Category Archives: Bathroom

As If I Haven’t Got Enough To Do

I found this plan to declutter the entire house in 30 days.  It might well take me 30 weeks or even 30 months but I’m going to give it a go.

At this point there is only one bathroom.

At this point there is only one bathroom.

The first 4 days begin in the bathroom.  Depending on the scope of one’s clutter I would allow about 30± minutes for each task. And be ruthless.

Since we have no linen closet nor medicine cabinet the under-sink cabinet is pretty much a shambles.

Since we have no linen closet nor medicine cabinet the under-sink cabinet is pretty much a shambles.

Day 1: Medicine Cabinet
Toss expired medications, hotel shampoos that you’ll never use, and throw out lotions you’ve had since 1990. While you’re at it, give the mirror a quick wipe, too.

Even totally cleaned out the cabinet is looking pretty gross.

Even totally cleaned out the cabinet is looking pretty gross.

I’ll focus on the cabinet under the sink since we don’t actually have a medicine cabinet.

It's nice to start with a clean space.

It’s nice to start with a clean space.

I wiped everything down and returned the wire shelves which seem to double the storage space.

We were hoarding a ton of soap under there, some that has even been eaten by mice (ew), which we don't use.  Move it to the laundry room.

We were hoarding a ton of soap under there, some that has even been eaten by mice (ew), which we don’t use. Move it to the laundry room.

After throwing away samples of shampoo and lotions which we’ll never use (or maybe we already used it and just didn’t toss it) I returned almost everything in a more orderly fashion.

Doesn't that look better?

Doesn’t that look better?

And I found something I had been thinking about recently and didn’t know I actually had.

Make up sponges.

Make up sponges.

I’m storing them front and center is a plastic tub to keep them clean.

Tah dah!

Tah dah!

Here’s the rest of the bathroom list.

Day 2: Shower
Get rid of the extras and empties in your shower.
Day 3: Makeup Drawer/Bag
Go through your makeup bag or drawer and reassess some of the items. Hot pink eye shadow you haven’t touched since 1980? Toss! Lipstick that doesn’t smell quite right anymore? You know what to do. If you haven’t used it in a year, it’s time to trash it.

Day 4: Linen Closet
Over time those neatly stacked towels start to shift and folded sheets somehow end up on the floor.  Take stock of what’s in the linen closet, straighten what you want and consider donating items you haven’t used in more than a year.

Are you focusing on getting the house ready for the holidays? A special celebration? Next year?

 

A Brush for Everything

I am trying to return our pink bathroom back to the way it was before the renovation began and we took everything loose out except our toothbrushes. (Not that this bathroom was ever great.  That’s why the renovation included 2 full baths.  Unfortunately they are both still in the rough-in stage.)

There's not much room in here.

There’s not much room in here.

I like to use a fresh washcloth each time I wash my face or bathe so I’ve always kept a basketful on the top of the toilet. (Maybe that not the ideal spot but this is a tiny bathroom.)

So tiny is this bathroom that there's barely enough room to use the facilities.

So tiny is this bathroom that there’s barely enough room to use the facilities.

When I looked at the Longaberger basket that perfectly holds two folded stacks of washcloths, it was pretty dusty.

This basket used to have 2 plastic inserts which I unfortunately ruined in the dishwasher.

This basket used to have 2 plastic inserts which I unfortunately ruined in the dishwasher.

Golden Wand - soft brass bristles

Golden Wand – soft brass bristles

I have a brush that is made of soft metal bristles.

"Removes lint -- renews nap like magic" as printed on the brush

“Removes lint — renews nap like magic” as printed on the brush

Even if its purpose is to raise the nap on suede and velvet, it was ideal for dusting this basket.

A fresh supply of washcloths.

A fresh supply of washcloths.

Back in action.

Do you have tools that seem somehow obsolete and you don’t know where they came from?

The Final Inspection – Womp, Womp

Yesterday on a rainy afternoon the county building inspector came by The Glade to see if all the i’s had been dotted and all the t’s crossed.

We love our new kitchen -- 100% functional.

We love our new kitchen — 100% functional.

Unfortunately he said the permit indicated there would be 2 finished bathrooms and so did not sign off on the final permit.

Master bathroom is not nearly finished.

Master bathroom is not nearly finished.

Our 2 new bathrooms are not finished nor did we expect them to be.

The conservatory bathroom also is unfinished.

The conservatory bathroom also is unfinished.

We just don’t have the funds right now to buy the fixtures and finishes necessary to finish the bathrooms.

So much of the house is complete.

So much of the house is complete.

I’m praying the inspector will go back to his office, converse with the plumbing inspector and give us an occupancy permit. After all we live here.

Have you had a big disappointment lately? Or a bump in the road?

A Horrible Placeholder

In order to have a final electrical inspection we need to have a vanity fixture in the conservatory bathroom the over the spot where the vanity will be.

I guess we won't be putting cabinet recessed between the studs over the sink.

The electric wire for the vanity light is right next to a dryer exhaust pipe which prohibits installation of an electric box.

The fixture must be a strip light because it’s impossible to put an electrical box in that spot.

The area for the conservatory bathroom vanity is still in need of a fixture which is the only issue holding up the final electrical inspection.

The area for the conservatory bathroom vanity is still in need of a fixture which is the only issue holding up the final electrical inspection.

I have never been a fan of strip lights but we bought the cheapest one ($11) Lowes sells. (Home Depot prices started at $15.)

This 18-inch fixture is supposed to have globe bulbs which are not included.

This 18-inch fixture is supposed to have globe bulbs which are not included.

First Charlie hooked all the wires together with wire nuts matching same color wires coming from the wall to those on the fixture.

The light should hang on the two screws.

