One year ago (or almost, nearly, just about) I shared with you our master bathroom. Just to be clear, there is nothing masterly about a mauve countertop.
Nothing masterly at all. In fact, it’s the opposite of masterly. It’s ______(insert here whatever is the opposite of masterly – be creative).
So we decided to do something about it. Of course we got the push from our real estate agent who ever-so-gently mentioned it was worse than a nudist colony for those with unexpectant and explosive diarhea. Yeah. I went there.
Of course, we got some help from True Value…they had our home improvement backs (or backsides) with this one.
The first task at hand was ridding ourselves from the mauve monster. We simply cut the caulk around the edges, unhooked the sink pipes and then hoisted out the countertop. Apparently it was only held down by a couple finishing nails around the edge…so it made it super easy.
Once we had it out, I had like a major episode. You see, I saw this:
Oh yeah. Pink acid washed (and a little irridescent) wallpaper. This covered the walls when we moved in…and I spent two weeks removing all the remnants. It haunts me to this day.
So we decided to go with a butcherblock countertop available at Ikea. It’s cheap, easy and can be cut to size.
Jeremy cut it to length to make sure it fit first.
And then used the previous monster as a template to cut out the sink hole. Once he had it drawn, it just required a starter hole from the drill and our handydandy jigsaw to cut it out.
Then Jeremy gave it a quick (and heavy) coat with Thompson’s Waterseal. While that was drying, he ran upstairs and patched the drywall. It just needed a little swipe of mud.
Then we got a little crazy. We decided it was a good time to spraypaint the inside of the cabinet since the countertop was removed. And we figured it was a good idea because it looked less than clean. (Clarification – it was clean, it just looked unclean because of the splatter paint).
Ready for the crazy?
Okay…so it wasn’t that crazy.
We just wanted the cheapest and fastest way possible to clean things up a bit. One can of navy blue spraypaint later, we have a very polished looking cabinet…that hides dirt…and will make your toilet paper pop. Yes, you read that correctly 🙂
The backsplash area got sanded down…then I repainted it to match the rest of the room.
Then it was time for countertop installation. My darling boyfriend screwed the butcherblock to the cabinet with little countertop brackets underneath…while I fed Will. The next step was caulking. It was at this time I realized that I hated the faucet with a passion. I thought at first it would be just fine…afterall, this was supposed to be a quick fix…but the more I looked at it, the more I wanted to smash it with a hammer and blame Will.
Jeremy was smart enough to suggest that we pick one up with our remaining gift card balance at True Value. That’s why I married him folks…brains and brawn…and some other stuff not mentionable online 🙂
Is anyone else hot in here? Oh. Just me then…
This little faucet was the cheapest they had available that still appealed to me…it was only $30 🙂 I love me some brushed nickle. And the fact that it matches the other hardware in the room (like the towel rods and TP holder) just spins my pinwheel.
A quick follow-the-directions-installation later, we have one brand spankin’ new sink area!
Part of me likes keeping the caulk white….part of me thinks I should paint it to match the wall. Any voters?
ohhh…beautiful countertop. how I love thee!
I love how you make our vanity look like a piece of furniture with your backsplash-less ways. I love how you have variation in color. I love how cheap you were! I love how easy you were! I love how you infuse a little country vibe in our cottage of a master bathroom!
And because I know how much you guys like before & after’s – here’s how a little countertop switchup made all the difference in this room.
What do you think? Love it? Anyone else out there rippin out countertops lately? Any new faucets in the bunch? Any butcherblock adoration? We are saving the other portion of this bad boy to use at the potential new space…so it just goes to show that you could buy one and squeeze two or three mini counters out of it. Talk about getting something for cheap.
One hundred ABP points to those that can name the other two things that we did in this space to help freshen things up! And one thousand points to anyone who remembers to check our biggest True Value DIY project tomorrow! And yes, I am keeping track of these points 🙂
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