Small powder room

chiefneilAugust 30, 2005

We removed a plain white pedestal sink and replaced with a regular freestanding cabinet and blue glass bowl. I had the walls done in a Versailles pattern to match the floor, but replaced the 8x8 tiles with 1x1 irridescent blue glass mosaic tiles. You can't see it in the photos, but they really shimmer in person. I also had chair rail run across the top to cap things off. All the tile is honed travertine. The floor tile is filled and sealed, the wall tile is unfilled.

I know I should replace the toilet with something more inspiring, but that's a post for another day.

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I forgot to post this closeup of the lights showing the etching on the shade.

    Bookmark   August 30, 2005 at 5:47PM
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Wow! That's sweet -- I especially like the way you tiled behind the vanity and ran the border up and over your wall-mount faucets. That's a great touch!

    Bookmark   August 30, 2005 at 5:58PM
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Thanks Sweeby. That tiling over the faucets was actually due to the tiler's mistake. Before he started I told him that the top of the tile had to fall between the bowl and top of the vanity. He forgot to measure so the chair rail ended up exactly at the top edge of the bowl, which would've made the whole vanity stand out from the wall by a couple inches. I came up with the redesign over the faucets and he was happy to do it for free (I had to run to the tile store for more chair rail, though) to avoid having to redo the whole room!

    Bookmark   August 30, 2005 at 6:24PM
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I love that tiling feature too! He should use it again and say that a client "invented" it :).

Is it just the photography or is the sink the teensiest bit off center from the faucet?

The accent tiles and the sink go so well together, but I'm sure you know that :)

    Bookmark   August 30, 2005 at 11:40PM
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Yes, the sink is off center by a bit less than an inch! The vanity is just a smidge too big - I have it flush against the wall already. It annoys the heck out of me, but some things you just have to learn to live with. The vanity was a beat-up floor model from Great Indoors for $100, so I can suffer from a little off-center positioning.

When we were building the house we got all custom cabinets. We specified a custom vanity for the powder room, but dropped the idea later for various reasons. Through a series of miscommunications, the vanity actually got built and the cabinet company offered to let us have it at a discounted price - only $4000! Ha! I'll stick with the slightly off-center $100 version. That was one stunningly beautiful cabinet though - too bad we were so far over budget we couldn't afford it.

    Bookmark   August 31, 2005 at 12:20AM
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I can't see too much of a difference between the filled and sealed floor and unfilled wall tile. Will you please explain the difference in this case. I thought most filled and sealed you could barely see the grout joint. Or am I mistaken.

    Bookmark   August 31, 2005 at 2:48AM
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Great bath. Very cohesive.
Thanks so much for posting.

    Bookmark   August 31, 2005 at 10:33AM
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cactusfreak - "filled" refers to the natural inclusions (pits and holes) in travertine. The pits are filled with grout - either at the factory or during installation (you purchase travertine either filled or unfilled). It doesn't have anything to do with the grout lines. Unfilled is much prettier since you get a 3-dimensional effect and the inclusions are often filled with crystalline deposits. But if you use unfilled on the floor they'll rapidly fill with dirt and dust, so you should only leave travertine unfilled for applications like my wainscot where you expect minimal traffic and dust.

Here's a closeup of the floor, which is filled. You can see it's smooth, and may be able to spot where the holes are filled with grout.

Here's a shot of some of the unfilled inclusions from the wall.

    Bookmark   August 31, 2005 at 12:21PM
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Thanks, I guess what I read about filling marble grout lines in Italy with sawdust is a different thing all together.
I actually just laid a border of travetine between my kitchen which is Mexican clay and atrium which is a smooth porcelin because I have plants in there. I was trying 'not' to get the grout in the pourous parts but I guess I needed too since I will have plants and cat litter boxes in there.
Thanks, your powder room is beautiful. I love the blue bowl sink.

    Bookmark   September 1, 2005 at 7:54AM
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That's gorgeous. I love that colour blue! We have a tiny powder room as well, and I've been looking for a small vanity that has some personality as well.

Love the Travertine too. What is the colour of the walls in the powder room? You're right not to worry about being a teeny bit off centre. It looks natural and beautiful.

    Bookmark   September 12, 2005 at 12:19AM
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I forget the name of the color of the travertine, but the photos are pretty accurate. The tiles are from Emser; they only have one style in a Versailles pattern, but it comes in two colors. Mine is the lighter color - the darker color is also a bit more drown.

If you're actually asking about the color of the paint, it's Dunn Edwards "champagne" in a semi-gloss. We'll probably repaint with something a bit more dramatic, but that's the standard paint for the rest of the house.

    Bookmark   September 13, 2005 at 10:09AM
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That toilet needs some craft enamel. Tub reglazers do toilets, too. Check European toilets.

On the walls, some plaster molds of three dimensional stuff that matches the styles or period you already have, in a color similar to the travertine. One I saw similar to this, but not as WOW since they used the brown, used molds of chunky squares with a large magnolia in the center. Each was hung separately. subtle, but soothing.Buy a 3-D hanging you like, then make a few molds of it.

    Bookmark   September 16, 2005 at 12:41PM
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I can't see the photos but I would sure love to.

    Bookmark   November 8, 2005 at 6:18AM
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Sorry about that. I lost my hosting account for those photos. I'll get 'em back up soon.

    Bookmark   November 8, 2005 at 2:07PM
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Here you go. The bowl slightly askew in this photo. I've since levelled it and caulked it down. The travertine is honed. In the floors it's filled, in the walls I left it unfilled.

I used glass mosaic tiles instead of the 8x8 travertine tiles on the walls. Floors and walls are done in a versailles pattern.

    Bookmark   November 8, 2005 at 3:28PM
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