Marble Herringbone Tile in the Bath

Yes, I know. I’ve kept you waiting dear friends. Holiday breaking just felt so nice, and with the munchkin only 11-weeks out, we’ve been oh so busy in this little house of ours getting the abode/ourselves ready for our babes grand entrance.

One of the bigger(ish) things on my to-do list was to get our little bathroom gutted and revamped.

Truth be told, I’m pretty smitten with how the space turned out! Here is a shot of our marble herringbone tile up close!

Marble Herringbone Tile

True to form, we installed one of my favorite bathroom looks, a marble herringbone tile.

We love a clean and traditional look, so we decided to go with a nice crisp white subway tile for the tub surround. The room feels so much brighter, and less dingy now!

Inset Storage for Shower

Knowing that every inch of space counted in our tiny little loo, we also decided to try something new for this renovation, and installed an inset within the shower for shampoo and other shower essentials.

It’s the perfect size for all our bathroom beauty products – I’m so SO glad we decided to do this!

Inset Storage in Shower

Working off the finish on the tub, I snagged these sconces from Home Depot for $30 each. Can’t beat the price. and love how they look in the space. Simple and elegant.

Nickel Sconces

We lucked out with our toilet, which, believe it or not – only cost us $40! Here in Durham, there is a local rebate for $100 for any household that replaces an old toilet, with a new efficient model. We went from a toilet that used 3.5 gallons per flush, to this one, which uses 1.09 gallons per flush. For a pregnant women that tinkles more than I ever thought humanly possible, I’m pretty sure this was $40 well spent 😉 I love how it looks up against the marble herringbone tile pattern!

Inexpensive Dual Flush Toilet

Another cost cutter in this space was our sink! Initially we planned on just reusing the old one, but alas, once we got the new toilet in, we realized it didn’t fit! We landed up selling the old kohler on craigslist for $80, and finding this pedestal sink at the habitat for humanity reuse store for $11. WIN.

Inexpensive Bathroom Sink

Jay and I each have a favorite thing about our newly renovated bath. For me, I think I’ve found my new paint color. Benjamin Moore Pale Oak. It’s delish – perfection. (see it in our next house here)

Benjamin Moore Pale Oak

Jay’s favorite add on – the new mega sized shower head. Sitting in the lap of luxury peeps.

Upgraded Shower Head

So there you have it! Our new herringbone marble tile bath. Man, it feels good to have that one off the list!

Want to see all the products sourced and some of my other favorite bathroom finds? I’ve got them all saved on this pinterest board 🙂

Before and After Bathroom Renovation

Sorry for the radio silence you guys! Jay and I have been working like mad beasts to get this bathroom finished so you can see a good before and after bathroom renovation and we’ve been pretty consumed with a world full of tile and toilets as of late. Very glamorous 😀

So, this is the official shot of the bath before, pre-demo days.

Bathroom Upstairs Before

It was fine, really, and in complete honesty we could have just cleaned the hello dolly out of it and bought a nice shower curtain and called it done. But I knew sooner or later I’d want to gut this baby, and my mantra is “no time better than the present” 😉

Plus, my kid sister Rachel is moving in next week (WHHAA??) and Jay and I have been using the bath off her room for the past 6-months, so we wanted to spruce up this upstairs bath so that we had a nicer place to suds up in the am.

My biggest beef with this space was that it was just ugly, and not really my jam.

Black Diamond Tile in Tub

It was redone (to look vintage) sometime in the 90’s. As we started in on the demo work for the bathroom renovation, we realized how poorly the work had been done, which made me feel better about ripping it all out 🙂

Although it may be functional, another ugly vote (in my book) was the ginormous mirror that took up half the bathroom. Oh, and the light about it, not so much man, not so much.

Large Bathroom Mirror

For the last few months I have been scrubbing lots and lots in this room, and there are certain stains that just did not want to budge. Kinda gross, kinda ugly.

Updating Tile

And overall, it just felt like the room was getting eaten up by stained tile. On the walls, in the tub, it was just a bit overwhelming.

