Did I mention I like Marble?

21 Mar

Before the bathroom overhaul began, we had a stained wood window sill in the bathroom. The first time a took a shower in this bathroom, it was pretty obvious that a wood window sill, in a shower, was not a good idea. Especially for the actual sill, we knew that we wanted something that would be more waterproof, like marble for instance. Being the sucker I am for this beau-ti-ful little stone, I try to add marble anywhere in the house I can, so let’s just say it wasn’t a hard sell 🙂 Here’s a shot of the bathroom window prior to the reno.

Wood Window Sill

Bathroom Window Sill Before

Once we removed the trim from around the window, we got to cleaning up the space a bit, to make sure the new marble sill sat on there nicely without catching on anything. Jay just grabbed his chisel to even things out a bit, and to get rid of extra residue that was hanging around after the trim removal.

How to install a marble window sill

Cleaning up the Window Sill

After the area was cleaned up, we tried a few different options to see which one we like the most aesthetically. We tried bumping it out a bit, to mimic an actual window sill, like the picture below, but found in the end that we preferred the sill to match up with the trim, vs. hang over. Plus, it was easier for Jay to cut it that way, so he got two votes. 🙂

How to install a marble window sill

Marble Window Sill

After we had our configuration determined, all we had to do was cut it. Well measure it, then cut it. First, we cut the edges off to get it to the right size. The speed square we used for the tile install came in super handy here, since it was a straight edge we could easily grab for and know the line would be straight.

How to install a marble window sill

Cutting the Marble

Then, we had to just notch out a small piece, so that the marble sill would be able to sit in the window. Here is a close up of where the sill is sitting, you can see how there is a section that is a bit deeper, which is where the actual ledge rests on the window. It bumps out again about an inch after the window surround, so we had to cut of a small piece to fit it in correctly. Looks awfully lovely without the trim on, huh? 🙂 At least we have a boat load of insulation now, though! It makes my heart happy to know this bathroom will be nice and toasty. Might not be the prettiest thing, but I’m sure glad is chilling under the trim.

How to install a window sill

Window Surround

After notching off a square along the back end to make the sill fit, we just coaxed it into place, slapped some mortar on it and called it a day! I’m pretty pumped to see how this will look with the trim installed around it, but for now, at least it looks like progress. And progress, is good. Oh, and for a bit of a cost break down, since we already had the mortar for the tile reno, this little DIY project only set us back $12.99. Yep, you heard it here first folks, $12.99 for a hunka hunka burning marble. That’s what I’m talking about!!

How to install a marble window sill

Marble Window Sill


2 Responses to “Did I mention I like Marble?”

  1. Leilani March 21, 2013 at 12:30 pm #

    Don’t you just love a big ol’ window in the shower? We had one in our rental house and it was such a pain to protect. And, dare I say it, we taped foil to the panes. EEK!

    • maryesell March 21, 2013 at 1:39 pm #

      I know, right!? Not the best place for a window!

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