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my bathroom. I'll post from start to finish

Posted by folkman (My Page) on
Thu, Jun 5, 08 at 11:01

Hi,
I really enjoy the forum and starting my own bathroom so I thought I would post my progress through the whole process.

Some background. The house dates from 1969 and only had one previous owner. I have done some cosmetic work so far-ripping out all the old flower wallpaper, painting the walls and changing the wall sconces. Even took down and refinished the medicine cabinet. So its actually a nice size (11 x 8) and something my boys and I can live with. Its a small house and I am saving to add a second floor so I am trying to do any changes that I can not only do myself but won't be affected by the later edition. (right now I share a bedroom with my youngest son and that will only go so far).

Right now this is the master bath (and the only full bath). When the upstairs is completed this will be a full bath for the one bedroom still on the first floor.

I am planning on doing most of the work myself. My girlfriend and I have been shopping for bargains. We bought all the tile at Home Depot. A 13 x 13 porcelin tile for the floor and 4/4 tumbled marble for the shower. Bought some nice accent pieces for a strip and bought a niche online for the tile guy to use (I'll take shots of these and post later).

After a long debate with myself I decided to have a tile person do all that work. If it was just the floor, I think I could tackle it but I was nervous about the shower area and especially the pan (don't want any leaks). The price was good I think, just over $2,000 to do it all. That takes a bite out of the budget but in the long run I think it will be better.

In the pictures you can see the room is surrounded by tile. I'll be gutting the room (in 2 weeks!). I'll replace the bottom half of the walls with PVC beadboard and a chair rail. I am trying to keep the upper walls as is with little to no damage (I hope). The tub will stay. I bought a new toilet, a TOTO brand that has had great reviews. The room has a bidet and although I did try it (once) I will remove it.

I do woodworking as a hobby and never really build furniture (mostly sheds and outbuildings) I am building the vanity and linen tower (with great frustration but still fun). I have an image of the vanity (if you notice the drawers look a bit crooked it must be the photo ;).

We found this great expresso brown paint at Home Depot and I am happy with the color (the floor and shower tiles are a nice beige). The tiles on the vanity I found from a tile maker whose work I always loved (http://www.ruchikamadan.com/). I was thinking of using her tile in the kitchen someday as accent tiles on the backsplash and may still but I thought they would look good on the vanity.

I was just going to keep the medicine cabinet but I prefered a build in unit with doors rather than the old sliding mirrors. I was going to attempt building it myself but I found a guy on Ebay who will build them to your size at a fair price so I had him make one. I'll post a picture of that soon. His "expresso" didn't match what I was using so I am refinishing the brand new piece with the same color of the vanity (kind of anal but it would always bother me).

We found a great granite remnant place that had small and some large pieces and we found a great piece for the vanity top. I hate to keep saying "beige" but I'll post a picture of it (the tiles and counter top are all earthly colors). It will have a white pedestal sink I found online on top with wall mounted faucets. We went to a faucet showroom to pick the fixtures out but thought the prices were high (all Grohe and they are never cheap but well made). So we went home and found them all online for $400 less (even with shipping)! Well we called the showroom we had gone to and they matched the price! So it pays to look around.

I do have a friend who will do the plumbing but I am not really moving any fixtures so I hope its not too expensive.

I start in 2 weeks since my kids will be on vacation with their mother and I didn't want to inconvienence all of us. But I know it will be several weeks/a month to get it back together. Luckily we have a 1/2 bath also in the house. I have been in touch with both plumber and tile guy to work out the schedules (plumber in as soon as we gut the room, then tile guy, then plumber again). We'll see if it works out.

So this is just the start. I'll post images after June 22 when the room is gutted (as gutted as needed I should say). But I'll post more images tomorrow of tile, medicine cabinet, etc.

I'll keep you all up to date as it moves on with all the ups and downs!

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Consider me in a front row seat. Thanks for sharing.


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I promised some new images. So I'll attach images of the floor and shower tile-there is a piece of finished wood next to in sprayed with the expresso brown I am using for the vanity. Also a photo of all 122 boxes of wall tile. I think there are two many but that's how many the tile guy said we needed (but I can always return any not used). Also a picture of the medicine cabinet I got from a guy on Ebay (repainted by me to match the expresso of my vanity).