Another annoying detail – the only storage – in the entire bathroom – was this little rinky dink medicine cabinet.

White Medicine Cabinet

It just wasn’t a very functional space, so you know me, I got the itch to fix it.

Here is my inspiration board for the space. We’re finishing up the tile work today, and I should definitely have some details on the space for you next week! 😀 WOOT!

Bathroom Renovation

Want to see the full before and after bathroom renovation, go here.

The Best of 2013

Pretty much a year ago today I started this groovy little blog. A whole lotta home improvements later, I thought it would be fun to do a best of collection for 2013. Hold your pants, America, cause there were some pretty epic transformations going down in this place.

Best DIY Projects of 2013

You betcha. We’ve been busy little beavers. Here is a recap of the year’s most popular posts.

Kitchen Renovation

It was one hairy beast, but our kitchen is finally in a non-renovation stage (unless you count me trying to cook something) 😉 We said goodbye to our light oak cabinets (and a wall) and hello to some brighter and whiter stunners! I think we’re both pretty smitten.

DIY Herringbone Backsplash

Bathroom Renovation

Our bathroom went from 80’s to oh la la when we added some sweet little details like our herringbone tile shower. We loved the pattern so much that we even popped the same style in for our kitchen backsplash.

Herringbone Subway Tile

Built-in Bookcase

Even though it’s got me on the hook for a new (larger) TV for the hubster, our built-in bookcase was a pretty big hit around here, too. Best part was, we paid a fraction of the price of a pre-fab (non-builtin) option, with the entire project coming in at just over $400.

DIY Built In Bookcase

Floor Refinishing

It was one of the more painful projects we’ve under taken to date, but the floor refinishing really made a big difference in our house. Overall, I’m really glad we tackled this one and stretched our DIYing wings to try something new.

How to Refinish Floors

Refinishing Furniture 

Sometimes a $20 thrift store find is pure magic. Since we started refinishing the old furniture we find, we’ve been able to turn some pretty beat up pieces of furniture into some pretty chic new (to us!) furniture. All for pennies on the dollar.

How to Refinish Wood Tables

Crown molding 

Fit for a King, our crown molding made a h-u-g-e difference in our kitchen. We went for the bulky thick stuff and I’ve got a mega soft spot for it. Lurrrvvee.

Installing Crown Molding

Basement Bathroom 

True to form, knowing me, if we were doing one bath you’d better bet I was going to do the other. (My poor husband) We laid down some 12″x12″ marble tiles and got things looking a bit more classy. Better than the kermit the frog walls we had rocking the place before 🙂

Northern Cliffs Bathroom

Attic Renovation

Granted, this one is DEFINITELY still in progress (drywall being installed as we speak!) but this attic is on it’s way to being what I think will be my favorite space in the house. From insulation to bathrooms, we’ve been busting this one out for the last few months, and we are ready to be donzo.

Framing Bathroom in Attic

Weed Killing 

Leave it to the powers of pinterest, but this weed killing post was the MOST POPULAR post of the year. Who knew that some dish soap and vinegar would be such a hit! 😀

Happy New Year, blog friends! Thanks SO MUCH for stopping by to read the blog, it’s always nice to have you!

Sir Mix a Lot

Ok. We’ve done a complete 180. So goes the life of a DIY home renovation blogger. We’ve flipped and we’ve flopped and we’ve finally landed. You know how I said we were doing a half-bath, THEN said a full-bath. Well guess what, America. We’ve landed flat back on our bellies and we’re staying with the initial game plan by popping in a smaller bathroom.

If you’re all like – wait – but didn’t you already frame out a full bath and tell us all about how you’d be doing a full fledged big ol’ b-room up in the attic, then you’d be right. Here it is, to refresh your memory. Framed and all.

