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Bathroom: the slideshow

Here ’tis. I think Carolyn’s kept you all up on the details.

The little piece in the tub was actually one I added. It’s so small, the tiling guy just assumed we’d fill it in with grout, but I took a piece of scrap and slammed it on the ground to get chips and found one with the right finished edge and approximately triangular, then sat here watching TV and filing it down to the tiny nub. So, yeah! I tiled my bathroom! 😆

Over the next few days, I’ll get some pics up of the process, and especially of my little helper. 😆

The first two shots were taken right after cleaning. Invariably, within twenty-four hours, the counter would be covered again. The “after” pic is how it’s looked for almost two weeks now! We’re so happy with the cabinets that let us get all those blasted bottles off the counter!!!!

Have fun!

34 comments to Bathroom: the slideshow

  • kokipy

    Wow!! It is lovely. If writing should ever pall, you could have another career as a designer/contractor! and I can see how neither of you could write while it was under construction, and I can see how now that it is done your world is centered again and you can get back to your real business. Thanks for the show.

  • WOL

    Yay for the new bathroom! I love that sink with the koi in, and the cat. . . In some pictures the walls look teal and in others they look aqua — ?? The only reason my cats don’t sleep in my bathroom sink is because I keep the door closed so the white one won’t eat the toilet paper. . .

    • The aqua is much closer. It’s hard to get accurate colors. Green is always tricksy depending on the light source.

      Predictably, the Shuster claimed the sink before it was even mounted. And he loves the waterfall faucet. The water comes out between two glass plates and a little water remains when you turn it off. He quickly discovered a quick little nip was his for the taking after someone used the sink! 😆 And that clear counter is clearly designed for black kittehs to help wash faces and put in contacts!

  • OrionSlaveGirl

    As wonderful as the pics are, none could possibly show the subtle beauty of how the shower tiling undertones pick up the blues, greens, aquas, and even oranges in the rest of the room.

    If anyone ever asks you again where writers get their ideas, simply whip out the pic of Shu curled up in the sink.

    (And yes, I plan to continue taking full credit for alerting you to That Sink. It is amazing.)

    • It’s yours! We adore it. It actually helped us set the whole feel for the room. and the waterfall faucet is just cool (I need to go take a pic of it in action.) Setting the flow under the sink was tricky tho. One degree too low and it doesn’t flow well, one degree too high and the water swoops right through the bowl and makes another fall on the far side…onto the counter! 😆

  • Beautiful! I love the way the sink and the mural play off each other!

  • chondrite

    Concur about the second career — a very designerly look! And I note SooperShu and Sei in their supervisory capacities. Your old bathroom is almost a ringer for ours, save that your primary color is teal, not white. We also have a huge one piece mirror over the sink, rather than 2 cabinets. Getting the tile cut to fit in some of those fiddly curves and corners, was that something you and CJ tackled, or did you leave that to the contractors? I would have been tempted to farm it out myself. The new light fixtures over the sink must have been a joy; I recently upped ours from a 1 light to a 3 light fixture, and now we can tell what color the towels are…

    In a contractor vein, sometime I should post about the Incredible Exploding Library Toilet, and on a related note, the joys of installing windows (sliding, not 7).

    • Wheeee: exploding toilets! I want details (the wesser might need them for a future prank. Bwahahaha)

      The look was the two of us working together. The sophet is a good example. We wanted those lights, but they’re wall-huggers, so we needed to bring them out beyond the edge of the cabinets, hence a sophet. Carolyn thought of making it a shelf, and I decided I wouldn’t like the lights rising up over the shelf, so broke it up into the nooks. I love the way it turned out!

      We actually farmed out the tiling…not something I wanted to mess with, esp around the tub. The only piece I actually put in was the little tiny corner piece I put in the Details. I just couldn’t stand to simply fill it. I did do the grouting. Always wanted to try that. But the design was ours, tho the fellow we hired to actually do the tiling had some wonderful suggestions that just finished it off.

      I have to make a completely separate slideshow of SooperShu’s involvement. He carefully…and frequently, inspected, every step of the way!

