Chapter 75: Is That Granite in Your Bathroom, or Are You Just Happy to See Me?

February 22, 2014 • Written by Christina Berry

Okay, if you’ve been following this blog, then you probably remember that month when we didn’t have indoor plumbing. Yeah, that was unfun, but it’s really just scratching the surface of the bathroom saga at Pleasant Valley Ranch. Let’s take a little walk down memory lane, shall we?

Ah yes, the original bathroom a yellow nightmare of clogged drainlines and rusted pipes.

So we ripped it to shreds with our bare hands!

Then we built new walls and reconnected the toilet, though for a while we had to import water via the front yard garden hose.

Voila, a toilet with running water. Thought the walls made out of moving blankets, left privacy to the imagination.

Finally, when we were ready to tile the bathroom, the toilet and sink came out…for 30 days!

Eventually, we got ourselves a very sexy little bathroom, but see the shelving in the lower right corner? Yeah, that’s temporary.

Maybe you’re wondering, “but what about the master bathroom?” Well, that bathroom was just a twinkle in our eyes and a rusty carport that leaked like a sieve back in the day.

Eventually, that room came together, too. And by “came together” I mean, I whined until Errek installed my bathtub. And for a while, that was enough.

But not anymore, we need more. We need progress. We need cabinets!

Wait. What?

Yep, you read that right, it’s time for cabinets in both bathrooms.

We are lucky to have a friend who is a very talented carpenter, and Brian Welch of Welch Custom Woodwork is truly a total badass when it comes to custom cabinetry. He worked with us to make the exact perfect cabinets to fit our space. After a couple of trips out to measure the space, Brian got to work. We visited his shop for a few on-the-spot choices we needed to make.

Then a few days later Brian shows up with Derek and our cabinets! There was much rejoicing. Yay!

Blog readers, you’ve met Brian before, he assisted with our front porch, but please give Derek a warm welcome. Derek used to live about a block away from us, and he’s a bit of a cult hero around these parts because of the time he punched the obnoxious ice cream man who is constantly circling our block playing “Frère Jacques” way too early in the morning. Hi Derek!

And hello to you too, new guest bathroom cabinets. Meow!

The cabinets are not only gorgeous, but he installed those drawer rails which self close, so they don’t slam shut. Very nice.

What do you think of the gray color? I love gray cabinets. And I figured, since this is our dream house, we’re going to have gray freakin’ cabinets. So voila.

But wait, we’re not done yet. That’s only half of the story, actually not even half, it’s just one quarter of the story. Because we also got a new custom fit medicine cabinet for the guest bathroom. Replacing the plastic crappy one with a perfectly fit cabinet complete with an electrical outlet inside for the electric toothbrush. It just needs a mirror door and it’ll be perfect.

And oh hey, we’re not even finished yet because there’s a whole other bathroom. Check out what we did in the master bath.

Gotta Whole Lotta Drawers…Rawr!

We went with the same gray in here because we love it, and it’s neat to see how the same color can look so different depending on its surroundings — what looks classic and traditional in the guest bathroom looks modern in the master bath.

But wait, now we’re getting into the REALLY custom stuff. The medicine cabinet in the master bath is, in a word, amazing. First of all, it’s huge. Second of all, see those white boxes between where the mirrors will go? Just you wait and see what we’re going to do with those.

But first, it’s time to top out these cabinets with some countertops, right? You didn’t really think we’d get cabinets in and stop there, did you? Silly you. Nope, once the cabinets were done, we went to all the stone yards in town and fell in love with an exotic granite called Volga Blue which has these awesome little specs of blue in it.

Pretty cool, right? I love it. So we got Jose at Austin Granite Direct to cut and install our gorgeous new counters and the undermount sink in the master bath. I recommend Jose, good guy and they did a great job.

Ain’t she a beaut? I really love the master bathroom cabinets and counters.

But wait, we got a new counter in the guest bath room, too. For that room, we went with a basic black granite, Absolute Black, because we thought the blue flecks would clash with the more traditional style.

So, with our lower cabinets and counters in place, it’s time to look back up at our medicine cabinet and those mystery white boxes. Well, those are lightboxes. They have little plexiglass strips that slide up in a notch for access to the boxes, and inside there, Errek wired us up some custom lighting. Whoa!

He found LED tape lighting online and attached it to pieces of aluminum as a heat sink.

Then he wired them all up.

Uh, hey guy, get your damn foot off the brand new countertop! Love you.

Ta da! Lights are in.

Then you just slide the plexiglass covers down.

Voila, completely custom medicine cabinet lighting.

Now all we need are mirrors, cuz shaving while holding a full length mirror is not as easy as it looks.

Oh hey, look, Brian’s back and he brought mirrors. My hero!

And then Errek installed the sink faucet, so now the master bath has not only a working tub, but a working sink too! Woot!

Ain’t she a beaut?

So, you’re thinking that’s it, right? You’ve followed this blog enough to know that we tend to chip away at our mountain of projects very slowly, and this bathroom facelift happened awfully fast. Maybe even a little too fast. I mean, shit, we barely know the bathroom. Perhaps we should slow things down. Maybe take the bathroom out for dinner, see if there’s real chemistry there, before we…

Screw it! Let’s do this thing! Onward ho! Or is it, “Onward, ho!” I kind of prefer the latter, but I digress…what were we talkin’ about? Right, more progress in 3…2…1…