Glass Tiled Backsplash in the Conservatory

Back in November I posted our progress in the conservatory bathroom.

Bookshelves in the bathroom

At that time we still needed to build the rustic shelves in the niche behind the shower.

The conservatory sink will get a backsplash that matches the shower tile.

One of the main jobs remaining that we felt we had neither the time or patience to tackle was the backsplash behind the vanity for which we had tile from the original shower installation.

The space behind the Ikea sink and faucet is about 43 inches wide.

With instructions from me Charlie told him I wanted 2 courses of glass “Snow Frost” 3″ by 6″ subway tile.

The penny tile listello row matches the one in the shower.

Top that with 4 rows of multicolored glass penny tiles just like in the shower enclosure.

The finished backsplash will matches the tile in the shower enclosure.

The top is finished with another row of glass subway tile.

The new backsplash echoes the band of color in the shower and protects the wall behind the sink.

Good progress was made in the morning.  All the tile in the conservatory bathroom was in place.

The tile still needs to be grouted with white grout.

The adhesive will dry overnight and then the tile will be grouted.

Are you planning a spring project? DIY? Outsourced?

Miscalculation and a Start

My calculations for the closet interior were slightly off because I took the measurement of the space from the engineer’s drawings instead of actually measuring the space.

The door would open past the base frame. I know I was in trouble.

The length of the closet is actually 10′-8.5″, not 11 feet, so having a section 10 feet long didn’t allow for the door to fully open.

The frame will run almost the entire length of the wall.

Happily I laid out the base before connecting it together so we can easily cut it down. The hanging towers will also need to be reduced in size.

Somehow I need to remove 6″ from the width of 3 towers.

After the base is assembled and installed I’ll decide whether to reduce each of 3 towers equally or to make one narrower.

Charlie’s side of the bathroom vanity will be tiled.

In the mean time Charlie told me yesterday that the tile setters who are installing 3 backsplashes are scheduled to arrive today.

My side of the master vanity will also be tiled with a 10-inch tall backsplash.

He negotiated a better price than the original quote.

Marble tile and bullnose tiles for the master bathroom.

Can’t wait to post some photos of the progress.

Do you lose count when measuring?

10 Pink Tiles

I found a source for pink tiles for my 1946 pink tile bathroom. I ordered 10 pink bullnosed 4.25″ by 4.25″ porcelain tiles over the internet

Pink Mid-century tile with what is described on the website as a “coral tone”; I say it’s fleshy.

Sight unseen from Clay Squared in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

I ordered bullnose BN44, a 4.25-inch square.

I’m not sure they’ll be exactly the right color but I have an idea to take care of that.

How are your hare-brained schemes working out?

Looking for Pink Tile

I am searching for some vintage pink tile to replace the broken pieces in our original bathroom.

Crack in the pink bathroom tile.

Aside from asking at The Tile Shop I haven’t really started my search until yesterday.

Community Forklift is easy to find following the directions on its website.

After work I drove to a suburb of Washington DC to a salvage yard called Community Forklift.

Building salvage

They house a supply of building salvage like radiators, doors, windows, furniture, mantel pieces, plumbing fixtures, etc.

Boxes of tile are marked on top with a sample piece of what’s inside.

Since I was specifically searching for tile I sifted carefully through the surplus tile aisle.

If I were looking for white I might have found some.

There was a good supply of vintage white tile including sanitary base and bullnose tiles.

This style of tile came in blue, red, and aqua.

Among the boxes were some interesting mosaics.

This tile would make an interesting project — a bench maybe.

I liked this textured yellow tile.

You don’t see tile like this much — ever.

I was intrigued by the wheat stalk listello. Not my cup of tea but interesting.

Light pink tile — too light.

Finally I spotted just one box of pink tile. I really need bullnoses.

My tiles (left and right) just don’t match.

Unfortunately the tile was neither bullnose nor a good match to the tile in the bathroom. so I passed on the $17.50 box of tile.

Thankfully I don’t need a stove.

I’m sure if I had more time I could find something I can’t live without at Community Forklift.

Do you shop salvage stores?

A Pink Tile Bathroom

Ugh, you say.

Our tiny original bathroom has pink and white wallpaper above the pink tile.
Our tiny original bathroom has pink and white wallpaper above the pink tile.

Our pink tile bathroom is tiny and original to the house.

