With all that being said, since I wanted to remodel the family room it behooved me to remodel the small bathroom off the family room first. That and the toilet was shot and we popped a leak under the sink but that is beside the point. The picture above is the finished product while the picture just below is the horror that I started with.
The cabinet was so old and overworked that not much varnish was left on it. I filled the two side holes with wood putty and took off the trim. Using a hand sander, and #60 paper, I sanded the cabinet after removing the cabinet doors. I followed the #60 with a #100 and then a #200. I did the same on the doors. Once all the sanding was done, I used a pre-conditioner on the wood because it is pine. I followed the pre-conditioner with the stain which was Golden Oak. This is just a matter of how dark you prefer it. I usually just wipe on, wait a moment or two and then wipe off excess. I let the stain dry for 48 hours. I then used a varnish. Apply your coat. Let it dry at least 4 hours and lightly sand with a #200. I put on 4 coats this way.
To save money, I decided to purchase the all in one counter top sink. Good for me! It was the moment I placed it on the cabinet that I knew there was a problem.
The toilet was easy also. Make sure the two anchor bolts are in good shape or replace them. They always supply them with the wax ring. I like to use the extra think wax ring. Stick it on to the base and then line up the anchor bolts and press down. You can feel the toilet settle into the right place. Tighten down the anchor nuts but do it in a pattern. Tighten one side and bit and then the other, do not tighten down one side all the way and then try to do the other side. Install the tank. Hook up the water line, slowly turn on the water, check for leaks. I usually wait a few days then caulk the bottom. I never caulk all the way around, leave the back open incase you get a leak. This way you will know it.
That was the entire bathroom remodel. If I hadn't been working at the time it probably would have taken a max of two weeks.
I know that I was light in the instructions and really, there are so many videos these days. I do have a video that I made installing another toilet that will soon be up. I am also about to start a hallway and will film taking down the popcorn ceiling and retexturing. Wahoo, doesn't that sound like fun? If you email me, I can fill you in on anything you would like to know.
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