I have to call the granite guy. HE was suppose to call and say the vanity top was all made and ready for me to pick up (at 48" long I think I can just take it home myself in back of the SUV). Since the vanity is "freestanding" (just the back end touches a wall) I had them go ahead and finish it now-as opposed to waiting for all the interior walls to be done (no scribbing needed)

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I'll definitely be watching your work closely, too. I just barely started with a bathroom renovation. Our bathtub fixtures may have leaked (before we bought the house), so we've never actually been able to use the master bathtub / shower. I started ripping it out last week but didn't get that far.

What's sad is that a small area with a problem is probably going to mean that the entire bathroom is stripped to the studs. I remove some drywall and then think, "Gee, if I'm removing this area, I may as well remove the whole wall instead of trying to match the textured areas." This goes on and on until the whole thing is involved.

Causing damage to my home makes me sick to my stomach, but the finished product will well be worth it. My goal is to at least have the drywall replaced before fall, which gives me a few months.

Hopefully I'll get some ideas and be able to learn form your experiences!


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Braytonak and Weedyacres,
Thanks for the notes! I'll try to be good with updates. Yes, I am fearful of what I will find once I start opening walls but excited to start. My biggest concern right now is taking out all the fixtures but not having water shoot out all over. My plumber said to remove the shower walls but just leave the shower valve in place and he will take it out when he comes to do his work (no cut off switches below it in the basement right now except for the main water connection to the whole house).

Last night I debated on another medicine cabinet. With just 2 draws in the vanity and 2 drawers in the linen tower (photos for that tomorrow!) my girlfriends STILL thinks she will need more storage for the future. Eventually this will be a preteen girl's bathroom so we want as much storage as possible.

So I looked at a device called a "concealed cabinet" which is basically a medicine cabinet behind a picture on the wall. Clever idea (check them out at http://www.concealedcabinet.com/). But as a hobbiest woodworker I just couldn't bring myself to buy one when I can make one for a lot less. So I just ordered a frame online that would work (flat back for the cabinet hinges) and will build one as well! just add it to the list.

Yesterday I also ordered the PVC beadboard for the room. I could have gotten the cheaper sheets of it or just gotten it in wood but I really want it to last and not have any water issues (it goes right behind the sink as well as around the tub). So that was $500 for enough to cover the room up to about 46" (where the current tile presently goes). But I'll be installing it myself so I'll save there.

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here is a picture of the linen tower about half done. I ordered some metal legs for the bottom. Tonight I'll try to finish the trim work and sand it all so I can get it painted!

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Incase someone asks on the linen tower-Seems like an odd configurtion in the photo but the bottom two spaces will be for drawers, the big one in the middle will hold glass jars to hold soaps, etc and a smaller shelf at top. See the image below for the restoration hardware containers we are getting for the big space (just like the photo, one of each size). I think they are too expensive but my girlfriend insisted on paying for them as a gift. Even though it will be a bathroom in a house we may both live in someday (not jinxing anything), I still want to pay for all of this myself while doing as much of it as I can without hiring out.

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Just a quick update. tried pulling a small wall of tiles off. My 12 year old wanted to help. See the image. So they came off pretty well. I want to put up beadboard on the bottom so don't want to take the wall board off. Will do a good cleaning to get the dried thinset off but that's it. The beadboard will cover all of the old tile area.

Also put up a new picture of the linen tower. Still working on the drawers and I'll start painting it tonight. Got the chrome feet from Rocklers.com All the fixtures will be chrome and I liked the look. More soon (anyone still following?)

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>anyone still following?

You bet!


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I'm following with great interest. Can't wait for the shower tiling portion...


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I came in late, but this all looks very beautiful, and I'm jealous of your woodworking skills. Love that vanity you've built (sinkbase, perhaps, more than vanity?) and those tiles you found, too. Quite fabulous design taste you have, folkman--or should I be complimenting both you and your girlfriend?


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This is great watching you create what will be a gorgeous bath. You are so talented. I'll be checking back for sure.


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June 17:
Yesterday the granite remnant place called and said my countertop was ready! So I headed out there and brought it back in the back of the car. Its just 50 inches long so it fit fine but he told me to not try to go over any big bumps or it could crack. So I felt like I was bringing my newborn son home from the hospital again. I laid it on three 2 x 4s and wrapped it with a thick moving blanket and got it home fine.

The picture shows it sitting on the vanity. I think it worked out great. No the picture is not in the bathroom, just a storage room off the side that I am keeping the supplies in. (The orange wall came that way when I moved in)

Remember I got a good deal on the granite. The whole remnant cost with cutting it and drilling the hole was just under $300.

The sink on top is a white pedestal sink my girlfriend found online. I like having it all sitting together so when the plumber comes to mount the wall mounted faucets, we can figure out the exact height for them.

