Plumbing List is Getting Long

We’ve been limping along with some undone and broken down plumbing situations.

We need the water supply to the Cottage bathroom restored.
We need the water supply to the Cottage bathroom restored.

I have decided to bite the bullet and just call a plumber.

The waterline just above the curtain rod is busted so we can't even turn on the water to the Cottage.
The waterline just above the curtain rod is busted so we can’t even turn on the water to the Cottage.
  • In the Cottage
    • Propane water heater
    • Propane furnace

      The propane heater in the Cottage is having issues also.
      The propane heater in the Cottage is having issues also.
    • Break in the water line
  • In the House
    • Hook up two master bathroom sinks

      The sinks are in and the plumbing roughed-in, now we just need connection.
      The sinks are in and the plumbing roughed-in, now we just need connection.
    • Reset master bathroom toilet
    • Reset conservatory toilet

      The new toilets need new flanges.
      The new toilets need new flanges.

These plumbing issues might be costly but I’m hoping that bundling them will same some money.

I’m planning to call today to set this up.

Have you got plumbing issues? How are you mending it?

And Another Towel Bar in the Master Bath

Can there ever be enough towel bars?

The Moen "Icon" towel bar bows away from the wall.
The Moen “Icon” towel bar bows away from the wall.

I put one high on the wall to the right of the sinks.

The brackets have built in molybolts and small lock teeth which are supposed to lock into drywall.
The brackets have built in molybolts and small lock teeth which are supposed to lock into drywall.

I want to say something about the Moen bracket, however.

This bracket seemed tight to the wall until I put on the decorative trim, when it immediately loosened.
This bracket seemed tight to the wall until I put on the decorative trim, when it immediately loosened.

I’m good at following instructions but I have not had these work for me yet. The directions say drill a 1/4 inch hole.

The brackets seem tight until the decorative trim is snapped on, at which time they lean away from the wall.
The brackets seem tight until the decorative trim is snapped on, at which time they lean away from the wall.

Good luck getting the post through a 1/4-inch hole even with a hammer.  I enlarged the hole slightly twice before the molybolt would go in.

The end of the mounting trim has a place for the notched bar and is marked with the length of the rod.
The end of the mounting trim has a place for the notched bar (seen here on the bottom)  and is marked with the length of the rod.

This time I put 2 extra anchors and screws in the left-hand bracket since it was loose on the wall after tightening up the molybolt. This procedure made the post slightly crooked.

The notch is hidden on the back side of the post trim.
The notch is hidden on the back side of the post trim after installation.

The Moen towel bars have a slight outward curve and a small notch where they meet up with the side posts to keep the pole from rolling.

The towel bar is handy for a quick hand-drying.
The towel bar is handy for a quick hand-drying.

I finally got the whole thing tightly installed and hung a small towel on it. Phwew.

Do you get frustrated with patented contraptions that don’t work well?

Mirror, Mirror

Now that the vanity top is installed in the master bathroom I am ready to hang mirrors on the wall above it.

The window wall in the master bathroom needs mirrors.
The window wall in the master bathroom needs mirrors.

Mirrors to fit these skinny spaces are hard to find, especially at a reasonable price. I would love this Beaudry mirror from Ballard Designs but it is too wide and costs way more than I would want to spend, especially for 2.

There's not much space between the window and the wall so the mirror needs to be narrow and tall.
There’s not much space between the window and the wall so the mirror needs to be narrow and tall.

My plan was to use 2 totally different vintage mirrors until I can find matching mirrors that will fit.

Both mirrors are hung the same distance from the countertop.
Neither mirror is actually over the sink.

I hung the larger of the two in the smaller space because this is Charlie’s side of the vanity. As I’ve said before he is left-handed and so the wall on the right-hand side will not impinge his maneuverings.

My mirror is approximately 9' by 18" inches.
My mirror is approximately 9′ by 18″ inches.

I hung the smaller, daintier mirror on my side.

Both mirrors are the same distance off the countertop.
Both mirrors are the same distance off the countertop.

The bottoms of both mirrors are 9 inches from the countertop.

Can't wait to hang this lighting fixture (times 2) in the master bathroom.
Can’t wait to hang this lighting fixture (times 2) in the master bathroom.

