Moving Some Art

A few years ago I framed a nautical chart.

The chart has been hanging on the soon-to-be cabineted wall in the Cottage.
The chart has been hanging on the soon-to-be cabineted wall in the Cottage.

It’s been hanging in the Cottage but now it has to move.

The was above the conservatory toilet is empty.
The was above the conservatory toilet is empty.

I don’t have many empty walls in the house.

Looking from the closet side, the wall in the bathroom is loaded with pipes and vents.
Looking from the closet side, the wall in the bathroom is loaded with pipes and vents.

The wall above the toilet in the conservatory bathroom was empty but has some hidden pipes and vents that I wouldn’t want to puncture with a nail.

The chart fits well above the toilet but the colors are not quite right.
The chart fits well above the toilet but the colors are not quite right.

After measuring the approximate positions of the obstacles I nailed up a picture hook.

The bathroom mirror reflects the chart and the kitchen across the house.
The bathroom mirror reflects the chart and the kitchen across the house.
The edge of the shower wall needs to be trimmed and the opening needs will be filled with shelves.
The edge of the shower wall needs to be trimmed and the opening needs will be filled with shelves.

This room still needs some finishing details but the chart fills a large space on the wall.

What’s hanging around your house?

Light Over the Mirror

Charlie and I finally got down to hanging the master bathroom lighting fixtures.

Our new breakers are well-marked.
Our new breakers are well-marked.

We turned off the breaker to the bathroom lights.

The green screw needs to face out so the ground wires can be fastened around it.
The green screw needs to face out so the ground wires can be fastened around it.

A hanging plate came with the fixture but we had to put the screws in from the other side so the green ground screwhead is facing down.

The wires are pulled from the ceiling through the hole in the plate.
The wires are pulled from the ceiling through the hole in the plate.

We used the arced slots so we could position the escutcheon screws on two fixtures in the same configuration.

The thick black wire has to be finessed through the hole on the escutcheon.
The thick black wire has to be finessed through the hole on the escutcheon.

We snipped the wires so the bottom of the fixtures would hang approximately 36 inches above the counter then I threaded the escutcheon onto the wires.

After the outer casing is removed the bare wires must also be exposed.
After the outer casing is removed the bare wires must also be exposed.

Charlie stripped 1 inch of casing from each of the colored wires inside the thicker black covering.  We worked together to twist the wires into wire nuts: black to black, white to white, and copper to green around the ground screw.

The fixture hangs securely from the ceiling.
The fixture hangs securely from the ceiling.

We tightened the escutcheon to the ceiling plate with the small silver balls allocated. The bottom of the globe actually ended up 38 inches from the top of the counter which seems to be a very good height in the respect that it hangs above our heads and we can’t see the bulb in the fixture.

The reflection of the fixture in the shower glass gives a good picture of how the picture looks when lit.
The reflection of the fixture in the shower glass gives a good picture of how the picture looks when lit.

When we turned the breaker on and flipped the switch it worked.

The shower glass provides a lot of reflection which brightens the bathroom even more than the fixtures alone.
The shower glass provides a lot of reflection which brightens the bathroom even more than the fixtures alone.

This is the first time I’ve had light over my bathroom mirror.

Do you tamper with electricity?

High Hopes for Saturday

All week I’ve been expecting that Charlie and the Viking would start laying the floor in the conservatory and master hallway.

One end of the master bedroom is a holding place for our mess from the hall and closet.
One end of the master bedroom is a holding place for our mess from the hall and closet.

Charlie has texted him a number of times with no response. My hopes are dashed.

The master hall floor has been cleared.
The master hall floor has been cleared.

I had already started moving things out of the hall and into the bedroom.

My side of the closet is almost clear.
My side of the closet is almost clear.

Also out of the closet

Charlie has a lot to clear up on his side of the closet.
Charlie has a lot to clear up on his side of the closet.

Instead I’m going to try to at least get the bathroom pendants hung.

Master bathroom vanity pendants.
Master bathroom vanity pendants.

