Matching the Master Vanity Marble

I looked for the tile for the master vanity backsplash here.

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

I finally pulled the trigger and bought 60 square feet of tile plus bullnoses to go with the vigorously veined vanity top.

The 2" by 4" tiles are held together by net.
The 2″ by 4″ tiles are held together by net.

The Hampton Carrera Polished Amalfi 2″ by 4″ subway tiles actually come netted together in square-foot sheets.

Tile and bullnose tiles.
Tile and bullnose tiles.

There were only 7 total in stock so I took them all.  The seventh sheet was missing a tile so I asked for a discount.

The tile is slightly yellower than the vanity top.
The tile is slightly yellower than the vanity top.

The salesman gave me a 10% discount on the entire order and threw in the damage sheet for free because it was not on his computer.  I love a bargain.

Now I have to decide whether to use the marble or the white from the shower wall.
Now I have to decide whether to use the marble or the white from the shower wall.

I’ve called the tile setters who tiled our bathrooms at the end of 2015 to schedule installation for 3 backsplashes and then the tiling should be finished.

Are you patient? Or do you want it NOW?

Three Backsplashes

I’m almost ready to hire our tile setter to finish up three backsplashes:  the conservatory bath, the Cottage kitchen, the master bath.

Piles of leftover tile.
Piles of leftover tile.

We’ve been storing the leftover tile in the basement and now Charlie has brought it all up to the living room.  So much for a neat living room after removing the holiday flourishes.

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

We have saved enough glass tile for the space behind the conservatory sink.

The kitchen backsplash tile in the house.
The kitchen backsplash tile in the house.
We're going to try a backsplash above the Cottage's kitchen sink.
We’re going to try a backsplash above the Cottage’s kitchen sink.

And the Cottage can use either the left over white tile from the master bathroom or the leftover grey stone from the kitchen.

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

Finally I need to purchase tile for the master bathroom backsplash.  I considered my choices here.

Carrara
Carrera 2″ by 4″ subway tiles

I have chosen Hampton Carrera Polished Amalfi 2″ by 4″ subway tiles for the master.

Hoping to get these same guys back to tile the backsplashes.
Hoping to get these same guys back to tile the backsplashes.

One of the most difficult parts of getting our bathrooms tiled — actually getting someone to do it. So I’m going to try to get on our tile setter’s calendar before the end of the month which is moving more quickly than I can  believe.

Are your backsplashes tiled? If not, what else have you used?

Project Completions from 2016

I always have lists of projects both written and stored in my brain. (101 in 1001, Clean Sweep, Master List.)

The Cottage interior last June.
The Cottage interior last June.

Every so often we actually finish something. Sometimes it’s something we didn’t even hope to accomplish.

The brown sewing machine in the foreground belongs to me and will eventually come back in my house.
The Cottage sees regular improvements now.

The biggest change last year was The Cottage.  It went from a storage bin to permanent living quarters. We had hoped to sort it out but never expected to make such progress.

The shower glass provides a lot of reflection in the master bathroom.
The shower glass provides a lot of reflection in the master bathroom.

Early in the year we had shower glass installed in both the master bathroom and the conservatory bathroom.

Shower glass in the conservatory bathroom.
Shower glass in the conservatory bathroom.

Both showers are curbless.

We upgraded our mailbox.
We upgraded our mailbox.

We also switched out our rural mailbox with a totally upgraded version that was a gift from my sister.

All the floors are installed.
All the floors are installed.

While we were on a trip to the Grand Canyon, our son oversaw the installation of red oak floors in the last two unfloored sections of the house: the master suite hallway and the conservatory.

The rustic vanity.
The rustic vanity.

Charlie and I actually worked together to finish the rustic vanity in the conservatory bathroom.

We also made shelves in the conservatory bathroom.
We also made shelves in the conservatory bathroom.

We even built rustic shelves to cover an access alcove behind the shower. We were on a roll.

The conservatory bathroom door was painted "Secret" by Benjamin Moore.
The conservatory bathroom door was painted “Secret” by Benjamin Moore.

My last project of the year was to paint the interior doors grey. (Door 1, Door 2, Doors 3 and 4.) I painted them solo and am very happy with the change.

What’s your number one project planned for 2017?

The Third Threebie

I’m on a roll with my weekend chores so I’m adding another threesome for this weekend coming up — the weekend before Christmas.

I have already painted around the doorknob.
I have already painted around the doorknob.

I want to finish painting the door to the conservatory bathroom.

Last week I painted the inside of the conservatory bathroom door.
Last week I painted the inside of the conservatory bathroom door.

I started it last weekend while I was painting the master bathroom door.

The kitchen is ready for some cookie baking.
The kitchen is ready for some cookie baking.

I have also made arrangements to make, bake, and decorate gingerbread cookies with a friend.

The last time I made sprays of greenery was 2012 -- before the renovation.
The last time I made sprays of greenery was 2012 — before the renovation.

Finally I want to make some sprays of greenery for the exterior doors.  I’m not skilled or patient enough to make wreaths. I have some magnolia leaves, holly branches, and pine boughs.

Both Charlie and I are tied up most of Sunday with performances and rehearsals so I’ll be busy Saturday.

Are you cooking something seasonal?

The Reason Why

I wanted to paint the master bathroom door so I could hang the robe hook.

