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January 12, 2006

Clawfoot Tub

I know we seem to bounce from one project to another. But it?s only because of priority, honest hehe. When we did the brick for the wood stove, it was because winter was coming. Now I am not sure what all the fuss was, we haven?t had much of a winter here. Anyway now because of the way the previous owner, not the original builder, the bathroom floor is fixing to fall through. So we are going to switch directions to re-do the bathroom. It?s going to be an extensive remodel. We are ripping it out to the core, and then adding in beams for the floor to fix it and give it plenty of support for the new clawfoot tub. Yep we recently bought an old clawfoot tub. We have been cleaning the feet of the tub, restoring them by ridding them of about 5 coats of paint. Though two of them we suspect that were put in the back of the tub and they have the original porcelain paint. At any rate they are going to done in a "weathered copper" aka rich coppery brown finish. We are painting the underside of the tub white after ridding of its white and then green layers. The finish on the tub is in real good condition. The antique shop we bought the tub from refinishes them as well. But as we had read, and they backed it up, the original finish cannot be beat. Refinishing is much more delicate, and not as hardy as the original. They say about 5 years is getting a good amount out of a refinished tub. So finding this one in such great shape is great, so we can keep the original finish! Well we bought a faucet and drain in a weather copper finish. The drain came in this morning. Here is a photo of the faucet which is by Elizabethan Classics, I found on a website...



Which speaking of the weathered copper finish, its discontinued. When we bought the faucet they called up the company to order the drain and they had only ONE left! And its now sitting in my living room! Boy is that unusual for us. Usually its, "We just sold the last one a few minutes before you came into the store" or "Sorry they discontinued that line". Ok well now its discontinued with NO more drains! I love the weathered copper finish. I want to give my bathroom a very old world feel.

We also picked out the floor we want for the bathroom where the tub will go. You see our bathroom is quite unusual. The original bathroom is a very small space where I cannot understand where a tub went. Its only about 4 foot across. Anyway the next owner added on a spot for a tub and cut a narrow doorway into the outside wall to add on the small space for the tub. So we basically have room 1 which holds the sink and toilet enter room 2 for the tub. So anyway the Tub Room will have a real stone floor called Copper Fire. I cannot find any samples online, but we found it in home depot. It?s a special order floor but I love it! It has an actual sparkle fleck in it. It has various tones of green and rust with some other beige/gold and dark streaks if I remember it correctly. I saw it and knew it would go well with the tub and fixtures. But the flooring in the sink/toilet room will have a wood floor that coordinates with the stone. I don?t want everything matching perfectly. I am more eclectic these days and prefer complimenting varieties. Here are the current and new floor plans to give you an idea of what I am speaking about.






We plan on changing the location of the window. Once we change the tub location the window would be above the tub, which I am kind of freaked out about windows near the tub. Bugs being my biggest fear about it. So we are going to put 3 or 4 small rectangular panes of glass on the side where the tub is currently. I am hoping to find some of that glass that has a milky looking color in it for lack of visibility, but yet let?s light through. I am hoping to find it in an orange or brownish color.
Also we are getting a new toilet, which I have a handle for (yes I know crazy!), also we want a pedestal sink. Although I have considered keeping the sink we have. We will have to see.

We found a complimentary toliet paper holder, towel bars, and toliet lever. Here are the photos for the toliet paper holder & lever which is by delta in thier Victorian Collection





The colors may not seem to match on here, but in person they compliment well.
The towel rods are by a different company and are a new collection by Bath Unlimited, the Rubbed Bronze/Aged Ceramic Alexandria Series. They should be found at home depot since they are still releasing part of the set. They are simliar in color to the previous items, but they have some "aged ceramic" that actually looks aged, not fake. Once the rest of the stuff hits the shelf I plan on getting a couple of robe hooks from that collection and a towel loop holder for the sink area.

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January 15, 2006

One Trip to Home Depot Later

We have the floor on order at home depot. I have no idea how long it will take to come in but I am anxious for it to! It?s actually a type of slate and it?s called Copper Fire or just Copper. I said it was green, but it?s actually a light rust color (bad memory of mine) but it has a hint of green streaks in it. Here is a photo I took of it at home depot,


And here is a photo I found on a website of the same slate


Then before leaving we browsed through the lighting department to figure out what two wall lights would go in the tub room. Well I honestly was not up to spending $40 dollars for one light that I liked so-so. We continued browsing and went onto the exterior lights. There the styles began to appeal more and I finally found my lights. They were $7 dollars each which I can totally handle that!. Right now they are white and have a hideous yellow back piece that the light is supposed to reflect. However, we are going to replace that with a mirror and also change the finish to a rich aged coppery brown. Then they will be perfect & classy. And the funny thing is they even included the light bulbs! Not even the $40 dollar lights would do that lol!

