Glass Tiled Backsplash in the Conservatory

Back in November I posted our progress in the conservatory bathroom.

Bookshelves in the bathroom

At that time we still needed to build the rustic shelves in the niche behind the shower.

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

One of the main jobs remaining that we felt we had neither the time or patience to tackle was the backsplash behind the vanity for which we had tile from the original shower installation.

The space behind the Ikea sink and faucet is about 43 inches wide.

With instructions from me Charlie told him I wanted 2 courses of glass “Snow Frost” 3″ by 6″ subway tile.

The penny tile listello row matches the one in the shower.

Top that with 4 rows of multicolored glass penny tiles just like in the shower enclosure.

The finished backsplash will matches the tile in the shower enclosure.

The top is finished with another row of glass subway tile.

The new backsplash echoes the band of color in the shower and protects the wall behind the sink.

Good progress was made in the morning.

I like that the backsplash ends above the high-profile spigot.

All the tile in the conservatory bathroom was in place.

The tile still needs to be grouted with white grout.

The adhesive will dry overnight and then the tile will be grouted.

Are you planning a spring project? DIY? Outsourced?

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?

Plenty on My Plate

March is half over which means the first quarter of 2017 is almost gone.

No more parties! Until a bridal shower on May 6th and our son’s birthday in April.

I always have so many plans to get things done then sabotage myself by planning parties or outings or classes.

We spent most of the day Saturday cutting and painting closet lumber.

We’re working on our closet now and I’ve allowed 4 weeks to get the bulk of the work finished.

I noticed how bare the house looks without shutters when I took pictures of the closet project.

We also need to get the shutters hung back up on the house: scraped, cleaned, and repainted. They’ve been off the house for 4 years now.

Love this gravel pathway from the Inspired Room.

I was hoping to get the hardscaping installed in front of the house so we can plant shrubs in fall.

Scrapes, dings, and smudges in the walls need to be repaired and painted after all the trimming is finished. And the trim needs to be painted in the entire house.

There are also some exterior and interior painting details that would be nice to check off the list. Once those items are finished we can get rid of the partially-filled paint cans (about 20) that are littering the basement.

I still want to visit a waterfall soon.

The project list seems overwhelming right now.

Do you save old paint?  Do you ever use it?

Starting the Master Closet

We’ll be working on the master closet for the next few weeks at lease, so expect bit by bit explanations and building details.

Pocket screws will hold the lumber together on the outside of the top and bottom.

The first step is to cut the 3/4 inch plywood for 6 similarly sized towers.

We’ve used pocket screws for a number of different projects.

The sides are 23 21 inches by 78 inches and will be attached top and bottom 32 (33) inches apart (outside measurement). Therefore the tops and bottoms are 30.5 (31.5) inches long allowing for 3/4 inch on each side.

All the plywood and luan will be primed and painted on all sides.

Then I’m priming and painting all the lumber so I won’t have any hard to get to areas after it’s assembled.

We used a similar base when we built the windowseat.

While the paint is drying we will lay out a base with 2″ by 6″ lumber.

The 2 by 6 base will run the entire length of the closet minus 1 foot.

The spacing is 10 feet long and 23 21 inches deep. I bought 10-foot long 2 by 6s so we wouldn’t have to piece the base. We’re adding a cross piece at intervals where the towers will lean on the base, so three 32-inch spaces and one 24-inch space on my side and three 33-inch spaces and one 21-inch space on Charlie’s side..

The screws are placed on the underside so they won’t show.

We’re using a Kreg jig and pocket screws to hold the pieces together.  We’ll drill holes on the outside of the top and bottom of the pieces so the screw holes and screws won’t show when the pieces are put together.

Luan will fill in the back of the closet sections.

Then we’re tacking a piece of luan 32″ by 78″ onto the back of the structure.

The closet will look different tonight.

If we can get this much finished today, I’ll be thrilled. Not likely, though.

Are you a good estimate of how long a job will take?

Master Closet Lumber Order

I finally bit the bullet and called the lumber yard for our closet lumber. It’s being delivered today.

The Wilson Lumber truck has been to our house before.

