Category Archives: Bathroom

Tile Search

Difficult to tell in the photo but the light dot is pale green.

Difficult to tell in the photo but the light dot is pale green.

While Charlie and I were out to looking for bathroom tile we found a decorative glass tile that picks up the colors in the conservatory and the conservatory bathroom.

These tricolor dots should jazz up the mostly white room.

These tricolor dots should jazz up the mostly white room.

It was in the back room (discount center) of our local Best Tile.

This tile looks good with the new bathroom wall color.

This tile looks good with the new bathroom wall color.

For $10 a piece (marked down from $20) we bought enough to tile the sink backsplash and a decorative line around the shower.

The corners of the bathroom are painted the new "Seed" color.

The corners of the bathroom are painted the new “Seed” color. This is the best rendition of the color.

We bought 12 pieces.

Do you jump on deals?

 

Small World, Isn’t It?

This is a long, involved story about purchasing a discount cabinet.

Open from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. --We arrived at 8.

Open from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. –We arrived at 8.

Last week I told you about a place near us that sells showroom cabinets and otherwise not-able-to-sell-at-retail cabinets at good prices.

I have my eye on this 36-inch wide glass front cabinet for our linen closet -- $150.

We purchased this 36-inch wide glass front cabinet for our linen closet — $150 $125.

We went in to pick up this white cabinet marked $150 for our linen closet.  Charlie asked if they could do any better and the cashier/warehouseman dropped the price to $125.

I got excited when I saw this vanity set but it was too wide by 6 inches. I would have painted it.

I would like the 2 double-doored vanity cabinets but instead of the 24″ drawers in the middle we need only 18″. (I intend to paint so the price needs to be “right”.)

They also still have this set of bathroom cabinets of which I’d like to have the two sink vanities but the cabinet company is not yet ready to break up the set.

The cabinet fit in my car.

The cabinet fit in my car.

Immediately after picking up the cabinet I went on to my physical therapy appointment for my knee.  I was talking with the receptionist/scheduler (whom I’ve known for at least 4 years over 3 surgeries) telling her all about my cabinet purchase and the ones that got away.

Ultimately this cabinet will fit in the niche at the end of the master suite hall.

Ultimately this cabinet will fit in the niche at the end of the master suite hall.

Turns out the cashier/warehouseman is her husband and she would like to convince him to do a little better for us.  Only time will tell the end of this tale, but maybe we’ll have bathroom cabinets sooner than expected.

I was not perked or paid to mention this warehouse.

Do you have a “small world” story?

Master Bath – Clear and Ready, Sir

As everyone probably already knows, every little chore is an ordeal.

This was the master bathroom a week ago.

This was the master bathroom a week ago.

Here's the same room today ready for some action.

Here’s the same room today ready for some action. (The cement board on the left side behind the knee wall is all that remains to be installed.)

First ordeal accomplished — I have taken everything out of the master bathroom except the few pieces of cement board that must still  be installed.

Looking out from the shower area, the floor will be tiled to the doorway (which will not have a door) then be wood in the hallway beyond.

Looking out from the shower area, the floor will be tiled to the doorway (which will not have a door) then be wood in the hallway beyond.

I would like this French gilt mirror centered in the doorway as seen above. (Not sure Charlie will go for it.)

I would like this French gilt mirror centered in the doorway as seen above. (Not sure Charlie will go for it.)

The space from the shower to the end wall where the double sink vanity will sit is about 6′-11″ with 6′-6″ allotted for the length of the vanity.

This area from the cement board on the left to the purple wall on the right is 6'-11" long.  Here's were the double vanity goes.

This area from the cement board on the left to the purple wall on the right is 6′-11″ long. Here’s were the double vanity goes.

Something like this but waaaay more elegant.

Something like this but waaaay more elegant.

A short explanation of the plan below focusing on the master bathroom.  There is a door between the bedroom hall and the bathroom but no door between the bathroom hall (at the end of which is a linen closet) and the bathroom proper.  I think the tile should stop at the opening without the door so the entire hall way has continuity of flooring which in this case will be wood.

Floor plan of the second floor.  The master bath is the black and white tiled section.

Floor plan of the second floor. The master bath is the black and white tiled section. (Our current bathroom has the pink floor in the plan.)

First order of business make the subfloor flush with the shower pan.

What ordeal are you working on?

As If I Haven’t Got Enough To Do

I found this plan to declutter the entire house in 30 days.  It might well take me 30 weeks or even 30 months but I’m going to give it a go.

At this point there is only one bathroom.

At this point there is only one bathroom.

The first 4 days begin in the bathroom.  Depending on the scope of one’s clutter I would allow about 30± minutes for each task. And be ruthless.

Since we have no linen closet nor medicine cabinet the under-sink cabinet is pretty much a shambles.

Since we have no linen closet nor medicine cabinet the under-sink cabinet is pretty much a shambles.

Day 1: Medicine Cabinet
Toss expired medications, hotel shampoos that you’ll never use, and throw out lotions you’ve had since 1990. While you’re at it, give the mirror a quick wipe, too.

Even totally cleaned out the cabinet is looking pretty gross.

Even totally cleaned out the cabinet is looking pretty gross.

I’ll focus on the cabinet under the sink since we don’t actually have a medicine cabinet.

It's nice to start with a clean space.

It’s nice to start with a clean space.

I wiped everything down and returned the wire shelves which seem to double the storage space.