These will add a subtle colonial element to the room.
Then after having a photo of the floor, I was able to choose the glass that the bathroom windows would hold. Surprisingly it?s not nearly as expensive as I thought it was going to be, which is always a good thing lol! Here is the glass by itself, and you can click on it to see the website we will be ordering it from if all goes well

And this will give you an idea of how we intend to use it

Oh and we also decided to put one of these windows where the wall-cupboard is right now.

So now we have to scrub down the outside of the clawfoot tub & its feet. Then we have to get some white enamel paint for repainting the outside of the tub. I plan on doing the feet in a dark copper brown for contrast. We have a couple of chip repairs to make to the lip of the tub too. We found this site that has a kit for just such things. I have no idea how good they are but we are going to give them a shot. The inside just needs a good cleaning and buffing. Then we can start on the bathroom remodel, of course once we get the glass & flooring too.

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January 18, 2006

The Seven Dollar Light Fixture

We have been working on some of the projects we have to finish before our weekend bathroom renovation (we will see if it actually only takes a weekend lol!)
First up is our light fixture we got from Home Depot. We have added the weathered copper finish and we are quite pleased with how it turned out. I used a metallic copper undercoat, and an espresso brown overcoat. When I added the overcoat, I didn?t allow the top coat to dry since I wanted it to merge if you will. Here are the results







Also we have been working on the tub. We have to scrape off the paint so we can get an even surface for repainting the bottom of the tub a white in enamel paint. Then we can clean and then repair the couple of "chips". The feet of the tub are going to be done with the same finish as the light but overcoated with a hearty clearcoat. The feet are the eagle claw design. Here is a photo of the side of the tub that we have left



We have been using a drill sander for most of it, but the real thick side, the side we have concluded was facing the front, needs to have the paint chipped off and then smoothed with the sander.
So much needs to be done. Although I do have a glass sample coming so we can be sure that?s what we want.

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January 26, 2006

Behold Copper Fire

Our floor has arrived....and I truly think this is the prettiest rock I have ever seen! Its got shimmer, "glitter" and all the right tones in-between. One flick of the wrist and it looks as though it was dipped in translucent silver, another flick and the silver sheen takes on a more golden tone, another flick and we see the fiery reds, and/or the hints of a grayish green. Some of the bricks look at one glance brownish in tones, another brick may seem fiery copper, yet another a slatish grey/green, and then you may have one that compiles all of the above into one brick. Most have a sparkle to them, a few are "flat". Its just one of those rocks that pictures cannot do it justice, but I'll present some anyway ~









I found a photo idea for the wall color I would like for the bathroom...now the real task is finding the perfect color in the stores!



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February 1, 2006

I am AMAZED!!

We went to Lowe's tonight to pick out the paint colors for the bathroom. We were undecided in the finish for the tub-room so we opted to wait and think on it. The colors that we choose however were Mulling Spices for the wainscoting and Faded Clay for the upper half of the walls.


We figured while we were there we would browse since we are 45 minutes away from Lowe's. Clearance racks always catch our attention so we saw one and were looking through it. On the rack we found some prefinished wood flooring. Some of the boxes were actual oak hardwood, and then some were laminate flooring. A box of the laminate was going for $10.00, but we are looking for hardwood to lay down in case we ever want to refinish it. Well there were three boxes of the oak hardwood which were 20sq ft per box and 3/4 inch thick. But NO price. So we asked an associate to see if he could find a price. Now we figured up that we need about 40sq feet for the sink room. So we decided if the price was right we would get our floor for a little less work & money than expected. Well he couldn't find a price, or an invoice on the three boxes, so he said "Give me a price". Well Brian asked, "What about $15.00 a box?? at which he said "Done". So we were happy and then had to take all the pieces out of the boxes so we could tote it home in our car & trunk. Had we known we were going to buy wood flooring we would have brought our truck. So I get home and want to find out what is the color is called, since it?s not written anywhere on the box. After some searching online we found it through Bruce Armstrong?s website and the color is called Gunstock. Then I wanted to see how much we saved on it so we looked for the product number and conveniently found it on Lowe's website. The price? For the same 20sq ft boxes that we paid $15.00 for, the website shows $124.60!! That makes our $45.00 +tax flooring would have cost us almost $400.00! Ok so we don't run across these deals very often, but it sure was a nice unexpected surpise! Here is a photo from Armstrong's of the color...

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February 2, 2006

Paint Chips

Just to give you a better idea of the paint colors we chose, I took a photograph of the paint chips. Though photographs still cannot provide an accurate rendering of the color for all monitors, it at least will show better the difference in the two. I guess that?s a lesson about Lowe's virtual painter and how it doesn?t really show the color of the actual paints that well. The virtual painter colors really do look more washed out compared to the actual paint chips. However they were in the basic range I was looking for hue-wise.

I may end up using a different color in the tub-room itself, since it does have different flooring to start with. My husband wanted to go with that idea to start with and after pondering on it, I decided to go that route. We are thinking of going with an enamel finish in the tub room only. We have an enamel finish right now and it worked out great. And being the two boys we have seem to splash a lot of water (one reason we got a stone floor for the tub room) and all the water that ended up on the current enamel paint didn?t even seem to bother it.

