Bath Crashers!

Ok, so it was less “crashing” and more just doing something that’s been on my improvement wish list for years. And there were no cameras or hot HGTV hosts around.

This weekend my big accomplishment was installing….

Medicine cabinets.

First of all, let me explain something about my bathroom– it is smaller and doesn’t have excellent storage options. Until this weekend, the only storage available was under the dual sinks.

I hate storing toiletries, medicine and stuff under the sink. Ew. Just– ew. And there really isn’t any extra available space for stand alone cabinetry. Very frustrating.

This has been bothering me since I moved in, and the solution was clear: add medicine cabinets. But there were several hurdles to overcome first.

My bathroom is fairly modern so choosing the right cabinet (and size) was imperative. Also, if have to figure out how to remove the existing mirror setup. And the light fixtures that were sticking through those mirrors. And then there would be the process of installing the new cabinets.

For a non-confident DIYer, this was fairly daunting.

But then Room & Board sent out their 12 lbs of catalogs. And the bath catalog had what I was looking for. And then when I checked online a few weeks ago, my cabinets were marked down. And then there was the additional 20% off sale….

So I bought two, which served to get me off my ass.

They arrived last Thursday, so it was time. I started on Friday with disconnecting the light fixtures (went surprisingly well) and then the removal of the big existing mirrors (also went well as they were suspended out from the wall on metal dowels).

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I had to then run to Homo Depot to get some drywall spackle, paint rollers, and some new, mounting fixture plates for the electrical boxes.

I repaired the drywall on Friday night so that it would be ready for sand and paint on Saturday.

I woke up bright and early on Saturday morning, as the nerves were kicking in. I was worried about getting the light fixtures correctly reinstalled and most of all I was worried about hanging the cabinets.

But first: sanding, cleaning, and painting.

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And then getting the old light fixtures reinstalled and functional.

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Yay! They worked and all the wires tucked back in with no issue.

Then came the hard part– positioning, leveling, drilling the drywall anchors, and then hanging the cabinets.

I cut out a cardboard “template” from one of the shipping boxes and put two holes in it which corresponded to the mounting screw locations. I also marked a center line. Then I measured to find out where the cabinet should go, held the template in place, leveled it, and marked the holes.

Then I doublechecked the hole marks for levelness and spacing, held my breath, and started installing the drywall anchors. This was nerve wracking as the last time I tried this I hit something hidden behind the wall and ended up making a big fucking mess.

This nearly happened again, as one of the anchors was having trouble– but I got out my cordless drill and solved it. (Phew!)

And then voila!

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Let me just say for the record that hanging those cabinets was a BITCH by myself. It was awkward standing on a stool and the sink and trying to balance and lift the fuckers into place and then find the mounting screws. I very nearly dropped the right one– and it took 5 tries before getting it in place.

But it’s done. And here is what my bathroom looks like now:

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It certainly isn’t perfect, and there were a few issues, but I did it. Me. By myself. And I feel accomplished.

Now if they only stay on the walls….

P.S. I have both cabinets filled, but in a pretty way. And I managed to totally clean out my below sink storage so that it is only towels, TP, cleaning supplies, and random storage.

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12 Responses to Bath Crashers!

  1. Raybob says:

    Yay you!
    Great job 🙂

  2. Paul says:

    Where is the obligatory “man in the shower” pic?

  3. truthspew says:

    Ah yes – the DIY strain runs deep with me. For example place we’re in I noticed the wiring in the light fixtures was fraying. So I cut the power, took the fixtures down and ran new wiring in. Pretty easy to do.

    And as a kid my cousin and I did destruction work for my uncle. He’d put us in a place with a couple of wrecking bars and tell us to have at it. We could take a room down to bare studs in about 40 minutes. Then we’d stuff wiring, insulation etc. Good skills to have.

  4. Mark in DE says:

    Very impressive, especially without a 2nd set of hands/eyes to help.

  5. Chip says:

    Looks great! Congratulations on completing this task by yourself.
    How deep is the cabinet? Can you post a side shot? (Hard to tell from the ‘facing front’ pictures).
    Add “handyman” to your noble list of characteristics, i.e. smart, handsome, sexy, musically inclined, etc….

  6. congrats on a job well done! oooooooooh, a rubber duckie too! 🙂

  7. Old Lurker says:

    So you’re the guy who encourages companies to mail out giant catalogues. Also, it was pretty scary to read that you hung those cabinets yourself. Next time spare my blood pressure and get a hanging buddy off of Scruff or Grindr (that’s what they’re for, after all).

    On the other hand, you did a great job. The cabinets look good! I must say that it is a little unfair that you are both handsome AND handy.

  8. Rick says:

    You are so gay! Seriously, looks great. Smart fella to make a template to hang the cabinets I would have appreciated a pic of one of the cabinet’s door open but that oversight is forgiven. They look large with plenty of storage for you. Now guest can be a nosey parker and just open the cabinet without having to bend over and look under the sink. 😉 Good job!

  9. Kenny says:

    Awesome job! But my curiosity is peaked…what are those bottles of potions/lotions on the top shelf?

  10. Dirk says:

    Amazing.

    I have a near infinite amount of admiration for anyone who attempts — not to mention succeeds — at home improvements. Me, I just go straight to Google to find a contractor.

  11. Calvin says:

    Good job, they look great!!!

  12. Partick says:

    SoI will follow everyone else and congratulate you on the great job. I am mostly commenting because I’ve been thinking of repainting my bathroom that very color (or some approximation of it) since attending a performance of Eugene Onegin last weekend and the palace in the last scene had walls that color with white wainscoting. The performance/piece was great, but I got lost in color pallet thoughts.

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