Category Archives: Bathroom

Hardiebackering the Shower Controls

We have two different control handle configurations on our new showers and both need to have Hardie backer applied to the walls.

The master bathroom has two different control valves in the shower.

The master bathroom has two different control valves in the shower.

The master shower has a double control for the shower head and the spray with a triangular plastic piece covering the pipes.

The shower control valve in the conservatory is a one-piece unit.

The shower control valve in the conservatory is a one-piece unit.

The conservatory shower has a more typical round black plastic covering.

All the screws and valves were left uncovered.

All the screws and valves were left uncovered in the master shower.

Charlie asked our contractor how to deal with the Hardie backer in these two instances.

The conservatory shower has a simpler control.

The conservatory shower has a simpler control.

He said the black plastic pieces are just place holders for the actual mechanism so remove them and cut holes to accommodate what remains.

We returned the plastic keeper to protect the valve until the tiling is finished.

We returned the plastic keeper to protect the valve until the tiling is finished.

I hope this will work.

What are you looking forward to this summer?

Compatible Shower Fixtures

When our contractor roughed-in the bathrooms he used Moen Posi-temp valves which he says “should be compatible with most Moen trims.”

The master bathroom has two different control valves in the shower.

The master bathroom has two different control valves in the shower.

The shower control valve in the conservatory is a one-piece unit.

The shower control valve in the conservatory is a one-piece unit.

We have 2 different configurations.

The master bathroom shower waterline is just to the left of center in the ceiling.

The master bathroom shower waterline is just to the left of center in the ceiling.

In the master bathroom shower (we’re not putting in a tub) the main showerhead comes down from the ceiling so, therefore, it should be a rainshower type head.

I like the 9-inch rainshower head for the master bath.

I like the 9-inch rainshower head for the master bath (in the middle of the photo).

My choice would be something like the Ashville brushed nickel by Moen (since I’m stuck with Moen fixtures).

As I understand it, the bottom valve controls the shower and the top valve is a diverter which allows a separate sprayer to be used.

As I understand it, the bottom valve controls the shower and the top valve is a diverter which allows a separate sprayer to be used.

The valve itself, which is on the knee wall near the permanent bench) needs to control both the main showerhead and a handheld shower that is on the wall near the shower bench.

The controls in the master are in the knee wall on the left and the hand-held sprayer position is to the right on the wall behind the shower bench.

The controls in the master are in the knee wall on the left and the hand-held sprayer position is to the right on the wall behind the shower bench.

Again I am limited to something compatible with Moen Posi-temp.

I love the sleek shape of the Moen Fina handheld shower.

I love the sleek shape of the Moen Fina handheld shower.

I like the sleek looking handheld showers but I can be happy with just about any design for this item.

This shower in the conservatory is about half the size of the master shower.

This shower in the conservatory is about half the size of the master shower.

Downstairs in the conservatory bathroom there is only one valve.

For the conservatory shower I'll probably pick a stationary/handheld combination.

For the conservatory shower I’ll probably pick a stationary/handheld combination.

The shower head is on the same wall as the valve so if I want a handheld shower I’ll need to choose a combination unit that works from one controller.

The Arris handle by Moen coordinates well with my Ikea faucet.

The Arris handle by Moen coordinates well with my Ikea faucet.

This one would look good in the conservatory bathroom because the trim is similar to the Ikea faucet we bought for the sink.

We'll need 2 identical faucets for the dual-sink vanity in the master bathroom.

We’ll need 2 identical faucets for the dual-sink vanity in the master bathroom.

Shower fixtures are BIG expense items so I’ll try to choose very carefully.

I haven’t been paid nor perked in any way for this post.

Do you have a tough choice in the near future?

Conservatory with Floor Tile

I couldn’t wait to see how the white-on-white floor tile would look in the conservatory bathroom.

Charlie trowels on the thin-set for under the Hardiebacker cement board.

Charlie trowels on the thin-set for under the Hardiebacker cement board.

Charlie and our builder friend finished laying cement board on the floor of the conservatory bathroom on Saturday.

I'm beginning to fell that this bathroom might some day be finished.

I’m beginning to feel that this bathroom might some day be finished.

They also finished up the remaining shower walls that needed special cuts to fit, for instance, the water control valve and the water spigot.

Each 10.5" by 10.5" mosaic was wrapped in plastic and came 10 per box.

Each 10.5″ by 10.5″ mosaic was wrapped in plastic and came 10 per box.

I unpacked the tile which meant removing each 10.5 inch piece from the cardboard and cellophane wrapping.

The space behind wall on the left will be closed up; it's for plumbing access only.

