Wednesday, August 22, 2012

La Toilette

To eliminate any doubt, I decided to label this new bathroom.
I found this stencil online at Maison Stencils.  Because they custom size, I asked them to make me one twice as big as the size that is offered.

Next my brother built the transom frame. (Sorry, I completely forgot to take photos of the process) Anyway, not as easy as it sounds....lots of math and lots of opportunity for error.
But it turned out great.  We debated whether to stencil the glass before sandwiching it into the frame or after.  We weighed the pros and cons and finally decided it was a toss up.  The toss came up after so I painted both sides of the transom with primer and two coats of paint after the glass was installed. Did I mention that one side of the transom is white and the other side cream?  Although my brother marked the top as L and R, I somehow ignored that and painted layer after layer.  Yes, my 50/50 chance of getting it right by accident failed.  I had put the colors on the wrong sides.  But rather than have me redo it, Dan shaved a little off the edges and made it fit.  Whew!


Now I was ready to place the stencil.  I had more trouble getting this darn thing centered than I should have.  After lots of measuring and adding and dividing of fractions it was still off.  Only then did I realize the outside edge of the mylar was not straight and COULD NOT be used as a guide.  SO, begin again!  Finally, I thought I had it.  Marks showed the center of the glass from left to right and top to bottom.  I placed similar marks on the stencil. All I had to do was line them up after I sprayed the back with spray adhesive.  (well actually the front because I was stencilling the back of the glass therefore I had to lay the stencil face down.)  I'm not a dummy but I was starting to feel like one as I repeatedly checked what was top and which side was white and which was cream.  It was a little crazy but it got a whole lot worse.

Pictures?  PICTURES!  For future reference:  As the stress level rises the photography diminishes.

I taped one side of the stencil in place, Dan held it up and I sprayed it with adhesive and we laid it back in place.  Then all parts of the frame had to be covered to protect them from overspray. (Yes, that lovely protection is junk mail I pulled from the trash.)


 I was using spray for this stencil....not my usual method but I planned to frost the glass to make my stencil.
I took precautions to protect my cabinets and still they had overspray in impossible places.  So maybe that explains why I also had some cleaning up to do on the glass itself.  I think I'll just mention that it's not perfect and let it go at that.

I thought about scraping it all off with a razor blade and starting over until my brother mentioned that the second time might turn out worse than the first.  So it is what it is, finished.

The door below the transom is frosted too... for privacy.  It is done in stripes and OMG, no, I didn't do it.  I bought it that way and trust me there is a significant upcharge for the stripes.  Clearly, I get that now.

This is a small room so photographing it is a bit of a challenge.  But then, why should that be any different than the rest of this project.  Challenges abound in a remodel of a 110 year old home.



For those who saw the door reflected in a mirror on a previous post, yes, we now have a handle with a lock on the door.  But, no window treatment just yet, so the guest bath is still not ready for guests.

Another little but important feature is the door stop.  My brother devised this cute little stop when I nixed the modern options available.












I got so caught up in the process that I forgot about taking pictures.  The two parts above were once one.  Dan took them apart, added a double ended screw and attached it to the baseboard.


I added the paint for a unique doorstop that protects my wallpaper from being damaged by the door handle.  Just another one of the many details involved in remodel.

And, I might add, justification for all the crap I save because it might come in handy some day.

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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

Sometimes it is really hard to decide which is the fairest of them all.

I found this at a local charity resale shop and thought it was the fairest.  Not so.  The proportions were all wrong with the vanity.  Opps!


Then I saw this at an auction and brought it home with me.  Again that old dilemma about whether or not to paint the wood.


But then..the discovery that it had been painted a few times before...in pink, no less.  So with that and the blessing of a neighbor who loves natural wood, I proceeded.


I base coated with the same color I had used on the vanity. (Benjamin Moore HC-108 Sandy Hook Gray)


I followed up with the same technique I used on the vanity drawers.  (wax rub, paint, and light buffing/sanding, followed by waxing) The word "technique" in the previous sentence will take you to a more complete description of the process.