Have to call the electrician again. He needs to get in there and put in the ceiling light over the shower after I do the demo but before the tile guy does the shower ceiling. So I really have to coordinate that. I'll call him again today.

Because my ex's father is ill I have the kids all week so they will help me take down more of the tiles in the bathroom. I am torn between wanting to do as much ahead of time as possible with not having a torn apart bathroom while the kids are here. This Sat/Sun I am planning on gutting the whole room. I want to get as much out on Sat since I can bring it al to my dump then. Besides the tiles, also taking out the wallboard in the shower AND pulling up the floor back to subfloor. I'll take lots of pictures this weekend-Then things will be speeding up (finally). I hope I'm up to the challenge but excited to start!

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That looks so nice. Your vanity is almost the same size as mine will be. My bathroom is the Baker's Dozen size of 59". Just half an inch shy of a true standard. UGH! I haven't decided between undermount sinks, regular mount or vessels. The possibilities are endless.

I ripped out nearly all of my master bath last weekend and have the remnants on Craigslist in the Free section. The amount of things to discover behind the walls is great! Such as uncovering all those shortcuts taken when the house was built. ;-)


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Braytonak-
Thanks for the compliment. My vanity is 50 inches wide. I just did that so it can center under the existing lights, medicine cabinet opening and then still have open space to the wall at the left. I may try to put some of the old fixtures on Craigslist. MAybe someone wants a bidet and toilet from 1969? But I am luck-In my town we have a very large "swap shed" at our dump (transfer station) and anything good gets recycled quickly.

two days to the big demolition! Can't wait!


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This is an interesting thread. You've made some beautiful choices for your bathroom remodel and I will look forward to seeing the end result. Your granite looks very similiar to what we used and I love the color. Your sink is absolutely gorgeous! Please keep us posted on your progress.


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Ditto to all the above posters! Your choices really work nicely together and I too am jealous of your woodworking skills. Every update is a nice cliffhanger..."oooh, what's coming next?!"

My only additional thought?

>my girlfriends STILL thinks she will need more storage for the future

Listen to your girlfriend. I'm having the same discussion with Mr Vix and he doesn't believe me, ha. I travel relatively light but came from a large family and know how coveted storage is!


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LOVE this thread - gonna mimmic it soon (sorry). Don't know anything about your GF but if she picked out that sink, she's a keeper dude!! COOL


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You asked if anyone is still following? Well, I just started! And I think I recognize those boxes of tile fron HD. I have 2 boxes that I have been playing with (one in chiaro and one in gold. I may have to go back and see more today). Are you going to seal them? It is my understanding that they need to be sealed.
Other than that- I think your work is great and I love the linen tower; cannot wait to see your progress!!


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June 20:
Thanks everyone for the kind words!

Sheilaaus: yes I will have the tile sealed. that's what the tile guy told me too.
Bradley: yes she is a keeper all right!!
House Vixen: Yes looks like we'll need more storage. After I do the demo I'll turn my attention to the hidden cabinet behind the wall picture which I'll build.

Okay some progress. Tonight I start demo so I pushed to finish the linen tower (image below). I used the same handles as on the vanity. Looks a bit retro but I like it. Tonight we'll start on removing the old tile as that takes time (I don't want to damage the drywall underneath if possible). Look for updates Monday morning with lots of images!

Thanks for watching. I am just as eager to see how it turns out!!

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Here is a better picture of the linen tower (in focus this time)

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The legs make that tower just so darn cute I want to give it a squeeze, ha.

Good luck with the tile demo; don't forget your mask and eyewear! We had stretches where it popped right off and some stubborn spots (easiest with stuff that was on cement board vs drywall). Most of our drywall's now down for "look-see" purposes anyway -- so much for being careful....


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That's going to look great, I love the sink, wish we had space for one.


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I'm a little scared by how neat your garage is :) ...although I guess if you're painting out there you need it dustfree...do you have a dust collector?

And how much would shipping be for that linen tower to the Portland OR area? Thanks in advance.


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And how much to ship it to NJ? Really great job and it is so functional.
By the way what colors are your 4x4?


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Flyleft: Funny. The garage was my project just before this-You can bearly see them but I built the storage unit in the corner there and gave the place a clean coat of paint. Since I painted the pieces with spray cans I bought a good quality respirator. It helps a lot!

And Sheilaaus-the tiles are "beige" for lack of a better word-all soft browns. I don't have a picture of the accent strip up but they are actually slate in a cool pattern. I'll post a picture of that.

