Welcome to Part 2 of the Luxurious Half bath remodel! I hope you are excited to move on to the next steps of the project. Like I said before, this is my favorite part and of course I love seeing the finished product. Here we go!
Last time we finished off with covering all the open holes in the wall and ceiling while leaving cut outs for the new fixtures boxes. Now that they are all sanded and primed, we are going to move on to installing the tile and removing the trim.
There will be no trim on the stone wall so remove that completely. The connecting wall trim needs to be cut down by 1/2″ so it butts up to the stone. Re-install the trim once the stone is on the wall.
The desert quartz stone tile is very forgiving with placement. You will need a level to check that it is straight, but small mistakes usually go unnoticed. The tiles are made to link together and there is no need to stagger them other than how they are already stacked. This is a good time to mix the thin set to get ready to apply the tiles to the wall. I used a trowel to put the thin set on the back of the tile and also on the wall where the tile was to be placed since the tiles are so heavy.
A wet saw is required at this point to cut the edge of some tiles straight so they line up with the end of the wall. The straight end of the tile will butt up against the corner and you will move to the right as you work. Put on the layers and scrape lines with the trowel to create air between the wall and the tile so the stone stick to the wall.
You will need to make 2 cuts on every line of tiles. Of course the difficult cuts are around the pipes. We used the left over pieces to place them around the pipes to minimize waste. It was easy to tap apart the stones to get individual pieces to use.
It’s exciting to watch as the stones start to connect with each other and you can see it coming together. The nice thing about the ledger stone is that you don’t need to grout it after installation! How fantastic is that?! A sealant over the stone is all you will need once you finish the wall.
I decided to work up the wall first so that I could take out the toilet later in the tiling process. We need that toilet on the main floor with 3 kids! You can do whatever works for you, but what I learned is the tiles lay together better when the thin set is still wet so they can adjust a little. If I could do it again, I would go horizontally and if I stopped, I would finish the whole line first. Hope that makes sense. 🙂
Once you get to the top of the wall, you will need to piece in stones to fit into the space. They blend very well since the stacked stone already looks randomly placed.
Now that the stone wall is in place, you can seal it with your choice of sealant for stone. It will be a good idea to put the pendant lights up before the vanity to have easier access to the ceiling. Once the lights are up, turn the electrical back on to make sure they work. Isn’t it exciting to see the lights in front of the stone? The way it accents the stone is very pleasing to the eye!
The lights are installed, the stone is on the wall, so now you can put your toilet back in. Once the toilet is set, you can move the new vanity in and put the vessel sink on top. The sink will rest loosely on top until the drain is installed which will help hold it in place and then you can put a white silicone around the base of the sink to finish attaching it on to the vanity. The vanity and sink are now ready for installation.
There are kits at the hardware store that you can purchase that will have all the pieces needed for your p-trap. They will attach from the sink drain into the wall where the existing pipe was. Start by putting on the pipes for the p-trap by connecting it to the drain that is connected to the sink first. Then run them to the wall so the water will connect to the drain pipe.
After connecting all pipes with putty, you always want to do a test run. Turn the water back on and check for leaks around the faucet and p-trap. If everything looks good, you can move on to the mirror.
The easiest way to hang a big mirror is to make a template with paper so you can see where you want it on the wall and also mark where the holes need to be drilled. The mirror should center perfectly in between the lights and be centered above the faucet. I hung the mirror about 4-5 inches above the faucet. You can adjust this to your liking.
Once the paper template is hanging on the wall and leveled, mark on the stone where the holes need to be made. You are now ready to make the holes in the stone! Use the cement drill bit to make the 2 holes and then drill in the cement screws you purchased. The screws should hold up to 200-500 pounds so there will be no problem holding the mirror. Go ahead and hang the mirror and check it with the level! What an accomplishment just to get the mirror up! Phew!
All that is left now is to paint! I went with a neutral color that would blend with the stone and not detract from it. I also wanted the room to feel taller so I painted the ceiling to match the walls. The color for the walls and ceiling is called Toasted White which is more of a creamy white. I bought a gallon of satin Valspar paint from Lowes so the satin would allow the textured walls to blend in instead of be noticed. Otherwise I would have chosen a semi-gloss for easier cleaning. I also painted the trim Muslin White because I wanted to get rid of the blonde builder grade wood. I also replaced the door in a previous project and painted it Muslin White to match. Now paint, paint, paint! I love painting! Here’s how the color looks against the stone wall.
If you come across any spots on the stone wall that there are spaces between stones you don’t like especially around the faucet, you can buy a cement silicone filler and fill the gaps. It blends in so well with the stone and you can’t even tell it’s there!
The bathroom is just about finished and now all that is left is to decorate! I added some botanical art to keep it simple and natural. The stone wall is simple yet elegant and can go with any art you choose. One thing I love about the accent wall is stone is timeless and will never go out of style. It’s not a pink tile or a pattern that you may not love in the future. It will feel luxurious and timeless for years!
I hope you enjoyed my bathroom renovation and if you attempt to do this in your own bathroom or for an accent wall in another room, just know that it will make you smile every time you see it!
This is what the bathroom looks like now!
I can answer any questions and I look forward to reading your comments! Check out the before and after… What a difference!! Thanks for reading!
Original nightstand is from Hayneedle, but I can’t find it on their site.
Other Vanity options: Slater End Table