Sink, Faucets, Light, Mirror

I’m fresh out of clever titles. Whatevs.

The boys’ bath started out like this…

jackjill bath

And then we changed the floor tile, added wall tile, and replaced the toilet.

floor tile wall tile

We painted the vanity, replaced the cabinet hardware, and removed the counter.

removed counter

Then we used the skim coat method to make a concrete countertop and continued the wall tile into the backsplash.

finish backsplash

This bathroom had a smaller version of the mirror/medicine cabinet/light trifecta that was in the master bathroom. As much as I loved the storage in the medicine cabinet, it was any easy decision to get rid of it. (There’s plenty of storage in the vanity and there’s also a wall cabinet in there.)

remove trifecta

That color on the wall is because they sprayed the medicine cabinet with stain after it had been hung on the wall. It’s pretty common for builders to stain or paint cabinets after they’re installed, so you’re left with something like that if you remove them.

This bathroom had originally been wallpapered it seems (except behind the medicine cabinet, of course), but a previous owner had removed it. The walls were smooth because of it, but there were a few spots that weren’t perfect. I could have skim coated to fix it, but I decided to apply texture instead.

I’ve been asked about applying wall texture with a hand trowel several times, so here’s a little video.

And another to show you how to avoid lines. It’s kind of one of those things you just have to practice and learn the movement/position of your wrist. Hopefully it helps someone.

wall texture

Before I textured, I had the hubs raise the junction box for the light.

move light1 move light 2 move light 3

Once that was moved and the texture was all dry, I painted the walls a very light gray from Valspar called Foggy Mirror. I didn’t want it to be dark at all; just enough color that it would provide some contrast for the trim that would get painted white.

I found a light that I liked, but it needed to be modified. Of all the house things I’ve purchased over the years, bathroom lighting has been the most difficult. I always want lots of light but without it looking like a makeup mirror from Hollywood in the 80’s.

It seems like it’s a struggle every time to find something with as much light as I like, in the price range I’m willing to spend, and in a finish that coordinates. I swear when I’m looking for chrome I find five options that I love in bronze and when I want satin nickel, chrome options abound. Grrr.

Anyway it had this little porcelain finial on the end which I didn’t like, at least not for a boys’ bathroom.


But I wanted chrome and I liked the length of this one, and it wasn’t three hundred dollars like all the others I liked. So, I unscrewed and removed the finial.

porcelain finial removed finial

That meant the screws had to be cut down since they were too long to go into just the chrome end pieces. I taped them off so the hubs could see exactly where I wanted them cut.

taped screw

Am I the only one who sees a cigarette butt at first glance? Eww.

cut screw

Much better…

modified light

Raising the light allowed me to get a huge mirror that three growing boys could all use at once. Someday they will care to check their hair, right?

It’s from Kirklands, my favorite place for mirrors. They always have dozens of options and great prices! I chose black with a silver/gray detailing.


I don’t mind mixing metals, as long as each kind is repeated enough times to feel intentional. The current rule is that it’s fine to mix metals, but the rules change all the time. Do whatever you want.

We have black cabinet hardware going on in here and then the chrome light. I chose the chrome light because I am using chrome faucets. The hand towel hook is black and the toilet paper older (that may as well be non-existent) is chrome. The shower fixtures will eventually be chrome. The mirror was a perfect mix of the black and chrome. Easy decision!

So…what are the faucets going to be installed in/on? That’s the question on everyone’s mind, right?


(That looks so dinky and cheap there. I promise it’s a gorgeous faucet in person; you’ll get to see it all in the end.)

I mentioned that I loved the idea of a Kohler trough sink in the last post about the boys’ bathroom, but it costs as much as my first three cars combined. That’s totally not even an exaggeration. Not that I had costly cars, but come on. The hubs would probably take away my wallet if I spent that kind of money on a sink. (Not that I’d ever want to.)

So I started looking for other options. I found this one for about a third of the price.


But even at one third the cost of the Kohler, it was still over $1000. For a sink! I found several more through searching Houzz, but they were all $800-$3k. Um, no. Just no.

When we go to IKEA, I have several (literally a dozen sometimes) future projects in mind so I can be on the lookout for items that I can use as intended or “hack” to meet my needs. I had seen the Braviken on Pinterest and, while it was intended as a vanity top for one of the IKEA vanities, I wanted to look at it in-store and see if maybe it could work for a trough sink that rested in/on a countertop.


Seemed like it would. It comes with single or double faucet holes already made. We went with the double, of course.

This is one of those times where the hubs just had to trust my vision. Thankfully, I’m much better at this kind of stuff than choosing movies to rent. Don’t ever let me pick the movie. Ever. I’m cursed.

So that’s why the counter only had one sink hole, because we’re only using one sink with two faucets and one drain.

The plumbing was super easy for this. The hubs didn’t have to move any pipes, since he used a flexible drain pipe.

FLexible drain pipe

He did have to get more hoses for the other faucet, since we were going from one to two, but it just required a little “T” connector. No tearing into the walls or anything difficult or time consuming.

T hoses

Here’s a peak…


More pics when we’re all finished.


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