The bathroom vanity plumbing situation has been resolved, and it’s the best $125 I’ve spent in a very long time! When the plumber originally installed the rough-in plumbing under the vanity, that was back when I was still planning on having regular enclose vanities, so none of the plumbing was going to show.
Then along the way, I changed the design and built the table-style vanities for the bathroom, which meant that the plumbing under the vanities would be visible. I tried to make it work, but it was just a huge mess…
And yes, all of this could be seen from just about every direction in the bathroom. I tried to convince myself that it wasn’t that big of a deal. I could paint it. It would be fine.
But it wasn’t fine. It was discouraging to put so much work into a bathroom, and then have something like this gnawing at my mind every time I walked into the bathroom (or really, every time I just thought about the bathroom).
So I finally called the plumber and asked him how much he’d charge to move those valves up and out of sight.
$125. One hundred twenty five dollars. That seemed like a really low price to pay for fixing this issue that was bothering me so much.
When he got here, I had already removed the base cap trim and drywall from that panel. He extended the PEX and the valves, and then I did the repair on the wall. I ended up cutting a panel out of 1/2-inch plywood instead of using drywall. This way, if I ever need to get to the plumbing behind the wall, I can just remove the panel, access the plumbing, and then reuse the panel. It will be a lot easier than having to replace drywall again.
It’s not quite done. I still need to do some caulking, priming, and painting, but here’s how the plumbing looks now.
I do have a plate that will go on the wall around the drain pipe (it’s hinged, so I don’t need to undo any plumbing to put the plate on), but I won’t put that on until the wall has been painted. But even with it unfinished, you can see how much cleaner everything looks under there!
I could have put the valves a little higher, but these tubes that are permanently connected to the faucet are pretty rigid, and the shorter they get, the more rigid they get. I was afraid to go any shorter than this…
And that interesting connection where the tubes from the faucet handles connect to the tube from the faucet spout used to be quite a bit lower and very visible…
I removed that connection and cut those tubes about four inches shorter, and then reconnected it.
And as you can tell, I decided to go ahead and spray paint those things white. After I sprayed them with white primer, I decided to give the drain pipe a quick touchup, so I got some gold overspray on to the white parts, but I’ll go back and respray the white, and then they’ll disappear against the white wall.
I am so incredibly pleased with how this turned out (or rather, how it will turn out when it’s finished). Those valves are now hidden from pretty much every angle in the room. This is what it looks like when I stand even with the side of the bathtub. No visible valves!
Now when I sit on the toilet 😀 and look around the corner, I can see the valves barely peeking out. But once they’re painted white, and sitting against a white wall, that’s not going to bother me in the least.
So the lesson here is that sometimes it’s just better to call in the pros to fix something that’s reeeaaaaalllly bothering you, and it may surprise you how affordable is. It can save you lots of worry, frustration, lost sleep, etc. That’s definitely a lesson that I need to remind myself of in the future.
Addicted 2 Decorating is where I share my DIY and decorating journey as I remodel and decorate the 1948 fixer upper that my husband, Matt, and I bought in 2013. Matt has M.S. and is unable to do physical work, so I do the majority of the work on the house by myself. You can learn more about me here.
I hope you’ll join me on my DIY and decorating journey! If you want to follow my projects and progress, you can subscribe below and have each new post delivered to your email inbox. That way you’ll never miss a thing!
Rebecca BNovember 14, 2022 at 12:17 pm
Yay Kristi I am happy for you because yes it does look much much better.
CarolNovember 14, 2022 at 12:53 pm
I was wondering if painting the drainpipe white might work better…the gold kinda draws your eye to it. Just a thought…
KarenNovember 14, 2022 at 1:46 pm
I’m loving the golden drainpipe, I find it quirky and now that the look is so clean, it wouldn’t bother me at all. And I’m not a fan of gold normally… it so funny how different we human beings view things! I’m curious how Kristy is going to decide 🙂
Mrs. DavidNovember 14, 2022 at 2:51 pm
I was so excited when I saw the photo of the gold painted water supply lines. I thought Kristi’s plan was to paint all plumbing related items gold, to match the faucet and drain pipe when I first saw that photo.
It just makes sense to me…to paint them gold, all other plumbing fixtures are gold in this bathroom. If the water supply lines and flanges are going to be white, I think the drain pipe should as well. But, that’s me. What would look best and make the most sense, in my mind.
Since it’s Kristi’s space, she gets to decide! And; her rooms are gorgeous so I know whatever she chooses will be great.
YHWH Bless You : )
Alta CraigNovember 14, 2022 at 3:56 pm
So happy for you that you found a solution that works! Those little niggling things can really get to you. It does look really nice!
elleNovember 15, 2022 at 10:10 am
Wonderful solution! It all looks great. Love the gold drain pipe matching the faucet. This is an incredible amazing bathroom!
NikkiNovember 15, 2022 at 10:19 am
Wow! It looks fantastic!
RobinNovember 15, 2022 at 10:25 am
I guess I didn’t realize what a difference it would make until you showed the difference! Yes, raising it makes it a non-issue, completely. Problem solved! The gold pipes look fine, they offer a grounding effect with line and color. Whatever is left, paint white and call it good – you’ll never notice it.
Caroline-NDNovember 15, 2022 at 10:29 am
It looks so much better!
I have to ask, and not my business, 😊 but why are the upper stiles (styles?) on the access panel not mitered?
SusanNovember 15, 2022 at 10:58 am
Did you notice in the picture “when you sit on the toilet and look around the corner” that it was looking back at you!! With gratitude, no doubt! Lol
Still my hero!!
Linda S.November 15, 2022 at 11:09 am
How elegant!” I really like how the undersink bit now mirrors the color and shape of the wall sconces.
ChrisNovember 15, 2022 at 11:37 am
A worthwhile fix especially for just $125 and in a couple of months, I think you’ll cease to even notice from the WC or tub.
SueNovember 15, 2022 at 2:12 pm
It already looks better and once it is all white, it’ll be even better.
Kate SNovember 15, 2022 at 3:15 pm
Joan HornungNovember 15, 2022 at 6:13 pm
Oh, 🤣 I thought that panel and the drain were going to be the color of the sconces and the faucets in the end. That actually looks good too! I see you are still making everything white which of course will not bring attention to plumbing solutions. AND, it does look so much better than all those loops and valves. Great reasonable solution. You are SO smart! And, YES, sometimes it’s worth consulting a pro to avoid so much struggle and work. SOLVED! On to the next…you are doing great!
EileenNovember 15, 2022 at 7:41 pm
You are amazing with your attention to detail.
JillNovember 17, 2022 at 2:23 pm
I think it is all looking amazing Kristi! Wish I had your talent, and bravado to tackle such projects. My biggest project this past year was installing landscape lighting. Which did come out great. So satisfying. I’m hoping to get my kitchen cabinets painted next year. But I keep second guessing my color choices.
BeckyNovember 18, 2022 at 8:16 am
$125?!?! You’re kidding! It costs that just to have the plumber come out, here! 😄 Deal of a lifetime!