Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Still circling...

Here are some recent photos.

Bathtub removed.

And some more hack work, this time by the plumber - jeeze, use enough flux? What a mess. The likely cause of the infamous "blue water" to this day people still bring up in home sales (and these places were built almost 20 years ago).

Friday, September 14, 2007

Now what?

Okay, the tub has a 3-4 week lead time... Sheesh. So basically I'm in limboland at this point. Did finish up the painting.

Onto the neighbor's laundry room?

Wednesday, September 12, 2007


Okay, counter is on hold for a bit until we figure out something cool for the seam. Starting to think I like this:

But until things get finalized, there are no worries, plenty of other schtuff to do:

Demo'd the shower enclosure and then determined that the tub wasn't really designed for an alcove. The builder simply glued on a flange around the perimeter. Indeed a nice touch. The old tub is a bit dinged up too, including about a 1.5" crack at the front edge (doesn't impact water containment). So it looks like I will install a new tub:

The integral skirt is an added plus. Might have to cut some tile though that is already installed - yay.

Oh and I swapped out the door hardware - leverset, hinges, door stop. All polished chrome on the inside and the outside door lever is gold to match everywhere else. Also, did the same thing downstairs in the guest bath so that project is done-done. Cool!

Friday, September 07, 2007

Small Setback

Well, unfortunately my countertop experienced a few cracks - we were pushing the envelope a bit by going seamless. Oh well, things happen for a reason. We cut the piece in half for a display piece - a nice 4' counter with undermount sink. So during the polishing, the glass we hoped to see in the surface was nearly all gone. Apparently the vibrating vibrated it upwards and into the concrete. Still looked good but not as I had pictured. So like the concrete tile that I dropped for the fireplace, this will give me an opportunity to redo the counter and make sure it is done so it turns out as planned and suh-weet looking. Still have the mold so re-making it wont' be tough. This time though it will be seamed. Just trying to come up with a cool looking seam...

So I'm going to start tearing out the shower now...

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Speaking of caulk...

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Thank goodness for caulk

Most of these walls have some kinda wave in them - acceptable production tolerances apparently. But boy do the wreak havoc on corner miter cuts. Thankfully there is this new product that I just discovered. It is called "caulk". Glad that they invented this stuff just recently.

Here is the latest photo - walls painted (except up high at the ceiling/wall junction), baseboard installed and caulked, and the wall sconce install from hell in place as well. Stoopid me, should've run a separate switch and then cut into the sheetrock and wired it behind the cabinets. No, I have to go through the soffit above. Remember the alleged magic bullet in the Kennedy assassination? Well, that is basically how I needed to fish the wire through a 2"x4", header, another 2"x4" laying flat, then through plywood shear. All for a freakin' wall sconce! Just about another Calgon moment.

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Try and find a polished chrome lockset

Sum beotch, I guess these aren't big sellers anymore. Went to three different big box stores (HD, Lowe's) and couldn't find any. No levers, no knob style. What is up with that?!!! Oh well, ordered online. No instant gratification here.

Did find new mirrors to replace my oversized ones. Oh and found out I built my frames about 1/16" too small. Gol dang it! Will router out the back just a bit to accomodate the mirror.

Oh and no polish on the counter. Nick's son was sick, so that's more important.

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Focking A!!!

Well, built the frames for the mirrors - turned out nicely, sanded and primed ready to be painted and installed. Oh one little detail - I should've gotten the 24"x30" mirrors instead of the 24"x36" mirrors. Too bad I built the frames to 24"x36". Crap.

I'm off to polish the countertop at Nick's shop!!!