Icing on the cake, baby! 🙂

Pretty soon you’ll get to see the result of weeks of work on this bland, dated “before.”

But first, here’s a quick recap of what’s gone down in this room since we last visited it.

This is an image I shared from the day we started demolition on our little bathroom. Remember those stickers I pointed out on our bathroom door?

Those things seriously had to have been there for over 20 years.  As funny and interesting as those old stickers were (do I spy a Highlights dinosaur sticker?), it was time for them to go.

All it took was a little putty knife action..

.. and it was just like they were never there.  Why it took the previous owners 20+ years to address this eyesore, I’ll never know.  But then again, it did take us 3 years to do something about it, and it wasn’t even our kid who put them there…. 🙂

Once we’d taken care of dino and his pals, it was time to prime and paint!

Our vanity and door got the same treatment as our walls and trim.  One coat of primer + 2 (and a half) coats of glossy white paint.

Once the vanity was dry, Stephen installed brackets for our new countertop and screwed it all together.

You’ll get to see the attached countertop in the next pic, but first, here’s a shot of the base of our vessel sink with the waterproof adhesive we used to glue it to the butcher block.

We were very careful to set the sink down in exactly the right spot.  Nobody likes to clean up stinky adhesive off their beautiful new countertops!

We made sure to wait for the adhesive to dry before Stephen hooked up the plumbing.

In the meantime, I got busy caulking every seam I could find.  Boy, I’ll be glad when it’s time to put that caulk gun in the garage for good!

I’ve said it once and I’ll say it a million more times – painter’s tape is your best friend when it comes to straight caulk lines!

Pretty, right? 🙂

For the base of the sink, we used clear silicone caulk.  The only downside I’ve found to the vessel sink we chose is that the caulk gun won’t fit under it to seal off the base.  I had to squirt caulk onto my finger and wipe it into the gap over and over until the seam was sealed.  Better safe than sorry, though.  Now I know we won’t run into seeping water issues later down the line.

After we’d addressed the countertop and sink, we could finally finish installing the battens in the vanity area.

Of course the sides and base of every batten had to be caulked as well!

And after the walls and battens were caulked, primed, and painted just like the rest of the room, here is your final sneak peek of our master bath!

Can you visualize how amazing this is going to be when it’s all done?  Are you as excited as we are to see how it turns out?

I hope you’ve enjoyed watching our master bathroom reno unfold.  Thanks for visiting and we’ll see ya here again tomorrow!

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