Baseboards and Vanities

I’m still totally in love with the Jalapeno Jelly color of the bathroom. The photos make it look a bit more lime than it is in person, but I would highly recommend checking it out at Lowes.

Right before I started painting I came across an amazing painting tip on Pinterest. It was so “duh” that I can’t believe I’ve never heard of it or thought of it before. But, here’s the general idea:

Painting Tip: How to get perfect lines where colors meet

  1. Paint the light colored walls (in my case the white ceiling)
  2. Tape off the edges in prep for the colored walls.
  3. Paint the taped edge 1st with the color of the wall it touches (the white of the ceiling), this seals the seam of the tape and any paint that seeps under the tape will be the same color as the area you’re taping off…genius!
  4. Then, paint the colored wall as usual (green in my case).
  5. Peel off tape and enjoy your crisp edges!

Check out the tip in full detail here.

Okay. Back to our bathroom progress:

baseboard and vanity

1) Now that the walls were painted, it was time to install the baseboards. We dry fit the vanity in place, so we could cut the baseboards around it, in order to ensure that the vanity sat flush against the wall. Don’t want a gap between the sink back and wall that water can get down!

I picked out 5.25″ baseboards. I wanted to use this throughout the entire house, but it’s a bit more expensive so Neil told me I could use it for select areas and everywhere else would be the standard 3.25″. I like the look of the taller baseboards, not only because it’s more elegant, but because we have floor vents. The taller baseboards make the vents seem less protruding.

If we had just been repainting the bathroom, I would have painted the baseboards first and then the walls, but since it’s new construction it was better to paint the green, install the baseboards, then come back and paint them. So, I caulked the seams, painted the baseboards (2 coats), then taped off the baseboards (using the painting tip above), and touched up the green wall to get nice crisp finished edges.

2) The next step is hooking up all the plumping. I hooked up the new faucet to the sink and attached the supply lines underneath (whenever replacing a sink, it’s much easier to do this part before the sink is placed). I found the faucet on sale at Home Depot for $20. It was in our price range and has a high neck, so a win-win in my book.

3) Then it was time to figure out the toilet. Turns out (I think since we have an older home), our toilet area in not standard…typical. Standard toilets are 12″ from the wall. Ours was about 10.5″. Instead of getting a new toilet for $100 it would cost us over $300 to order one.

Toilet Tip: If you are replacing your toilet, measure it to make sure you get the proper size. Measure from the wall to the center of the drain (or to the bolts that secure the toilet down if it’s still in place). If you don’t have a standard size (about 12″ from wall), be prepared to pay the big bucks…or see if you can repair it instead. 😉

Luckily (or not), the other bathroom had the same sized toilet. So, to save some money now, we pulled that toilet out, scrubbed the piss out of it (literally) and are going to reuse it. It’s a newer toilet and looked great once Neil was done with it. We just need to buy a new seat and it will be good as new.

When we get around to redoing the other bathroom we will have to figure out the toilet situation there, by either moving the wall back a few inches or rearranging the plumbing in order to be able to fit a standard sized toilet. But, we’ll come up with something when the time comes.


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