The amounts are:

  • 13 sheets of 3/4″ by 4′ x 8′ AC pine plywood
  •  6 sheets of 1/4″ by 4′ x 8′ luan
  •  6 pieces of 2″ x 6″ x 10′ pine

The lumber costs $694. I made a cut list of sorts and am hoping I figured everything our correctly.

A whole sheet of 3/4 plywood is too heavy for me to handle alone.

I had a choice of MDF or plywood and chose the wood for these reasons:

  • Wood joins together more securely with pocket screws than MDF.
  • Wood is not as dusty to cut.
  • Wood is lighter.
Original design.
The new plan.

The updated design features fewer but larger sections.

I have a small compressor and 2 nailer guns.

Other supplies:

  • Foam roller

    I generally use a foam roller on furniture projects because it seems to generate thinner coats of paint.
  • Primer
  • Paint
  • Brads for the pneumatic nailer
  • Pocket screws and jig

    I’m planning to use the Kreg pocketscrew jig on this project.

We have everything on hand except the foam rollers and brads which I will purchase tomorrow.

Are you building something?

The Next 4 Weeks

We have 4 weeks until Easter week activities consume both our evening and weekend activities.

The master closet is ready for fitting out.

Since it seems to be too early in the season to count on working on projects outside I’m going to get busy on our master closet.

We won’t need quite this much.

First item of business is to calculate how much lumber the project will take and have it delivered to the house.

We’ll stash the plywood behind the loveseat in the conservatory which should encourage us to git-‘er-dun.

My preliminary estimate is 10 sheets of plywood so we’ll need a spot inside to store the lumber.

We’ve cut other projects outside.

Then we’ll need to cut the lumber (outside) and bring it back into the closet space to assemble it. Our plan is to use pocket screws to hold everything together.

The shelves in the conservatory bathroom were built with pocket screws.

I was all jazzed about getting started right after we finished the shelves in the conservatory bathroom.  Now I’m doubting our ability to pull this off.

The new plan is more complex than this simple preliminary layout.

My project list:

  1. Make a supply list.
  2. Order supplies.
  3. Cut lumber according to plans.
  4. Assemble in closet.
  5. Paint structures.
  6. Attach to wall.
  7. Add hanging poles, hooks, and bins.
  8. Trim the closet door and window.
  9. Install closet light.
  10. Sort clothes and hang them in closet.

I’ve been waiting a long time for a proper closet.  I hope we can pull it together in 4 weeks.

Would you paint the lumber before or after it’s put together?

House To-Do List – 2017

I used to organize the house to-do list in one long list that I added to as I thought of something new.  Here’s the updated room by room view at the end of 2015.  Lots done in the ensuing year.

The living room in 2017.

Living Room

Living room in 2017.
Dining room

Dining Room

Dining room
  • Clean paneling
  • Paint paneling

    The paneling on the back and side walls still needs another coat of paint.
    The paneling on the back and side walls still needs another coat of paint.
  • Paper top of walls
  • Clean floors
  • Paint chairs
  • Get a rug
  • Finish cushions

    The cushions are in place on the window seat but still unfinished.
    The cushions are in place on the window seat but still unfinished.
  • Move piano
  • Paint trim
Caffe bar kitchen peninsula
Caffe bar kitchen peninsula

Kitchen

The kitchen
The kitchen
Coffee bar in the kitchen

Pantry

  • Add shelves
  • Add counter

    Counter in the pantry
    Counter in the pantry
  • Add cabinets
  • Paint wall and ceiling
  • Hang lighting fixture
  • Organize pantry food and tools
A new floor was installed last year in the conservatory.

Conservatory

The floor has made a big difference.
  • Paint floor or lay flooring
  • Lay rug
  • Hang drywall
  • Mud walls
  • Paint walls
  • Move furniture
    • Love seats
    • Bistro set
    • Oak dresser
  • Get TV
  • Move file safe into closet
  • Drywall window
  • Mud closet
  • Paint closet
  • Get doors for closet and bathroom
    Doors in the conservatory.


    Conservatory bathroom

Conservatory bathroom is tiled.
Conservatory bathroom is tiled.
Shower glass in the conservatory bathroom.
  • Choose tile
    ConservatoryBathroomTile
    Conservatory floor tile — white on white basketweave.

