Slowly ever so slowly we’re a makin’ progress on that hall bathroom! Last week I stained the wood countertops we routed with an ogee edge a couple of weeks ago. The vessel sink and faucet arrived last week so Matt and I got to work taking the next steps to install the countertops and the sink/faucet combo.
We left off deciding whether to go gray or dark with the wood countertops and opted for the dark instead of the gray. We tried both on some scraps of leftover countertop wood and ended up choosing the walnut stain for two reasons – first, the gray stain made this hard butcher block wood look more like cement from afar and less like wood and second, the staircase railing runs next to the bathroom and since it’s dark wood, the walnut made more sense for our home. I think the gray would look really amazing on a softer wood but we opted for the dark for this project.
I’ve read a lot of great things about Waterlox so I ordered it online to use as the protective coat. I used the leftover wood conditioner and stain from our X base table to give the countertops a dark stain.
First things first though, I sanded the countertops to open up the wood’s “pores” – I followed the same basic steps I did when I sanded and restained this pedestal table.
After it was sanded, I applied the wood conditioner, waited 20 minutes then the first coat of stain. I applied three coats of Minwax ‘Special Walnut’ to the countertops over the course of a few days, allowing 8+ hours to dry between coats. I prefer to use cheapo sponge brushes when staining rather than a good bristle brush to avoid cleaning.
After the stain was dry, I added two coats of Waterlox to the wood. This product came highly recommended by both readers and professionals, so I’m hoping it lives up to its guarantee of near waterproof wood!
So far, it’s looking great. We decided it’s best to add a 2-3 more coats of the Waterlox over the next week to make it extra resilient to water drops.
To drill the holes, we used a combination of our hole saw kit and boring drill bits to create the holes to set the faucet and drain.
The vessel sink/faucet/drain combo was special ordered from Home Depot. The sample tile is from Lowes and if we decide it’s the one we want (and we’re 90% sure) then we’ll install it up the wall as the backsplash.
Next is the plumbing after the extra coats of Waterlox cure. And then l need to paint the primed vanity… and install the glass wall tile… and locate the perfect mirror… and install the new sconces… and and and … … such is the nature of home improvement, right? :)
Coming up next, the super colorful tree that we (me and the munchkins) made for the Michael’s Dream Tree Challenge… check back later today!