Category Archives: Bathroom

The New Knobs

I was looking for knobs and drawer pulls for the linen closet just outside the master bathroom.

The vanity came with its own hardware.

The vanity came with its own hardware.

I wanted them to go with the knobs and Crémone bolts that came with the master vanity.

I bought 4 Advantage Plus 937 Advantage Plus 5 Knobs and 2 Lauréy 527 Nantucket Pulls from AGTStores.

I bought 4 Advantage Plus 937 Advantage Plus 5 Knobs and 2 Lauréy 527 Nantucket Pulls from AGTStores.

I ordered everything from ATGStores.com using a 15% discount coupon for less than $20.

The new knob is on the left.

The new knob is on the left.

The door knobs are from Berenson — weathered nickel finish.

I like how the ridges on the drawer pulls echo those on the Crémone bolt.

I like how the ridges on the drawer pulls echo those on the Crémone bolt.

The drawer pulls are made by Laurey —  antique pewter finish.

The smaller knob (on the right) that came with the vanity looked better than the larger knob.

The smaller knob (on the right) that came with the vanity looked better than the larger knob.

I tried the knobs that came with the vanity and the new knobs on a vanity drawer and decided to stick with the original plan — using the new knobs on the linen closet.

Please ignore the disarray on top of the cabinet -- those are our lighting fixtures and towel bars that still need to be installed in the bathroom.

Please ignore the disarray on top of the cabinet — those are our lighting fixtures and towel bars that still need to be installed in the bathroom.

I applied the knobs to the doors of the linen closet.  The bottom already had holes from its previous incarnation.  I drilled new holes in the upper cabinet and bolted on the knobs. (I spaced the knobs with this useful doodad.)

Eventually the vanity will be pushed back out of the doorway.

Eventually the vanity will be pushed back out of the doorway.

These knobs and pulls, while not even by the same manufacturer, go very well together.

The screws are spaced 3 inches apart but the overall length is closer to 4 inches.

The screws are spaced 3 inches apart but the overall length is closer to 4 inches.

I wanted to add a tip here for putting on drawer pulls that have 2 holes. When drilling allow a little extra play in the hole to help the bolts line up with the screw holes.  At first I had drilled a tidy little hole which I then had to ream out with a Phillips screwdriver. The pulls came with 2 pairs of screws — 1″ (too short) and 1.5″ (too long) — I had to use 1.25″ screws that I had on hand.

We'll have to move the bottom cabinet out in order to lay the floor.

We’ll have to move the bottom cabinet out in order to lay the floor.

Once the bathroom plumbing is finished and the hallway floor is laid I’ll be happy to “stage” the linen closet. Until then .  .  .

What little update are you making for under $20?

Sweet ’16: January Update

A new month has begun so it’s time to see what was accomplished on January’s list.

The shower glass in the conservatory bathroom is fully installed.

The shower glass in the conservatory bathroom is fully installed.

The 3 three items planned:

  1.  Shower glass.
  2.  Finish vanities.
  3.  Hang bathroom lighting fixtures.

#1  Shower glass was installed in both new bathrooms — the conservatory and the master.

The master bath shower is finished except for the window trim. The vanity still needs to be put in place and plumbed.

The master bath shower is finished except for the window trim. The vanity still needs to be put in place and plumbed.

We have been enjoying these new spaces.

#2   The vanities have certainly not been finished.

The conservatory vanity will be faced with more old wood and a shelf built on the bottom area.

The conservatory vanity will be faced with more old wood and a shelf built on the bottom area.

The sink in the conservatory is hooked up but the finishing on the vanity itself is only partially complete.

This vanity is still sitting in the middle of the bathroom floor -- very inconvenient.

This vanity is still sitting in the middle of the bathroom floor — very inconvenient.

The master double sink vanity has been delivered into the bathroom but not yet installed.

Conservatory bathroom light

Conservatory bathroom light

#3  Only the lighting fixture in the conservatory bathroom has been installed. We’re waiting until the sinks are hooked up in the master before the hanging fixtures are wired.

