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Found Object Art

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Found Object Art

Wow!  It’s been a long time since I have posted anything! We’ve had an incredibly busy summer, and it just now kind of feels like I can sit back and relax a bit.  That doesn’t mean I haven’t been doing some crafty things, but mostly I’ve just been puttering around with ideas.

I did work on this over the summer though. I’ve had a old piece of wood that’s been hanging around the house.  It was part of the vintage typewriter stand that we used for the bathroom sink, when we only used the iron legs.Wood from Typewriter Stand

I also had a pair of keys, and a pair of old hinges that we picked up somewhere. I never really thought of all of them going together, until I was going through Pinterest, and I happened upon some pieces put together with found objects.  I’m actually kind of in love with this idea.

I gathered all of my pieces, and pulled out my scrapbooking materials. I started by laying out how I thought the pieces of paper would best frame the old pair of keys. I found an old cardboard frame in my supply, and used that, along with the old dictionary page.  I added some black ribbon to hang the keys with, and placed that behind the cardboard frame.Paper glued together with Keys

I combined all of those with Mod Podge, and used that to add a layer over the finished frame. mod podge and trim nails

I also had found an old graphic online that had a lock on it.  I thought that would go with the keys, and I added a saying to it. I used some old trim nails that I’ve had laying around forever to attached both items to the wood. Twine bow with keys

The final touch was to add the hinges.  I loved how heavy these hinges were, and I just attached them so that they would be part of how the piece was able to be hung. Vintage hinges on Found Object art

And this is how it turned out.  It was super easy, and I used a lot of items that I picked up here and there, but wasn’t sure how they would end up being used. I’m going to see what else is just hanging around, waiting to be a part of something!Found Object Art hung on wall

Thanks for looking!

Sarah

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Bathroom Remodel: Part 7, Mirror and Sconces, and a Final Reveal!

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Bathroom Remodel: Part 7, Mirror and Sconces, and a Final Reveal!

Well, if it seems like this project has gone on forever to you, that’s because it really does feel like that to me too. While the bathroom was functional back in May, we have finally gotten all of the projects done for this bathroom, just today.

After we got the sink in working order, the mirror was next. We had decided to have a local business come in to measure, and then install the mirror, since we weren’t comfortable with doing that part ourselves. Our last mirror used clips to hold it to the wall, but since we wanted this to go from backsplash to the top of the ceiling the clips weren’t an option. That left it being glued to the wall, something I wasn’t too sure I wanted to happen. While they were here measuring, the installer did say we had to primer the spot since the glue isn’t good about sticking to shiny paint. We lived without a mirror in this bathroom for about three weeks because the installers were back logged, so we took some of that time to tape and primer the area where the mirror would go.Taped off for primerPrimer coat drying

And here it is finally installed. We wanted to mimic the height of the shower panels for the sink area, which is right across from the shower, so we did have it go to the ceiling.Mirror installed

The next step also took some time to get started, because the tile we’d picked out was on back order. We went with Esmer’s Confetti Metal in 1″ hexagons, which we ordered through our local flooring place.

Fast forward another three weeks to when it finally came in, and I got to work.  Basically, my plan was to glue these tile to the mirror that would run up each side.  The sheets were 14 x 14 tiles.  I had 12″ on each side of the sink that I wanted to cover, and thought that without the spacing for grout, I would probably have close to 12″ of tile.  I used silicone for the glue, and just dabbed a bit on the back, and stuck it to the mirror. Tiles and Silicone

Here were the first four that I did. First row of tile glued

I then continued gluing until I had used the four bottom rows of the sheet, and let that dry for about a day, just so I would have a firm base to continue to the top. Four bottom rows of tile

Now…let me just tell you, this was painstakingly tedious.  I did listen to music, but I wish I had listened to a book or something while I was gluing, because I finally realized what a huge pain in the you-know-what this was going to be…right about here, only a 1/3 of the way up on one side. Tile 1/3 of the way up

