DIY Before & After Bathroom Sink and Ceiling Upgrade.


Here is how we remodeled our entire sink area on a budget!
First this 30 year old sink!
I found a new faucet and drain at an incredible price. Double check the hole sizes in your sink so the new hardware fits.
Mini mosaic tiles! These came in squares on a mesh making them easy to work with. We used epoxy mortar and grout to install all of the tiles. Epoxy mortar and grout is:
-Stain proof
-It inhibits the growth of stain-causing mold and mildew
-Has antimicrobial protection.
-Ideal for installations at wide temperature ranges.
-Uniform color—no blotchiness or shading.
-Easy to maintain, cleanable to the original color.
-Tough, durable, and crack resistant.
-Chemical resistant
-Non-sagging
It is not as difficult as it looks to do this.
Check out the water damage on that mirror!
The finished sink! It's been over a year since we tiled this sink and it has been extremely easy to keep clean. All dirt and grime roll off of the grout with only water and a cloth.
It's time to start the wall, ceiling and mirror frame. Those boards above the mirror are attached to the studs in the wall.
It's texture painting time!
I used a plastic primer and then gave my circuit breaker panel a textured metallic paint job using acrylic paints and a sponge.
I used Japanese cedar wood for the wall, ceiling, moldings and baseboards. The boards running across the ceiling are held up by the ceiling molding and not actually attached to the ceiling. The molding is secured to the studs.
*Use caution drilling into your wall and always be cautious of electrical wires.
The boards on the wall above the mirror are attached by the ends to wood secured to the studs under them.
I built these frames out of cedar wood and wood molding I bought from my local wood shop.
I wired two lights bulbs into the ceiling on antique looking wire and wrapped the wire around two pulleys I found on sale.
*Use caution working with electricity.
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  • Barbara Riccio
    on Jan 25, 2018

    How did you keep the ceiling boards up, while putting up the molding, if the boards are not nailed into the original ceiling?
    • Bryan's Workshop
      on Jan 26, 2018

      Hey Barbara! You'll install molding to one side first. Leave enough space for the wood that'll go up against the ceiling. The ceiling wood will slide across the top of the molding. I installed the second side of molding at one end, so it was easy to slide the ceiling into place. I held up the ceiling by pushing up the molding and when all of the ceiling slats were in place, I secured the second molding. The extra wood trims came later. I hope that all made sense. I'm working on an easy how to that should be finished soon.
  • Barbara Riccio
    on Jan 25, 2018

    Looks beautiful but how did you keep the boards on the ceiling up, if theyre not nailed to the original ceiling?
    • Bryan's Workshop
      on Jan 26, 2018

      Hey Barbara! You'll install molding to one side first. Leave enough space for the wood that'll go up against the ceiling. The ceiling wood will slide across the top of the molding. I installed the second side of molding at one end, so it was easy to slide the ceiling into place. I held up the ceiling by pushing up the molding and when all of the ceiling slats were in place, I secured the second molding. The extra wood trims came later. I hope that all made sense. I'm working on an easy how to that should be finished soon.
  • Brenda Lahey
    on Jul 24, 2018

    Hi Bryan. I started something like this for my counter top; however, never finished as was so difficult. Do I use grout to stick tiles in sink? Thanks as absolutely beautiful!

    • Sara
      on Aug 3, 2018

      You could use an epoxy, over the top of the grouted tiles as this would make it completely water proof. You'll have to do some research to work out which brand of marine epoxy to use, the epoxy can also be used to completely fill the grout lines in the tiles so the whole surface would be smooth and easy to clean.

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  • Larsen Scott
    on Sep 2, 2018

    Gee, that sink will be fun to keep clean. A truly bad idea!

    • Bryan's Workshop
      on Sep 3, 2018

      It's been a couple years since we did this and it cleans effortlessly. Immaculate is a good word to describe the sink now! Epically Immaculate! Immaculate on epic levels!

  • Donna
    on Aug 11, 2019

    Love it! You explained everything to a 'T'. Where does one get Japanese cedar wood, that's gorgeous?

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