Monday, September 23, 2013

Icing On The Cake

Happy Monday all!  Sure it is the start of another work week, but I find myself really enjoying Monday's lately.  They mean that I get to sit at work and not spend my day running around like a crazy lady doing house projects.  Come Thursday, I will be recovered and ready to start another weekend of projects again.

This weekend was spent working on our shower and finishing up the front half of our bathroom.  I can now say that the vanity portion is truly done.  The final step in the process was mirror molding.  Mirror molding is one of those trendy bathroom upgrades that is very popular on Pinterest right now and we jumped right on board with the trend.  Our reason for deciding to do it was not solely for visual purposes though, we were covering up a few issues...

I mentioned in a previous post that we chose to re-use our 3 x 3 mirrors that we originally had in our bathroom.  They were in perfect condition, so why not?  The only issue is that the sides of the mirrors had years of paint build up from color changes and in the process of re-installing the mirrors, we did a tiny bit of damage.  We chose to sink screws into our walls to act as supports for our glued mirrors as they dried.  Unfortunately, we did not think about the weight of the large mirrors on the screws.  So, we installed and then found that we created about a 1/2" "break" in one of the mirrors on the bottom (not really a break, but we cracked off the backing of the mirror, which meant you could see the wall through it).  So, the molding was brought in to cover the damage and the painted sides of the mirrors.

We wanted the molding to match our cabinets exactly, so I went back to the Home Depot kitchen and bath department to check out my options.  Option one was mirror molding, but the pieces were only six feet long, which means that we would have had to buy eight pieces to fully surround our mirrors- expensive.  Option two was "counter top molding", which looked just like the mirror molding but was missing the cut out in the back to fit over the mirror.  This molding was sold in eight foot lengths so we only needed to buy four- score!  Knowing that my brilliant husband could surely figure out a way to cut the counter top moldings to fit over the mirror, I went ahead and ordered.

Not even two weeks later, the molding came in and we set to work figuring how to make these moldings fit.  My first thought was to use a router, but we needed to cut 3/4" down into the molding and routers only do 1/2" cuts.  Plus, we do not own a router.  This is when Eric had the brilliant idea to use his Dado blade on the table saw.

The blade looks pretty gnarly, but we did a couple of practice tests with it and it worked perfectly!  In no time, our molding went from looking like the piece on the right, to looking like the piece on the left (sorry it is blurry).

From there, it just took some 45 degree cuts with the chop saw and our molding was ready to install. We chose to glue the molding on using an interior kitchen and bathroom grade clear adhesive and then to tape the molding in place for 12 hours to dry.

Sunday morning came the big reveal!

I also added a bit of decor to dress up the vanity.  Most everything decor wise came from HomeGoods, with the exception of the grey vase from Crate and Barrel and the florals from Michaels.

So, there you have it.  The bathroom is partially done.

Up next came the shower.  We started the shower by painting on one coat of our "favorite bathroom building insurance", RedGard.

At this point, we only had half the shower hardiebacker installed, but I wanted to get two coats on the bottom half of the shower before tiling.

Once that was dry, we installed the top portion of the shower hardiebacker, again using 1/2" hardiebacker for wall tile.  Once screwed in (with hardiebacker screws), we began using fiberglass tape and mortar to cover the seams.

We let that fully dry and then it was time for RedGard coat number two.

With that, we were ready for tiling.  Check back later this week for how that went.  Let me tell you this much, we will never use subway tile again in any application- what a headache.


  1. Hi,
    I am doing a shower install and noticed you have a kohler valve and was wondering for the rough install did you install per the included directions for the thick wall?

  2. Hi Anthony,
    We had the Kohler valve professionally installed because we had quite the crazy plumbing set up going on with our previous hardware. Because of this, I cannot answer your question. I did find this blog post though and it has a picture of the wall with the Kohler valve installed. Hopefully, this will help a bit.