I looked at tons of too big/too small hooks and bars of all shapes and sizes for a hand towel in here. It finally occurred to me that maybe all I needed was another toilet roll bar under mounted, and out of the way visually. I hate it when obvious stuff seems to come so slowly. $19 price tag helped too.
Above photo added 11.15.12
So we got it done, just under the wire with a few days to spare. Granted, we didn’t go out much at all last weekend to make sure we didn’t fall short of this goal. Progress posts on the bathroom are here.
To refresh your memory on how we started out, here’s a snap of our previous half bath.
I moved my beloved Tretchikoff in here so she can judge all who come to do their bidness.
Those following on Instagram know that I had to do this wall twice. I’m still not thrilled with it, but I’m going to live with it awhile.
What job or photo shoot would be complete without an Otto photobomb? OTTOBOMB.
Here, we were trying to mark where to mount it propped up on scrap lumber.
The reason the soap dispenser and faucet are different finishes is simple – we had a hard time matching the Grundtal, so we decided to stop trying and go for contrast.
After multiple sandings, the CC finished the slab with Arm-R-Seal, which is a combination of oil and varnish that gets sanded in over successive coats to fill in any slight imperfections. The oil brings out the natural wood sheen and the varnish protects. After the sanding coats, the last few passes were just a wiped on finish. The recesses in the live edge had to be sealed against water, so multiple applications of epoxy sanded smooth with the wood allow them to show for character.
Those wondering how it is supported underneath can have a look-see.
We recycled the old mirror and mounted it lower so that it could act as a backsplash, and the other live edge could be seen.
I got the vintage Lightolier (we think Sciolari but are not positive) from the flea market. New bulbs and a little cleaning, and we were good to go.
And added a dimmer….
I think I want to get a tiny hook to hang next to the sink for the hand towel, but for the party, we just had to roll with things as they were.
The faucet had a tiny leak that dripped onto the counter, and we didn’t have time to fix it before the party, but the CC took it apart and fixed it yesterday…he’s kind of a rock star like that.
Rough Cost: $1000 ($963 plus a few screws and small hardware purchases where we misplaced the receipts)
White Oak Slab $80
Stainless Undersink Bottle Trap $40
Quartzite Floor/Mortar/Grout & Sealer $425
Toilet $200 (American Standard Cadet with Apron/skirted bottom)
Lightolier Pendant $25
Soap Dispenser $30
Thanks for your patience on this one…we had a lot of fun doing it and are glad to check it off the list. Master bath? Hmmmm. Hopefully soon.
UPDATE: Took another couple of pictures today and I wanted to add my favorite here.
Oh my, I just saw this on Apartment Therapy and I’m seriously digging it.Â I was so afraid of the dark cabinets that I really wanted in the kitchen because of my dark floors…how wrong I was…it would have worked!Â AND…she has the live edge wood bars and backsplashes I so want to put into the RB’s bathroom….swoon.Â I hope they hire her.