The space behind wall on the left will be closed up; it’s for plumbing access only.

I laid the tile starting at the back of the shower and continued to the doorway.

I'm planning on white epoxy grout.

I’m planning on white epoxy grout.

Yes, I wanted  to see what it would look like,

Looking from the shower out toward the conservatory.

Looking from the shower out toward the conservatory.

but I was also curious to see if I had ordered enough.

So much progress; so much still to do.

So much progress; so much still to do.

I think it’s going to be close.

Next step: Email the contractor who installed the shower pans to lay down the Kerdi waterproof membrane.

Do you get impatient when you have the materials but must wait to install?

My Dressing Table Light

I told you here all about the bargain lighting fixture I bought on our road trip to Richmond, Virginia.

Over dressing table wall light I painted and repaired.

Over dressing table wall light I painted and repaired.

I refinished it with spray paint here.

This neat electrical box is from the master bathroom rough-in.

This neat electrical box is from the master bathroom rough-in.

After I painted the master bathroom I was ready to hang this light.

I laid a lightweight level vertically against the fixture mounting screws in the electrical plate.

I laid a lightweight level vertically against the fixture mounting screws in the electrical plate.

First I screwed the light’s hanging plate tight to the electrical box making sure the mounting screws were plumb.

The black and white wires were twisted together but ultimately black hooks to black and white to white.

The black and white wires were twisted together but ultimately black hooks to black and white to white.

Then I pulled the wires through the hole in the wall. (Don’t worry, I turned the breaker off.)

Connecting new wiring to a new fixture is not too difficult.

Connecting new wiring to a new fixture is not too difficult.

With wire nuts I connected the black wire to the black wire and the white wire to the white wire.

The wires need to pulled out of the wall to be connected to the fixture.

The wires need to pulled out of the wall to be connected to the fixture.

Then I wound the uncovered copper wire around the green ground screw.

These clear bulbs give off lots of light but almost disappear in the shade when turned off.

These clear bulbs give off lots of light but almost disappear in the shade when turned off.

I screwed the plate to the wall and screwed in 2 clear flame-shaped bulbs.

I love hooking up electric fixtures when they work.

I love hooking up electric fixtures when they work.

Flipped the breaker back on and tested the light. Woo-hoo, it lit up.

Another chore checked off the list.

Another chore checked off the list.

Finally I screwed the seeded glass shade to the base.

Are you more likely to fool with electricity or plumbing?

The Master Bathroom is Coventry Gray

I went to my local hardware store with a $5 coupon in hand to buy a gallon of Benjamin Moore’s “Coventry Gray”.

I used my freshly cleaned paintbrush to cut in the edges of the wall.

I used my freshly cleaned paintbrush to cut in the edges of the wall.

The next day before I went to work I cut in around the corners.

The painting in the bathroom went quickly since half of the room will be tiled.

The painting in the bathroom went quickly since half of the room will be tiled.

I had already painted the ceiling pale pink ages ago.

Before - white primer.

Before – white primer.

I'm working on choosing a vanity with a double sink to go under the bathroom window.

After — Coventry Gray

Today we’ll hang the wall light over the dressing table.

Are you working this weekend? Or taking it easy?

Color and Finishes for the Master Bathroom

I’ve put off the thought of expensive purchases in relation to the master bathroom as long as I could.

The master bathroom needs to be painted, a tile floor laid, and the shower walls tiled. $$$$

The master bathroom needs to be painted, a tile floor laid, and the shower walls tiled. $$$$

Recently I’ve made some decisions and am ready to put my money where my mouth brain is.

I just love the intricacy of basketweave tile.

I just love the intricacy of basketweave tile.

My first consideration was the bathroom floor which I knew I wanted to have in white marble basketweave.

White Venatino marble tile with a grey dot.

White Venatino marble tile with a grey dot.

There were lots of choices but ultimately our favorite is the Ida white Venatino with Marmara grey from Best Tile. I looked for the same tile at other stores but could not find it with the grey marble dot.

There are lots of choices with marble basketweave tile.

There are lots of choices with marble basketweave tile.

The Tile Shop only has black dots, blue dots, and green dots. Too harsh for me.

Marble basketweave tile with white grout.

Marble basketweave tile with white grout.

This is the same marble basketweave with "warm gray" grout.

This is the same marble basketweave with “warm gray” grout.

In addition the grout color makes a huge difference and we have decided to go with grey grout.  Truly, it changes the character of the tile.

3" by 6" subway tile comes in many shades.

3″ by 6″ subway tile comes in many shades.

To go with this tile on the walls of the shower I have chosen matte white ice tile.

Marble tile on the floor and white ice matte subway on the shower walls.