I’m hoping by the end of the week to have a new contractor on the payroll.

Are you making a significant change?

Marble Backsplash for the Master

I’ve been putting off looking at tile for the master vanity backsplash.

The vanity top is white marble with grey veining.
The vanity top is white marble with grey veining.

The top of the vanity itself is grey and white marble with a lot of movement in the veining.

Marble basketweave tile with warm grey grout is on the floor..
Marble basketweave tile with warm grey grout is on the floor..

While we have enough floor tile remaining to complete the backsplash I thought it was too busy.

Ice white matte tile is in the shower.
Ice white matte tile is in the shower.

I also thought using the white subway tile from the shower walls too plain.

The various products used in Tile Shop displays are listed on the wall.
The various products used in Tile Shop displays are listed on the wall.

I stopped into the Tile Shop and found a couple of types of marble tile that might be appropriate. I’ve pretty much settled on a 2″ by 4″ subway tile which is smaller than the 3″ by 6″ shower tile.

Carrara
Polished Hampton Carrara Amalfi

One of the finished displays was covered with Hampton Carrera Polished Amalfi 2″ by 4″ subway tiles.  These would probably go well with the vanity top.

The tile on the left
The tile on the right, Ashford Carrara Amalfi,  seems compatible to the vanity.

Another choice might be Ashford Carrara Polished Amalfi.  I not sure what the difference between the two is since I couldn’t view them side by side.

Bianco Carrara
Bianco Carrara Marble Tile

The Bianco Carrara seems too white.

Venatino
Carrara Venetino

The tile store where I had purchased the flooring, Best Tile, had something with a bit less character called Polished Carrara Venetino also in a small 2″ by 4″ subway.

Tile that looks like bubbles.
Tile that looks like bubbles.

Finally I saw the above whimsical tile mosaic which looks like bubbles. I like it but not for the master bathroom.

Do you have a backsplash in your bathroom? What’s it made from?

Another Mirror Change-up

We’ve been using this small (too small) mirror in the conservatory bathroom until 1) the tile backsplash is in and 2) I can find a more appropriate size.

The frame of the mirror in the conservatory bathroom should be painted a fun color.
The frame of the mirror in the conservatory bathroom should be painted a fun color.

Most bathroom mirrors start at 21 inches which is just too large so I’ve been searching for something vintage or rustic or both.

This space will ultimately need a very special size mirror after the backsplash is tiled.
This space will ultimately need a very special size mirror after the backsplash is tiled.

The  present mirror hangs too low and is too small for Charlie to get a good look at himself. He mentions it frequently.

The approximately 12" by 18" mirror was free.
The approximately 12″ by 18″ mirror was free.

I found a small rustic mirror on the “FREE” table at church which I still thought was too small but which I thought Charlie would like better.

Tiny knobs -- less than half an inch in diameter.
Tiny knobs — less than half an inch in diameter.

I removed the hooks because they didn’t make sense hanging over the sink and they were cheap looking.

The tiny knobs hid the holes where the hooks had been.
The tiny knobs hid the holes where the hooks had been.

I found in my stash some small knobs that would cover the 3 holes left from the hooks.

The mirror is not very heavy so a small hanger is enough to hold it onto the wall. I could have used the hanger holes left and right but decided not to.
The mirror is not very heavy so a small hanger is enough to hold it onto the wall. I could have used the hanger holes left and right but decided not to.

I tacked a central hanger on the back so I could use the same nail as the first mirror.

Too bad this mirror is a little longer.
Too bad this mirror is a little longer.

Charlie still can’t see himself unless he steps closer to the mirror.

Before
Before
A little change made a big improvement in the look of the mirror.
After — a little change made a big improvement in the look of the mirror.

And I’m still looking for a better mirror.

Do you try to make “freebies” work?

Force Fitting

Charlie was on hand to help with the installation of the 30-gallon water heater in The Cottage.

