Category Archives: Bathroom

Too Cold for Spray Paint

As I’ve said before the temperature should be above 50 degrees to spray paint outside.  Three days ago our outside temperature was 70 degrees.  Yesterday it hovered around 31.

Moonshine on the top contrasted with white primer on the bottom.

Moonshine on the top contrasted with white primer on the bottom.

That ruined my plan for the day to alternate inside painting with outside spray painting.

Moonshine on the walls and a diluted version of Head Over Heels on the ceiling.

Moonshine on the walls and a diluted version of Head Over Heels on the ceiling.

I spent the morning painting the hallway of the master bedroom which is divided into two separate spaces: one in the bathroom and one out.

My next project is at the end of the newly painted hall.

My next project is at the end of the newly painted hall.

This already-primed space took almost an entire gallon of paint: Moonshine by Benjamin Moore.

The escutcheon on the hot water needs to be caulked.

The escutcheon on the hot water needed to be caulked.

In the mean time Charlie decided to caulk our uncaulked hot water handle in the shower.  After looking everywhere around the house we could not find any usable caulk so we headed out to our local hardware store.

Charlie is a very neat caulker.

Charlie is a very neat caulker.

The tub is now fully caulked.

The Container Store in Rockville, Maryland.

The Container Store in Rockville, Maryland.

After the hardware store we took a ride to the suburbs of Washington DC about 50 miles away where we looked through The Container Store.

Charlie checked out everything including these drop-front shoes boxes.

Charlie checked out everything including these drop-front shoes boxes.

I’ll let you work on what we might have purchased there.

Charlie showed me the things he liked at The Container Store.

Charlie showed me the things he liked at The Container Store.

We did get some good ideas for our future master closet.

What non-negotiable do you need in your closet or storage area?

Dressing Table Light Deal

I almost didn’t make a purchase at the Decorating Outlet when we went there to find lighting fixtures for the master bathroom.

The wall fixture over my dressing table will be installed on the circle centered above it with room for a wall mirror.

The wall fixture over my dressing table will be installed on the circle centered above it with room for a wall mirror under the light.

But before I gave up I found some outdoor wall lights stashed in a back corner that were just a little different. Some were trimmed in satin nickel and some in aged bronze.

Our salesman was very helpful -- especially to Charlie who had a million questions.

Our salesman was very helpful — especially to Charlie who had a million questions.

I would have purchased the nickel one if, instead of clear glass, it had had seeded glass.  Our salesperson would have gladly switched the glass from another fixture except that it was glued in.

I'll alleviate the dings and scratches with a custom paint job.

I’ll alleviate the dings and scratches with a custom paint job.

That’s the one I bought.

The lamp housing is applied directly to the wall.

The lamp housing is applied directly to the wall.

It had other issues, too. The price, however, was right. $199 marked down to $139 then, after a little haggling, finally priced at $99. SOLD!

The seeded glass shade doesn't look like much without the housing which will hang in the electrical hole in the wall.

The seeded glass shade doesn’t look like much without the housing which will hang in the electrical hole in the wall.

I’m planning to hang it on the wall over my dressing table but not until I’ve painted the metal housing a different color.

The fixture put together sans light bulbs.

The fixture put together sans light bulbs.

It’s different for a bathroom but should shed plenty of light on my side of the room.

Sidebar: Today would have been my mother’s 89th birthday.  She would have loved all this renovating and decorating stuff. Miss you, Mommie.

Will you do small repairs for a bargain price?

Hyper-focused Shopper

When I go shopping I focus on the thing (or things) I want to buy and mentally ignore anything that doesn’t meet my criteria.

The 2 frosted-glass hanging pendants would have fit the space (and my criteria) perfectly but seemed a little mundane.

The 2 frosted-glass hanging pendants would have fit the space (and my criteria) perfectly but seemed a little mundane.

While shopping at the Decorating Outlet for lighting fixtures, the first order of business was 2 hanging pendants for the master bathroom.

