Category Archives: Bathroom

Bought the Sinks

I’ve been procrastinating over buying a vanity for the master bathroom for a number of reasons:

  1. the floor is not yet tiled,
  2. the vent on the floor makes a toe-kick style necessary (unless we decide to remove the whole thing like we did in the conservatory bathroom),
  3. needed to decide on a style and color,
  4. needed to determine the optimum size.
PB Sale was worth a look.

PB Sale was worth a look.

Then I received an email in my inbox from Pottery Barn allowing an extra 15% discount on clearance items. I took a look at the double-sink vanities.

The air duct is situated between the plumbing for two sinks.

The air duct is situated between the plumbing for two sinks.

The Brinkley Demilune console is priced with the countertop and sinks. It goes all the way to the floor and I’m sure we can cut an opening in the base for the air vent.

The Brinkley Demilune vanity comes with a marble counter which will match our marble floors.

The Brinkley Demilune vanity comes with a marble counter which will match our marble floors.

I had my choice of white or espresso and, after confabbing with Charlie, picked the espresso. (No, I’m not planning to paint it! Not at this juncture anyway.)

The vanity with a double sink will go under the bathroom window.

The vanity with a double sink will go under the bathroom window.

Its 72-inch length should fit very well under the bathroom window.

A couple of inches which be saved by the narrow distance from the wall.

A couple of inches which be saved by the narrow distance from the wall.

At 21.25 inches deep it is narrower than standard vanities which should give us a little more wiggle room. (We chose an even narrower sink for the conservatory bathroom.)

It should look something like this.

It should look something like this. The window doesn’t leave much room for mirrors and we’ll have 2 pendant lights hanging over the area.

Finally I like the 36-inch height which is taller than our other bathroom sinks over which we must hunch.  Tired of hunching; would like to stand tall when using the bathroom sink.

I like that it sort of goes with our antiques bombe chests we're using as side tables in the master bedroom.

I like that it sort of goes with our antiques bombe chests we’re using as side tables in the master bedroom.

Final price with shipping, taxes, discount:  $2477.74

Next item: Get faucets.

I was not perked nor paid to write this article.

What one item do you need in your ideal bathroom?

Final Quote Challenge — #3

I’ve been nominated by The Project Patrol to give a favorite quote 3 days in a row. Today I’m presenting my third and final quotation in The Quote Challenge.

This is not my normal graphic but you get the picture.

This has been a philosophical challenge.

Over the recent past as a society we’ve seen so much unspeakable behavior that it’s difficult to believe people can forgive in such a magnanimous fashion as has happened in Charleston, South Carolina.

Forgiveness is our power to change the world.

Forgiveness is our power to change the world.

Knowing that forgiveness saves the heart of the forgiver from being broken doesn’t necessarily make forgiveness easier, just imperative.

We're waiting for the dining room wallpaper to be delivered and we need to decide on a permanent home for the leftover cabinets we've been storing in the dining room.

We’re waiting for the dining room wallpaper to be delivered and we need to decide on a permanent home for the leftover cabinets we’ve been storing in the dining room.

The rain yesterday didn’t allow for much renovation work so Charlie and I worked on a few small repairs before attending a surprise 90th birthday for a relative.

It took every method know to man get the tub unclogged. In the end it was Charlie's persistence with a snake on a power drill to free the drain.

It took every method known to man get the tub unclogged. In the end it was Charlie’s persistence with a snake on a power drill that freed the drain.

Clearing the totally stopped bathtub. AGAIN!

At one point the snake broke and caught Charlie in the hand.

At one point the snake broke and caught Charlie in the hand.

I cannot wait until one of our new bathrooms are useable.

We keep our oversized coffee grinder in the pantry.

We keep our oversized coffee grinder in the pantry.

And our monster coffee grinder needed a small machine screw to hold together the chute where the newly-ground coffee comes out.

The screw on one side of the grinder's cleaning chute was missing.

The screw on one side of the grinder’s cleaning chute was missing.