And as far as "shipping" goes-I can have fun building these things because I only build them for fun. If I build them for a living I think I would get too stressed about it all!


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I was joking about the shipping--it was so beautiful I found myself having the instinctive reaction I do when I see something online that I love :)

Vix, side question: so it was tougher to remove tile from drywall than from cement board? Interesting. How was the water penetration behind the drywall, if you could see any?


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Not to worry- I was joking as well about the shipping. (well only partly:)
On the box of the tiles, in faint letters, it indicates a color.(chiaro, noce? oro).. I have seen that within the box, there is good variation which I like. I am guessing yours says noce?


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Not to worry- I was joking as well about the shipping. (well only partly:)
On the box of the tiles, in faint letters, it indicates a color.(chiaro, noce? oro).. I have seen that within the box, there is good variation which I like. I am guessing yours says noce?


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* apologies for thread hijack *

Flyleft, as much as I hated our tile work the construction seemed pretty sound -- it was all cement board in the tub/shower area, just drywall for the wainscoting. We haven't used that shower but once in 6 YEARS because of the way the water hit the (tiled-in tub) edge and ran to the floor...and because the stairwell dropped to 6 feet over the back half of the tub. So maybe things dried out!

Here's before we ripped out that (heavy-to-lug-out, duh) cement board:

* end thread hijack *


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June23:
Well it was one busy weekend. I took a bunch of pictures.
On Saturday we started gutting the room. The tiles on the walls around the room came off incredible easy. The thinset/mortar just chipped off.

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Then we tackled the toilet and Bidet and I was surprised how easy they were to get out. Same with the old vanity but we got them all out with no problems:

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So I thought we were having to easy a time until we got the the shower area. This broke our backs. Seems like the wall had a wire mesh put up and then a good 2 inches or so of cement was put on and the tiles stuck to that! The only way to get them off was with a sledge hammer:

After a few hard whacks:
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Ater the first wall came down my girlfriend tacled the back wall and she did great (got to love a girl who can swing a sledge):
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And the amount of chunks of cement was amazing. We had to constantly stop and clean it up and take it out. Next time I will definetly splurge on a dumpster (like $350). We had to bag all the crumbling cement in bags we could lift and take them to the dump. It took several trips but we got it there.

Finally got the shower wall clear and that took most of the day on sat. Here is a shot:
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and with the new shower nitch framed in:

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You may see that we had an odd space after we opened the back wall of the shower. There was an extra almost 18" of space behind 1/2 of the space. We thought about that one for a while. Do we open it up and maybe use if for a seat in the shower? But eventually we decided to keep it as is. The other half is the corner of a built in hutch on the other side of the wall. IF I had know that when I had that built a year ago I would have sized it smaller so the shower could have been deeper. Oh well, live and learn.

The tile guy asked us to get down to sub floor so on Sunday we pulled up the old linoleum and plywood sub floor. Luckily it was just nailed and all came up realtively quickly and easily. I used my circular saw and set the depth to just cut threw the subfloor so we could take it out in managable sizes.

And then, since it was still early on Sunday we even decided to give the walls and ceiling a coat of paint. We picked a nice brown (Wilmingtn Tan) from HD. We patched some holes and gave it a first coat. Looks nice:
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This morning I met with the plumber at the house and he already at work! So more updates soon!


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I'm jealous that your installation is going so much faster than mine. I guess that's what happens when you tear everything out, including the drywall. You started well after I did and have already passed me on the rebuild.


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Braytonak,
All things even out in the end I am sure. My plumber was in today and had to rip out a lot of the lower wall to rerun some pipes so now I'll have to seal all that up. Hopefully the electrician comes tomorrow! We'll see.


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The plumber I use is great, but like all good things, you have to wait your turn. The more I look at the Kerdi shower kit, and especially the drain, the more I have to think about what plumbing adjustments are needed. I think I've wrapped my head around it so I can have the plumber get started without having to think it over himself.

After coming to a realization about how things can be re-routed to accommodate the shower drain I made a discovery in my floor. It turns out that my shower is right above a hole in a main drain ABS pipe that was caused by the former owner putting a screw into the ceiling. My logical brain says to have it fixed while we have the bathroom torn up. The other side just wants to move ahead and deal with that later. (Logic should win since the "temporary" screw that I shoved in there will eventually rust out, and going through the subfloor is easier than going through the kitchen ceiling.)


