Matching Finishes

Where the Boogie Man lives

I would love to have shown you photos from the finished Powder Room today, but lets just say that as much as I reassure my children that the toilet is still in good working order, there is no convincing them to use it. To quote the my youngest, “Mom, it just doesn’t feel right”. And I will admit, in a six year olds’s mind there is a strong argument for the boogie-man taking up residence in a space where electrical wires hang from the ceiling and gaping holes stare back at you from the drywall. But I digress. Let me focus on what was accomplished:

First off, I was able to retrieve the custom fit and polished granite counter top Friday afternoon. I took my sink and faucet with me and watched as Shuresh cut the openings for each according to my specifications. I appreciated that he included me in the process. Any break down in communication was avoided and we could both feel confident the job was done right. As I watched him drill the holes I picked up some more tips for cutting stone. Bonus! Here he uses a Hole Saw attachemnt. Watch my video where I use an Angel Grinder to cut large diameter curves.

Shuresh pours water on the stone as he drills holes for the sink an faucet

Back at home I was pleased with how well the colour and graining in the stone matched the tile floor. Of course I had not left this up to chance. On my original visit to the shop I had brought with me samples of all the finished material—wood, tile, and brass faucet to ensure everything in the room would feel as if it belonged together. Before I ordered the stone I had not firmed up in my mind whether I would go with a light colour to match the sink and painted bead-board or darker colour to bring out the wood tones of the cabinetry. In the end I went with the same design trick I used in our kitchen and maintained a cohesive look between the horizontal surfaces. That idea came from my days of watching Candice Olson’s Divine design and I think its a great tip to fall back on if you are ever in doubt. Repetition with variety is so important in good design.

Later that afternoon with the power turned off at the circuit breaker, I opened up the electrical boxes to explore how I might introduce a new hanging fixture. I was left with more questions than answers—thus the hanging wires. I used a life-line and called in a friend to help me sort it out. In the meantime, I did move an electrical outlet that had been installed poorly by the previous homeowners. It was not hazardous, but rather crooked and not at all aesthetically pleasing. Depending on the age of your home may have a fusebox or breaker system in your electrical service panel. I have a combination of both. Here’s what they look like.

Older homes often have a Fusebox on the Electrical Panel.
Newer homes usually have breakers on the Electrical Panel. I have both.
Newer homes usually have breakers on the Electrical Panel.

Saturday I modified the plumbing at the sink to better accommodate the washstand vanity. One of the features that drew me to the washstand in the first place were the drawers on the left side. To keep the the drawers as functional as possible I decided to cut back the water supply lines and raise the trap higher. None of these modification will interfere with the functioning of the sink, yet they will increase the storage capacity of the vanity.

Planning how to move the trap higher to accommodate the drawers in the vanity
Removing a section of the centre support to accommodate the plumbing. This is how I feel when I use the Jig Saw — all shook up.