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November 2, 2006

Bathroom Remodel - Week 1

Last Thursday we had gutted the bathroom. This was a job we were NOT looking forward to. Save the worst for last ~ know what I mean?
So anyway Thursday, Brian had someone over so he could haul what we gutted off to the dump. We ended up having over 1900 lbs of stuff between the bathroom and some stuff in the yard. Today makes a week working on the bathroom. Here is what we have done:
1) Gutted the bathroom
2) Moved the tub to replace the rotted floor.
3) Added some floor joists to handle the new sub floor, which we laid down.
4) Added a new plywood wall behind the tub area
5) Added a concrete backer board to the floor area in front of the tub
6) Widened the doorway into the "tub room"
7) Installed the lights in the tub room
8) Replumbed the tub to handle a new faucet and for the first time a shower
9) Installed a tub surround
10) Built a wall to go around the tub and support the tub surround.
11) Added sheetrock to that wall and the one behind it
12) Added insulation on the walls in the first part of the bathroom
13) Almost have the ceiling completely prepped for raising it one foot. It will slant down now instead of be flat across. The slant is to gain 1 foot of ceiling space. It makes a huge difference.
14) Almost have completed the adding of insulation to the tub room.

What we have left:
1) Install sheetrock in all areas which need it.
2) Finish raising tub room ceiling
3) Finish insulating bathroom (small places which we haven’t got yet)
4) Connect the wall of tub room to the roof (yes the builder did NOT do this!) This will be done by building a small triangular 2 x 4 frame to extend from wall to ceiling. We have all the lumber cut, just need to put together.
5) Add shiplap siding to triangular 2 x 4 frame on exterior wall to get rid of the junk board that was used. (See photo)
6) Float sheetrock
7) Paint all walls
8) Install new flooring
9) Paint and add molding
10) Install new light for main bathroom area (which we still have yet to get)
11) Hang new mirror (after we buy one)
12) Hang new door and paint it
13) Rebuild sink cabinet (should be able to do mostly with boards we have around here)
14) Add a new upper cabinet
15) Move tub water lines to new spot

And now a couple of photos...not the greatest but you can get the idea.....


This is from the "tub room" looking into the main bathroom area. The entry way used to be so narrow and made the tub room look more long and narrow and an obvious add on. By moving those two posts over almost flush with where the shiplap siding wall is gave between 6-12 inches or so of more room. Making it much roomier in the tub room and tying the two rooms together much better.


You just never know what you will discover when you start tearing down walls in a previously owned home. This area looks directly in the back of our closet, but because that used to be the exterior wall of the house (they didn’t even take it down when he added our bedroom on) you can still see the back of the shiplap siding. This area was built up for a window, so evidently before the bedroom add-on, the bathroom had a window in it, something we didn’t know. I almost decided to leave it open and put shelves on it, but since its such a narrow space in the bathroom I was afraid things would get knocked off too much so I am just going to cover it and let someone else have the pleasure of discovering it later in the future. =)


Here you can see the junk board I was referring too. It says "Stafford" on it. Not sure what it was, but looks to be some kind of sign. Anyway just a shameful job he did of adding the tub room. You see above the window it should attach or join in some fashion to the ceiling...however it does not. That is the area Brian will build the triangular piece to actually ATTACH the wall to the roof. Sheesh....You can see I have the lights hung that I did up in this post. I just need to scrub that wall down and then paint it.

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December 3, 2006

Bathroom To-Do List

Bathroom Cabinet

We have brought the bathroom finish percentage up to being 72% done. Here is our list, updated, that I posted previously:
1) Install sheetrock in all areas which need it.
2) Finish raising tub room ceiling
3) Finish insulating bathroom (small places which we haven’t got yet)
4) Connect the wall of tub room to the roof (yes the builder did NOT do this!) This will be done by building a small triangular 2 x 4 frame to extend from wall to ceiling. We have all the lumber cut, just need to put together.
5) Add shiplap siding to triangular 2 x 4 frame on exterior wall to get rid of the junk board that was used.
6) Float sheetrock
7) Paint all walls
8) Install new flooring
9) Paint and add molding
10) Install new light for main bathroom area (which we still have yet to get)
11) Hang new mirror (after we buy one - BOUGHT)
12) Hang new door and paint it
13) Rebuild sink cabinet (should be able to do mostly with boards we have around here)
14) Add a new upper cabinet - decided not to do this
15) Move tub water lines to new spot
Yesterday Brian finished building the cabinet, and laid the countertop surface down. Between yesterday and today we have laid the flooring for the main bathroom, but the tub room still needs to have the tile laid. We will do that the same time we lay the stone on the countertop. Its actually more of an accent since the countertop will be bordered in wood.
He used small planks of red oak that we had around here and put them together via a frame. I painted it and we are supposed to work on getting the countertop on tomorrow. We will see.....
Anyway you can see in the above photo the cabinet Brian built.

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