I love how one little window in the conservatory bathroom fills it with light.

I love how one little window in the conservatory bathroom fills it with light.

So of 6 actual tasks (3 times 2 bathrooms) I would say 3.5 were executed.

Icon toilet paper holder has a pivot action instead of removing the spindle.

Icon toilet paper holder has a pivot action instead of removing the spindle.

In addition I hung 2 toilet paper holders and puttered around the house.  That’s progress. Uh huh. (Do I sound defensive?)

What did you “get done” in January?

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?

The Original Bathroom

One of the reasons we needed to renovate in the first place was because we only had one full bathroom and it was tiny.

The pink bathroom on a good day.

The pink bathroom on a good day.

We still have that bathroom which will be the guest bathroom if we have overnight visitors.

The new crack is just behind the towel rack end on the left side.

The new crack is just behind the towel rack end on the left side.

Now that we have two other bathrooms to use, my plan it to clean this one up.  It’s original to the house which was built in 1946. And when the new additions were put on the framers were so vehement that 2 of the “classic” pink tiles cracked. I’d love to fix them but not sure it’s possible.  Unfortunately they’re in a conspicuous spot.

When I say clean it up I really mean it. I even want to change the wallpaper.

Our tiny original bathroom has pink and white wallpaper above the pink tile.

Our tiny original bathroom has pink and white wallpaper above the pink tile.

The list of chores:

  • Remove everything from the vanity and clean cabinet.

    We've kept a lot of stuff under the sink that can now be distributed to new storage in the master bath and linen closet.

    We’ve kept a lot of stuff under the sink that can now be distributed to new storage in the master bath and linen closet.

  • Paint vanity cabinet.

    The vanity is white now and could stay that color with a new paint job, but a fresh color in the wallpaper might be fun.

    The vanity is white now and could stay that color with a new paint job, but a fresh color in the wallpaper might be fun.

  • Take down mirror.

    The mirror runs from wall to wall and is held by clips and mastic. I'll probably have to break it to get if down.

    The mirror runs from wall to wall above the sink and is held by clips and mastic. I’ll probably have to break it to get it down.

  • Remove wallpaper.
  • Clean lighting fixture well.
  • Clean tiles and replace and worn or dirty caulk.  (We recently regrouted the tub tiles here.)
  • Clean every nook and cranny, crack and crevice until the room gleams.
  • Wash window and screen.  Paint window trim.

    The original bird's eye window at The Glade is in the pink bathroom.

    The original bird’s eye window at The Glade is in the pink bathroom.

  • Paint door trim.
  • Paint door.
  • Paper the wall.
  • Get or make a new shower curtain.

    The current shower curtain is white matelassé.

    The current shower curtain is white matelassé.

  • Hang towels.
  • Invite guests for an overnight.

How’s that for a room that is only about 20 square feet?

What did I forget?

This Came with It

Strapped to the back of the master bathroom vanity when it arrived was a piece of matching trim.

The white piece on the back just under the countertop is a long piece of wood wrapped in foam.

The white piece on the back just under the countertop is a long piece of wood wrapped in foam.

I imagine it is meant to be a backsplash.

The vanity has not yet been installed so the backsplash is on the back burner.

The vanity has not yet been installed so the backsplash is on the back burner.

I have no intention of using it for a backsplash because I plan to tile the wall behind the countertop with marble tile.

This is a sturdy but not very wide piece of wood.

This is a sturdy but not very wide piece of wood.

Since it matches the wood of the vanity I was thinking I could do something else with it.

A long solid piece of wood already trimmed.

A long solid piece of wood already trimmed.

It is divided into 3 sections with trim, the two side sections are the same size and the center is larger.

I'd have to find just the right spot.

I’d have to find just the right spot.

Maybe we could make some shelves with this as a decorative piece. Or a hook holder.

Got any other ideas?

