Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Cabinetry & Trim - Croix's Bath Part 4

Well folks, we have a LOT of catching up to do.

Let's start with the fact that we have cabinetry, trim and a mirror! 

You know, like REAL LIFE WORKING BATHROOM Essentials! woo!!

Shortly after my last post, we got the vanity set and boy did that make such a difference! Our cabinetry is, of course, from Bell Cabinetry & Design (the company I work for) and was designed by me for our Luxury Living Show Bath last year. It's 61" long with the sink base centered and 3-drawer bank cabinets, left and right. 

Wellllll, I guess I should say what looks like a 3-drawer cabinet on the right side. It's actually a pullout with adjustable shelves, just tricked out to look like drawers. Lucky Croix, I wonder what kinds of treasures he will store in there. :)

The cabinet color is Bruton White, CW-710 by Benjamin Moore in a satin finish, the interiors are stained walnut and the hardware is polished nickel from Top Knobs. 

Next up, we got busy getting the mirror installed. When I had originally designed the bath display for this cabinetry to sit in (the one that sat at Phipps Plaza), I had also designed a walnut mirror frame in the same finish as the inside of the cabinetry. Somewhere along the way the mirror was lost, but I still wanted that look, so we decided to try our hand at making our own. We headed to Home Depot and picked up some pine, a wood that is much cheaper than walnut, but we knew could be stained to look very similar. We also bought a plate glass mirror (also from Home Depot) in the size we were looking for - 36" x 48". 

Once home, Brent attached the mirror to the wall. He used clips that came with the mirror + Liquid Nails. Next, he used his miter saw to cut the wood to create a mirror frame. He used wood glue to hold the pieces together. After the glue dried, I sanded the frame down and it was ready for staining.

I applied one coat of stain - Varathane's Dark Walnut, but some of the areas where the wood glue had been didn't take the stain very well, so we sanded those areas again, added a little more stain and the frame was good to go!

Brent removed the little clips that were stabilizing the mirror and then used his nail gun to attach the mirror frame round the mirror.


Once the mirror was set, we were ready to focus on the trim. I knew early on I wanted the trim to be something unique and cool, but was unsure of the exact direction at first. As the bath began to take shape a concept occurred to me... WOODEN BALLS! To be honest, I've been mildly obsessed with them for about a year now and have incorporated them into several of my designs, but I'd never seen wooden balls used in a trim application, and I thought it could be a fun way to add some depth, texture and fun to the space. 

We started by picking up 2" wide strips from Home Depot and I ordered 1" half round balls from here. Next, Brent cut the wooden strips and I used Liquid Nails to glue the balls to the strip. We planned for a staggered look, so before gluing, we pre-marked the boards so we could easily get the balls securely in place. While we waited for the glue to dry we got the baseboards installed. We went with a 6" high square baseboard. We pre-measured/marked the walls so the 2" strips would be mounted 9" apart on center.

Once the glue was dry Brent used his nail gun and a level to get the strips up on the wall.

My excitement grew with each strip that was installed. I could tell almost instantly I was going to love the outcome. 
We got as many installed as we could, but because we didn't have countertops in we couldn't finish the section behind the vanity, so as you can see from the photo above I started painting because I just couldn't wait and OH MY GOSH!!!!!!!

What do you think?! Pretty happy, right?

Annnnnd, this is where I'm going to leave you hanging. Countertops came next and they deserve a post all their own. Until next time....

All photos are my own. 

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