Last year at this time we had a few projects remaining in the conservatory bathroom. The remaining items are written in orange.
- The shower glass was installed in January, 2016.
- We trimmed the sink vanity with vintage wood.
- We used the same wood to close the plumbing access behind the shower head near the toilet.
4. The plumber returned to clear gunk out of the showerhead which prevented the water from freely flowing.
5. We added towel bars and a robe hook.
Towel bars have been hung near the sink.
6. Touch up paint that’s been nicked. We have a few spackle repairs and touch-ups. Baseboard, door, and window trim has been painted.
7. Hang a mirror over sink.
8. Hang a cabinet over toilet.
9. Hang photos of the rustic wood source used for the bathroom details.
This diagonal sheathing which we removed from the house is being repurposed in the conservatory bathroom.
10. Find a rug for in front of the sink.
11. Install tile backsplash behind sink.
12. Paint the door and trim.
13. Install the round window trim in the shower stall.
We’ve come a long way.
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Still working in the pink bathroom the next step is to spackle the holes and dings in the wall so we can hang some beautiful wallpaper.
Charlie mixed some powdered wall mud with water to make a slightly thin spackle.
He applied it to the wall over the sink in the pink bathroom that was in bad shape after the mirror and old wallpaper had been removed.
Then he wiped down the entire wall with a solution of white vinegar and water to remove any old wallpaper debris and glue.
In the meanwhile Sug painted the bird’s eye window trim. This is the original round window in the house which we duplicated in the newly-built bathrooms.
Before I begin to hang the wallpaper I need to take down the 4-bulb lighting fixture that hangs over the sink. Removing it will make a neater job rather than trying to paper around the fixture.
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After removing and replacing tiles in our circa 1946 pink bathroom we’re ready to spackle.
I purchased some ready-to-use grout which Charlie spread onto the tiles.
Charlie regrouted the entire shower wall back in 2012 with how-to explanation here. This time he grouted only the areas that were freshly tiled.
The directions on the grout container said to let the grout dry overnight before totally cleaning the haze off the tiles.
Grout was also used to fill-in notches that had been made in two tiles when an old-fashioned medicine cabinet hung on the wall.
The crack that started the retiling has been fixed.
Next step: skim coat the rough walls in preparation for wallpaper.
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We started our pink bathroom remodel by removing broken tiles from the wall.
Before we got started I used a razor blade to remove caulk that had been placed between the top of the tile and the wallpaper.
I would not suggest using caulk like this except under the showerhead to keep dampness from pulling the wallpaper off the wall.
Then Charlie gingerly removed tiles from the shower area to reuse on the more visible walls.
Now we’re ready to fill in the empty spaces with both new and salvaged tiles.
In addition to tile adhesive I purchased two 4-inch square spreaders with varying edge shapes at Lowes for 99 cents each.
Charlie started in the shower area which is less visible than other spots. He applied some tile mastic and spread it evenly with the 1/4-inch v-notched straightedge.
He started pushing the new but slightly off-color tiles into place.
Since we had no official tile spacers Charlie used some pennies to keep the tiles from slipping down while waiting for the mastic to set up.
Then he put the salvaged tiles he had taken down on the wall under the window which had been cracked from the renovation.
And finally Charlie tiled the area over the sink which originally had been tiled but not with bullnose tiles.
Two of the original tiles have notches cut in them for a medicine cabinet that formerly hung there.
Next step: grout.
Then: Ready the walls above the tile for wallpaper.
Why is every bathroom project more than we expect?
We’ve been working on a remodel of the little pink bathroom for about a year. If you think I’m kidding just do a blog search of “pink tile”.
It just goes on and on.
Hopeful to finish sooner rather than later, I have ordered 2 rolls of wallpaper.
Sug painted the ceiling and peeled off the old wallpaper while we were in Cuba.
Charlie needs to replace the pink tiles.
Then I will hang wallpaper and perhaps rehang the glass shelf over the sink and put in a new mirror.
All of this will take time but I’m convinced we can have it finished by July 4.
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We have a towel/robe hook just outside the shower in the conservatory bathroom.
Unfortunately the mermaid hook that’s hanging there isn’t very practical because it won’t really hold anything.
While we were at a craft show last weekend we had a good selection of handmade wrought iron hooks.
We chose one of the smaller ones, about 4 inches long, to replace the mermaid.
We chose one of the smaller ones, about 4 inches long, to replace the mermaid. I drilled a hole and used a black-headed screw to securely hang the hook on the wood trim.
This hanger has a good u-shaped hook that will hold a towel or clothes or robe conveniently just outside the shower.
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I have started my tile project in the pink bathroom.
Over time we have been removing tile with the idea of reusing it.
Finally Charlie took out the piece under the window that had a ceramic towel bar holder attached.
I started working on this piece but I’m just not careful enough for tedious work. I was afraid I’d damage more tiles.
The plan is for Charlie to replace the tiles under the window and above the sink with ones he has removed from the back wall of the shower.
Then put new ones with a lesser color match in the shower.
After the tiles are installed and grouted we will need to pull down the wallpaper and prepare the walls for new wallpaper.
I’m also planning to paint the ceiling and the woodwork trim.
All this will take time.
Why is it small rooms seem to take longest to update?