Master Shower Enclosure

Our shower glass was installed by the  Shower Door King who was recommended to us by the contractor who built the additions on our house.

Shower Door King is based in Ijamsville, Maryland, and services Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC.

Shower Door King is based in Ijamsville, Maryland, and services Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC.

I went to their website and asked for two estimates which I received by email the next morning.

The process went very quickly.

The process went very quickly.

The process was streamlined by Tracy in their office who called with details on proceeding and answered all my questions. Her boss Al, the owner of SDK, came out the same day to take measurements, that was December 29th. He sent the estimate that same evening.

The glass for the master bathroom shower.

The glass for the master bathroom shower.

Then just about 2 and a half weeks later on January 15th two young men, an installer and his helper, came to the house with glass for both showers.

First they were careful to lay down the track on the high point of the bathroom floor since we have a curbless shower.

First they were careful to lay down the track on the high point of the bathroom floor since we have a curbless shower.

They proceeded to install the larger of the two first.  Charlie found out that the main technician had been installing glass for 14 years.

The enclosure consists of 3 glass panels.

The enclosure consists of 3 glass panels the center one being a door hinged on to the kneewall panel.

He was extremely careful to make sure the glass was set in exactly the right spot on our curbless showers.

The shower glass makes the bathroom brighter because it is so reflective. (There is only a round window in the shower, the other one is a reflection.)

The shower glass makes the bathroom brighter because it is so reflective. (There is only a round window in the shower, the other one is a reflection.)

I was so excited to see the shower finished when I arrived home from work and was determined to take a shower and wash my hair.

The vanity will ultimately be near the glass panel on the right.

The vanity will ultimately be near the glass panel on the right.

Unfortunately I had to wait 48 hours before touching the glass while waiting for the silicon sealant to set.

The master bath shower is finished except for the window trim. The vanity still needs to be put in place and plumbed.

The master bath shower is finished except for the window trim. The vanity still needs to be put in place and plumbed.

We had a good experience with Shower Door King and could recommend their products and installation as high quality.

Have you found companies you can recommend? Do you take the time to write a review or letter of endorsement?

Bathroom Details

Two years ago we visited Charleston, South Carolina, and stayed in a cute room with a small but well-ordered bathroom.

This glass shower at our suite in Charleston, SC, had the kind of glass finish we prefer.

This glass shower at our suite in Charleston, SC, had the kind of glass finish we prefer.

This bathroom gave us some ideas for our own new bathrooms especially the one in the conservatory.

I was trying to use one of these cabinets over the toilet but the smaller one, which fit best, has a crack in the glass.

I was trying to use one of these cabinets over the toilet but the smaller one, which fit better, has a crack in the glass. And I’d have to get rid of the wavy top. And paint it.

While I was debating if we should hang a small cabinet over the toilet I remembered the top photo where there is a wall-hung towel bar complete with fluffy towels.

I've purchased 2 18-inch towel bars to hang on the front of the vanity after it is fully trimmed.

I’ve purchased 2 18-inch towel bars to hang on the front of the vanity after it is fully trimmed.

Since the only other place in the conservatory bathroom to hang large bath towels would be on the front of the vanity I decided we need bars in both places.

The Latitude Series by Gatco goes with the style of our Ikea faucet and Moen Arris showerhead.

The Latitude Series by Gatco goes with the style of our Ikea faucet and Moen Arris showerhead.

In addition to the 2 towels bars I already bought for the front of the vanity I’ll need to purchase a 24-inch model for over the toilet.

The shower door handle is called the "counterpoint" style.

The shower door handle is called the “counterpoint” style.

I also ordered a coordinating handle for the shower door which I think could double as a towel hook.

The conservatory bathroom is connected to the conservatory by a 36-inch door.

The conservatory bathroom is connected to the conservatory by a 36-inch door.

I love sitting on the loveseat in the conservatory and gazing into the new bathroom which is almost finished.

Do you coordinate or deliberately vary your decorative details? Or a combination of both?