I think they could be a little higher on the wall but first I want to hang the lighting fixtures and get a backsplash tiled behind the vanity.

My mirror is centered between the window trim and the edge of the countertop.
My mirror is centered between the window trim and the edge of the countertop.

In the meanwhile these vintage mirrors will reflect just fine.

Do you make do until you find just the perfect thing? At a good price?

New Towel Bar

Hanging a towel bar on the side of the master bathroom vanity was more complicated than I expected.

The Moen towel bar inside the shower.
The Moen towel bar inside the shower.

I bought an 18-inch Moen “Icon” chrome bar to match the other fixtures in the bathroom but the space on the side of the vanity would not accommodate it.  And with the Moen, since the bar is curved and the ends are notched we could not shorten the bar.

We'll want to hang a towel bar on the side of the vanity near the shower.
We’ll want to hang a towel bar on the side of the vanity near the shower.

So I stopped by Home Depot (Lowes didn’t have anything appropriate) and bought 2 chrome finish towel bars: one Delta, one Glacier Bay.

The Glacier Bay 18-inch towel bar is just under $15.
The Glacier Bay 18-inch towel bar is just under $15.

I started with the Edgewood towel bar by Glacier Bay which could be shortened.

I used a white pencil to mark the placement.
I used a white pencil to mark the placement.

We installed the side posts.  I marked the spot, placed the bracket, drilled screw holes, and started the screws.  Charlie tightened up the 4 screws which were difficult to turn and in a spot where a lefty has an advantage. (I’m also a lefty but use a screw driver predominantly in my right hand.)

The bar was easy to mark by partially installing it.
The bar was easy to mark with a Sharpie by partially installing it.

Once the brackets were on we measured and marked the metal bar.

The most difficult part of sawing the bar was getting a smooth start.
The most difficult part of sawing the bar was getting a smooth start.

Then Charlie hacksawed the bar to size.

A tiny screwdriver is necessary to tighten the set screws.
A tiny screwdriver is necessary to tighten the set screws.

It fit well so we tightened the set screws on the bottom of each mounting post.

The benefits of this towel bar over the others in the room is that the footprint for the post is smaller and the bar can be shortened.
The benefits of this towel bar over the others in the room is that the footprint for the post is smaller and the bar can be shortened.

That this bar doesn’t match isn’t really an issue since it can only be seen from inside the shower.

Charlie's towel hangs just outside the shower door.
Charlie’s towel hangs just outside the shower door.

Charlie was happy to have a place to hang his bath towel.

I could put a towel bar above the outlet on the right-had wall.
I could put a towel bar above the outlet on the right-hand wall.

I have one more Moen “Icon” 18-inch towel bar that needs a spot in the bathroom. Perhaps over the outlet on the right side of the vanity.

Can you ever have enough towel bars?

Getting Closer

We’ve finally cleared up the sinks on the master bedroom floor.

We stored the top of the vanity on our bedroom floor.
We stored the top of the vanity on our bedroom floor.

They’ve been lying there for a couple of months. Out of the way but not very convenient.

The plumbing under the sinks was set before installation.
The plumbing under the sinks was set before installation.

The Viking came over one evening only having enough time to plumb the underneath of the master sinks.

The vanity top is extremely heavy.
The vanity top is extremely heavy.

Charlie and the Viking each took a side and carried the unbelievably heavy marble top with 2 integrated sinks into the bathroom and lifted it onto the vanity which he had installed earlier in the year.

The trim still need to be put in place but now I can hang a towel bar on the side of the vanity and also hang the mirrors.
The trim still needs to be put in place but now I can hang a towel bar on the far side of the vanity and also hang the mirrors.

Having the top in place will allow me to get to a few other projects that I didn’t want to tackle until this task was complete.

Are you tackling a new project?

Adding a Shower Bench

Our master shower is very large, approximately 43 inches wide by 7 feet long.

The built-in, tiled shower bench is on the inside wall of the master shower.
The built-in tiled shower bench is on the inside wall of the master shower.
There is a built-in tiled bench on the inside wall of the shower.
This is a convenient place to keep shower supplies.

