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Mirror, mirror

After four months of work, I have finally installed the mirror frames, completing the renovation of our Master Bathroom. I present today the before and after photos.


Dark textured walls, patched holes, mirrored wall, rusty sink, cold air leak, poorly designed vanity, little useful storage, ugly vanity lights on an overhang, popcorn ceilings.


Light buttery colored smooth walls, glass tile backsplash, mirror cut into smaller sizes and framed, air leak fixed, water leak fixed, outer wall patched and insulated, new porcelain sinks, new water saving faucets, lots of useful storage in new vanity, new counter top, new medicine cabinet, overhang removed, new light fixtures, smooth blue clay ceilings.


Door and floor trim missing.


Doors and floors properly trimmed, new floor tile, new carpet runner.


Stem wall prevented proper air circulation from the shower to the vent fan. Again, missing trim.


Stem wall is cut back, hence the need for new floor tile. Now the bathroom has a much more open, and bigger, feel to it, even though floor space is actually reduced because of the wall rebuild.

Now sunlight can get to all parts of the bathroom through the solatube, even to the shower stall.

I’m still working on one last mirror, a full length one that’ll hang next to the closet door on what’s left of the stem wall. The pieces are cut and I’m in the process of chiseling out the mortises. But there’s no rush. It’s a bonus mirror. I’m just thrilled that I now have a fully functional Master bathroom.

Almost done

Before Odo’s health took a temporary nosedive, I managed to get the glass tile back splash installed in the bathroom. Grouting went quickly but the tile cleanup took forever. Some of the glass pieces were etched to give a really cool watery effect, and the grout didn’t want to come off. After a lot of experimenting, the only solution I could find was to scrape the grout out one tile at a time with dental tools. Luckily, I have a wide variety of shapes in my carving supplies and was able to find just the right one. If I kept track properly, it took about eight hours to clean up side panel of tiles.

When I finally got the tiles clean, I made some wood trim of the same material as the counter top. The sinks are now installed and functioning. The towel racks are back in place. We now have a fully functional bathroom. I’ve even moved the new towels into the vanity and the medicine into the medicine cabinet. The only things missing are the mirrors which are in the works.

I’m still trying to decide if I’m going to mess with the shower. Some of the old grout is damaged or missing. I have time, the mirrors will still take a few more days to complete.

Even if I am saying so myself, I think the renovated bathroom is gorgeous.

Bathroom renovation: the saga continues

I finally got the counter top glued up last week. It took a lot of prep work, practice gluing, and help from Peter to finally get it done. I forgot to snap a shot in the completely clamped stage. At this point I’ve already removed the vertical clamps that kept the boards relatively flat.

Once it was cut to size I did a test fit in the bathroom. I didn’t want to cut out the holes for the sinks then find out the top didn’t fit.

Another test fitting after the first sink hole was cut. Once the second hole was cut, there was a lot of sanding, more sanding, some planing, more sanding and finally varnishing (3 coats), then installation.

I admit, this shot is for morale boosting. It’s staged. The counter top is officially installed, as are the cabinets, but not the sinks and faucets. I wanted to get an idea of the finished product, just to make sure my vision was matching up with the results. It is, so far.

It was very difficult to take apart the pretty staging to prep for the wall tile. I removed the sinks for better access, protected the glossy counter top with cardboard and installed tile backing board.

The glass tile is now installed and awaiting grout. The final stages are now approaching. I still need to make the wood trim to edge the wall tile and counter top, build three mirror frames, install two more towel rods, and complete the installation of the sinks and faucets. One week, maybe two, with some breaks. Very exciting!

Bathroom renovation: week "I have no idea"

Last week, I set out to get the counter top made and tile the floor in the bathroom. The tiling and grouting was finished, but the counter is not yet complete. The weather turned very hot, making working in the garage rather difficult. However, Peter, who was taking some vacation days, did help me joint and rip the boards needed. Now I have to glue it up.

This week, with the tiling done, I tackled the trim. I installed all the baseboard trim and door trim, much of which has been missing since we moved in. After painting it, I reinstalled the toilet. I even changed the doorknob on the closet door to match the metal finish of the rest of the bathroom. The final look is really coming together.

It feels so good to erase the evidence of the previous owner. It won’t be completely gone, the shower will remain the same, but now the shower tiles don’t clash with the wall color. The bathroom now has a clean calming feel to it.