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June 26 update:
For those following along-well the plumber was in and needed to move the vent so...that meant having to pull up more of the drywall on the one wall (so no picture yet. That means I'll have to patch and tape a section since it comes up above the beadboard area. that's the one job I do not like. I can never get the drywall seems, flat and disappear. Oh well.

Electricians are in today redoing the plugs to GFI and putting in the recessed lights (one over the tub and one in the shower.). I debated this but thought they needed the light.


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Braytonak, I was going to say that I'm jealous of Folkman since we started before him AND tore everything out, ha!

Sorry to hear about the small snag, F -- looking forward to the next installment even if I am over here turning greener and greener. Good call on the lighting.


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folkman, just fwiw I'm really glad we got extra light in the shower. I have a general light nearby, but it's not the same as actual light that isn't coming at an angle. It's a good choice to have, IMO, even if you end up deciding you don't need it all the time.


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I stopped home at lunch time and saw the new lights in the shower and tub area. I agree with you both. It really adds a lot and I am glad I did it.

Ran into a small problem with the exhaust fan. The new one I bought has a smaller footprint into the ceiling so I have to patch around the new one. Again, more drywall.

Tile guy does the floor tomorrow. I'll take pictures of that!


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June 30,
Some interesting news. Not all good.
First here is the pictire of the side wall on the bathroom. Since they had to raise the exhaust vent they needed to cut up more drywall, so I'll be closing this off today or tomorrow. Most goes under the 1/2" beadboard but the top 8 inches or so are above that so I have to try and get some nice seams in.:

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Now for the first problem. My plumber said it was okay for me to close the wall up but then I noticed that the OLD location for the exhaust into the pipe in the wall was still open? So I called his cell and asked if that had to be closed before the wall was sealed and he said "Oh Yes". His assistant who finished the rough in forgot to do it. Good thing I have even a rough understanding of this otherwise I would have left it open. The image shows the opening before the PVC cap was put in:

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So that wasn't good. Then met with the tile guys and they noticed that there was no backing behind the new shower pipe (in the wall for the shower head). He said without backing (screwed to a wood brace) that would knock and ping all the time. I guess this was another plumber issue when they installed it (it was placed about a foot higher than the old one.

Anyway the tile guy said they would just install the piece as they have to do it all the time. I was fine with that. At the end of the day I come in and they have their Durock on the floor and walls and all looks great. They left a hole for the new shower head to be threaded so just be curious I pushed in on the part in the hole and (you know what's coming). It bounced back and forth. THEY DIDN"T PUT THE BLOCKING IN! So, I got out the screw gun and unscrewed the piece and sure enough, it was just the way they found it. Sorry no image for this one. I nailed in the brace, screwed in the clamps to hold the pipe in and put the durock back on. The last thing I did was leave them a note telling them I did it. I think, again, it was a case of the "main" guy telling me what they would do and the "assistants" not following through.

Anyway, they are due to tile the floor today so I am anxious to see that and will post pictures tomorrow!

Thanks for following along.


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Good work there Folkman.

Can I ask you how you like your ebay med cabinet? I'm thinking of ordering from (I think) the same guy. Is it well made?

Thanks!


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Mercury Girl,
I really like the cabinet. I think it is well made and I think the seller was "Art Juler" It was still about $185 for the size I wanted but still much cheaper than a comparable one I see from Pottery Barn or other places. The custom made the size for me and I had it in less than a month


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July 1st:
Got home and the tile guys were hard at work. I'll post a picture below. Maybe I am too anal but I would have had the same width tiles on the immediate left and right framing the edge of the nitch (the area on the right has the blue tape on it). You can see its about twice as wide on one side. My girlfriend didn't notice it till I pointed it out but I think a little more planning on their part would have gotten it even. Hopefully they will have a lot more done by the end of today:

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ALSO, I was looking at the rough in for the tub handles and I realized that the plumber should have had it come out further since I have the 1/2 beadboard going over it. Here is a picture of the handle if placed as is. Its flush with the dry wall. So that means more drywall ripping and patching. I did tell the plumber about this but I don't think that got to his assistant. Ugg!:

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Folkman --

Great job, and yes, people are reading this. We're all fascinated and learning a lot from you and your girlfriend. Love your sink bowl and your vanity and storage cabinet. Very impressive, and I agree with your girlfriend that the more storage in a bath, the better. I think I used that same granite in my newly remodeled kitchen. It's called Kashmir Gold. It might also go under the name of Golden Oak. It has some nice "dijon'' tones to it and a kind of sediment-flowing-down-the-river movement to it; love it. I also used those HD tiles in a big niche in our master bath. They need to be sealed, but not a big deal, if they are the tumbled marble ones we used. They come in a variety of shades that you might be using, like noche and chiaro. Very organic look you have there. Nice. Keep up the great work and we'll be cheering you on.