Lack of connection on one side has been putting undue strain on the other side.

The nut and washer were integral to the machine, I just needed to find a machine screw that would fit.

The nut and washer were integral to the machine, I just needed to find a machine screw that would fit.

Now it’s fixed.

Do you forgive easily?

Hardiebackering the Shower Controls

We have two different control handle configurations on our new showers and both need to have Hardie backer applied to the walls.

The master bathroom has two different control valves in the shower.

The master bathroom has two different control valves in the shower.

The master shower has a double control for the shower head and the spray with a triangular plastic piece covering the pipes.

The shower control valve in the conservatory is a one-piece unit.

The shower control valve in the conservatory is a one-piece unit.

The conservatory shower has a more typical round black plastic covering.

All the screws and valves were left uncovered.

All the screws and valves were left uncovered in the master shower.

Charlie asked our contractor how to deal with the Hardie backer in these two instances.

The conservatory shower has a simpler control.

The conservatory shower has a simpler control.

He said the black plastic pieces are just place holders for the actual mechanism so remove them and cut holes to accommodate what remains.

We returned the plastic keeper to protect the valve until the tiling is finished.

We returned the plastic keeper to protect the valve until the tiling is finished.

I hope this will work.

What are you looking forward to this summer?

Compatible Shower Fixtures

When our contractor roughed-in the bathrooms he used Moen Posi-temp valves which he says “should be compatible with most Moen trims.”

The master bathroom has two different control valves in the shower.

The master bathroom has two different control valves in the shower.

The shower control valve in the conservatory is a one-piece unit.

The shower control valve in the conservatory is a one-piece unit.

We have 2 different configurations.

The master bathroom shower waterline is just to the left of center in the ceiling.

The master bathroom shower waterline is just to the left of center in the ceiling.

In the master bathroom shower (we’re not putting in a tub) the main showerhead comes down from the ceiling so, therefore, it should be a rainshower type head.

I like the 9-inch rainshower head for the master bath.

I like the 9-inch rainshower head for the master bath (in the middle of the photo).

My choice would be something like the Ashville brushed nickel by Moen (since I’m stuck with Moen fixtures).

As I understand it, the bottom valve controls the shower and the top valve is a diverter which allows a separate sprayer to be used.

As I understand it, the bottom valve controls the shower and the top valve is a diverter which allows a separate sprayer to be used.

The valve itself, which is on the knee wall near the permanent bench) needs to control both the main showerhead and a handheld shower that is on the wall near the shower bench.

The controls in the master are in the knee wall on the left and the hand-held sprayer position is to the right on the wall behind the shower bench.

The controls in the master are in the knee wall on the left and the hand-held sprayer position is to the right on the wall behind the shower bench.

Again I am limited to something compatible with Moen Posi-temp.

I love the sleek shape of the Moen Fina handheld shower.

I love the sleek shape of the Moen Fina handheld shower.

I like the sleek looking handheld showers but I can be happy with just about any design for this item.

This shower in the conservatory is about half the size of the master shower.

This shower in the conservatory is about half the size of the master shower.

Downstairs in the conservatory bathroom there is only one valve.

For the conservatory shower I'll probably pick a stationary/handheld combination.

For the conservatory shower I’ll probably pick a stationary/handheld combination.

The shower head is on the same wall as the valve so if I want a handheld shower I’ll need to choose a combination unit that works from one controller.

The Arris handle by Moen coordinates well with my Ikea faucet.

The Arris handle by Moen coordinates well with my Ikea faucet.

This one would look good in the conservatory bathroom because the trim is similar to the Ikea faucet we bought for the sink.

We'll need 2 identical faucets for the dual-sink vanity in the master bathroom.

We’ll need 2 identical faucets for the dual-sink vanity in the master bathroom.

Shower fixtures are BIG expense items so I’ll try to choose very carefully.

I haven’t been paid nor perked in any way for this post.

Do you have a tough choice in the near future?

Conservatory with Floor Tile

I couldn’t wait to see how the white-on-white floor tile would look in the conservatory bathroom.

