I had to plan and scheme to make the 2 showers in our new bathrooms zero threshold entries.
Since they have been finished for a couple of years now I can definitely say they were the right way to go.
While we don’t use the one in the conservatory much at this time it is a neat looking design which works well.
Our everyday shower in the master suite is used multiple times each day.
There is no water leakage issue. The floor and surround are easy to clean.
I can recommend going to the extra trouble of installing a curbless shower especially if someone in the household uses a walker or wheelchair. Those are not yet our issues but we’ll be prepared if they ever arise.
Now we’re almost in September, the month to get focused and restarted. I don’t have any children heading back to school but September seems to be a time of new beginnings.
Sug has been helping with all the projects in the house and has now decided to keep the house spotless. Her exertion is our gain. There are some people who like to clean house. I, on the other hand, like having cleaned. Recently clearing the dust has put me into respiratory arrest but I’m feeling much improved.
Charlie and I are heading to the UK for 12 days. That should be plenty of high-quality, energy-packed entertainment.
When we return from London we need to get busy sending out invitations for the dedication of The Chapel at The Glade. It won’t actually take place until October but we must get in touch with a long list of friends.
I’m hoping to hear from our carpenter who I’ve contracted to put a railing around our second-story deck.
Totally finish all the projects we’ve been working on all summer.
While we accomplished a lot at The Glade this summer — renovated 2 bathrooms — I’ve looked back at some of my projects lists from earlier in the summer and more than a few things have been left undone.
In July I had hoped to stain the 2 sets of unfinished pine doors — the mudroom and the pantry. I bought some light stain to mix with the dark stain I had been using to change things up just a little. Weather permitting, I think I can finish these doors in the next two weekends.
Another summer goal was to organize all my clothes that were cluttering various closets, bed and floors all over the house. This I have done. But still undone is a serious look at the clutter in the mudroom closet which is also one of the set of doors that needs to be stained.
The pantry has become a disorganized mess also. Charlie likes to store things — grocery bags for example — on the floor. It’s horrible and I plan to take control.
Little by little we’ve been whittling away at the pile of trim in the hallway. When every room has baseboard I plan to make another lumber order to finish the face frames for both the master closet and the master bedroom shelving which is not yet finished.
I know we can’t hope we can accomplish all this in 2 weekends and I’m comforted to have a plan.
Today’s chore was to paper the final wall in the powder room.
I spent some time last night thinking about exactly how I should finish this area. The remaining piece cut from the left hand wall was too narrow to fill the space between the wall and the door frame so I would have had to use 3 pieces instead of 2 on this small wall.
Instead I used the narrow remnant to cut a wider piece from a new strip of wallpaper. The remnant had to be offset to get the widest possible piece.
This piece had the added problem of cutting around a wall sconce and over a fan switch and outlet.
I cut the slit for the light from the door frame side.
Once everything was glued down and trimmed the slit basically disappeared.
The last piece was a short partial piece that fit over the door frame and into the least conspicuous corner.
The wallpapering is finished. I think between the 3 of us — Charlie, Sug, and me — we can finish the powder room by the end of August.
I finished papering walls 2 and 3 of the powder room today.
These two walls are opposite each other — one is the toilet wall and the other the sink wall.
The sink wall was fairly straightforward. The roughly patched area over the sink disappeared under the busy paper. After yesterday’s full piece I only had to hang a partial piece measured one-half inch past the corner.
The opposite wall over the toilet took a full width and a partial width to finish.
The final piece turned the corner onto the 4th wall as usual. Instead of making a half-inch turn, I added an inch to fill the tiny space between the door frame and the wall.
I only have the door wall to finish. It has a wall sconce and a large switch both of which must be cut around.
I like that the horizontal aspect of the wallpaper visually enlarges this tiny room.
I started the wallpapering of the powder room in earnest.
Although the directions said to spray the back with water to dampen it like I did in the pink tile bathroom, I chose to soak it in the kitchen sink for 30 seconds instead. The lengths of paper are about twice as long as the ones in the pink bathroom so spraying was more difficult.
First I added a full width of wallpaper to the adjacent wall on the right after booking the paper for about 5 minutes. “Booking” is gently folding both ends, paste side in, towards the center of the strip, without creasing the folds. It helps to cure the paste.
Then I measured the space to the left of the first piece and cut a width of paper that measurement plus a half inch to turn onto the adjacent wall on the left.
I lined up the bottoms of the lengths of wallpaper so I only needed to trim the ceiling end which I did with a razor blade held against a drywall finishing knife.
Two pieces were all I could complete on this very humid day.
I was so eager to get started wallpapering I initially left out Step 5 which is sizing the wall.
Sizing the wall allows the application of the wallpaper to have a little more forgiveness by allowing easier repositioning.
However I did not size the wall before I began to paper because I forgot. So after I hung the first piece I sized the rest of the walls.
Normally I would begin wallpapering in the most inconspicuous corner and work clockwize around the room. In this powder room only one wall is visible outside the room so I decided to start on that one, the wall opposite the door and work alternatingly left and right until I reach the inconspicuous corner.
The first full piece is really the trickiest one in the room. This piece must be cut around a wall sconce and cover a mid-wall fuse box.
I was concerned that the sconces might need painting but the bright chrome works better with this paper than with the former bibliotheque format.
I have about 7 more pieces of wallpaper to hang now that the wall is sized.