A couple of issues with doing it this way rather than actual grouting.  1) My fingers hurt from prying the tiles from the sheet, like as in I actually cut my finger on one of them. I enlisted Double D’s help, who took them off and put them in a bucket for me to work from, so there’s no sense of order at all once I got them up. 2) Not all tiles are created equal in size apparently.  This resulted in gaps where they didn’t line up correctly. 3) It took FOREVER.  I think I spent an hour each night on the gluing, and it took about a week to do. I’m not sure I would recommend this way unless the tiles were larger.Tile glued on left side

However, once both sides were done, I loved the result. I like how the copper color is reflected in the fixtures, and the grey color is in the granite sink. Our mirror guy did say the mirror should stay up, and we haven’t had any problem so far. Esmer Confetti Metal Hexagon tile completed

Fast forward a month, in which Double D and I went on vacation, and our electrician friend, Jimmy, also threw in a vacation. Finally we all got together to finish this up, and were able to do the sconces in front of the tile.  We started with drilling holes in the ceiling.Holes drilled in ceiling

And Jimmy got up in our ceiling to run the electrical wires.  We are sorry about that, since it is now so hot here!Boxes for ceiling lights

From there, we used the same IKEA Hemma light cords as the conduit fixture we made, and Jimmy attached them to the exposed wires.Left side light connected

We decided to not go with any shades, but rather picked out the Nittio LED coil bulb from IKEA, with a copper top.  This can be changed at any point, and we can also add a glass shade later if we want, but I rather like the exposed bulb as it is.  These are a totally different color than the other LEDs and put out very little light, so we were thinking about using them as night lights if needed for company. And plus, they are just fun!Ikea Nittio coil light

And here is the finished mirror in all of its prettiness.  I love how it turned out with both the tile and the sconces, but especially how the tile picks up elements of the actual sink and fixture too.  The sink area definitely makes a statement for the rest of the room.completed lights against tile

Also, here is one last picture of the sconces at night.  Like I said earlier, they don’t put out much light at all, but do give the room a warm, cozy feel.Lights at night

So, with this last step, we now have a finished bathroom!

For storage, we stacked two metal IKEA Josef cabinets in the corner for storage, since we no longer have drawers in the vanity. These are actually standing where the sink bowl was originally.  So glad we moved the faucet and sink down the wall.

Ikea Josef

We also attached one black plastic IKEA Trones box to the wall for storing toilet paper.  I love how that works, especially when there’s a lip on the top for small items!

IKEA Trones

For decorations, we were able to use some really cool gears that Double D had picked up somewhere by putting candles in them.

Gears as candle holders

I did some searching on Google Patents, and was able to come up with four patents for hair trimming, which I then printed out on scrapbook paper. Google Patents Shaving

We also got a new blind, a new toilet paper holder painted to match the wall color, new towel hooks that fold up when you aren’t using them, and new rugs that pretty much match the wall color.

All of that and I can now post a before and after picture of this bathroom!  I love how it turned out, and I love that we were able to reposition the sink and the toilet.  It seems that those made all the difference!Before and After Main Bath

Thanks for looking!

Sarah

Check out the other Bathroom Renovation posts:

Bathroom Remodel: Part 1, Demo

Bathroom Remodel: Part 2, Shower Installation

Bathroom Remodel: Part 3, Drywall and Paint

Bathroom Remodel: Part 4, Luxury Vinyl Tile Flooring 

Bathroom Remodel: Part 5, DIY Exposed Conduit Light Fixture

Bathroom Remodel: Part 6, DIY Sink from Typewriter Stand

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Bathroom Remodel: Part 6, DIY Sink from Typewriter Stand

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Bathroom Remodel: Part 6, DIY Sink from Typewriter Stand

Getting rid of the old sink was actually the part that I had been looking forward to the most for this bathroom renovation. I’ve extremely disliked the sink and vanity that was in there to begin with, although the sink top was made out of Onyx, and had stood up really well to the 12 years we have lived here. This is what we started with, although we’d already taken the drawers out. Old sink with onyx top

