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2 Small Mirrors

I stopped by the Model Home Interior Clearance Center because I’m looking for a few items.

This small stool would be perfect.

This small stool would be perfect.

I didn’t find a vanity stool.

I think we need a shower bench for the far end if the master shower for storage.

I think we need a shower bench for the far end in the master shower for storage.

I would also like to have a bench with some storage for the master shower.

Bamboo trimmed 10" by 18" mirror for $18.

Bamboo trimmed 10″ by 18″ mirror for $18.

Finally I need a couple of small mirrors.

I've missed having a mirror in the entrance.

I’ve missed having a mirror in the entrance.

One for the spot in the mudroom where I removed the antique mirror which I plan to use in the master bathroom.

The frame of the mirror in the conservatory bathroom should be painted a fun color.

The frame of the mirror in the conservatory bathroom should be painted a fun color.

I also need a smallish mirror for the conservatory bathroom which I really can’t decide on until we install the backsplash.

This space will ultimately need a very special size mirror after the backsplash is tiled.

This space will ultimately need a very special size mirror after the backsplash is tiled.

Until then I did find a reasonably priced ($15) square mirror the frame of which I’ll probably paint.

The back of the mirror is labeled "Made on Earth". Whew!

The back of the mirror is labeled “Made on Earth”. Whew!

I was interested to see that it was not imported from outer space.

I’ll check back from time to time to see what’s new at the Model Home Interior Clearance Center.

What piece are you searching for?

I’m Looking for . . .

Now that the master bathroom is almost finished

We used to call this the desk, now it's a dressing table.

We used to call this the desk, now it’s a dressing table.

and my dressing table is in place,

A $45 purchase on Craigslist is a possibility.

A $45 purchase on Craigslist is a possibility.

I’m on the hunt for a vanity bench. I’ve looked on Etsy, at the Model Furniture Outlet, at Home Goods, on Craigslist. I’ll also check some local antique and resale shops.

This is a pretty Queen Anne chair but not convenient for the bathroom.

This is a pretty Queen Anne chair but not convenient for the bathroom.

I had been using a chair but it’s too unwieldy in the bathroom.

This little beauty is $575. Whoa!

This little beauty is $575. Whoa!

I would like a Queen Anne style leg and not too large so it can go completely under the vanity when not in use. Of course I don’t want to spend much.

This bench is in my office thus the boxes of paper and files.

This bench is in my office thus the boxes of paper and files.

I took a couple of photos at work of the benches we have there. (Not that they’re giving them away but just to give an idea.)

This small stool would be perfect.

This small stool would be perfect.

The more compact one would be better.

Have recent notions been costing you money?

First Tasks of the New Year

Charlie and I took it easy over the New Year’s weekend.

Charlie resealed the master bathroom marble tile.

Charlie resealed the master bathroom marble tile.

Yesterday we finally did a little something.  I started back at the gym after 3 weeks of being sick. I didn’t lose much ground on my weight loss and have set a goal of 6 more pounds by the end of January.

The lights are down for another year.

The lights are down for another year.

Charlie took the outdoor Christmas lights down.

21 bottle brush trees in various sizes

21 bottle brush trees in various sizes

After the gym I stopped by our local hardware store on the way to work.  I had been eyeing a bag of bottle brush trees which I purchased at a 25% discount.

One of 3 olive trees.

One of 3 olive trees.

Charlie wrestled the olive trees into the house because all of a sudden it has turned cold. In the past we’ve brought them in around November.  I’m planning to put them out again in March.  Hoping their shorter stay in the house will be less shocking to them.   Last year they lost a lot of leaves but over the summer recovered very well.

Lead time 2 to 4 weeks -- I'm hoping for 2.

Lead time 2 to 4 weeks — I’m hoping for 2.

I signed the shower door contract and sent in the deposit.  Before doing so I called to clarify the whether the Vindico glass coating is only on the door or all the glass. Answer: all glass.

Towel bars in shiny chrome for the master bathroom. I may wait until the faucets are chosen to see what would go with them.

Towel bars in shiny chrome for the master bathroom. I may wait until the faucets are chosen to see what would go with them.

I started earnestly looking for towel bars for both bathrooms.

That seems sufficient for a Monday.

Got any loose ends to tie up?

Running on All Three Cylinders

Once the tile was installed and the wallpaper hung, I was ready to take it easy for a couple of weeks.

Charlie outlined the front porch roof with lights.

Charlie outlined the front porch roof with lights.

Decorating the house for Christmas and planning the party menu were going to be my top priority.

My plan was to set up the dining room.

My plan was to set up the dining room.

As usual my plans are secondary when other people get involved. It’s not all bad but I really had to shift into high gear.