How To Install a Pocket Door

So before you get your pants all in a bunch about it, let me give you the play-by-play of where we are at today. Turns out a full bath has a full price and the dollars and cents just were not going to fly for what we were hoping to get out of it. Aka – return on investment. Not really there. Since we are pretty young (26) and know that we won’t be in the house until we retire or anything (I mean, we’d be lucky if we last 5 years…), ROI is pretty darn spankin’ important.

For starters, just to get the rough-in’s done, we’d be looking at a $2,000 bump UP in pricing i.e. not including the fixture installs. When it was all said and done, it was going to be almost $4,000 extra (EXTRA!!) to pop in a shower, with us doing like 99% of the work. Um – that is a lot of money, right?! We just couldn’t justify the cost and knowing we won’t be in the house forever and a day – the full shower just wasn’t enough make or break it for us.

Cost of Adding New Bathroom

The other thing that swayed us away from the full bath option was the resale value we’d be able to capture on our house. I’m sure the full-bath would have been a BIG selling point, but I also think some of these improvements might start to price us out of our neighborhood just a bit. Most homes have a bath, or a bath and a half on our block, so adding a full third one just felt a bit out of the stratosphere.

Taking the wall down actually felt kind of liberating, and it definitely felt like the right decision as we moved forward. Look how much more open that side of the room feels, now!

Framing Bathroom in Attic

Another advantage of the half bath option is that we now have an extra window adding lots of sun rays into our bedroom, making everything even more bright upstairs. The new bathroom option will be 5×4, with a sloped ceiling along the back wall. Although it will be cozy, we are very excited about the function it will add to the space!

We had an intsy teensy bath in our last home, but found it was so very nice to have a place to get ready for bed, right next to our bed. Now our new bathroom will be like four times the size of the one below, but you can see that you really don’t need much space to plop down a sink and au toilet.

Small Bathroom Design

Since we are working with a smaller space now, we’re excited about making it a bit more of a statement room. I’m loving this look right now, and thinking about integrating a darker wall color with some wainscoting or subway tile.

Small Black Bathroom

I’m also obsessed with the look of grasscloth wallpaper in a bathroom.

Grasscloth Wallpaper in Bathroom

You smell that? This bathroom is Reek-o-chico. Chicest thing I ever did see. On second thought … perhaps I shouldn’t ask you if you smell something while showing a photo of a bathroom. No scratch and sniff technologies here 😀

As far as materials go, I’m leaning toward a neutral base pallet, which should leave lots of room for getting spicy with fun wall paper or paint. Since the room is so small though, I didn’t want the nuts and bolts of the space to be competing with each other for eyeballs. Look at me. NO, me!!

Bathroom Inspiration Board

The look above is pretty close to what you’ll be seeing come install day. Our plumber will be here on the 6th of January – and we will be right behind ready to install some fixtures. YEEEEHHHHHAAAAHHH buddy!! Whoppdie whoo loopie looo babbadaa booooo ryhmes with poo, which I can do, in my boo(tiful) bathroom soo(n). 😀 Ha! I’m loling over here, y’all.

I. Can’t. Wait!!

 

May Monthly Roundup

Spring was a long time coming this year in the mitten, but lucky for us, it seems like mother nature is going to kick it into high gear and bring on summer. About time. Now, instead of wrapping up with a blanket and looking out dismally at snow (yes, it snowed in April), we are knocking out some serious projects. Something about that sunshine just puts the pep in yo step. For a little monthly re-capping, in April, we:

Basement Bathroom Remodel

Started renovating the downstairs bath. After testing lots of paint colors, we landed on Benjamin Moore Northern Cliffs, for both the vanity and the walls. After slapping down some marble tile, we just need some artwork and new lighting before we call this one done.

Benjamin Moore Northern Cliffs
Basement Bathroom
Northern Cliffs Bathroom
Basement Bathroom | After

Bathroom Reveal | Upstairs Bath

Since we already had the tile saw out, we decided to tag team the bathroom renos. Although our upstairs bathroom renovation started in March, we capped this guy off in April. We are still searching for the perfect mirror (procrastinators…) but overall, this room is functioning MUCH better (and looking a bit better, too!).