We were hoarding a ton of soap under there, some that has even been eaten by mice (ew), which we don't use.  Move it to the laundry room.

We were hoarding a ton of soap under there, some that has even been eaten by mice (ew), which we don’t use. Move it to the laundry room.

After throwing away samples of shampoo and lotions which we’ll never use (or maybe we already used it and just didn’t toss it) I returned almost everything in a more orderly fashion.

Doesn't that look better?

Doesn’t that look better?

And I found something I had been thinking about recently and didn’t know I actually had.

Make up sponges.

Make up sponges.

I’m storing them front and center is a plastic tub to keep them clean.

Tah dah!

Tah dah!

Here’s the rest of the bathroom list.

Day 2: Shower
Get rid of the extras and empties in your shower.
Day 3: Makeup Drawer/Bag
Go through your makeup bag or drawer and reassess some of the items. Hot pink eye shadow you haven’t touched since 1980? Toss! Lipstick that doesn’t smell quite right anymore? You know what to do. If you haven’t used it in a year, it’s time to trash it.

Day 4: Linen Closet
Over time those neatly stacked towels start to shift and folded sheets somehow end up on the floor.  Take stock of what’s in the linen closet, straighten what you want and consider donating items you haven’t used in more than a year.

Are you focusing on getting the house ready for the holidays? A special celebration? Next year?

 

A Brush for Everything

I am trying to return our pink bathroom back to the way it was before the renovation began and we took everything loose out except our toothbrushes. (Not that this bathroom was ever great.  That’s why the renovation included 2 full baths.  Unfortunately they are both still in the rough-in stage.)

There's not much room in here.

There’s not much room in here.

I like to use a fresh washcloth each time I wash my face or bathe so I’ve always kept a basketful on the top of the toilet. (Maybe that not the ideal spot but this is a tiny bathroom.)

So tiny is this bathroom that there's barely enough room to use the facilities.

So tiny is this bathroom that there’s barely enough room to use the facilities.

When I looked at the Longaberger basket that perfectly holds two folded stacks of washcloths, it was pretty dusty.

This basket used to have 2 plastic inserts which I unfortunately ruined in the dishwasher.

This basket used to have 2 plastic inserts which I unfortunately ruined in the dishwasher.

Golden Wand - soft brass bristles

Golden Wand – soft brass bristles

I have a brush that is made of soft metal bristles.

"Removes lint -- renews nap like magic" as printed on the brush

“Removes lint — renews nap like magic” as printed on the brush

Even if its purpose is to raise the nap on suede and velvet, it was ideal for dusting this basket.

A fresh supply of washcloths.

A fresh supply of washcloths.

Back in action.

Do you have tools that seem somehow obsolete and you don’t know where they came from?

The Final Inspection – Womp, Womp

Yesterday on a rainy afternoon the county building inspector came by The Glade to see if all the i’s had been dotted and all the t’s crossed.

We love our new kitchen -- 100% functional.

We love our new kitchen — 100% functional.

Unfortunately he said the permit indicated there would be 2 finished bathrooms and so did not sign off on the final permit.

Master bathroom is not nearly finished.

Master bathroom is not nearly finished.

Our 2 new bathrooms are not finished nor did we expect them to be.

The conservatory bathroom also is unfinished.

The conservatory bathroom also is unfinished.

We just don’t have the funds right now to buy the fixtures and finishes necessary to finish the bathrooms.

So much of the house is complete.

So much of the house is complete.

I’m praying the inspector will go back to his office, converse with the plumbing inspector and give us an occupancy permit. After all we live here.

Have you had a big disappointment lately? Or a bump in the road?

A Horrible Placeholder

In order to have a final electrical inspection we need to have a vanity fixture in the conservatory bathroom the over the spot where the vanity will be.

I guess we won't be putting cabinet recessed between the studs over the sink.

The electric wire for the vanity light is right next to a dryer exhaust pipe which prohibits installation of an electric box.

The fixture must be a strip light because it’s impossible to put an electrical box in that spot.

The area for the conservatory bathroom vanity is still in need of a fixture which is the only issue holding up the final electrical inspection.

The area for the conservatory bathroom vanity is still in need of a fixture which is the only issue holding up the final electrical inspection.

I have never been a fan of strip lights but we bought the cheapest one ($11) Lowes sells. (Home Depot prices started at $15.)

This 18-inch fixture is supposed to have globe bulbs which are not included.

This 18-inch fixture is supposed to have globe bulbs which are not included.

First Charlie hooked all the wires together with wire nuts matching same color wires coming from the wall to those on the fixture.

The light should hang on the two screws.

The light should hang on the two screws.

Then he tried to hang the fixture on screws and it just wouldn’t happen.  That’s when I read the directions. (I know, girl stuff.)

Since there is not a box in which to stash the wires we pulled them through to the front of the back plate which was screwed tight to the wall.

Since there is not a box in which to stash the wires we pulled them through to the front of the back plate which was screwed tight to the wall.

Following the instructions we took the thing apart, rewired it, hung the back plate on the screws, and attached the front plate with the trim cups.

The fixture actually calls for globe bulbs but we didn't spring for them.

The fixture actually calls for globe bulbs but we didn’t spring for them.

When we flipped the switch only one light bulb worked but that’s because 2 of them were faulty.

I'm ready for my close-up, Mr. DeMille.

I’m ready for my close-up, Mr. DeMille.

Now isn’t that about the ugliest thing you’ve ever seen. I hope it passes inspection.

What cheap and tawdry decisions have you made?