This house is old. The people who built it had a maid and butler. The people who built it didn’t push a vacuum or plug in a crock pot so they didn’t care if there was only like 10 outlets in the entire house – none of which were grounded. That just wasn’t going to cut it for our modern family thus began the extremely un-sexy remodeling job of updating the electricity. Trust me. No one comes in telling us how impressed they are by our multitudes of grounded outlets, but we went about it with the same gusto we have every project that gives us more noticeable bang for our buck. Did you know you there are “rules” about outlet placement? Me neither, but I will avoid being a Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory, and not share that boring trivia with you. You’re welcome.
Now, the first major room remodel John and I tackled when we moved into the money pit 4 1/2 years ago was our master bath. It was small, outdated and had undergone a partial remodel a couple of years before that didn’t do it any favors. When I do posts on our house’s overhaul later you’ll see the finished product, but today I’m focusing on something John did recently. Its a combo of something we did in another house, something I love in my sister’s luxury bathroom and something I saw on Pinterest (of course).
Our bath originally had only 4 plugs (2 outlets not 4 outlets with 8 plugs) scattered throughout the room. When we remodeled I got those outlets moved to either side of my vanity table which was a huge improvement. I knew then it wouldn’t be enough though, and decided to see how it would go before complaining.
Then I got a Keurig coffee maker for my birthday, and I wanted it in the bathroom so I wouldn’t have to go downstairs and come into contact with anyone irritating (everyone) before I had my coffee. That’s one plug used.
Then for Mother’s Day I got a speaker charger for my iPod to go in the bath. There goes another, leaving me only 2 for everything else.
I regularly use a hair dryer and flat iron. Fairly often I use toothbrush chargers for our Sonicare toothbrushes, a sonic jewelry cleaner, a curling iron, LED light for curing nail polish and in the spring and summer I use a tiny table fan. I have also been known to plug in my hot glue gun, iron and vacuum in there (all 3 of which were plugged in in my bathroom this morning) so, as you can see, 2 plugs just wasn’t going to hack it.
I also love convenience so I asked John if he remembered from one of our old houses when we put the cabinet facing under our kitchen sink on a hinge and installed a bucket on it to hold sponges and stuff. He did, and said it was easy, so I suggested doing it to the cabinet facing under my sink in the bathroom. After all, that space under there was just wasted. He said great idea. Then nothing. I bought the idea up several times, and every time he’d say, “I’ll work on it, but that means I’ll have to stop working on the kitchen.” That was not an option. It took 2 L-O-N-G years to get that sucker finished so there was no way I was going to impede that process in any way. No sir-ee!
Then early last year, after that blankety blank kitchen was finally finished, he surprised me by asking me what I specifically wanted done so he could “knock-it-out” over the weekend. Experience has taught me that means it would probably take 3 weeks, but to my surprise it was done in a day. It was his “gift” to me before he left for his deployment. We are a match made in heaven for sure.
I asked for the hinge opening, and to have a set of 4 plugs wired in under the sink so I don’t ever have to unplug my hair stuff again (like in my sister’s bathroom “armoire” with the slide out drawers – lucky!) and a shelf to sit a few things on. Now for the Pinterest part. I also wanted to store my hair dryer on the door so I used the Pin that installed recycled cans. Genius. He did spray my can with white spray paint instead of adding contact paper, and drilled holes in it and screwed it on instead of using removable strips though to make sure it held securely. There wasn’t enough room for my flat iron to be stored there, which has probably saved us from a fire more than once, so he put in a metal rack to rest it on so it doesn’t come into contact with any wood and go up in smoke. Yes, it is that hot. The only things I might change are adding a timer to the outlet and using more support for the shelf, but it has to be removable in case the sink needs to be worked on so I’ll be satisfied with how great it already is.
The only thing you can’t really see that holds it all together is the piano hinge at the bottom. It was a really pretty simple project, and he used scrap lumber and a recycled can so the only real expenses were the new outlets, hinge and hinge limiter. If you or your hubby aren’t comfortable installing the outlets yourselves, call an electrician. Because it’s such a quick job, it shouldn’t cost too much, but safety is priceless.