We decided to use wood baseboard like that in the rest of the house.

We decided to use wood baseboard like that in the rest of the house.

So the two carpenters came out and worked on the vanity in the conservatory bathroom and they cut a lot of baseboard trim.

The sink in the conservatory bathroom is fully installed but there is no water running to it.

The sink in the conservatory bathroom is fully installed but there is no water running to it.

While working on the vanity we all discovered that the plumbing rough-in to the bathroom had not been hooked up. That means today when the plumber gets here to install the shower fixtures he’s going to also have to do some plumbing in the basement which will presumably send the cost up.

This is the space reserved for my dressing table.

This is the space reserved for my dressing table.

The two carpenters offered to come back to work after church on Sunday. The Viking is eager to get one of the bathrooms, at least, fully functional.  He suggested they would put the toilets in if I had toilets.

The toilet plumbing is ready.

The toilet plumbing is ready but now I have to hurry up and seal the floor.

Of course I have no toilets. Yet. I had planned to buy a comfort height Toto brand toilet in my leisure and maybe pick it up at Home Depot (since shipping it to my home would incur a $55 delivery charge).

I bough two toilets, CST744SL#01 Cotton White.

I bought two toilets, CST744SL#01 Cotton White.

Instead I found the same toilet on Supply.com who would ship it for free and not charge me sales tax. I ordered two Tuesday afternoon.  It would be a miracle if the toilets arrived before Sunday.

Are you a competent multi-tasker?

A Practical Post

Our friend who knows how to do everything is coming over today to work at our house.

The inspiration vanity with measurements I would use in our bathroom.

The inspiration vanity with measurements I would use in our bathroom. The ultimate height with the sink top should be between 35 and 36 inches.

I won’t be there so I’m posting these photos and measurements so he and Charlie will have an idea of what I’m going for.

Charlie removed all the old sheathing from the house and we've saved it to use on projects during the renovation..

Charlie removed all the old sheathing from the house and we’ve saved it to use on projects during the renovation..

We’re making the vanity in the conservatory from old wood from the house’s sheathing which we removed in the demolition process.

The vanity should look something like this.

The vanity should look something like this.

I made a very rough version of what it might look like on the conservatory bathroom. (Remember the sink?)

The plumbing access alcove on the right should be trimmed with old wood and perhaps an inset of shelves.

The plumbing access alcove on the right should be trimmed with old wood and perhaps an inset of shelves.

Something like this maybe made in 3 removable parts.

Something like this maybe made in 3 removable parts.

We’ve also decided to use this old wood to trim the access alcove on the other side of the room.

This is the room I hope Charlie and friend (I call him the Viking) will work on.

This is the room I hope Charlie and friend (I call him the Viking) will work on.

I’d love to come home and see this all built and hooked up in the conservatory bathroom.

Do you give other people (your husband for instance) artistic license when you’re not available?

Should We Seal the Marble Floor?

The floor in the master suite is Ida White Venatino and Marmara Grey honed marble basketweave .

The stainless steel drain is very attractive.

The stainless steel drain is very attractive.

I think we should seal it.

The kitchen backsplash was sealed at the factory and never needs to be resealed.

The kitchen backsplash was sealed at the factory and never needs to be resealed.

Our kitchen backsplash which is limestone was presealed at the factory.

Marble is variegated and porous.

Marble is variegated and porous.

I did a little research and honed marble should be sealed with a water-based sealer.

There are many different formulas from which to choose.

There are many different formulas from which to choose. I’m going for the water-based “Tile, Stone, and Grout” Sealer.

Apparently the go-to brand is Miracle.

The master bath is a big room.

The master bath is a big room.

I’m going to try Miracle Sealants Company Tile & Stone Sealer which I can buy at Lowes. Unless someone stops me.

Any advice on sealing or not sealing marble?

Making Life a Little Easier #1

Last night I went to our local Ace hardware’s Ladies’ Night which included food, giveaways, and fun.

I don't carry many keys anymore but they mostly look alike.

I don’t carry many keys anymore but they mostly look alike — check out the bottom 3.

In addition to all the great stuff they were cutting keys for FREE. I thought I had all the keys I needed until I saw the blanks they were using.

No more trying the wrong key.

No more trying the wrong key.

My front door key, side door key, and back door key all look alike yet they don’t work interchangeably.

My blue and green house key with hummingbirds -- easy to distinguish from the others.

My blue and green house key with hummingbirds — easy to distinguish from the others.

The lovely lad in the key department made me a blue key which now is easy to tell from all the others.  I might have to do a series on “Making Life a Little Easier”.

What small thing makes your life easier?