Completed Bathroom Renovation
Bathroom Renovation
Herringbone Subway Tile
Herringbone Subway Tile

Painted Doors

In addition to ripping out our bathroom(s), we decided to tackle some low hanging fruit too. Sometimes you just have to go for the easy win, right? We painted the last two doors in the house that had previously been paneled and pink. Not my cup of tea.

White painted paneled door
Attic Door | After

Installing Gas Line

After starting the process of reinvisioning our kitchen, we opted to do a gas line switcher-roo and move our oven over onto another wall. We opted to hire this one out. $250 (in my mind) is a small price to pay to have this one checked off the list with all our limbs intact.

How to install a gas line
New Gas Line

Countertops + Cabinets

Wanting a white and bright open kitchen space, Jay and I decided we were looking for something that aesthetically resembled marble, but without the upkeep associated. We found a few winners, and in the end, we are leaning toward Sugarbrush Quartz, through Lowes.

Sugarbrush Quartz with Shaker Cabinet
Sugarbrush Quartz with Shaker Cabinet

Wall Removal

Oh, and I almost forgot, we knocked out a wall. Almost didn’t happen, but gotta tell ya, so. very. glad. it. did. The kitchen/dining room space has been absolutely transformed by this decision. More light, better flow, bigger. Every time I walk into the room now, I smile.

How to remove wall
Removing Wall

Studor Pipe Vent 

And in the spirit of the wall removal, we had to mention our studor solution. Studor may or may not be my new favorite word. 😉

How to install air admittance valve
Installing Studor Pipe

A Little Late Coming | The Bathroom Threshold

Sometimes, you just lose your mojo on a project. You have the best intentions of dotting your i’s and crossing your t’s, but then you shrug your shoulders and say, meh, good enough. That was the fate of our upstairs bath, where a few details were left, well, unfinished. Case A: the threshold.

Removing Bathroom Threshold
Bathroom Threshold

An especially troublesome spot. Top left corner. Whoops – not enough tile … Jay thought I wouldn’t catch it, snicker. This area actually became a little bit of a conundrum for us, since Jay’s plan was to just have the threshold pop up and cover the gap. Yep, didn’t work. Too much of an angle. I finally gave into his solution, which was to just add some extra grout to help cover the gap. Not the best solution, but hey, it’ll do.

How to install a bathroom threshold
Bathroom Threshold

Since our first threshold popped off during the renovation project and split a bit, we were unable to put humpty dumpty back together, and had to break out the wallet and buy a new one. Since they are all of $7 at the store, no harm done.

How to install a threshold
Cutting the Trim

After measuring our location, and using the old threshold as a general guideline, we took the new guy out to the garage and started slicing and dicing. It’s always nice when you have a template to use (i.e. old item) since you can hack off the wood with a bit more confidence that your new piece is actually going to fit. Always good.

How to installed threshold
New Threshold

And here is the new guy, sans paint. That’ll do pig, that’ll do. Always good to do a dry fit in before you pull out the paint brush and commit to your final sizing.

White Painted bathroom threshold
Painted Threshold

After we painted the threshold, and screwed it in, things were looking a whole lot more polished in this little bath of ours. Much better than the bare floor we had chilling there for a month or so. I think it could benefit from one more quick coat of paint, but for know, I’m saying done.

Tile Close Up
Tile Close Up

We tried to get the threshold to perfectly cover the janky tile in the back, but alas, there was still some area that was unable to be covered on it. Since the grout dries quite light, it is pretty difficult to tell that the area is missing something. Not ideal, but hey, it’s for reallz. Sometimes the home reno projects leave a few small details to be desired. Live and learn, my friend.

White painted threshold
Threshold with Door Closed

And with the door shut, this joint is looking mighty fine. No more 2″ gap between the door and the floor. I call that a success!

Bathroom Reveal | Pinterest Challenge

From the wall tear out to the floor install, it’s been a long time coming. Now that the faucet is installed, I’m extremely proud to introduce you to the official after shots of our upstairs bathroom (sans a mirror). 😉 In spirit of the image that started it all, I’d like to present my pinterest inspiration photo. Rubber ducky and all.