      • chondrite

        The IELT happened last week. I was finishing lunch, and heard a disturbing noise from the public restrooms next to my office. On inspection, one of the supply lines to one of the women’s toilets had given out, and was doing a high pressure wet willie all over the entire restroom, including one very startled patron. It took us better than 45 minutes to get it shut down; the supply valve to the toilet had frozen, and no one knew where the main cut off handle was (all publicly accessible valves have the handles removed, to prevent patrons from meddling). I tried to unstick the toilet cutoff valve with a pair of pliers, and was hosed. The ceiling tiles were saturated to the point of papier mache, and started falling. Water was escaping in little rivulets from the restroom area into the library proper. Roto-Rooter was summoned and eventually repaired the broken line, but cleanup was tortuous.

        I suppose the Wesser could put some type of slow acting solvent on the toilet supply line to replicate the clamp giving out, but the hose would also need to be pretty high pressure to give the spritzensprunen effect.

  • TabbyCat

    Beautiful, a rich warm look, wonderful colors. Love the details — shelves (and residents of the shelves), drawer pulls, and that perfect little triangle of tile, of course. You put in so much work, and you have such gorgeous results.

    And I see the sink, especially, is feline-approved, which is very important.

  • CJ

    Couple of tiny details awaiting warmer weather and the ability to set up the miter saw in the garage: the counter edge molding, and the very low (quarter round) molding instead of a baseboard: neither of us is very fond of baseboards per se. You’ll notice we also traded the full-coverage tile backsplash on the counter for a very low backsplash that just prevents any spillage from getting to the wallboard. The days when sweepers used to bash the wall bases and the backsplash to protect sink areas from (mostly) grease spots in the kitchen are sort of past—our sweeper does not destroy the walls and we use a washable paint, so we don’t really need the backsplash: we thought this look was nicer with this large tile, as it would overpower the sink otherwise.

    • It’s really much simpler than that. I HATE tile backsplashes. They’re just places to collect yucky stuff in the grout! 😀

      not to mention they interfered with where I wanted the electrical sockets. Grrrrr…..

      As for those disgusting plastic four inch high puke colored baseboard…I believe perhaps I’ve already made my point. 😀

      Someday…when we redo the kitchen floor, I want to get rid of the rest of that yucky stuff. (Shudder.)

  • OrionSlaveGirl

    One thing the slide show doesn’t show, and I don’t believe you’ve mentioned: the magnificent view of your backyard koi pond, including red bridge, waterfall, and Japanese landscape scene on your garage wall.

  • ready4more

    Jane, You and CJ are to be complemented on your design skillz and the quality of your craftsmanship. I am totally in awe. Now that this project is behind you, settle down to your writing, and let the kitchen fend for itself for a couple of months! :biggrin:

  • :wub: The Shuvatar! :wub:

    @chondrite, the IELT takes a prize. It has everything….surprise, unsuspecting patrons, hidden valves…..I know it wasn’t funny at the time, but it’s worthy of insane BritCom.

  • chondrite

    When you did your tiling, did you also replace the tub fixtures (I forget)? How difficult was that? I’m looking at doing that myself, and my fixtures are probably the same vintage as yours, so any heads-up about pitfalls is welcome. I DO NOT welcome the return of the IELT @home!

    • Actually, we have replaced them twice. First time because the old ones were leaking (and too old to just change a washer, which is often the solution for such a problem) and this time because we switched over to the ORB color and just decided to bite the proverbial bullet and do it, even tho the fixtures are fine.

      The first time, we called a plumber because we just didn’t know what we were getting into with the old pipes. They looked to be in good shape and if I were up against it again, I would have given it a try myself before calling one in, however, since we had to turn off the house water, I’d want to have a plumber scheduled for the next day. 😀 The big problem there is how tightly the pipes are screwed into the shower valve, or if there’s corrosion involved. Then, if the pipes are good, it’s a matter of a good pipe wrench and muscle.