The new water heater is too large to fit in the closet without some adjustment.
The new water heater is too large to fit in the closet without some adjustment.

When the plumbers brought the new Bradford-White heater into The Cottage, they discovered the closet would need a little persuasion since water heaters are larger in dimensions than they used to be.

Charlie nudged the left wall out a few inches with the maul (sitting on the floor to the right of the water heater).
Charlie nudged the left wall out a few inches with the maul (sitting on the floor to the right of the water heater).

Charlie removed the door to the water heater closet.  When it still wouldn’t fit he encouraged the side wall to be a little more forgiving with a maul.

The hose bibb is just past the windows behind the plants on the right.
The hose bibb is just past the windows behind the plants on the right.

While the plumbers were at in The Cottage I told Charlie to check the outside spigot on the front wall.  I thought I had remembered it leaking.

A new outside valve should not leak.
A new outside valve should not leak.

Sure enough.

The blue lever turns the water on and off to the hose bibb. The round handle opens the water to the rest of the Cottage.
The blue lever turns the water on and off to the hose bibb. The round handle opens the water to the rest of the Cottage.

The plumbers changed the outdoor hose bibb and the valve on the inside opening and closing the water.

Plumbing to the bathtub started leaking when the water was turned on.
Plumbing to the bathtub started leaking when the water was turned on.

When the water to The Cottage was turned on after having been off for at least 2 years, the valves behind the shower/tub started to leak so the plumbers came back another day to repair those.

It's difficult to get a photo of the bathtub/shower in the Cottage but here it is when we put in a vinyl floor.
It’s difficult to get a photo of the bathtub/shower in the Cottage but here it is when we put in a vinyl floor.

We’re getting The Cottage ready for something. I don’t know what yet but it will be wonderful when it’s cleared out and usable at a moment’s notice.

What are you spending hard-earned money one?

Post-Holiday Plumbing

Since The Viking has been having trouble making time to visit to The Glade to finish hooking up the plumbing to the master bathroom sinks which are integrated into a marble countertop on the vanity cabinets, I finally hired a plumber to come and do the work.

Waiting to hang mirrors.
Waiting to hang mirrors.

Shut-off valves had already been installed to the roughed-in plumbing.

The sinks are plumbed from the bottom before installation.
The sinks are plumbed from the bottom before installation.

Then the Moen faucet valves, which were purchased separately from the Icon valve trims, were installed while the sinks were upside down in the bedroom.

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

Since the top is all one piece it was very heavy to heave up onto the vanity cabinet. Charlie and The Viking did a fine job of setting it in place.

The supply plumbing looks straightforward.
The supply plumbing looks straightforward.

The next task was to attach the drain lines which (even to me) seemed to be a simple task of cutting appropriate PVC and gluing it together which the plumber did.

The plumbing looks complicated.
The plumbing looks complicated.

The final hook-ups were accomplished under the sink top by snugging the screw rings onto the valves.

The faucets are set in place.
The faucets are set in place.

Finally the Moen Icon trims were attached to the valves and the high-arch spigots set in place.

The Moen "Icon" faucets are simple and , I hope, elegant.
The Moen “Icon” faucets are simple and , I hope, elegant.

The task list for the master bathroom continues:

  • install a tile backsplash behind the sinks;
  • hang mirrors on the wall behind the sinks;

    Vintage mirrors are a little quirky.
    Vintage mirrors are a little quirky.
  • paint the window and baseboard trim and touch-up the wall paint;

    The round window trim has been installed.
    The round window trim has been painted.
  • install the round window trim;
  • hanging lighting fixtures over the vanity;

    Master bathroom vanity pendants.
    Master bathroom vanity pendants.
  • hanging towel bars in the master bathroom;

    We installed a towel bar on the side of the vanity for Charlie's towel.
    We installed a towel bar on the side of the vanity for Charlie’s towel.

Now that the sinks are working in the master bathroom we no longer need to use the pink bathroom  for tooth-brushing and hand-washing so it can be cleaned from top to bottom.

Got plans?