Herringbone Subway Tile
Herringbone Tile | Inspiration Photo

Here are some after shots of the tub surround and built-in. I love how much more open and airy this room feels now. Big improvement! Here is how our bathroom compares to the inspiration shot. I still need to get a rubber ducky to complete the look 🙂

Herringbone Subway Tile
Herringbone Subway Tile

Probably one of my favorite details about the new space is this little hutch we found at Homegoods. I thought that it would definitely be too large to fit into the tiny space, but I think it really works. It’s the perfect place to stash all our toilet paper rolls. 😉

Small Bathroom Storage
Small Bathroom Storage

I’m also totally in love with the sink and tub hardware. Both are Kingston Brass, and after purchasing this brand for the first time with this renovation, I can say I am a huge fan of the quality and workmanship with these pieces. They really make the room feel a bit more old school authentic to me, and I love that.

Kingston Brass Cross Handle
Kingston Brass Faucet

Storage wise, the built-in has been a life-saver for us, and it completely transformed this bathroom from a very non-functional space, to a much, much more practical room. We actually have a place to put our toothbrushes now – go figure! 🙂

Bathroom Builtin
Bathroom Built-In

And although the sconces are not what I original had envisioned for the space, I’m pretty glad that I came in $120 under budget on these. Life lesson. Being flexible can save you money.

Completed Bathroom Renovation
Bathroom Renovation

This room has come a long way! There are still some minor revisions that need to happen (door threshold, etc), but I think it’s safe to say that we are back in the bathroom business.

Marble Hex Floor Tile
Marble Hex Floor Tile

To bring y’all back to the beginning, here is how the bathroom looked when we moved in.

Downstairs Bath | Before

And since seeing a room reno is no fun without knowing how many dolla bills went into the mix, here is the total cost breakdown for you. (I rounded up to the nearest dollar)

  • Marble Flooring (including grout, mortar, a new tile blade, a few new tools and sealer) $296
  • Subway Tile $84
  • Backer board $42
  • Paint – Free! (used a color already in the house)
  • Sconces – $80 (Lowes)
  • Built-in (including wood, supplies, veneer and accessories) $74
  • Sink (splurge…) $282
  • Tub Hardware $108
  • Sink Faucet (including plumbing) $162
  • Spray paint for tub hardware $4
  • Privacy screen for window $17

Grand Total: $1,149 

So although this certainly was not a cheapity cheap renovation, I’m pretty glad to have this sucker d.o.n.e. We laughed, we cried, we went home happy. Actually, there was probably more crying than laughing – but in the end – we definitely went home happy. 🙂

 

The Third Iteration of the Faucet

What can I say – our faucet search was a hard one. A long, fruitless search, where we had to brush our teeth in the kitchen. Every night and every morning. Those days have officially come to an end. Yippie! First, let’s go back to the beginning, when we got this guy in the mail, only to find out that it was a wee bit small for the sink. No dice.

Kingston Brass Mini Widespread Faucet
Kingston Brass | Mini Widespread Faucet

It is cute though, isn’t it! 🙂 I then moved onto to this guy, thinking that the spout length would be just about right (1 inch longer) but after hemming and hawing, I had a hard time justifying the $230 price tag. So… I waited, and search, and waited. And then – found this one! The winner! 🙂 After an overstock coupon, this guy came out to $150, not too shabby, but heck, not too cheap, either! Really, in the end, I think it was the little things (like the faucet) that ramped up our budget a bit. I’ll do a complete break down of the reno costs in the next post, to give some perspective on the total cost.