My blue robe has been hanging on my makeshift vanity stool.
My blue robe has been hanging on my makeshift vanity stool.

I’ve been hanging my bathrobe on the back of a step ladder that I’ve been using for a dressing table stool.

This hook is never seen by anyone but us.
This hook is never seen by anyone but us.

After the door was painted and rehung I screwed the fish-shaped  triple hook making sure the screws wouldn’t come out the other side of the door.

The robe hangs on the bathroom side of the door.
The robe hangs on the bathroom side of the door.

I actually have hung my terry cloth bathrobe and my comfy velour robe on the back of the door.  Two more items that have a home base and no longer count as clutter.

What item needs a permanent home at your house?

Bathroom Shelves: Finished

On Thanksgiving Day Charlie and I finished the shelves we began last weekend.

Shelf frames.
Shelf frames.

We had already made the frames.

The shelves were trimmed to be recessed in the frame.
The shelves were trimmed to be recessed in the frame.

The next task was to cut the wood for the shelves.  First we ripped 1/2 inch from the long edge so the shelves would be slightly recessed. Then they were cut to size and lightly sanded.

We used these same shelf supports on the master bedroom shelves.
We used these same shelf pins on the master bedroom shelves.

We measured the placement for the shelves then drilled holes to hold the shelf supports.

The luan fills in the back of the shelves.
The luan fills in the back of the shelves.

We cut luan for the back which we were planning to paint the wall color.

We made 2 identical units to stack.
We made 2 identical units to stack.

Instead we used the “A” side just as it came, no paint or stain, and tacked it on with the pneumatic nailer.

Shelves stacked in the alcove.
Shelves stacked in the alcove.

We stacked the shelves on top of one another.

The display might change from time to time.
The display might change from time to time.

These shelves are meant to be removable if necessary but we put one  screw through the upper section into the wall to stabilize the entire unit.

Sturdy but removable shelves.
Sturdy but removable shelves.

Finally I put a few decorative items on the shelves. Toilet paper will be stored on the bottom shelf.

Before
Before
After
After

We’re feeling pretty happy about how these shelves turned out.

Have you finished a longstanding project?

The Conservatory Bathroom — Almost Finished

Back in January we had a number of projects remaining in the conservatory bathroom.

The shower will be enclosed something like this.
The shower glass design.
The shower glass makes the room seems spacious.
The shower glass makes the room seems spacious.

The shower glass was installed in the middle of last January.

  1. The vanity needs to be trimmed with vintage wood.
    The conservatory vanity will be face with more old wood and a shelf built on the bottom area.
    The conservatory vanity needed to be faced with more old wood and a shelf built on the bottom area.

    The completed vanity.
    The completed vanity.
  2. The same wood will be used to close the plumbing access behind the shower head near the toilet.
    The area to the left of the toilet will be covered with shallow shelves made from vintage wood.
    The area to the left of the toilet will be covered with shallow shelves made from vintage wood.

    Working on the shelves to block the plumbing alcove.
    Working on the shelves to block the plumbing alcove.
  3. The plumber needs to check the showerhead because the flow is stifled.
    This showerhead has limited water pressure but the rest of the fixtures in the bathroom are fine. We think some pipe shavings got stuck in the showerhead.
    This showerhead had limited water pressure but the rest of the fixtures in the bathroom are fine. We think some pipe shavings got stuck in the showerhead.

    This showerhead is now working great.
    This showerhead is now working great.
  4. Towels bars near sink and robe hook near shower.
    Towel bars have been hung near the sink.
    Towel bars have been hung near the sink.

    Looking for a robe hook to hang on the board next to the shower.
    Looking for a robe hook to hang on the board next to the shower.
  5. Touch up paint that’s been nicked.

    The paint color in the conservatory bathroom is "Seed" by Valspar.
    The paint color in the conservatory bathroom is “Seed” by Valspar.
  6. Hang a mirror over sink.
    This mirror is a good size but I prefer to use it in the master bathroom.
    This mirror is a good size but I prefer to use it in the master bathroom.

    The over-sink mirror co-ordinates with the rustic look in the bathroom.
    The over-sink mirror co-ordinates with the rustic look in the bathroom.
  7. Hang a cabinet over toilet.
    The walls over the toilet need a small cabinet.
    The walls over the toilet need a small cabinet.

    The chart fits well above the toilet instead of a cabinet for now.
    The chart fits well above the toilet instead of a cabinet for now.
  8. Hang photos of the source of vintage wood.
    This diagonal sheathing which we removed from the house is being repurposed in the conservatory bathroom.
    This diagonal sheathing which we removed from the house is being repurposed in the conservatory bathroom.

    The house during demolition photos are hung in the bathroom because we used that wood to finish the vanity and shelves.
    The house during demolition photos are hung in the bathroom because we used that wood to finish the vanity and shelves.
  9. Find a rug for in front of the sink.
  10. Install tile backsplash behind sink.

    The conservatory sink NEEDS a tile backsplash.
    The conservatory sink NEEDS a tile backsplash.
  11. Paint the door and trim.
    The bathroom door along with other new doors needs to be painted.
    The bathroom door along with other new doors needs to be painted.

    Reviewing our progress from time to time lifts my spirits.

    Are you searching for a decorative item that is eluding you?