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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Hard Core Remodeling but Were Afraid to Ask Part 29!

Day 62 of the remodel...
 Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Hard Core Remodeling but Were Afraid to Ask!
seems to be going on forever.
I need a better union rep.
I can identify with these cats...

(Warning: a brief instance of profanity, which is why we rarely have audio on our projects.)

The bathrooms are both being painted a seaglass green in high gloss
exterior grade enamel for durability and scrubbability.
And evidently that is a word.
We also have the sustainable bamboo flooring down, 
which means it's time for the next step.
 We salvaged the old vanity to save a little money, and new 
higher seat toilets are going in today
 Why a higher seat?
Usually, toilets are 14 to 15 inches high.
An 18 inch height will make it easier for our wheelchair-bound resident to use.
They also have a push button flush on the top of the tank,
and an adjustable water volume to save money.
We're setting them to use just over a gallon per flush.
At $139, these are attractive, efficient, environmentally friendly, convenient, and a bargain.
I'm salvaging the perfectly good previous fixture for my bathroom renovation.
After that, it's time for tile!
 Mom decided on classic, vintage style subway tile.
 This is a versatile choice that will look good if Mom 
decides to redecorate in the future.
 However, The Redhead is a little bored with this.
I thought we needed a little sparkle here, so I went on an excursion...
 ...and I found this!
 This is a sheet of mosaic mini subway tiles in crystal clear glass with the slightest green tint.
 Since they're already mounted on a mesh backing, they'll make a great trim option.
The subway tiles are 3x6"...
,,,and the minis are exactly a third of the size.
The white tiles will run us $0.22 apiece (less in bulk of course),
And the minis are 11 linear feet on a sheet for $10.
I'm planning to tile the shower stall and cap the white tile with a double run 
of the glass as a border, so a 2" thick border.
How's that for an economic solution to add a little glisten to the project?
 The niche in the wall we added to the entryway?
This is to serve several hall table functions without taking up
space Mom will need to navigate her wheelchair.
We decided to add a mirror inside and hooks for keys and leashes.
Let's give this baby some personality.
 Mark added the flutes door moulding with rosette caps we've
chosen for all of the doorways.
 If it's your first time framing a door or window by yourself,
 this high end look is a great choice!
There are no angled cuts.
At all.
You simply measure the sides, cut the moulding in lengths just to fit,
use finishing nails to attach them to the wall,
then slide the rosettes into the open corners and nail into place.
That's it!
We'll caulk any gaps before we paint, but isn't that pretty?
 Cheap trick of the day:
when you're painting, and you switch colors, answer the phone, or take a break,
there's no need to take the time to wash your brushes and rollers.
Pop them in a ziplock bag to keep them fresh until you need to get back to work!
There is nothing more feminine and sexy than a woman 
who can fix and build it herself.
Don't be afraid to give things a try.
What's the worst that can happen? You do it over? different boots, okay?

1 comment:

Heather{Our Life In a Click} said...

Love that bathroom color and tile!! Those boots aren't too bad either!