Kingston Brass Cross Handle
Kingston Brass Faucet

After we got the faucet, I pretty much begged Jay to install it immediately, since we had been having to cart our behinds to much less convenient sinks every single night to get ready for bed. After about 5-mins, the hall floor looked like this. 😉

How to install a faucet
Faucet Installation

Now Jay is normally a pretty calm dude. This sink made him angry. His biggest complaint was that the thing was just complicated. Notably, the hot and cold water lines that they provided were way too long, and each part had a bunch of pieces associated with it, so you had to very carefully follow the directions. Connecting the plumbing from the wall to the sink was tricky since the pedestal sink cavity was super small and the faucet was an adjustable 8-16″ center set, so the two lines were pretty long. You can see that things were pretty tight down there below!

How to install pedestal sink plumbing
Sink Plumbing

Jay is used to having one unit that you install (i.e. 4″ center set sink), so these extra moving parts peeved him a bit. Does he look peeved. Maybe he is just concentrating.

Kingston Brass Faucet
Kingston Brass Faucet

Here is the sink mid-install, about 15 mins into the process. The whole kit and kaboodle took 45 mins (and a trip to the hardware store), but I think we are both pretty excited to have a sink again! Here is what the sink is looking like behind the pedestal these days. Mighty janky, huh? Glad we found the storage unit to put next to the sink, since it really does help camouflage things.

How to install a pedestal sink
Janky Plumbing

When we hopped over to Lowes, Jay did try to find some plumbing that was not quite as long, to avoid the looping in and out, but the connector part was not the correct fitting, so we opted to work with what we had. I’m glad that we were able to find a work around and use a lot of the plumbing that came with the faucet, since it saved us about $15 of plumbing in the end. Ain’t much, but I’ll take it.

Kingston Brass Cross Handle
Kingston Brass

One thing I have learned about plumbing (via Jay’s attempts) is that it is an extremely iterative process. I mean, 5 trips to the hardware store type of process. It’s really hard to know (especially when you don’t do plumbing very often) what the correct fittings will be, and what will or won’t work for your specific job. I gotta tell ya, plumbing is really my least favorite DIY job around here. It usually ends in an old faithful episode and houses and gushing water really don’t mix well. Just ask our old house.

Cross Handle Faucet
Cross Handles

There was one of easy step in the process. Gluing down the drain. We just used some bathroom quality caulk we had laying around. After applying a pretty liberal amount to the base, we just plopped the drain on. Done. That was easy. 🙂

How to attach faucet drain
Attaching Drain

Overall, I’m digging the new addition and I am certainly very ready to have some easily available H20 next time I need it.

(Hard)ware

Our bathroom hardware has been giving us the run-a-round. Actually, it’s probably my fault for not correctly reading specs on all the items we had in cue to purchase for the b-room, but I am going to blame it on the hardware. 😉 First, let me formally introduce you to our new bathroom faucet. If you read the blog, you’ve probably seen peaks of it here and here, but I think it’s high time for an official, let’s get to know each other.

Kingston Brass Cross Handle Tub Faucet
Kingston Brass Faucet

Isn’t it luverly? This picture was taken before we caulked this beast, so it’s looking a little rough around the edges, but in all honesty, I’m so star struck by the gorgeous faucet that I kinda forget everything else and just stare at the main attraction. Here is a view from the side, as well. Squee!!

Cross Handle Tub Faucet
Cross Handle Tub Faucet

Have I ever mentioned that plumbing is my dear husband’s nemesis? So much so, that it’s become MY nemesis, and anything that can be done to avoid jerry-rigging with the pipes is a priority in my book. So…. to avoid re-doing the plumbing, we had to find a faucet that had a hot and cold lever on each side, vs. the shared control device in the middle. This is actually harder than it sounds, especially if you are looking for something that looks classy, and not the 1980’s gold we had chilling in the bathroom before. Here is a picture, in case you needed some help conjuring up the memory. Cringe.

Downstairs Bath | Before

The only thing I’m not bonkers about on this set is the shower head. It’s just kinda plain. Better than super ornate, I guess. It looks neutral enough though, so I’m a-ok with it. The total cost for the new shower set was under $100 (we got ours on overstock), so I was pretty happy with the cost of this upgrade, especially for the quality we got! We opted to go with the Kingston Brass collection and this stuff is really high quality – it looks and feels fantastic and the craftsmenship shows hardcore.