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July 3.
Okay some progress! The tile work moves on and we have the shower area mostly done. See the image. I love the square slate border tiles we picked out and the tile setter suggested the diamond turned tiles for the top half. Looks nice:

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Then they finished the floor tile. I really like this as well.

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So today they want to finish up most of the tile work and do the grout. This gives me the long weekend to close up the walls with drywall and start getting that beadboard on. So it will be a busy weekend. I hope to have a big change to show you all by Monday!

Oh some people have asked. The square tile for the shower has different names on it but all say "00412" Sometimes called Antique gold, sometimes something else but the "00412" number is constant so we knew it was the same tiles (there is a lighter version of this same tile also at HD but they all carried a different number).

also next week we will get to the shower door place to pick out the door and have them come measure. I want a frameless, clear glass one but we'll see what the prices are!

Happy 4th!


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Just caught up with this and I love to see the emerging transformation. It looks so nice. Good luck!


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fantastic! Glad it is coming along so well. It might seem long to you, but I swear this one seems like it is getting done in record time. And, done well. That is an accomplishment!


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July 7,
Hope you all had a good 4th.

So my girlfriend and I were basically locked in the bathroom all weekend but we got a lot done!

First off here is a show of the shower. We have the nitch in and the accent tile in the center (matches the style we mounted on the vanity). Today they do the shower floor and grout. They will come back in a few days to color enhance!
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First thing on Friday was to close off the walls with drywall. This was tricky. The original drywall was 3/4 thick and I can only buy 1/2 now so I first put in a 1/4 drywall panels then the 1/2 on top. By the way I hate drywalling!:

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Then started the beadboard. That went pretty smoothly. I cut to length, my girlfriend applied the "liquid nails" and I put in place. I used some finish nails to hold it all in place

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I ran out of beadboard at the very end which was very tough but I moved to doing the cap moulding and baseboard. This went pretty easily and I liked the finished look.

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This image shows the cut out I did for the "concealed cabinet" I am building behind a picture frame. I'll work on that next:

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So all in all a good week. I called the electricians to come back and finish their work. Plumber will be in Thursday and tile guys later this week too.

Have to find tile to look at shower doors this week.

Its coming together!


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It looks great! I really like the shower accent tiles.


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So incredibly fantastic. You must be beyond thrilled. It looks so great, and you did so much.(cyber-patting you on the back)


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Ooh, a secret compartment! So James Bond--I love it :)

And the colors and combinations in the shower are really beautiful. I bet you'll enjoy looking at that every day.


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just a quick update!

Been painting the last few days. Tile guys did the grouting in the tub. Still waiting for Electrician to finish up but tonight we start moving furniture in and the plumber comes in Friday so hopefully by Monday I'll have almost completed pictures to show (shower door will be a good 4-5 weeks so we'll use a curtain till then)


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July 14,
Hi, just a quick update right now. The bathroom is about 90% done! Not bad for about three weeks. Some problems. The hole in the marble vanity is not wide enough to mount the vessel sink on top so I have to figure that out. Not fun. The toilet is in but not quite done yet (hence the blue tape so my kids don't try to use it). We have used the shower and its great. Just have a shower curtain up till the glass door will be ready in a month or so (they come to measure the space tomorrow!

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Your bathroom is really beautiful! I just love how your tile color, wall color, and vanity top color work together so well. Really great job! Good luck on the sink, vanity top issue.


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Ditto! Great example of having varied colors and textures without being too busy -- all the choices you/your GF made really harmonize well.

Good luck finishing up and fixing the small problems. And if I haven't mentioned how jealous I am of your speed in the last five seconds...JEALOUS!


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It was great 'discovering' this thread for the first time and seeing all that you accomplished in 3 weeks!

Makes me think there is hope for my old bathroom! You are doing a super job!


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WOW is this looking good! I love the beadboard tub surround, sconces and vanity - wonderful mix of textures and forms. Cheers!


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July 24th Update:
Sorry I have been a bit behind. Finally got the new hole for the sink drilled and will be getting plumber back soon to finish and that will be it!

