Wednesday Greetings to you! THANK YOU to all of you that weighed in on our epic curtain dilemma! So many good suggestions and things to think about! Right now I’m leaning towards something light and sheer, but I’m not going to jump into anything just yet.
We’ve been bizzy bizzy around here… but what else is new, right y’all?
Nick has been plugging away at ‘Operation Extend the Bathroom Vanity’, and it’s one of those things where I have no skills to contribute to this project. So the best I can do is enthusiastically complement his craftsmanship and occasionally stroke his biceps.
So this is where we left you last time I believe:
May I interject a side-note? I’ve loved that wall color in the bathroom since we painted it several years ago. But now that I’m looking at these pictures…. um, YUCK. Luckily painting is something I can do without being dependent on my tall-drink-of-water-hubs. I’ll get right on that (maybe).
SO! This totally isn’t a tutorial, since every custom vanity would be very different. And therefore I’m just going to throw down some of the basics so you can see how handy my man-child is.
In the rounded corner section of the vanity, Nick wanted border strips along the edges of each of the 3 ‘shelves’ so it would feel uniform with the rest of the vanity, and look more ‘beefy’ (MEN).
Because a planer is one of the few tools we don’t have, Nick went to the local lumber yard and had them plane down his ‘border wood’ so it would be thin strips of wood that would be easier to BEND.
That’s right… he BENT the wood. Slapped some glue between each slab, and tightened ‘er down with ratchet straps against the curve of the shelf to dry overnight.
Let it be known that I would NEVER have thought to do this.
Since that had to sit for quite awhile for the glue to dry completely enough to hold the ‘curve’, it was time to get cracka-lackin’ on the butcher block countertop!
There was an incident at this point that I can neither confirm nor deny the fact that we may or may not have pulled the existing counter off by accident, thus breaking some important pieces of plumbing below the sink, thus making the sink unusable, thus causing us to brush our teeth and spit into the toilet. TMI? So yeah, we changed the order by which we had planned on updating this vanity and decided to jump straight to counter/sink/faucet.
Using some old boards from my Grandpa’s barn (and after they were planed), Nick cut them into narrow strips in varying lengths. We’re talking Red Oak, Pine, and Hackberry.
Then, he measured out the shape of our future counter, and taped it out on the garage floor.
And then *I* got to participate! He let me arrange the boards how I wanted them for our butcher block!
It was like a puzzle with no rules!!
I just tried to make sure that I spread out each type of wood so there weren’t any clusters of one specific one. It was super fun!
Everything got glued, clamped, planed, wood-puttied, and sanded.
Nick cut the edge to be rounded, and it was approved by one of our pint-sized supervisors.
This is my very favorite piece of stripey wood, if you must know.
Unsure of what shade of stain we wanted for the butcher block, Nick did a little controlled research trial. to see how each of the 3 types of wood looked with a variety of different options. I think we decided on Dark Walnut, and we’ll be staining TODAY!
Eventually, we’ll do a tutorial on butcher block counters, so I’m not going to go into too much detail today. Mostly I just want to show how far we’ve come! Can you picture it a rich chocolatey stain with a SWEET vessel sink and faucet? (and a different wall color? HA!) …also considering a 12” backsplash of sorts. Either glass tiles, or painted. Haven’t decided yet.
And for the record… I happen to LOVE the ‘beefy-ness’ of those rounded shelves. They look so… so NON-IKEA! I mean, not that I don’t love IKEA… because I do love IKEA. But I think you know what I mean.
It seems like a slow process, but we have to remember that Nick works a full-time job to support his family… but in his ‘free time’ he’s super diligent to keep making this happen! And I’M so grateful that this project doesn’t involve tons and tons of drywall dust EVERYWHERE.