Charlie trowels on the thin-set for under the Hardiebacker cement board.

Charlie trowels on the thin-set for under the Hardiebacker cement board.

Charlie and our builder friend finished laying cement board on the floor of the conservatory bathroom on Saturday.

I'm beginning to fell that this bathroom might some day be finished.

I’m beginning to feel that this bathroom might some day be finished.

They also finished up the remaining shower walls that needed special cuts to fit, for instance, the water control valve and the water spigot.

Each 10.5" by 10.5" mosaic was wrapped in plastic and came 10 per box.

Each 10.5″ by 10.5″ mosaic was wrapped in plastic and came 10 per box.

I unpacked the tile which meant removing each 10.5 inch piece from the cardboard and cellophane wrapping.

The space behind wall on the left will be closed up; it's for plumbing access only.

The space behind wall on the left will be closed up; it’s for plumbing access only.

I laid the tile starting at the back of the shower and continued to the doorway.

I'm planning on white epoxy grout.

I’m planning on white epoxy grout.

Yes, I wanted  to see what it would look like,

Looking from the shower out toward the conservatory.

Looking from the shower out toward the conservatory.

but I was also curious to see if I had ordered enough.

So much progress; so much still to do.

So much progress; so much still to do.

I think it’s going to be close.

Next step: Email the contractor who installed the shower pans to lay down the Kerdi waterproof membrane.

Do you get impatient when you have the materials but must wait to install?

My Dressing Table Light

I told you here all about the bargain lighting fixture I bought on our road trip to Richmond, Virginia.

Over dressing table wall light I painted and repaired.

Over dressing table wall light I painted and repaired.

I refinished it with spray paint here.

This neat electrical box is from the master bathroom rough-in.

This neat electrical box is from the master bathroom rough-in.

After I painted the master bathroom I was ready to hang this light.

I laid a lightweight level vertically against the fixture mounting screws in the electrical plate.

I laid a lightweight level vertically against the fixture mounting screws in the electrical plate.

First I screwed the light’s hanging plate tight to the electrical box making sure the mounting screws were plumb.

The black and white wires were twisted together but ultimately black hooks to black and white to white.

The black and white wires were twisted together but ultimately black hooks to black and white to white.

Then I pulled the wires through the hole in the wall. (Don’t worry, I turned the breaker off.)

Connecting new wiring to a new fixture is not too difficult.

Connecting new wiring to a new fixture is not too difficult.

With wire nuts I connected the black wire to the black wire and the white wire to the white wire.

The wires need to pulled out of the wall to be connected to the fixture.

The wires need to pulled out of the wall to be connected to the fixture.

Then I wound the uncovered copper wire around the green ground screw.

These clear bulbs give off lots of light but almost disappear in the shade when turned off.

These clear bulbs give off lots of light but almost disappear in the shade when turned off.

I screwed the plate to the wall and screwed in 2 clear flame-shaped bulbs.

I love hooking up electric fixtures when they work.

I love hooking up electric fixtures when they work.

Flipped the breaker back on and tested the light. Woo-hoo, it lit up.

Another chore checked off the list.

Another chore checked off the list.

Finally I screwed the seeded glass shade to the base.

Are you more likely to fool with electricity or plumbing?

The Master Bathroom is Coventry Gray

I went to my local hardware store with a $5 coupon in hand to buy a gallon of Benjamin Moore’s “Coventry Gray”.

I used my freshly cleaned paintbrush to cut in the edges of the wall.

I used my freshly cleaned paintbrush to cut in the edges of the wall.

The next day before I went to work I cut in around the corners.

The painting in the bathroom went quickly since half of the room will be tiled.

The painting in the bathroom went quickly since half of the room will be tiled.

I had already painted the ceiling pale pink ages ago.

Before - white primer.

Before – white primer.

I'm working on choosing a vanity with a double sink to go under the bathroom window.

After — Coventry Gray

Today we’ll hang the wall light over the dressing table.

Are you working this weekend? Or taking it easy?