Just wanted to post these photos. My girlfriend felt we needed more storage so I copied an idea I found in the forum-a "concealed cabinet" It looks like a painting in a frame but opens to a small medicine chest. I built mine myself. Its simple and fun. Oh my 12 year old did the painting!

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Not sure if I'll be posting anymore so I just wanted to thank everyone for following. It will be a few weeks till the shower door comes in but its nice to have a working bathroom back!

Best


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Nicely done. I was looking at one of the pictures that shows the tile-to-bead board transition and it looks like the bead board is simply butted up adainst the shower tile...is that correct?
Thanks,
ggoose


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Your bathroom is just stunning! The hidden medicine cabinet is so neat! Hope you don't mind that I saved it in my file for our next bathroom!

Like the way you installed the tile in the shower, too.

Know you are enjoying it. Good work!

DL


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I'm very impressed, especially with your carpentry skills. Your cabinets are beautiful!


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ggoose,
Yes the beadboard just butts tight to the tile. Since its PVC beadboard I wasn't worried about water or anything. Maybe there is a better transition but that worked for me.

Thanks again for all the great comments!


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folkman, could you please share the details of how you made the cabinet? Did you purchase any part of it (probably the hinges) -- and may I ask what kind of hinges you bought, so as to make sure the frame would open up the right way? I *think* I could do this, just need to know what kind of hinges to buy.

THANKS!


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Flyleft--thanks for reviving this thread!

Folkman, this is a gorgeous bathroom! I'm very impressed, especially with the obvious designer tastes you and your girlfriend share, and your craftsman talents.

I'd also like details on how you made the concealed cabinet. I would like to make something similar for my new bathroom. Also, where did you find the accent tile? It's great.

Thanks in advance for your help--


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You don't need to make a Concealed Cabinet yourself. Go to www.ConcealedCabinet.com and buy one. I did and I LOOOOOVE it. Great quality and great customer service.

Jess


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May not need to, but *want* to...it seems like something I should be able to make.

Oh Folkman...sure wish you'd come back...maybe DH and I will have to reverse-engineer it from the pics...


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Hi everyone,
I am sorry but didn't realize some people had left later comments-somehow I didn't get an e-mail from the forum.

The concealed cabinet was very easy. I actually did just look at the concealed cabinet that jessicam79 mentions and built it by eye. The hinges are standard european cabinet hinges. It took a bit of testing to get the hinges in the right place but wasn't bad. You also have to be sure you buy a picture frame with a flat back so there is room to bore the hinges. Not one on an angle. I got mine online at dickblick.com. Also be sure you know that frames are sold by the size of the opening, not the size of the outer dimensions. I learned that the hard way.

Its been about 6 months and my girlfriend and I are now eyeing the laundry room/1/2 bath area to do next!


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denalidreams-
You asked about the accent tile.I saw some very nice ones at HD but bought these at a local chain called TILE SHOWCASE. They were a bit expensive and they were sold by the sheet (about 1 foot long). I needed 10 sheets and it cost me about $100. I thought it was worth it but HD had some nice ones that were a lot cheaper.


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Hi Folkman,
I was searching for ideas for bathroom storage and came across your post here with your concealed cabinet. Its a really great cabinet you made! Ive NEVER seen anything like it.
I did go to dickblick.com and found the frame you used. I believe it is called a " 5" Simplon Frame ". The size you chose looks really good. Can you tell me what size frame you ordered from them? They have the frames listed at 1/2 price right now which is a real bonus.
Thanks so much for your posts. Very informative and fun to read.
-Karen


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Karen-
I think it was an 9 x 12 (#18846-7423). I got it in SageBrush but the color didn't matter to me-I sprayed mine espresso to match the vanity. Again looked at the link in an above listing for the concealed cabinet. They make the ones I used as a guide to make my own. I am handy so could build my own but check out their site (I don't want to scare people off from buying theirs since they can probably use the money).

Thanks for the kind words. I'll be starting the next bathroom soon and will post again. Good luck with yours!


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Folkman-- on the note regarding the color-

I will be doing some color staining to match an "espresso" colored vanity- did you color them both the same, or can you tell me what stain/paint you used to get that color?

Thanks!!

BTW, I have looked and reread this post a bunch of times- you did some really nice work!


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Pepperidge Farm,
Thanks for the kind words. It was fun to do! I had done an earlier piece for my girlfriend and she wanted the pottery-barn dark espresso color. I used latex paint on that and just felt it was tough to get it nice and smooth. When I build the vanity for the bathroom I bought some espresso spray paint I found on line at Aubuchon Hardware (I'll paste the link below). I sprayed the vanity slowly and it worked out well-just invest in some dust masks!

