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.

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My Idea, Pretty Sure

I’ve been looking through December magazines and catalogs and noticed the color scheme I thought I created is showing up everywhere.

The aquas and berries have come together in the Cottage.
Aquas and berries have come together in the Cottage.

The Cottage is decorated in aqua (some might call it turquoise) and cranberry.

Why 006 Square Brass Chair for $2,650.
Why 006 Square Brass Chair for $2,650.

In Marie Claire’s gift guide is a chair designed by Francesco Della Femina in berry and turquoise, touted as the colors of Capri.

The Cottage rug has a southwestern design in cranberry and turquoise.
The Cottage rug has a southwestern design in cranberry and turquoise.

Then I was perusing Elle Décor where an alpine getaway in St. Moritz has rug almost like the one in the Cottage.

Oushak rug in an Alpine resort.
Oushak rug in an Alpine resort features cranberry and turquoise.

The late 19th century Oushak in Elle was probably upwards of $4000. The Cottage rug was $260.

The Cottage bed has a LJUSÖGA duvet cover from Ikea with tiny cranberry flowers and teal leaves.
The Cottage bed has a LJUSÖGA duvet cover from Ikea with tiny cranberry flowers and teal leaves costs $30.

Even in the bedroom there are aqua/cranberry options.

The Leona comforter would be a beautiful addition to Glade Cottage cranberry/aqua décor.
The Leona comforter would be a beautiful addition to Glade Cottage cranberry/aqua décor.

Pottery Barn has delved into the aqua/cranberry pool with the Leona reversible comforter.  Of all the items this comforter is affordable — $150.

Have you created something that you thought was original and then saw it someplace else?

Painted Table Inspiration

Now that we’ve built a new kitchen table I’m thinking about painting the dining room table.

The dining room table is a round that becomes oval when two leaves are inserted.
The dining room table is a round that becomes oval when two leaves are inserted.

We found this table in a neighbor’s yard with a “free” sign on it.

And entire blue table might be too much of a good thing.
And entire blue table might be too much of a good thing.

I saw a similar table painted totally blue in a blue room.

I like this two-tone table.
I like this two-tone table.

Ethan Allen has a round table with a blue base and a natural top. I think this is the inspiration I’m looking for.

These are the chairs we'll be using.
These are the chairs we’ll be using.

I don’t know when we’ll have time to paint a table — certainly not before Christmas — but it’s on the list.

Do you paint furniture?

New Accessory for the Cottage

The actual “living room” in Glade Cottage is a very contained space.

A small piece of furniture in front of the sofa is needed.
A small piece of furniture in front of the sofa is needed.

The large Ikea sofa has a lounge on one side which takes up a considerable amount of room.

The perfect sized, multifunctional ottoman for the Cottage.
The perfect sized, multifunctional ottoman for the Cottage.

If two people are on the sofa only one can “put her feet up”.  Coincidentally I saw a small, round, cranberry-colored ottoman on Craigslist. (I was looking for a different style ottoman for the conservatory.)

The ottoman was described as burgundy but goes well with the cranberry accents.
The ottoman was described as burgundy but goes well with the cranberry accents.

This storage ottoman can also act as a small coffee table since the top cushion, when turned upside down, becomes a tray.

The little ottoman is a nice addition to the Cottage furniture.
The little ottoman is a nice addition to the Cottage furniture.

So cute we can’t keep our feet off it.

What was your recent happy accident?

A Custom Piece for The Cottage

In the Cottage there is not much room for regular furniture.

My floor plan of the Cottage is adjustable.
My floor plan of the Cottage is adjustable.

Although the fact that we went big with the sofa makes it appear bigger than it is.

Something about the scale of the TV and the cabinet it's on is out of proportion.
Something about the scale of the TV and the cabinet it’s on is out of proportion.

The television stand is a bit bulky for the space.

This red lacquered console can be had for $2,000 plus freight.
This red lacquered console can be had for $2,000 plus freight.

A narrow console under the window so as not to interfere with he view would be nice. The console above gives great inspiration but is a bit too large for the space and $2,000 is too hard on the budget.

The Byas low console might fit just under the window.
The Byas low console might fit just under the window.

The tenant saw one in white at Ikea which is only $130.

I think we could make a console similar to this one that would perfectly fit under the Cottage window.
I think we could make a console similar to this one that would perfectly fit under the Cottage window.

I think we could actually build one and give it a Southwestern vibe to jibe with the rug.

Would you build your own furniture?

Cottage Furnishings

Piece by piece the Cottage is being furnished.

The sofa shares the living area with an old piece of furniture and a large television..
The sofa shares the living area with an old piece of furniture and a large television..

In the living room area is an Ikea sofa with a chaise attachment.

The rug pulls together the whole room.
The rug pulls together the whole room.

The chaise feature is moveable so we switched it to the other side of the sofa. Further delineating the living room space is the southwestern-style rug featuring the color scheme: aqua, cranberry, and greige.

A ruby red vintage step stool fits in the corner of the mini kitchen.
A ruby red vintage stepstool fits in the corner of the mini kitchen.

Once we got going with the palette, little pops of cranberry gave dimension to the space.  The little stepstool is an heirloom from the tenant’s family.

I still have some clutter to get rid of but sitting on the sofa and looking out the picture window is lovely.
I still have some clutter to get rid of but sitting on the sofa and looking out the picture window is lovely.

I have been using the Cottage for storage and we still have more to move out.  However there’s been a lot of progress in the past 6 months.

The picture window.
The picture window.

Sitting on the sofa the window overlooks the garden.  Soon we’ll also diminish the chip pile so the scenery will be even better.

Before
Before
After
After

Using old pieces and new pieces allow style to develop.  We’re not too eager to replace old furniture before having a better option but downsizing from a single-family home to a single-person home is a big move.

Do you wait to find just the right piece?

Building a Table: The Frame

Back in September Charlie and I started building a new kitchen table from old wood we’ve been saving from the house demolition.

We completed the table top except for sanding.
We completed the table top except for sanding.

Using the wood we salvaged from the old sheathing we made a table top.

Cut the side pieces to 44 inches and the end pieces to 20 inches.
Cut the side pieces to 44 inches and the end pieces to 20 inches.

For the base we used old legs from a now defunct table and 1″ by 4″s bought for our baseboard.

We put a piece of plywood under the board as a spaced to inset the fame on the legs.
We put a piece of plywood under the board as a spaced to inset the fame on the legs.

We drilled the boards on the short edge using the Kreg jig.  Then Charlie screwed the edges into the top of the salvaged legs

Halfway together, the frame started looking like a table.
Halfway together, the frame started looking like a table.

We made the 2 long sides first.

The packet hole joints are very sturdy.
The packet hole joints are very sturdy.

Then we joined them together with the short pieces.

We might add braces to the corners even though the frame is very sturdy.
We might add braces to the corners even though the frame is very sturdy.

We replaced the rickety, temporary kitchen table with this one.

We'll use it like this until we have time for some refinement.
We’ll use it like this until we have time for some refinement.

We’re not going to attach the top to the frame until I paint the bottom and Charlie sands the top.

Have you built a project with a Kreg pockethole jig?