The Downstairs Bathroom

The Downstairs Bathroom

Lisa hasn’t been fond of this bathroom since we moved in. She didn’t like the vanity, and how everything was out in the open.

I personally didn’t think it was all that bad, but I was not fond of the sink, and the faucet.

Funnily enough, we had been talking about replacing the vanity, and were beginning to look online for a possible replacement… then within that same week, the faucet broke. Lisa shut off the water to the faucet, and we were without working water in our downstairs bathroom.

So, last Friday on Feb 5th after work, I decided to rip out the existing vanity, sink, faucet, and also the backsplash.

Here are with some before photos, and some photos of the demolition. I initially ended up taking off the backsplash carefully by attempting to retain the drywall intact, but that didn’t succeed. I ended up cutting out the drywall with my oscillating tool instead.

It’s a good thing that I did too, because it enabled me see where I could mount the vanity onto the wall, and where I couldn’t. As you can see, there was a bunch of pex tubing and drain pipes everywhere, and well; if I drilled into one of those…

The next day, I went to Rona to grab a sheet of drywall. I didn’t need much, and the kid there happened to have a 1/2 sheet of 4×8 drywall, so he sold it to me for 5 bucks. hehe

The rest of the day, and the next day as well; it was spent patching, sanding, patching, sanding, and painting.

I ended up finding a brand new vanity on Facebook Marketplace for $100. Kinda weird, cause I couldn’t find it on the Canadian Ikea or US Ikea websites. It was on the Euro Ikea website though for 179 Euros.

We actually had the same model vanity in our old place at Blundell. We really liked it, for there’s a lot of storage, very functional, and it looks pretty good too. Here was the one at our old townhouse:

I ended up having to relocate the electrical plug on the wall… twice. haha

This was because the Godmorgon vanity would sit lower and the side of the vanity would block the actual plug, which you see, circled below. (we use this plug is for the powered bidet).

Here was the first time that I moved the plug lower. You can see the patched hole above where the plug used to be.

Well, that didn’t work, because it was still too high. (I guess I should have measured!) So I ended up moving it closer to corner, and ended up cutting a piece out of the actual vanity, so that plug could be accessible.

Yeah, pain in the butt. You can also see between the last 2 photos, that I did some plumbing too! I had to cut out the existing pea trap and piping, and I had to attach a 45 degree elbow and then an extension so it could work with the Godmorgon vanity. The Ikea vanities do this, so you can get maximum storage space in the drawers. It’s pretty ingenious really. The drain from the Odensvik Ikea sink is designed to flow horizontally to the back, then down near the rear, so you can open and close both the top and bottom drawers fully. In addition, an unsightly pipe and pea trap is NOT visible when you open the drawers. It really is great.

You do however need to buy the Ikea Sink, so you can have the recessed water trap. In our case, we bought the Odensvik.

So far, we were $200 into our project.

Here’s a better idea of what the drain will look like.

Over the next few days, it was more or less just gathering items to prepare for the Weds and Thursday when I would be completing most of the work (because I took the days off from work).

All of the prep work had been done, the drywall was now looking pretty good; and it was a matter of acquiring all the materials.

Lisa picked up the Lundskar faucet from Ikea. We bought this one because it came with the matching black drain overflow attachment, as well as the matching black drain plug that would work with the Odensvik sink. It also came with a 10 year warranty, so we figured, sure why not.

We bought legs for the front of the vanity, because I found out that I wouldn’t be able to wall mount the left side of the vanity to the wall, for where the mounting point is located on the vanity, there happened to be a drain pipe there as well.

I would be able to wall mount the right side however, for I was able to reinforce that side with some 2×4 wood that I would be able to drill into when mounting. (Another positive of opening up the walls).

I picked up some subway tiles, the metal edging, tile mortar, caulk, and a trowel for about $70 from Home Depot. The next day, I got some tile spacers (1/8″), and tile grout for about $20 from Canadian Tire and Rona respectively.

I borrowed Andy’s tile float, sponge and tile cutter; and I also borrowed my uncle’s drill mixer and mixing bit.

I was set.

Cutting the metal edging was ok, for I had the right tools to do so. I had a metal cutting blade, that I was able to use on my compound mitre saw to make the 45 degree cuts.

Here I am starting on the backsplash… a simple subway tile. I actually had bought a tile cutter from Crappy Tire initially, but it was a piece of crap! It ruined a bunch of my tile, so that’s when I made the trip to Andy’s to borrow his wet tile saw. Thanks Andy!

Here’s the finished result (without the grout)…

I let it cure, then I removed the spacers and I prepped and cleaned the tile, to get it ready for the grout the following day.

I ended up buying some Mapei ‘Gray’ grout, but personally, I think it looks brown. Oh well, it still adds a nice contrast to the white tiles.

Now, it was Feb 11th, and the day before Chinese New Year. I wanted to complete this before the New Year, so then we could clean up the house and have it ready for CNY. The house was a mess, and my garage was also a mess, and it was beginning to really bother me.

I mean, it may not look too messy from the above 2 photos, for I should have took more photos of the house, but it really was messy, I swear!

The Mapei product is pretty easy to work with. You just mix the powder with a specific volume of water, then mix for 5 minutes with the drill. You let it sit for 3 minutes while a chemical reaction occurs, then you mix it again for a few more minutes. Now you’re ready to rock. Applying the grout was pretty straight forward, and before you knew it, I was done!

It was time to do some caulking, mount the sink, complete the water drain, install the faucet, and then of course remove the existing light and install the new lighting fixture.

By dinner time I was done!!!

It gave us the rest of the evening to wash the clothes, vacuum the floors, mop the floors, and clean the bathrooms. We were good to go for CNY, and thankfully, we had our bathroom back.

Here’s the final product!

And the final tally:

Godmorgon vanity $100
Odensvik Sink $112
Drywall $5
Legs for Vanity $20
Lighting fixture $150
Lundskar Faucet $144
Tile $25
Supplies $65 (mortar, tile spacers, grout, caulk, metal edging, trowel)

Total $621!

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