And here is it removed.  We gave it to our local Restore store, in the hopes that someone might want it. Old sink removed

One of the main problems that I had with the sink was the fact that the faucet was only about a foot inside the doorway, which meant the sink bowl went almost to the wall.  It just made me feel like I had no elbow room.  We had ripped the sheetrock off, and our plumber, Joe, said we could move the water lines over to the left.  That’s what we did, and ended up moving the drain lines about two feet down the wall.  The only thing I was concerned with was having enough room to make it around the sink to the toilet, and enough room for the shower door to swing out. At this point, we still didn’t know how everything would fit together. New water pipes ran

Since we’d gotten rid of the original sink, we had to come up with a new one.  Double D and I had gone to all the big box stores, and nothing was just jumping out at us.  One day we were walking through an antique store, and Double D came across this old vintage typewriter stand that had a certain industrial vibe going on.  It was love at first sight. However, someone had removed the original wood top, but replaced it with some freshly stained wood.  Once I saw that, I didn’t feel so bad removing the swinging table part that was attached to it. Since I didn’t get a picture of it, you can see a picture of one similar on PinterestVintage typewriter stand base

Because the top was going to be 48″ long, we knew we’d have to have more support for the sink than just the base. We made legs out of copper, using the base for measurements, so they would line up exactly with that. copper legs built

And I painted them using Rustoleum’s Oil Rubbed Bronze.  If you are wondering why we bought copper just to paint it, we had the thought that we’d distress the copper pipes to match the fixtures for the faucet, and shower. However, we didn’t end up doing that.copper legs painted ORB

Once the flooring was finished, we could set the base where it was going. Even though the legs were going to be glued to the sink top, we also wanted them to be attached to the wall, so Double D screwed a cap into the wall on each side, and then used that to attached the legs. There was a lot of measuring involved for this process, but miraculously everything ended up being right.  No thanks to me at ALL!Connector cap installed for legs

Joe had to come back to install the sink, which he did one Saturday. Again, for the vanity top, we went with the Onyx Collection in 5/8″ Snow Swirl to match the shower.Onyx top installed

Since the faucet is wall-mounted, I wanted something to catch water from our hands, so we also installed an Onyx backsplash. That was considerably thinner at a 1/4″, but it works great. Here he has the holes drilled for the sink drain and faucet.Onyx backsplash installed

Since we were totally making this sink up as we went along, I wanted something unique for the actual sink.  I did a bit of research, and fell in love with this granite sink from LivingRoc. However, I didn’t realize when we bought it just how heavy 100 pounds really is.  I might have gone a different route if I’d realized because after it came to the house, I was a bit worried if the base would support this weight. We are now a couple of months in, and it seems to be fine though.Granite sink installed

And here is a close up of the Trinsic faucet by Delta.  It wasn’t my first choice, as I wanted a waterfall faucet, but I also wanted it to be in the same Venetian Bronze as the shower fixtures.  Delta Vero

At this point we were almost done.  And it was exactly what I had envisioned when we first saw the typewriter stand in the store. Sink finished

The last thing was that we had glass cut to go on the top of the horizontal parts of the legs. This enabled us to have a shelf of sorts, and let us see the part of the typewriter stand that was the coolest, which are the little wheels at the bottom. Glass installed on base

I love how it turned out, and it has that antique element now in the bathroom!

Thanks for looking!

Sarah

Check out the other Bathroom Renovation posts:

Bathroom Remodel: Part 1, Demo

Bathroom Remodel: Part 2, Shower Installation

Bathroom Remodel: Part 3, Drywall and Paint

Bathroom Remodel: Part 4, Luxury Vinyl Tile Flooring 

Bathroom Remodel: Part 5, DIY Exposed Conduit Light Fixture

Bathroom Remodel: Part 7, Mirror and Sconces

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