Unfortunately many of the "pairs" had different colored hardware.

Unfortunately many of the “pairs” had different colored hardware.

I took pictures of all viable pairs.

We might have used these either over the sinks in the bathroom or as the hallway ceiling fixtures.

We might have used these either over the sinks in the bathroom or as the hallway ceiling fixtures.

Charlie pointed out other pairs that he liked (which I liked, too) but that didn’t meet all criteria.

Mottled mercury glass was a consideration especially when our salesperson showed it to Charlie "lit up".

Mottled mercury glass was a consideration especially when our salesperson showed it to Charlie “lit up”.

For instance, I don’t do “brown”. Not in what will ultimately be a grey marble bathroom.

Matching clear glass square pendants with a hand-made feeling.

Matching clear glass square pendants with a hand-made feeling.

And, although a clear fixture is attractive, I know Charlie does not like to see the actual light bulb once it is lit.

These fixtures were still hanging in the store from when we were there 2 years ago and I still like them.

These teardrop mercury glass fixtures were still hanging in the store from when we were there 2 years ago and I still like them.

With all these choices we did not find what we wanted here at the Decorating Outlet.

These hanging fixtures were too huge for the bathroom but attractive nonetheless.

These hanging fixtures were too huge for the bathroom but attractive nonetheless.

After determining that we’d need to look elsewhere, I took a few more pictures and discovered I hadn’t seen some truly interesting fixtures in my blinders-on desire to find what I was looking for.

Love these blue lanterns.

Love these blue lanterns.

But we really tried.

Are you a focused or haphazard shopper? Or something in the middle?

 

Subfloor for the Bathroom Tile

Last Saturday I had 2 goals to complete: paint the master suite ceilings and figure out how much lumber we would need for the bathroom subfloors.

The pink ceilings are finished.

The pink ceilings are finished.

The ceilings are painted.

Before the floors are tiled the floor outside the shower must be level with the floor inside.

Before the floors are tiled the floor outside the shower must be level with the floor inside.

Then I measured the exposed floor areas in the two bathrooms.  When the tile is applied the shower pans it will continue into the rooms with no barrier between the shower and the bathroom floor.

The master bathroom needs two times 2 sheets of plywood to cover the entire floor.

The master bathroom needs two times 2 sheets of plywood to cover the entire floor.

The conservatory bathroom needs half the amount of plywood of the master bath -- 2 sheets total.

The conservatory bathroom needs half the amount of plywood of the master bath — 2 sheets total.

Keeping the above dimension in mind we’ll need six 4′ by 8′ pieces of 1/2 inch plywood for the sub floor to create one-inch thick flooring. (Apparently plywood does not come in inch thick pieces. Half-inch will also be easier to maneuver.)

4' by 8' sheets would be easier to lay than the 3' by 5' sheets of cement backerboard.

4′ by 8′ sheets would be easier to lay than the 3′ by 5′ sheets of cement backerboard.

Cement backerboard however generally comes in 3′ by 5′ pieces (even though ProBuild delivered 4′ by 8′ sheets to us). I think we can buy 6 sheets and piece with the extra we have left from putting cement board in the showers.

The master bathroom floor must be laid around the kneewall which might ultimately change the dimensions or layout configuration.

The master bathroom floor must be laid around the kneewall which might ultimately change the dimensions or layout configuration.

The process is to lay two layers of 1/2″ plywood, 1 layer of cement backerboard, apply one layer of KERI waterproofing membrane, then tile.

Do you fret over economical layouts and plans?

Looking for More Lighting Fixtures

We have a bunch of very basic lighting fixtures in the master suite addition.

The roughed-in lights in the master suite are simple porcelain sockets. YUK!

The roughed-in lights in the master suite are simple porcelain sockets. YUK!

The shower is finished with two recessed lights.

2 recessed light hang over the shower area.

2 recessed light hang over the shower area.

In the bathroom space for 3 additional lights has been wired but not installed.

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One wall fixture is planned to hang over my dressing table.

