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Bathroom Remodel: Part 7, Mirror and Sconces

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Bathroom Remodel: Part 7, Mirror and Sconces

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

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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Bathroom Remodel: Part 5, DIY Exposed Conduit Light Fixture

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Bathroom Remodel: Part 5, DIY Exposed Conduit Light Fixture

Be forewarned…this post is a long one!

So our light situation in the bathroom went from the 1980s “Hollywood” strip light fixture to industrial.  I was more than ready to get rid of that thing. However, what I did really like about it was the amount of light it provided, since it had six bulbs.  We also had a globe light over the toilet, so that brought it up to seven total.

Hollywood strip light

I knew I wanted to keep the same amount of light bulbs, since we had spent some money changing all of them over to LED bulbs last year. The question was how were we going to be able to do that.

I was eating my lunch in the basement of where I work one day, and realized that I really liked the lighting that was down there. This is what I was inspired by.  I started looking for other ideas on Pinterest and loved what I was seeing for exposed conduit lighting.  There’s some really cool stuff out there!Pipe lights at the capitol

I got busy, and started drawing ideas up for what I wanted (BTW, an artist, I am not, so don’t laugh).  I knew we could used the electrical box that was already over the toilet, and I knew I wanted to use all seven bulbs. proposed light drawing

Then we used fabric strips to lay it out on the floor, and for our electrician friend, Jimmy, to look at, since he would be installing it. You’ll have to excuse the mess, as it was in the middle of construction. The layout did change a couple of times until we came up with something we thought would work the best. mock up of light using fabric

After we met at Lowes to get all the parts, we came back home and created a diagram, complete with conduit length measurements. Really, the only requirement that I had was that I wanted one bulb to be in the middle of the mirror when it was done. We did decide the main trunk of the conduit should be bigger to accommodate the four cords that would be at the one end, so we got 1″ conduit for that section, and two octagonal boxes with a 2″ depth.Diagram for finished light

From there we were able to start putting it together.  Jimmy brought his compact band saw, and we laid out the items we needed.Band saw to cut conduit

Once the conduit was cut to the lengths on the diagram, they started assembling the fixture.Connectors, boxes, conduit

Double D and Jimmy knocked out the metal tabs where the connectors would be for each conduit pipe, attached them to the boxes, and then connected the conduit. The boxes are used for multiple conductor runs that are split into two or more directions to bring power to a number of lights, in this case.Electrical boxes and connectors

We got the main trunk line assembled and connected the other parts. The last thing Jimmy did was to use a conduit bender to create a dip for one piece of the conduit to cross the main trunk line. For this piece, we also had to have two elbows to create corners. Conduit cut and put together

To start painting, we followed the advice of Jimmy, and wiped down all of the pieces with denatured alcohol to get any coating off of the conduit.  That way, we hoped the paint would stick well. I then sprayed all of the pieces with Rustoleum’s primer, including the hangers, box covers, and nuts and bolts. I let that sit for a couple of days, and didn’t notice any primer peeling away, or cracking. Primer coat for EMT

I then gave everything a couple of coats of Rustoleum’s Oil Rubbed Bronze to match the sink legs, and shower fixtures.Rustoleum's Oil Rubbed Bronze

Finally, it was install day.  Jimmy removed the light fixture over the toilet, and used the wire there to start hooking everything up. Once the first part went up, he did reconnect the fixture so they would have some light in the bathroom while they worked.First part of conduit

The guys then screwed the conduit hangers into the ceiling using the larger size for the 1″ conduit in the main trunk line. conduit hangers installed

And started hanging the conduit…11/2

Once the conduit was up they could start with the lights.  We purchased seven Hemma lamp cords from IKEA, to go with the seven Ledare LED bulbs we already had. I’m not an electrician, so I’m not even going to try to explain all of the steps that this involved.  I do know Jimmy and Double D threaded each lamp cord through to leave about 6″ hanging outside of the ends of the conduit. wires being threaded for conduit light

And then somehow connected all seven cords to the main box…wire pulled through for light

And let there be light! Like a lot of light. I knew it would be a different type of light, since it’s directed down now, instead of out from the wall.  You can definitely still see your grey hair and wrinkles though:) Industrial conduit light finished

I did want to show a close up of the bent conduit, and what it ended up looking like.  It was hard to tell how it was going to look while it was laying on the concrete in the garage, but I think it definitely gives the fixture character, and I’m glad we went with it. bent conduit

I love this last picture of it.  I took this by practically laying on the ground under it.  I just love how it turned out, and I can honestly say that this fixture is one of a kind.  One last step I did was spray some ORB in a plastic lid, and touched up the paint on the hardware and pipe, just wherever they dinged it in the process of installing it. I am a bit worried about the conduit rusting from steam condensation, and I want to make sure I do everything I can to hold that off for a while.  Hopefully the paint will help with that!finished light against the ceiling

I have to give big props to Jimmy for being willing to take on one of my crazy ideas, and work with me to get it done. It turned out better than I even thought it would:)

Thanks for hanging in there till the end!

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 6, DIY Sink from Typewriter Stand

Bathroom Remodel: Part 7, Mirror and Sconces

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