The Conservatory Bathroom — Final Details Remain

Back in November of last year we had a number of projects remaining in the conservatory bathroom. The remaining items are written in orange.

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.
  1. The shower glass was installed in January, 2016.
  2. We trimmed the sink vanity 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.
  3. We used the same wood 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.
    Charlie and I built the shelves in the conservatory bathroom.

    4.  The plumber returned to clear gunk out of the showerhead which prevented the water from freely flowing.

    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.

    5.  We added towel bars and a robe hook.

    Towel bars have been hung near the sink.

    Towel bars have been hung near the sink.

    The mermaid hook is the right style of rustic.

    6.  Touch up paint that’s been nicked. We have  a few spackle repairs and touch-ups to in addition to painting the baseboard, door and window trim.

    The paint color in the conservatory bathroom is "Seed" by Valspar.
    The paint color in the conservatory bathroom is “Seed” by Valspar.

    7.  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.

    8.  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.

    9.  Hang photos of the rustic wood source used for the bathroom details.

    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.

    10.  Find a rug for in front of the sink.

11. Install tile backsplash behind sink.

The conservatory sink NEEDS a tile backsplash.
The conservatory sink NEEDS a tile backsplash.
The tile backsplash adds some dash.

12.  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.
The door has been painted “Secret” by Benjamin Moore.

13.  Install the round window trim in the shower stall.

Both new bathrooms have this round window which is inside the shower area and needs special casings which we have.
The round window trim need to be installed.

Reviewing our progress from time to time lifts my spirits.

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

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?

Closet Cutting to Date

We have been slowly cutting the lumber for the closet.

These towers are 21″ deep.
After cutting the side pieces I started priming the plywood on the rough side. Then I’ll prime and paint the better side.

First Charlie cut twelve 21″ by 78″ from six pieces of 3/4″ plywood.

The plywood needs to be painted on both sides; the 2″ by 6″s can remain unpainted.

He cut the tops and bottoms for my side of the closet: six 21″ by 30.5″ pieces from one piece of 3/4″ plywood. (The pieces for the other side of the closet will be slightly larger but still able to be cut from one 4′ by 8′ piece of plywood.)

We’ll be using identical bases on each side of the closet.

For the 2″ by 6″ base Charlie cut two 10′ (120″) boards down to 117″ and two pieces at 21″ for the end pieces and three 18″ pieces for spreaders.

Is it easy for you to keep focused on a long-term project?

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?

Clutter Rummaged

Charlie took my pile of goodies to the rummage sale site.  These are things I don’t just want to trash.

  • Sewing machine
  • Baskets
  • Lacrosse equipment
  • Picture light
  • Punch cups
  • Batting helmet
  • Juggling sticks
  • 2 glass-front cabinets

I piled them in 2 piles:

Someone might be interested in the lacrosse equipment.
The dining room is clear of extra clutter.

One in the middle of the dining room

I couldn’t find a good place to use any of this stuff.
Now the above pile is gone, too. We’re keeping the chair.

The other on the porch.

We said good-bye to Star Wars Darth Tater Mr. Potato Head.

Over 20 individual items on to new homes. Plus, I’m putting a printed copy in my tax file to use as charitable deductions for 2017.

Do you find it hard to give away things someone made for you?

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?

The Old Fashioned Rummage Sale

I have held off getting rid of some clutter because I couldn’t come up with a good category for it.

The vintage Singer sewing machine.

Craigslist seemed like a hassle.

Lacrosse sticks

I have reservations about giving things to the Salvation Army or Goodwill.

Punch cups.

These are things I don’t just want to trash.

  • Sewing machine
  • Baskets
  • Lacrosse equipment
  • Picture light
  • Punch cups
  • Batting helmet
  • Juggling sticks
  • Small under-cabinet lighting fixture
  • 2 glass-front cabinets
Handmade cabinets.

So I’m donating them to an upcoming rummage sale at a local church which proceeds will go to fund “Missions”. Charlie has offered to drive the stuff to the collection point.

Art light.

I’m trying to get Charlie on the wagon also.  Hoping he will let me get rid of a few of his items.

Are you waiting for the right opportunity to get started on something?