Pendant light will hang over the dual sinks on either side of the window.

Pendant light will hang over the dual sinks on either side of the window.

And 2 pendants which will hang over the sinks.

The 2 hall lights should be identical and coordinate with the bathroom.

The 2 hall lights should be identical and coordinate with the bathroom.

The hallway now sports 2 bare lightbulbs.

These bathroom fixtures will be visible simultaneously.

These bathroom fixtures will be visible simultaneously.

The hallway lights should ultimately match each other and coordinate with the bathroom fixtures.

I was considering these pendants that I used in the downstairs hall for the upstairs hall but they don't really go with the bedroom style.

I was considering these pendants that I used in the downstairs hall for the upstairs hall but they don’t really go with the bedroom style.

I have been searching for appropriate lighting fixtures but I have not yet found exactly the right thing at the right price.

Do you have a favorite lighting style?

Another Rainy Saturday

The forecast for today’s weather is rain, rain, and more rain.

100% chance of rain, hour after hour.

100% chance of rain, hour after hour.

Unfortunately my plan for today was to finish painting the master suite ceilings.

This ceiling needs a second coat.

This ceiling needs a second coat.

I hate painting in the rain.  The only consolation is that I don’t need to count on drying time since everything already has one coat of paint.

Before the floors are tiled the floor outside the shower must be level with the floor inside.

Before the floors are tiled the floor outside the shower must be level with the floor inside.

I also want to figure out how much plywood and cement board we will need to put on the conservatory and master bathrooms floors to bring them up to the level of the shower pans.

The bathroom floor needs to be raised to the level of the shower pan.

The bathroom floor needs to be raised to the level of the shower pan.

Leveling those floors is the next step before the shower floors are covered with a Schluter KERDI waterproofing membrane.

Bathroom basketweave floor tile -- white for the conservatory and marble for the master.

Bathroom basketweave floor tile — white for the conservatory and marble for the master.

Then I can order the tile. THEN I can decide if this is a job for Charlie and me or if we need to hire it out.

And I’m getting my hair cut .  .  . I mean CUT OFF. Yeah!

Saturday plans? More fun than mine?

I Think It’s a No-Go

I’ve been wanting to get the master suite hallway painted for two reasons: 1) to hang this cabinet and 2) to hang my mother’s ornate gold leaf mirror.

I would like this French gilt mirror centered in the doorway.

I would like this French gilt mirror centered in the doorway.

It’s kind of flashy and doesn’t really go with anything else we have but I like it a lot.

The hall wall is perfect for the mirror.

The hall wall is perfect for the mirror.

It will be (in my opinion) perfect just outside the bathroom on the hall wall.

Looking toward the entrance of the master bathroom from the shower.

Looking toward the entrance of the master bathroom from the shower before the drywall was installed.

I want to make sure it is securely hung which won’t be difficult since that particular wall is totally covered (under the drywall) with the house’s original sheathing.

Use a sturdy hook.

Use a sturdy hook.

I hung a sturdy hook about the size of my thumb.

I was sure this would be the perfect spot.

I was sure this would be the perfect spot.

The mirror is hung right in the center of the doorway.

Too much of the back of the mirror shows in the side view which is the entry to the bathroom.

Too much of the back of the mirror shows in the side view which is the entry to the bathroom.

I noticed some undesirable issues.

While the bathroom layout has changed, the door swings in the hall plan are basically the same.

While the bathroom layout has changed, the door swings in the hall plan are basically the same and would compete with the ornate mirror.

The hallway is suddenly way too busy.  We’ll have a ceiling fixture, a 15-inch deep cabinet with 18-inch doors at the end of the hall, and the bathroom door will open on the mirror wall.

This mirror is so unique it really does not need any competition.

This mirror is so unique it really does not need any competition.

I still like the idea of a mirror so I might have to add a simple frame to a full-length mirror. However, I’m not happy about my unworkable plan.

Do you mock-up plans to see if they’ll work?