      I can also see where one might choose to cut the pipe up to the showerhead, if necessary, and splice a new one in. As I say, our pipes were good, so that wasn’t necessary. Basically, you’ll probably need to replace the “shower valve”, which is the major redirect pipe for the incoming house hot and cold, the pipe to the shower and tub spout, and into which the handle cartridges fit. When you buy the fixtures, this piece should be part of the deal. Whether or not it actually needs to be replaced depends on whether or not the new cartridges fit the old valve. This second time around, we were very lucky. The new handles’ cartridges fit into the same valve.

      You do need to get in behind the tile. I actually cut the wall out behind the pipes last year and then just covered it with an easily removed panel, just in case we had to get at the pipes again (pix forthcoming in Sooper-vizor Shu slideshow). This is a sidewall of the closet in my room, so it wasn’t a problem, and it definitely made all our plumbing easier.

      The real question is what that valve’s attachments are like. It doesn’t appear to be standardized, and if yours are the same vintage as ours, you’ll probably want to consider replacing the whole thing. This second time we just happened to have handles from the same company and they just happened to use the same valve, so we just popped the old ones out (getting at it from the closet side) and popped the new ones in.

      One thing we ran into with the long handles…we have a three handle system and the space between the shower/tub handle the spout wasn’t enough, i.e. when the handle was pointing down, it was running into the spout. When we had the wall torn out, we replaced the nipple that goes down from the valve with a longer one so that we had the distance we needed. (I meant to get pix of this and forgot…too late now) Obviously, if you don’t want to tear out tiling, this would not be an option, so if you find a set you like and it has long handles, keep in mind you need to find out if it fits. 😀

      Sorry, wish I had better info, but while it’s conceptually not that complicated, there are some surprises (it’s plumbing, after all) mostly you need to get behind there and see what you’ve got.

      Good luck!

      • chondrite

        I’m planning, when I do the dirty deed, to replace everything, valves, piping and all, from the water supply point up to the top of the shower. The previous owner created an access hatch for the tub plumbing from an adjacent closet, so that’s one problem we don’t have to solve.

        The lines themselves have no cut-off valves, so I will install them when I replace the fixtures. I found snap-on valves, called Shark Bites, that slide on over the old pipes without needing to be glued or soldered, like compression fitting valves. They have good reviews, so I hope they will do the job; I don’t want to do any sweating of pipes inside the wall, and intend to do most of the pipefitting work outside and slide it inside, then snug the new pipes into the other side of the Shark Bite valves. I’ll also need to put in a couple of 2x4s as supports for the new plumbing. The old stuff was all mix and match galvanized, except for the supply lines, which were copper (yay!)

        Cutting out the old supply lines will be easy. The one part I’m iffy about is pulling the old lever-activated tub plug, which is just ugly and sticks. I’ll try to replace the drain hole at the same time, and if there’s much corrosion, that could get messy. I may go back and review Jane’s Drain Replacement 101 for tips :tongue: I think I have room in there for a hacksaw or Dremel if necessary. And then the pressurizing and looking for leaks… :blink: :dizzy: :ermm:

        • Sounds like you’re set!

          We had access below, which was good. (Unfinished half of basement.) You’ll probably have to replace the whole drain system. What we ran into there was a three-way connection they no longer make. If you saw my post on my U-turn drain, that’s working really really well.

  • Hanneke

    The finished bathroom looks lovely, unique and stylish.
    So much work, such attention given to all the details!
    And with all the different details it’s still very much a whole, everything working well together.
    Love the sophit, the lamps and the niches with the fairy denizens. I’d guess the fairy-forest touch was what the bannick needed: the atmosphere seems perfect for him now.
    The cabinets look very well, and go perfectly together with that.
    Love the way you’ve patterned the tiling, with the straight borders and the diamond-shaped interiors, and the way that pattern and tiling is reflected in the countertop. Love the extraordinary Koi mosaic, and that the fishpond-theme is so fittingly echoed in the basin, and then further echoed in your dragonfly grip.
    The towel rods echo the lamps, even the new shower curtain fits in perfectly!