    Bookshelves in the bathroom
  • Choose fixtures
  • Choose sink 
    Ikea sink and faucet in the conservatory bathroom.
    Ikea sink and faucet in the conservatory bathroom.

    Conservatory vanity
  • Get shower installed

    The shower is installed.
    The shower is installed.
Our powder room is currently styled the bibliotheque but is in for a continental change.
Our powder room is currently styled the bibliotheque but is in for a continental change.

Powder room

  • Remove wallpaper
  • Add paneling at bottom of wall
  • Paper top of wall

    Anthropologie wallpaper would lighten the space.
    Anthropologie wallpaper would lighten the space.
  • Paint lighting fixtures
  • Rehang towel bar
  • Fix hole in wall
The stairs and landing to the powder room.
The stairs and landing to the powder room.

Stairs

Upstairs hall
Upstairs hall

Hallway

  • Repair wall where door was removed
  • Paint wall
  • Hang gallery

    If these photos could only hang themselves up.
    If these photos could only hang themselves up.
After the renovation we should be able to free up some room in the laundry.
After the renovation we should be able to free up some room in the laundry.

Laundry Room

La buanderie means either laundry room or utility room in a house

  • Finish floor
  • Hang closet door
  • Add hanging pole to closet
  • Add baseboard trim
  • Add chair rail trim
  • Paint and install inside shutters
  • Paint and install old kitchen cabinet above dryer
Master bathroom.
Master bathroom.

Master Bathroom

Master Bathroom

Master bedroom

Master Bedroom

Master bedroom
  • Tear out closets
  • Erect bookshelves

    Shelves to be finished.
  • Patch holes
  • Paint ceiling
  • Paint walls

    Blue master bedroom
    Blue master bedroom
  • Paint trim
  • Lay rug
  • Make bed rustic
  • Refinish tall dresser
French doors open from a private second-floor terrace into the master bedroom.
French doors open from a private second-floor terrace into the master bedroom.
The master bedroom French doors lead to a private deck.
The master bedroom French doors lead to a private deck.

Master Deck

  • Rug
  • Paint vintage garden furniture

    The furniture is painted and in place on the master deck.
    The furniture is painted and in place on the master deck.
  • Have railing built
  • Have deck surface finished
A tiny but useful room: The Diva Room
A tiny but useful room: The Diva Room

Diva Room

  • Paint trim
  • Add shutters or curtains
  • Clear out boxes
  • Refit closet after ductwork
The Treetops Room viewed from the doorway.
The Treetops Room viewed from the doorway.

Treetops Room

  • Clear out boxes
  • Wash windows
  • Move large painting to living room
  • Reorient bed
  • Paint lamp and refinish shade
  • Paint door
Front painted Sandy Hook Gray.
Front painted Sandy Hook Gray.

Front entrance

  • Choose outdoor lights/sconces
  • Choose blue stone or paving
  • Make planters
  • Add landscaping
  • Paint door
  • Door mat
The westside porch.
The westside porch.

Side entrance

  • Choose outdoor lights/sconces
  • Choose bluestone or paving
  • Make planter for front edge
  • Make wood box
  • Bench or chair
  • Door mat
The back stairs to the conservatory.
The back stairs to the conservatory.

Back entrance

The planters are at the entrance to the potager on either side of the iron gate.
The planters are at the entrance to the potager on either side of the iron gate.

Garden

  • Make a plan for foundation plants
  • Plant grass
The shed is both charming and useful.
The shed is both charming and useful.

Wee Little House

  • Organize tools
  • Paint shutters
  • Clear work bench
  • Organize garden items
The Cottage has come in handy for guests and as a temporary home for our son's friends.
The Cottage has a permanent tenant.

Glade Cottage

Glade Cottage in Spring
  • Clear up unfinished projects
  • Move paint to house
  • New water heater
  • Install kitchen sink 

    Cottage kitchen
  • Move tools to shed
  • Move and repair drafting table
  • Clean up old lumber and flooring
  • Vacuum well
  • Dust and wipe clean
  • Rent

Exterior

  • Paint shingles
  • Paint and install shutters
  • Paint trim
  • Hang gutters and downspouts
    New downspouts accentuate the corners of the house.
    New downspouts accentuate the corners of the house.

    We’ll be adding and crossing off as time progresses.

The longest night is over for another year. Did you survive?