We have a built-in bench on the water wall side which has become the repository for our body washes, shampoos, and conditioners. Charlie and I each have our own stash.

The bench came in 4 pieces with bolts and an Allen wrench.
The bench came in 4 pieces with bolts and an Allen wrench.

So to keep the area more streamlined I purchased a 30-inch teak bench for the opposite side of the shower.

The bench fit together easily and was held together with bolts which were snugged up with an Allen wrench.
The bench fit together easily and was held together with bolts which were snugged up with an Allen wrench.

I made sure to find one with a shelf under the seat.

The bench fits nicely at the end of the master shower.
The bench fits nicely at the end of the master shower.

Since the shower is large the towels hanging on the bar on the wall and the items on the teak bench stay dry even while the shower is in use.

The bottom of the bench has adjustable rubber feet that stabilize it on the tile.
The bottom of the bench has adjustable rubber feet that stabilize it on the tile.

This is a perfect place to lay a terry robe and store a few extra towels.

In the master bathroom we are still waiting:

  • to have the sinks installed.

    The sinks still need water flow.
    The sinks still need water flow.
  • to touch up the paint.

    A smear of quickset on the wall between the shower glass and vanity.
    A smear of quickset on the wall between the shower glass and vanity.
  • to paint the trim.

    The baseboard needs to be caulked and painted.
    The baseboard needs to be caulked and painted.
  • to hang mirrors.

    This antique mirror would look great over Charlie's sink.
    This antique mirror would look great over Charlie’s my sink.
  • to hang more towel bars.

    We need additional towel bars throughout the room.
    We need additional towel bars throughout the room.
  • to hang lighting fixtures.

    Master bathroom vanity pendants.
    Master bathroom vanity pendants.
  • Trim round window.

    The round window has special preformed trim that must be painted then installed.
    The round window has special preformed trim that must be painted then installed.

Some projects seem endless.

What’s your endless project?

Trying a New Spray Paint Color

Finally we have a couple of days above 50 degrees so I can spray paint a small project outside.

Silver on the left, Satin Nickel on the right.
Silver on the left, Satin Nickel on the right.

In the past when I wanted to create a kind of mercury glass effect with spray paint I used Valspar’s bright silver spayed quickly over wet hammered bronze.

Detail of a painted ceramic tree with a mercury glass appearance.
Detail of a painted ceramic tree with a mercury glass appearance.

It wasn’t difficult and I liked it.

The lid of the chrome paint can is shiny silver.
The lid of the chrome paint can is shiny silver.

I went to Lowe’s to pick up some more bright silver and alas there was none.  So I stopped into Home Depot and bought one can each of Rustoleum silver and chrome.

Notice the "lace" edge of this vintage metal wastebasket with a weighted bottom.
Notice the “lace” edge of this vintage metal wastebasket with a weighted bottom.

My plan was to paint this old wastebasket I found in the attic to (sort of) match the chrome fixtures in the master bathroom.

Mirrored vanity tray
Mirrored vanity tray

I like the old can because the top of it echoes the frame on this mirrored tray which I also plan to use in the master bathroom. (I’ll probably have to paint it also.)

Working quickly spray hammered bronze on the surface followed immediately by chrome.
Working quickly spray hammered bronze on the surface followed immediately by chrome.

I sprayed it with hammered bronze and while it was still wet I over-sprayed with both the silver and the chrome.

I like the mottled look of this shiny finish.
I like the mottled look of this shiny finish.

The hammered paint causes the other paint to separate and darken in places.

A drip is visible on the front of the can.
A drip is visible on the front of the can which could have been avoided.

If I do another project with this technique I’ll try to paint on a horizontal surface rather than a vertical one since the paint tends to run.

This was a fast and inexpensive project.
This was a fast and inexpensive project.

The finish looks good in the master bathroom.

The wastecan is stashed between the shower glass and vanity.
The wastecan is stashed between the shower glass and vanity.

It’s glitzy and fits perfectly in this niche between the shower and vanity.

Before and After
Before and After

Sidebar: I decided against a galvanized finish for this bathroom because of the chrome fixtures.  The more rustic conservatory bathroom might get a galvanized-finish can.

Are you full on shiny chrome or the more subtle satin finish? (I like both.)