Kingston Brass Shower
Shower Head

Being that I was so impressed with the quality, look and feel of the shower combo, I decided that I would love to find the same brand for the sink as well. That thought was all good in theory, but when the faucet arrived, it was pretty obvious that it just wasn’t going to work. Whomp, whomp. Cue the sad face. It just looked hilariously small on the sink, which was a bit larger than our previous sink, so I think I just had the measurements all crossed in my head. Bummer dude.

Kingston Brass Mini Widespread Faucet
Kingston Brass | Mini Widespread Faucet

It is a really beautiful faucet though, so I would love to try and use it either on the basement sink set-up, or perhaps for a sink in the upstairs (after we convert that space to our Master Suite). For reference, we also purchased this faucet from overstock. Back to the box it went. Boo hoo. Here is the sink, still looking mighty bare with no faucet, and mighty not functional.

Porcher Sink
Porcher Sink

Right now, I’m leaning toward this guy as a replacement. It’s an inch longer in total spout length, so I think it will be just the right dimension to not make the sink too overpowering in the room. It’s the same manufacturer, so I think it’ll tie in nicely with the tub set. I still haven’t ordered it, as I’m waiting for a coupon, etc to pop up to bring down the price a bit.

Kingston Brass Faucet
Kingston Brass Faucet

 

Did I mention I like Marble?

Before the bathroom overhaul began, we had a stained wood window sill in the bathroom. The first time a took a shower in this bathroom, it was pretty obvious that a wood window sill, in a shower, was not a good idea. Especially for the actual sill, we knew that we wanted something that would be more waterproof, like marble for instance. Being the sucker I am for this beau-ti-ful little stone, I try to add marble anywhere in the house I can, so let’s just say it wasn’t a hard sell 🙂 Here’s a shot of the bathroom window prior to the reno.

Wood Window Sill
Bathroom Window Sill Before

Once we removed the trim from around the window, we got to cleaning up the space a bit, to make sure the new marble sill sat on there nicely without catching on anything. Jay just grabbed his chisel to even things out a bit, and to get rid of extra residue that was hanging around after the trim removal.

How to install a marble window sill
Cleaning up the Window Sill

After the area was cleaned up, we tried a few different options to see which one we like the most aesthetically. We tried bumping it out a bit, to mimic an actual window sill, like the picture below, but found in the end that we preferred the sill to match up with the trim, vs. hang over. Plus, it was easier for Jay to cut it that way, so he got two votes. 🙂

How to install a marble window sill
Marble Window Sill

After we had our configuration determined, all we had to do was cut it. Well measure it, then cut it. First, we cut the edges off to get it to the right size. The speed square we used for the tile install came in super handy here, since it was a straight edge we could easily grab for and know the line would be straight.

How to install a marble window sill
Cutting the Marble

Then, we had to just notch out a small piece, so that the marble sill would be able to sit in the window. Here is a close up of where the sill is sitting, you can see how there is a section that is a bit deeper, which is where the actual ledge rests on the window. It bumps out again about an inch after the window surround, so we had to cut of a small piece to fit it in correctly. Looks awfully lovely without the trim on, huh? 🙂 At least we have a boat load of insulation now, though! It makes my heart happy to know this bathroom will be nice and toasty. Might not be the prettiest thing, but I’m sure glad is chilling under the trim.

How to install a window sill
Window Surround

After notching off a square along the back end to make the sill fit, we just coaxed it into place, slapped some mortar on it and called it a day! I’m pretty pumped to see how this will look with the trim installed around it, but for now, at least it looks like progress. And progress, is good. Oh, and for a bit of a cost break down, since we already had the mortar for the tile reno, this little DIY project only set us back $12.99. Yep, you heard it here first folks, $12.99 for a hunka hunka burning marble. That’s what I’m talking about!!

How to install a marble window sill
Marble Window Sill