Brave Enough to Start

We’ve been avoiding working on finishing the conservatory bathroom because we were afraid our skills weren’t good enough.

The conservatory bathroom is still unfinished.
The conservatory bathroom is still unfinished.

This past weekend we just started.

Salvaged wood.
Salvaged wood.

We’ve been saving old lumber from the demolition of part of the house to give us a rustic bathroom.

An Ikea sink is supported by a 2 by 4 frame.
An Ikea sink is supported by a 2 by 4 frame.

The Ikea sink had already been installed but needed trimming.

We trying to keep the lumber rustic looking.

We started by carefully choosing some of the old lumber and giving it a light sanding.

We wanted to fill in the gap at the edge of the sink.
We wanted to fill in the gap at the edge of the sink.
A thin strip of wood on each side of the sink was needed to finish the countertop wall-to-wall.
A thin strip of wood on each side of the sink was needed to finish the countertop wall-to-wall.

Charlie carefully fit 2 pieces of lumber on the top on either side of the sink to make a full countertop.

The front face was notched around the sink.
The front face was notched around the sink.

Using a piece of vintage 1 by 8 we notched out the sink and applied it to the front of the sink support with pneumatic nails.

In this small bathroom we needed to make space for an extra towel bar.
In this small bathroom we needed to make space for an extra towel bar.

I had already purchased towels bars one of which we applied to the front of the vanity.

The shelf under the sink will also be faced in vintage lumber.
The shelf under the sink will also be faced in vintage lumber.

The next step is to rip some of the lumber in half so we can make a shelf on the bottom.

I'm feeling more confident.
I’m feeling more confident.

I’m definitely feeling braver about continuing with the project.

Are you willing to try something out of your wheelhouse? Do you get in over your head?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

5 thoughts on “Brave Enough to Start”

  1. it’s looking fantastic! good for you 🙂 i managed to fix our dryer this weekend – i far surpassed my own expectations! LOL!!! i tore it apart, found the problem, ordered a new heating coil, installed it, and put the dryer back together and miraculously it works perfectly (knock on wood). i don’t usually take risks like that because i tend to get in over my head and then panic. but in this case, we had a technician coming anyways, so i figured it i broke it worse, he could fix it… but now we’re canceling his appointment 🙂

  2. So far so good! I like the towel bar in the front and the wood it’s fastened to looks really good. Great job filling in the gaps around the sink, Charlie!

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