Is what I haven't said once since our spontaneous DIY bathroom renovation began...
Read Part 1 of this series on how this project began and to see the before photos.
Here is its current state:
Let me catch you up.
I've been chugging along on the shiplap. A board here, a board there. My studio is wall-to-wall work-in-progress-timber because I'm a glutton for punishment who insists on hand-painting every single board.
The method is fairly simple, layering Old World Clay & Chalk Paint in the colour Nest with Shutter White. I'm more than a little in love with the combination. It's neutral enough that I will be able to put anything with it and create any style with accents and accessories. Coastal? Vintage? Eclectic? Industrial? Spa retreat? No clue as of yet, but stay tuned!
Honestly, I cannot give you a good reason to NOT use a sprayer for this job. I would've been finished in about 15 minutes. Sometimes though, a brush in hand, repeating the technique is akin to therapy.
However, I may need to revaluate this as I seem to be holding up progress.
But things changed.
Because I saw this:
Side note: When I messaged Mr Gumtree to say can I please have this I was told, "I've done some work on it." Of course I didn't ask questions. When I picked it up, all that chippy goodness was gone. He'd sanded it away, the back was off and the door was in pieces. I also discovered water damage behind the now-in-pieces door and the top was warped beyond repair.
I still love it.
Once home, I wanted to see it where it will live.
So one fine morning, I said, "Out with the vanity."
This is what happened:
Taking out a vanity or most built-ins is pretty easy stuff, typically a couple screws holding it to the wall and a bit of glue.
This was seemingly the case here and after removing the drawers, doors and screws, the man came along to cut down and cap off the plumbing (shutting the water off at the mains first!) Then I used a chisel to break the silicone seal, loosened it further with a crow bar, then pulled the entire vanity away by hand.
Sometimes diyers (this bath was definitely diy-ed) can get a bit over-zealous with liquid nails or glue. This was the case here so when I pulled the vanity away, the end piece stayed behind!
We reuse and recycle as much as possible, so the vanity is meant to be salvaged and used in a shed for storage. This would've worked better if I hadn't RIPPED it out and instead broke the end panel away gently.
But I was having fun?!
Not to worry, it will still be used, I just need to reattach the end piece.
So stand by for more changes!
In the interim, I had my nephew (an electrician) replace the single plug with a double outlet and take out a very random second light switch. He also replaced the current downlights with energy-saving LEDs. Fortunately I got family rates and the frustration of swapping the hair dryer with the electric toothbrush with the flat iron. Well, that will pay for itself every morning!
Next I had my nephew the plumber move the water inlets and drain to the near center of the wall. The happiest day ever was when we took out the wobbly, plastic toilet! Good riddance! Without too much effort, the toilet will be relocated to the shower wall.
This shift in floorplan was motivated by my desire to see the vanity instead of the toilet when entering or walking by the room. Not huge changes, but I think they will make a big difference in aesthetics. My goal is to keep the slate floors. I truly love the floors...oh...and I love saving my marriage by not spending roughly $3,000 to replace them.
We've also battened one wall so that it is ready for its new timber cladding!
Baby steps are better than no steps, right?!
It's all here...for the love...