I used the same color to spray all the frames in the room as well as the medicine cabinet. I like the paint.

Good luck with your project!

Here is a link that might be useful: Espresso color spray paint


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Oh, that is great- there is no Aubuchon around me here, but we will be back in Lake Placid in 2 weeks and there are 2 up there that we use all the time!!

That is actually what I am trying to match- the espresso vanity from PB... I am hopeful. Otherwise, I am ready to learn all about aniline dyes, and all sorts of staining techniques to try to match, so a simple spray sounds dreamy.

I wish I could say I will be posting pics soon, but other commitments are slowing progress... sigh.

Thanks again :-)


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I just followed the chronology of your bathroom- it looks great! Thanks for the advice about the pvc beadboard- that's the ticket!


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I just love the hidden cabinet that you made with a frame and a picture. Can you give some more details as to how you did that? Where did you get the internal frame from? I can generally do things myself if I have directions but I'm not nearly as handy if I try to do it completely out of my head.

Thanks!
Amanda


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Mrshowell,
Sorry I just saw your post. Read up a few notes and you'll find the info on the frame-I got it from DickBlick.com-9 x 12 (#18846-7423). Also go to concealedcabinet.com. They are the ones who originated the cabinet. I looked at the pictures on their site and made my own. Not too hard. Their prices are not too high if you just want to get one from them as well. Fun stuff!


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folkman,

Love the final look of the bathroom!! You did a great job on everything. I would love to know the exact paint color name you used. You mentioned it was an expresso brown from HD, but what is the actual color name or number. Also, what is the floor tile name. Your choices are so close to what I want to use in my bathroom remodel and knowing the names would help me finalize my choices. I really like how the paint color draws out the color in the shower wall tile. That tumbled marble is beautiful. Now that you have been in it for 6+ months, how is the tumbled marble holding up? Do you have to re-seal it often? I'm sorry for so many questions, but your bathroom is such an inspiration. Everything about it is so spectacular. Thanks for all your help.

Poohla


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Poohla,
Thanks for the comments. I'll try to answer your questions.

The expresso color is not paint. Its the dark brown on the vanity, tower, frames and medicine cabinet. Its sprayed on. I bought it online. I'll attach the URL at the bottom.

The walls were painted in Benjamin Moore Wilmington Tan. I'll check the floor tile name tonight. I do know it was of the most inexpensive ones at HD. I'll get back to you on that. The tumbled marble was from HD as well (I think I mention the color somewhere above-I forget offhand)

The tumbled marble has held up great! It was sealed the one time and still is terrific. Thanks for the comments!

Here is a link that might be useful: Expresso Spray paint


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Folkman,
Thanks for your response. You answered the wall paint color question I had. I did find where you mentioned the tumbled marble had 00412 on the boxes and you also mentioned Antique Gold. Someone else mentioned color names noche and chiaro. I will check at HD using those names. The only other name I will wait for is the floor tile name and color. I have looked at several of the HD porcelain tiles and like them all. Some even look like marble. I just love the entire look of your bath. Did you ever take some final pictures that show your shower door and your sink faucet? Would love to see the final look. Thanks for posting your work. It is a great thread to show from beginning to end. Thanks again for taking the time to reply to my questions. This is the best forum for this kind of idea help!


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Poohla,
I still have a half box of floor tiles left over so I could check the name. Its Prima Piazza by Marazzi. The color is "Romance Almond" Its a glazed porcelin tile. It was relatively inexpensive at HD and they had cases of the brand in other colors (at least in the HD near me).

I'll take some pictures to show the final look. Yes, I got the glass shower doors and it worked out just great! I'll post those tomorrow.

Good luck. Let me know what you end up with!


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Bump.


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beeyootiful.


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folkman,

I just ran across this thread and I have a couple of questions. What are the dimensions of your shower, and did you tile the ceiling in your shower area? Our house currently has a molded fiberglass shower and I would like to take it out and tile. Yours looks fantastic!

Thanks,
Jan


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what are the light sconces and where did you buy them? beautiful!


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folkman -

Your recessed cabinet is beautiful. With the 9x12 frame you used, how big a cabinet could you make? From what I understand, 9x12 is the size of the opening in the frame, right?


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It goes without saying that you're very talented and diligent. What I want to add is to say, as a trained artist, that your son did a remarkable painting and should continue doing art throughout his life. You must be so proud of him and all your children. I can tell you're an excellent father.


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