This weekend, we decided to tackle one of the outstanding projects left on our downstairs bathroom renovation. Above the vanity, we are planning on hanging a large silver mirror, topped off by a satin nickel vanity light.Â When finished, (probably in the year 2012 at the rate we’re going!), it should look something like this artistic rendition.
In order to install the new light, we need to run electric wires toÂ it,Â either creating a separate switch, or splicing the vanity light into the existing wiring for the ceiling light.Â We needed to figure out a way to run the wires without making gaping holes in the walls and ceiling.Â We needed to think outside of the bathroom box. Literally.
The floor of the library upstairs runs directly over the bathroom. If we pull up the subfloor in the library, we will be able to access the ceiling light wiring and splice the new fixture. From our previous demos in the library, you may remember thatÂ the sheetrock walls and flooring have been removed, leaving only studs and subflooring – here’s a reminder picÂ of what we’ve been living with these past few months.Â Â So it is really not much more of an eyesore/inconvenience/mess makerÂ to temporarily remove the subfloor too.Â
Now, in order to get to the subfloor, we first needed to remove the stud framing and the old door way. The wall that runs down the hallway is not a supporting wall, so could be removed with no worries.Â
The wall that is adjacent to the foyer is a load-bearing wall, and so cannot be completely removed until a header is put in its place (much like we did with the two foyer walls downstairs here and here). To keep the subfloor sheet in tact, we did need to remove just a couple of the studs on the supporting wall.
Once the walls were out of the way, Rick was able to pry up one of the subfloor sheets. We did find an electrical box for aÂ ceiling fixture, but unfortunately, it was for the wrong light! The hallway ceiling lightÂ sits just outside of the bathroom, so at least we knew we were close.Â Another subfloor section coming up!Â
By the time weÂ sussed out where the bathroom ceiling lighting is, we were quickly losing light (generally not the bestÂ idea to be splicingÂ electrics in the waning day light).Â Â Just in case we hadn’t had enough fun for the day,Â before we laid the flooring back down, we got the fright of our lives. Earlier, I had been cautioning Rick be careful walking on the floor joists – one slip and he would fall right through the ceiling sheetrock into the hard tile floor below. No, Rick didn’t fall through, but one of the dogs almost did! As we had been working upstairs most of the day, the dogs would, from time to time, come and visit us and see what all the noise was about.Â They would run up the stairs to the library, inevitably see that there was no flooring, and stop midstep at the top of the stairs.Â But not our little T-Rex (whoÂ is either really brave, or really stupid…). He ran up the stairs oblivious to the missing floor and plopped straight into the cavity. My heart froze as I hoped the sheetrock would hold … which it did.Â Luckily, Rex quickly realized the situation he was in (as judged by his ultra-wide eye balls) and jump out toute-suite.Â No harm done, just a few skipped heartbeats!Â So, with dogs rescued from impending doom, we layed the subfloor back down. We’llÂ deal with the electrics another day.Â Stay tuned…