Sunday, May 17, 2015

Bathroom Renovation - Part 2 - New Wiring

This is the second post about my need for an outlet for my hair dryer, which led to a bathroom renovation.  You can read the first post here.


This is how we left the bathroom in my last post.  As you can see, the wall consisted of a thin panel board, which was painted a beige/sandy colour.  At the top of the wall over the door was a rose flowered border that matched wallpaper on the slanted side wall (to the right) and also above the tub (to the left).  Under the panel was at least two coverings of wallpaper and under that, lathe and plaster.


In the right bottom corner is where we needed the light switch and outlet to be and this is where you can see the wood which husband Eric removed the plaster from.


At this point it was decided to remove all the layers on top of the wood lathe.  For any of you who have done this you know what a mess it makes.  It's much easier to add new electrical outlets when you have drywall.  The plaster is broken with a hammer and it really falls apart and goes everywhere in small pieces.


The wood lathe looks like it must have been a lot of work to put all through a house.  This house is at least 80 years old, so it would have been done then.
Eric decided the best way to fix the wall would be to put new drywall over the lathe once the wiring was done.  The drywall will continue right across, above the door but the rest of the walls we are leaving as they are.  I like the rose wallpaper (on the slanted wall) partially because my last name is "Rose" but also because it is in keeping with the style of the house. 

Eric made cuts in to the lathe to allow placing of the box for the light fixture as well as the box for the light switch and outlet.

Here is the wiring completed for the fixture, which had to be precisely placed because there wasn't much room as the wall slanted in, both in terms of height and width.  The higher we put the light, the more to the left it had to go.  Trying to keep the light centered over the sink we were limited in where the sink would end up in relation to the door which is to the left.  If we put the light too far to the right, anyone over 5 1/2" tall would be hitting their head on the slanted wall when they stood at the sink!


Here you can see how the light had to be precisely placed. Now I have my outlet... just to finish the rest.



Now, what to do for a sink and vanity?  Of course I could have made my own vanity except I don't currently have a workshop.  We decided to buy an old wash stand and use it for our vanity.

Here's a before sneak peak of the vanity we found at a local antique store:


You'll have to wait to see what I did with it!



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5 comments:

  1. looks like you are seeing a light at the end of the tunnel...no pun intended :)

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  2. that wash stand is going to make an awesome vanity. I can't wait to see it finished!

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  3. Now I can't wait to see the wash stand! it's gonna be marvelous! So glad you already have the light and electrical outlet. That's the kind of project I don't like, I hate working with electricity! Hey, I like the wallpaper too.

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  4. Oh, I just know it's going to be amazing! What a great old piece.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  5. That vanity is going to be awesome! Looking forward to the big reveal.
    David

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