Marble tile on the floor and white ice matte subway on the shower walls.

While looking at 3 shades of white matte tile I really liked the creamy white but when I laid it next to the floor marble it was clear that white ice in the matte finish was the best choice.

The master suite palette is mostly on the cool side of the spectrum.

The master suite palette is mostly on the cool side of the spectrum.

I priced the tile at various shops and there is a huge difference in price.  Since I need 140 square feet of wall tile, 50 cents can mean a fairly large price differential. One salesman tried to talk me into a glossy white tile and I said that “offended my esthetic”. He backed off.

I might like a countertop of white river granite unless the price is just too much.

I might like a countertop of white river granite unless the price is just too much.

After choosing the tile I laid my grey Benjamin Moore swatches next to the tile and the swatch for the adjacent hallway (Moonlight) and the bedroom (Virtuoso). The ceiling is pink throughout.

Coventry gray by Benjamin Moore should look good with the marble tile in the master bathroom.

Coventry gray by Benjamin Moore should look good with the marble tile in the master bathroom.

My choice for the wall color is Coventry Gray.

Secret by Benjamin Moore for the built-ins.

Secret by Benjamin Moore for the built-ins.

I have picked the dark grey Benjamin Moore color “Secret” from their Affinity line to paint the bottom of the linen closet in the hall and the bookshelves in the bedroom.  My plan is to use the gallon of “Sparrow” I bought here to create a similar color by mixing my own paint.

A 78-inch long double sink vanity goes under the casement window in the master bathroom.

A 78-inch long double sink vanity goes under the casement window in the master bathroom.

I still need to select (and buy) a double sink vanity with a countertop, toilet, and fixtures.

We're looking for an ADA toilet. After all, what's a bathroom without a toilet?

We’re looking for an ADA toilet. After all, what’s a bathroom without a toilet?

And I wonder why I get held up!

What are you mixing up? Havoc? Serenity?

Yesterday Was Busy

A few odds and ends from the May list were accomplished yesterday.

From time to time my good brushes need a few hours in brush cleaner to loosen hard paint near the ferrule.

From time to time my good brushes need a few hours in brush cleaner to loosen hard paint near the ferrule.

Early in the morning before I went to work I  cleaned one of my favorite paint brushes which I had allowed to harden beyond use.  It had been rinsed but the paint stiffened the brush too much.

I pour the brush cleaner into a metal can and suspend the brushes in the liquid with an aluminum foil cover. After the brushes are removed I put the can's original lid back on to reuse next time.

I pour the brush cleaner into a metal can and suspend the brushes in the liquid with an aluminum foil cover. After the brushes are removed I put the can’s original lid back on to reuse next time.

I used the last of my brush cleaner to soften the paint and then cleaned it well with a wire brush and running water.

I was happy to peel the tape and paper from the seeded glass it had protected.

I was happy to peel the tape and paper from the seeded glass it had protected.

Then I took my almost finished bathroom light to give it one more dab of spray paint on the areas that had been missed.

Coventry gray by Benjamin Moore should look good with the marble tile in the master bathroom.

Coventry gray by Benjamin Moore should look good with the marble tile in the master bathroom.

I’m hoping to hang it in the master bathroom this weekend after I paint the walls with Coventry Gray by Benjamin Moore a gallon of which I purchased yesterday.

Even the first wet coat of Metallic Charcoal over the lightly sanded TV tray looks better (to me).

Even the first wet coat of Metallic Charcoal over the lightly sanded TV tray looks better (to me).

I also got started spray painting the TV trays that I think will end up looking a lot like Pottery Barn’s Carter tray table.

Charlie laid out all the tile for the conservatory bathroom to check for breakage and color differential.

Charlie laid out all the tile for the conservatory bathroom to check for breakage and color differential.

And the conservatory bathroom floor tile which I ordered on Sunday from Home Depot was delivered yesterday.

Each 10.5" by 10.5" mosaic was wrapped in plastic and came 10 per box.

Each 10.5″ by 10.5″ mosaic was wrapped in plastic and came 10 per box.

That was really fast.

The  hose bibb tucked into the niche near the bump out had begun to drip and build up an ice dam in winter.

The hose bibb tucked into the niche near the bump out had begun to drip and build up an ice dam in winter.

One more thing: our contractor came back to switch out the outdoor hose bibbs which had begun to drip. In the last week they had stopped dripping so we’re just going to keep an eye on them.

Charlie went down the road to collect bamboo for his garden trellises.

Charlie went down the road to collect bamboo for his garden trellises.

So lots of projects were meddled with yesterday.  That’s what I like to see.

Are you a morning, afternoon, or evening DIYer?