    And, from a practical point of view, it’s very clever that you set the waterflow to avoid overshooting – I didn’t know you could do that except by not turning the tap on too full in such round sinks, and I generally splash!

    For the new grips, I liked the first dragonfly-link the best; the second seemed a bit harsh turquoise for the more varied tints of your new bathroom. The last looked good too, and with the glassy look might nicely echo the handbasin’s theme and shine. If Amazon hasn’t got them anymore, you might still be able to find them by searching directly on the producer? On the other hand, the grips you’ve got are already unusual and fit in with the brass colour of the lamps and the towel-rods – and statues and ponds go together quite well.

    Shu in the new basin made me laugh – in Dutch, “kat in ‘t bakkie” (cat in the basin) means you’ve got something exactly right, or found just the right present for someone – and he looks so contented, and you did get this room just exactly right!
    OSG really got the ‘cat in the basin’, finding that sink for you two and Shu. :happy:

    You’re new Shu-vatar is cute: is it from around Christmas? It’s clever how you got that much colour and definition in his face, him being a black cat against a black background.

    • chondrite

      I favor Pull #1 as well. It has an Art Nouveau style I secretly adore.

      • chondrite

        I found other dragonfly motif drawer pulls on ebay, but they seem a little expensive to me, if attractive:
        http://www.ebay.com/itm/Set-of-2-Dragonfly-drawer-and-cabinet-knob-pull-dark-verdigris-finish-rustic-/230711546944?pt=Architectural_Garden&hash=item35b77ad440

        Ebay also has Pull #3 for sale, if you can’t find it elsewhere. Search for ‘dragonfly drawer pulls’.

        • I agree. I love Art Nouveau as well. I also love the dimensionality of it. Carolyn, however, complains that its tail is too short. I say, it just runs out of the picture. 😆 OTOH, no point in getting something that either of us has real reservations about or actively negative reactions to, so we’ll probably go with one of the others.

          Thanks! I saw those handles, but WAY out of our price range. 😆 Dragonflies are trendy now, so there are several spectacular options…if $$’s not an option. The hook we’ve used as a handle for the little tipout shelf was one we got from Lowe’s for, like,$5. But I don’t really think I want it for all the drawers. I like it as an accent. (We have another on the side of the counter for the hairdryer, however)

    • Cat in the basin! We loves it! The next slideshow is all his. He was definitely an active participant in all of this.

      I love those torso pulls. They were actually a gift from a dear friend in OKC. (Thank you, Elaine!) I’d still like to keep those, but the little “acrylic bulb” pulls on the drawers were what I was thinking of replacing. They’ve got a bright silver stem and I can either paint that or get some new ones and while I love the bulbs…I’m not sure they resonate with the new look.

      Most faucets I’ve dealt with have shut off valves specifically for that sink under the counter. This lets you work with the faucet without turning off the house water supply. Also, since house pressure needs to handle, in a worst case scenario, every faucet in the house, it’s much higher than any single one actually needs and can stress the more delicate shut off valves for the actual faucet, if not dialed back. They usually say to open it a quarter turn, but when I did that, two things happened. (a) as I said, the faucet at full flowed right through and over the edge, and (b) even when turned off, the waterfall faucet had a VERY slow leak… more of an ooze which Mr Shu happily took care of…but which I wouldn’t trust to stay slow over the years. 😀 So, since it’s not a real easy valve to adjust, we turned them completely off, opened the hot side of the faucet to full, and slowly opened the valve until we just barely got a smooth flow, then did the same for the cold, and when we opened it full, voila! It stayed in the bowl! And when I turned it off, the mini-ooze was gone as well.

  • TabbyCat

    Oh, yes, you said the bannick was back? He must be pleased.

    • We decided that he’s been with us since OKC, but depressed. He didn’t like the apartments at all and when we got here, all we did was talk about how it was going to change. Then…it developed a big hole and he deserted us altogether. I think maybe he’s been in the basement. 😀 But the first bath I took…I came out ready to write! That used to happen regularly in OKC…after we fixed my upstairs bathroom, but not really since. I mean, writing has happened, but not that “answers in the shower” feeling. 😀

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