The light should hang on the two screws.

Then he tried to hang the fixture on screws and it just wouldn’t happen.  That’s when I read the directions. (I know, girl stuff.)

Since there is not a box in which to stash the wires we pulled them through to the front of the back plate which was screwed tight to the wall.

Since there is not a box in which to stash the wires we pulled them through to the front of the back plate which was screwed tight to the wall.

Following the instructions we took the thing apart, rewired it, hung the back plate on the screws, and attached the front plate with the trim cups.

The fixture actually calls for globe bulbs but we didn't spring for them.

The fixture actually calls for globe bulbs but we didn’t spring for them.

When we flipped the switch only one light bulb worked but that’s because 2 of them were faulty.

I'm ready for my close-up, Mr. DeMille.

I’m ready for my close-up, Mr. DeMille.

Now isn’t that about the ugliest thing you’ve ever seen. I hope it passes inspection.

What cheap and tawdry decisions have you made?

 

 

A Drywall Trick

It may not be tricky to you but I would never have thought of this special cut to allow a pipe to protrude through drywall without actually piecing the area.

The drywall for the bottom of the wall needed to slip over the knee wall and let the water supply pipe for the toilet protrude through a small hole (on the left of the photo).

The drywall for the bottom of the wall needed to slip over the knee wall and let the water supply pipe for the toilet protrude through a small hole (on the left of the photo).

It appears that the sheet rock was somehow maneuvered so it could slide over the pipe with just one straight cut.

The one cut in the drywall will be patched behind the toilet.

The one cut in the drywall behind the toilet will be patched.

But the real truth is that the drywall was scored on the back to create a triangular door so the entire piece could slide down over both the knee wall and the pipe.

Can you see both the genius and the simplicity?

Can you see both the genius and the simplicity?

Special thanks for our friend “wid skeelz” who taught us another small item to keep in our bag of tricks.

Just the knee walls remain to be drywalled.

Just the knee walls remain to be drywalled.

Thanks to our diligence the drywall that was delivered in the middle of February is almost finished in the middle of August. Stop laughing.

Have you got a little trick that makes life easier?

Hardiebacker is Heavy

Our friend came over to give Charlie a hand putting Hardiebacker in the new showers.

The master bathroom shower.

The master bathroom shower is about 7′-6″ long by 3′-6″ wide.

We had had delivered 4 by 8 sheets of Hardiebacker which are much, much heavier than traditional drywall but are the go-to product for wet areas that are going to be tiled which is why we’re using it in the master shower and the conservatory shower.

The shower in the conservatory bathroom is about 6' long by 4 ' wide.

The shower in the conservatory bathroom is about 6′ long by 4 ‘ wide.

The greenboard ceiling was already installed when the first sheet was marked to go on the window wall of the shower.

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Out friend forgot his grinder (and of course we don’t have one) so he cut the 24-inch circle for the window with a circular saw. (Circular saws are not meant to cut circles; the name derives from the shape of the blade.)

On the first try to install the sheet was flipped and so did not exactly line up. After turning it around the round hole matched up with the window.

On the first try to install the Hardiebacker in the master shower, the sheet was flipped and so did not exactly line up. After turning it around the round hole matched up with the window.

With no help from yours truly they muscled the piece onto the wall and held it up with special 1-1/4 inch Hardiebacker screws which come with their own special square drill bit.

Master shower

Master shower – from the photo above you can see how two people could easily fit in the master shower.

They worked on the master bathroom cutting and installing all but the small easy pieces which Charlie felt he could do by himself.

This last wall wasn't crucial because only covering the insulation is necessary to have finished before inspection. But we're on it.

This last wall wasn’t crucial because only covering the insulation is necessary to have finished before inspection. But we’re on it.

I wanted to make sure our friend did not leave before cutting the porthole piece for the conservatory bathroom since I was pretty sure we would not be able to do it.   He makes everything look easy and knows some tricks for making things work that we would never think of. He’s a humble guy though. When we mention what a building genius he is (and we mention it a lot because we’re in awe) he comes right back with “let me show you my scales on the piano”. (Charlie is a professional pianist and even I know my fingerpower exercises.) Touché! 

Conservatory shower -- the showers look similar but are different in size and orientation.

Conservatory shower — the showers look similar but are different in size and orientation.

Enough frivolity.

The conservatory shower is on the ground floor.

The conservatory shower is on the ground floor.

We’re almost ready for the inspector.

What is it you do better than anyone else? Ah, yes, there is something.

Burning the (Almost) Midnight Oil

On Friday evening Charlie and our friend who is an expert in all the building trades came over to install the Hardie backer in the master bathroom shower. They started by putting up greenboard on the ceiling. (Our greenboard is purple.)

First they took measurments.

First they took measurments.

The bathroom had already been plumbed and insulated.

Liquid nails was applied to the studs then the drywall was screwed in place.

Liquid nails was applied to the studs then the drywall was screwed in place.

I had to make the decision whether or not I was going to put tile on the ceiling. No — I might tile all the way up the wall in the shower but I’m not tiling the ceiling so even in the shower there was greenboard on the ceiling.

In the shower stall there are 2 recessed lights and the shower head hanging from the ceiling.

In the shower stall there are 2 recessed lights and the shower head hanging from the ceiling.

The men muscled 4 expertly cut pieces onto the ceiling which completed that part of the project. I took pictures and prepared dinner.

Now that the ceiling is finished the project should move along more quickly.

Now that the ceiling is finished the project should move along more quickly.

That was enough for a Friday night. Today we’ll work on the rest of the greenboard on the walls of the bathroom then next week our friend is coming back for a lesson in Hardie backer.

Where do you draw the line at DIY? Have you ever drywalled?