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Hiding a 1/2 wall in the bathroom.

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Sep 05, 2013, 09:46 AM
ajgegg
Hiding a 1/2 wall in the bathroom.
I've recently done a bathroom remodel and the last thing I have to complete is hiding a 1/2 wall that I assume has plumbing running through it. It is the wall behind the vanity and toilet, about three feet up from the floor there is a ledge the width of a 2x4. I'm picturing building some sort of ledge/shelf and staining it but I'm open to other ideas or suggestions. One issue is that the new vanity sits higher than the ledge. I tried to upload a pic but I guess file is too large.
Sep 05, 2013, 11:49 AM
Sparky617
If you open the picture in "paint" you can adjust the size in the edit mode. I find reducing most phone pictures to 50% will get the size down to DIY's small file size requirement. Save the picture at the new size and try posting again.


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Sep 05, 2013, 12:11 PM
ajgegg
Here is a before pic


Sep 05, 2013, 12:13 PM
ajgegg
and here it is current...


Sep 05, 2013, 02:28 PM
Sparky617
If it were my house, I'd probably raise the wall up to above the vanity. The wall behind the toilet isn't a big deal, though I'd raise it all to the same level. The wall behind the vanity will be problematic forever. I'd frame it out, cover it in drywall and paint to match. I'd probably put a tile or stained or painted wood on the top because you know it is going to become a shelf.

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General Disclaimer

Any advice given here is general in nature and is not necessarily valid for your given area. If in doubt check with your local codes enforcement department for what is required when doing electrical, plumbing or structural work on your house. Permits may or may not be required in your area and home owners may not be able to DIY some tasks. I have no way of knowing if you have the skills needed to complete the tasks you are asking about, when in doubt seek professional assistance.

My advice may be worth exactly what you pay me for it. :-) For the record I did not stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night.
Sep 05, 2013, 03:09 PM
SturdyNail
Just curious. What's on the other side of that wall?
If you framed over it, like Sparky617 suggested, but go all the way to the ceiling, you'd create a deeper/thicker wall. Everything would be on the same plane. Then, on the bath side, you could install a fairly deep recessed medicine cabinet and, perhaps on the other side of the wall create shallow curio shelves. Or, you could take the opportunity to insulate with Roxul to deaden any noise traveling between the rooms.
Sep 05, 2013, 03:21 PM
Sparky617
Going to the ceiling is an option as well. You could easily do some deep shelves above the toilet with that option. The current height of the bump out is going to be a major PITA behind the vanity.


General Disclaimer

Any advice given here is general in nature and is not necessarily valid for your given area. If in doubt check with your local codes enforcement department for what is required when doing electrical, plumbing or structural work on your house. Permits may or may not be required in your area and home owners may not be able to DIY some tasks. I have no way of knowing if you have the skills needed to complete the tasks you are asking about, when in doubt seek professional assistance.

My advice may be worth exactly what you pay me for it. :-) For the record I did not stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night.
Sep 05, 2013, 11:54 PM
Re-mdlr
I vote for framing it up to the ceiling, and drywall it, or else it appears as an amateur job. Moving the mirror should be easy, but the light mount box will have to get moved out farther. When you frame it, make sure a stud ends where the light mounting box can easily be attached to it. (and centered)

And I'd do a better patch job on that square hole, unless you need an access hole up high for some reason.

And I don't see an electrical outlet for the sink. It should be GFI protected, dedicated, and 20 amp. But maybe it's on a part of that wall I can't see.

And just to note: from the center of the toilet to the wall should be a minimum of 15 inches, also from center of toilet to cabinet should be minimum 15 inches. That is code requirement. I prefer using minimums of 18 inches.

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Sep 20, 2013, 03:28 AM
Christine Welby
Great project, it’s always difficult and annoyng to hide that part of the bathroom. You can try hiding that ½ wall with some beautiful tiles, this should give a great modern or vintage look to your bath, depending on your taste. Check out a tile adhesive called Bondera to help you do the job faster and more easily than traditional methods like mastic and thinset.
Sep 20, 2013, 10:58 AM
GardenSprite
And once again the Bondera spammer Christine is back to shill for her favorite product. Two Bondera posts today; I think that must be some kind of record? Maybe she hasn't yet met her sales quota for this quarter.