Wednesday, 15 September 2021

Fixing the Bathroom

Okay, okay...

I can't make you wait any more. But if you missed the steps, check out part 4 here.


Before, with its pink curtains, pink square tile, shelf mounted too high and utilitarian mirror...

After.



Faucet by Glacier Bay.

Shower curtain from Simon's.




Vessel Sink by Kohler (Vox)


Kitchen rail and hooks by Ikea, modified rail from wood to copper.


Baskets by Ikea


A quick copper sheet applied to the light fixture until I can decide on a light fixture.


Loki approved.

Now, as long as I don't turn around and look at the bathtub... it will look perfect!
That is a project for another day.

Tuesday, 14 September 2021

Breaking the Bathroom - Part 4

I decided on a sink!!

So the saga continues. If you missed the progress so far, check out part 3 here.


I found a beautiful sink online. It was the perfect height and proportion for my existing vanity. But I didn't like the sticker price. I ended up finding the same Kohler sink for a little less money at Wayfair.
I ordered it on a Tuesday and had it by Friday. Not bad at all.


The main problem is they didn't include the template, which apparently is a common review for this.


Luckily, I like math, did a few quick measurements and figured out the cutout size.


I used a jigsaw on the small cutouts and thanks to the tape, ended up with a nice clean cut.

Under the watchful eye of my favourite supervisor, we plopped the sink in and began to caulk the sink and the spaces where the tile meets the counter.


Maybe tomorrow I will share the full reveal?

Maybe. Maybe not...

Breaking the Bathroom - Part 3

Welcome to part 3 of Breaking the Bathroom. If you missed part 2, you can find it here.

After falling in love with, then waiting for my new tile to arrive for 2 months, the day finally came!


In order to put the new tile on, I first needed to remove the faucet and old sink. 

 
One last look at this old beauty.


Using a couple of putty knives and set to slowly scraping the old sealant off.


This takes a bit more time than you'd think... you need to very gently pry the sides up. Not shown is when I used a small piece of wood trim to hold up the front edge while I worked around the sides and back.


I cleaned off all the old caulk/sealant, and pulled out my mosaic tile. Thanks Ames tile for being amazing!!


Working in roughly 18" sections, I put on the thin-set, then used the notched trowel to take off the extra.


I started with one sheet high, knowing that I would want to fit the mirror frame first to ensure that the tile fit properly. 


I installed the mirror frame, which was super snug and perfect. I put down some painter's tape to protect the new frame, then was able to fit exactly one row of mosaics into the top space. 


Another 30 hours or so, and I started in on the grout. I chose a white on white look for subtlety. 


Then, I needed to look for a new sink. I agonized over this decision, because the lazy (and partly purist) part of me wanted to head to restore, find one that was the exact same size and plop it down. 

Check back tomorrow to see what I decided to do! 
Sorry, I know I suck with these "to be continued" endings.

Monday, 13 September 2021

Breaking the Bathroom - Part 2

Welcome to part 2 of Breaking the Bathroom. If you missed part 1, you can find it here.

I found a tile I liked and decided to order it. It is beautiful! I love it.

Turns out the only tile i liked was on back order and wouldn't be in until August. Being that it was June, I had two months to wait for my order to come in. A small part of me died inside. 

Naturally, I can't sit still for long, so I started a new project to complement the tile once it came in: A mirror frame!


I started by installing a half inch wood trim around the existing medicine cabinet, to allow for a buffer around the operable mirrored doors. It perfectly matched the depth of the cabinet.


Next, I bought some lumber and started to measure out my sides to match the height of the existing mirror cabinet, plus the half inch trim on top and bottom.


Then cut them to size.


Next, I sanded them twice with two different grits to make them nice and smooth.


Now with a top and bottom rail, and 4 vertical rails for my frame, I was ready to stain them to match the existing lower cabinet, which I love so much.


The first coat ended up darker and browner than I'd have liked so I had to had to go back and get some cherry to warm and redden it.


I used my corner clamp to screw and glue my pre-drilled holes and assemble my frame.


I took the frame inside, put it up against the mirror for a test fit and to double check the location of the inner rails. This ensures a snug fit around the medicine cabinet. Then I filled all of the holes with wood filler, re-stained them.


I'm not actually going to show you the finished product yet until the tile is complete... but here's a sneak peak of the door pull I put on the mirror to ensure we could still open the medicine cabinet. 

See more tomorrow! I promise...

Sunday, 12 September 2021

Breaking the Bathroom

I kept looking at this 55 year old backsplash tile, thinking, "Surely the mortar behind the tile would be old and crumbly by now... right?" I kept looking at it. Then one night 3 weeks later, I tapped it with a hammer. I tapped it, and the corner just popped right off.

I had a box of beautiful 2x8 white Bellavita tile that I purchased over a year earlier, and I just hadn't had the time to get on with it.



So after I put my kid to bed, I started tapping away. Carefully pulling the tile away from the wall. That first tile was so easy. 


In fact, that whole first row was great to take off!


The problem is, by the time I got to the corner, the tiles were no longer easy to remove. How are they this stuck on after 55 years?


It became very slow going after this. 


It got to the point where I had to hype myself up and say, "only 20 more tiles left, only 19 more tiles left...". Why? Why did I do this to myself?


I finally got it all off, and set to repairing the wall with a skim coat.


After it dried, I sanded it smooth, and opened up my box of tile ready to get going on the tiling.



Public Service Announcement: Always open your tile when you pick it up to ensure that all of the boxes are indeed the same colour. Hello full box of charcoal. How did you get in there with my order of white tiles?

So after contacting the distributor, I discovered that this tile is discontinued. 
All I could do at that point was figure out what to use instead, and cover the whole thing with plastic until I did.



How's that for a cliff-hanger? Stay tuned for the next installment of Breaking the Bathroom, tomorrow.

Wednesday, 4 August 2021

Mini Project: Garage Numbers

I finally got sick of looking at this sorry excuse for house numbers. It is actually in the back alley, on the garage, so you don't see it from the front of the house, but this is Edmonton, and we have a whole network of back alleys.


Each time I drive up and park my car in the garage, I am reminded of this eye-sore, but then immediately forget about it.


Not today, Satan!! I bought some new 4", peel'n'stick, black, metal numbers from Home Depot and brought them home.


Once I removed the screws from the old number plate, I knew I would have to seal the holes, which wouldn't look great. 


That is when I got a sneaky, simple idea. I used one of the 1/4" trim lengths that I had laying around, and painted it black.


Then I caulked the screw holes, and installed the new black trim over it to create a visual anchor for the rest of the numbers. 


Th rest was simple: Wash the surface with mineral spirits; measure off the distance from each side; stick the 1 and 5 first followed by the 2 in the middle. 




The only downside of upgrading your house numbers is that it makes you side eye everything else... Like that brown trim. I'll get to it soon. Thank you for stopping by!!