This crack hasn't always been in the pink bathroom.
This crack hasn’t always been in the pink bathroom.

Unfortunately when we had the additions put on something must have put pressure on this bathroom because a couple of tiles cracked. Naturally they’re in a conspicuous spot.

Vanity lights are reflected in the pink tiles.
Vanity lights are reflected in the pink tiles.

In our boxes of tile I found vintage pink tiles: one designated on the back as “new” and 2 more as “old”.

The old tile matches perfectly -- now I need to find more.
The old tile matches perfectly — now I need to find more.

My plan is to try to find additional vintage pink tiles because I need a bullnose tile.

The tiles under the glass shelf should be bullnosed.
The tiles under the glass shelf should be bullnosed.

As a matter of fact if I can find a half dozen pink bullnose tiles it would be even better since the tiles under the shelf under the mirror should be bullnose but are not. Two have even been carved out to accommodate a former medicine cabinet.

Hoping there's some vintage pink tile in the stock at a local salvage store.
Hoping there’s some vintage pink tile in the stock at a local salvage store.

I’m searching locally first where I hope to be successful.

Where do you find vintage salvage?

Triptych in the Master Bathroom

By definition a triptych is a set of three associated artistic, literary, or musical works intended to be appreciated together.

Notre Dame print and map of France clock.
Notre Dame print and map of France clock.

To finish up the space over the toilet in the master bathroom where I hung a print of Paris and a clock with a map of France I felt there needed to be one more item. I had a piece of shelf glass that would fit well.

Home Depot has a large selection of glass shelf brackets in the storage aisle.
Home Depot has a large selection of glass shelf brackets in the storage aisle.

I wanted to hang it with the least conspicuous hardware which I found at Home Depot. (Naturally the first HD I stopped at did not have it but the one heading in the other direction had a variety of styles on hand.)

The long screws must be tightened before the glass slips into the bracket.
The long screws must be tightened before the glass slips into the bracket.

Using a level and long dry wall anchors that came with the shelf brackets I managed to secure the shelf to the wall allowing enough space for the top of the toilet tank to be removed without taking the shelf down.

The glass shelf is inconspicuous.
The glass shelf is inconspicuous.

The brackets I chose are rated for no deeper than a 6″ glass shelf;  my shelf is closer to 8 inches so I might have to make an adjustment.

The repetition of the color green is working for me.
The repetition of the color green is working for me.

I’m looking for my colorful paper fish to display on the shelf but for now I have a small Limoges box, an enamel lidded box, and a small pitcher.

Shelf décor.
Shelf décor.

Bringing a little more of France into the master suite.

Do you have trouble hanging things level?

Tile Quote for 3 Backsplashes

When our tile setter came to quote the work to install 3 tile backsplashes we actually presented him with 4 projects.

The kitchen backsplash tile -- Sealed Royal Grey Honed Limestone.
The kitchen backsplash tile — Sealed Royal Grey Honed Limestone.

I’ll start with the extra project first.   We were thinking of using the leftover tile from the kitchen backsplash to also tile the front of the fireplace.

The dark area inside the mantelpiece is brick painted Benjamin Moore's "Swallow".
The dark area inside the mantelpiece is brick painted Benjamin Moore’s “Swallow”.

Now it is painted brick.  We thought this Royal Grey limestone might look good in a herringbone pattern.

Item #3: Fireplace surround $960.
Item #3: Fireplace surround — $960.

However when the proposal for the small fireplace surround came in it was $960!  Way too much.  We’ll just keep the painted brick.

The conservatory sink will get a backsplash that matches the shower tile.
The conservatory sink will get a backsplash that matches the shower tile.

The conservatory bathroom is the first item: First floor bath — $517.

The space above the vanity could use a backsplash.
The space above the vanity could use a backsplash.

The second item: Second floor bath (master bathroom) — $677.

A tile backsplash in the Cottage would be nice.
A tile backsplash in the Cottage would be nice.

Finally, the fourth item: Kitchen backsplash in the Cottage — $832.

We're hoping there's enough frosted glass tile in our stash to complete this project.
We’re hoping there’s enough frosted glass tile in our stash to complete this project.

We were hoping to use subway tile set in a herringbone pattern thus the extra charge.

Frankly we were surprised at these prices as they were more than expected.

Do you negotiate proposed prices?