It turned out nicely but....I had been stock piling distressed mirrors and they were begging to become part of the action.  So mirror, mirror became mirrors and more mirrors.

This is one I had played around with some time ago using a sticky lettering on the back.  When I removed the lettering it pulled the silvering off so that is the wall paint that you see behind the word Paris.


This is a small one but nicely and naturally distressed.


This is heavy and beveled.  I like the shape on this one.  I have the wonderful frame this was in and I used it as a photo prop for a baby shower.  (That's a post in itself so click on the words in purple if that interests you.)


This gives you a sneak peak at the powder room door that was installed yesterday.  Door handle should come today and pictures of that to follow.


It took some arranging and rearranging to settle on a configuration that was pleasing and that would fit the space I had available.

Then came the true test-- the wall layout.   It is hard to see at this angle but top far right was just too close to red center.  Center top and center bottom ended up being switched when other things moved.

This little beauty got booted which was very sad because it is a knockout. But, even frameless it was just a bit too wide in it's most voluptuous parts. I have no doubt it will steal another spot somewhere in this redo.


By this time we were getting very close to "mirror hanging day" and I needed something similar but slightly smaller than the one I booted. I called a friend who has reserves and she came to the rescue. A little rearranging and we were back in business.

My brother and I discussed a variety of ways to attach the mirrors and finally settled on mirror mastic.  The drawback of this adhesive is that it takes 24 hours to set up completely.


So Dan devised a method to keep the heavier ones from sliding down the wall overnight, and we added lots of tape for extra security.


This method required us to let some dry before we attempted the rest.


It was a little tricky and we were a bit nervous. We used some strategy and a good dose of eyeballing it to get things lined up.  The nice thing about the mirror mastic is you have a little time to shift one way or the other. 

Mirror, mirrors on the wall,
 I tried to be fair to you all.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

A Sparkling Detail


A big step forward today!  The switches got connected to the wiring and the chandeliers soared into position to cast a glow over the new powder room and pantry.
The story behind the purchase of this chandelier is in an earlier post.


A few modifications were made to change it from a swag to a center light that would hang from the circular opening in the ceiling.


I found paper to cover the candle holders and glued it in place.


I used a spray on glue applied to the paper only and that worked fine.  I also added the glass saucers that I picked up at a sale.


I was able to buy 4 large crystal prisms at a going-out-of-business sale.


All together it was the simple look I wanted for the powder room.


The one I origionally had my sights on is now ancient history.


The single light bulb hanging from the pantry ceiling was looking a little understated.  So I dug through my stash and found one that with a little Stainless Steel spray paint fit the bill.


I needed a little help from my brother to figure out the arrangement of parts when reassembling the fixture.  I always think I will remember how it goes and sometimes I draw pictures and make notes.  But it seems that no matter what I do to prevent it, I always have trouble arranging the parts in the same order they were in when I dismantled it. (ignore the purple bulb???)

I had this paper on hand and decided to try it for the candle covers.

Adding a few crystals uped the sparkle factor.

Now that the lighting is in place we can better see our way to finishing the rest of the details.


Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Weakness for Wallpaper

I drool over wallpaper books and envision different patterns in various rooms of my house.  Over the 35 years I have lived in this house I have had wallpaper in the kitchen, the dining room, one bath and 5 different bedrooms.  I hung it all myself and bought it off the shelf.  On the cheap, as that's my style. Some things have changed since those early years here.  I'm a lot older and have not wallpapered in probably 20 years.  The other thing is, wallpaper has gotten more expensive.  Those two things make using wallpaper in this bathroom and hiring it hung a little pricey.  But, I decided to just buck up and go for it because the thing that hasn't changed is my frugality. 
I narrowed my picks down to these two.  The toile looks really good with the vanity and the damask looks good with the floor tile.  I really like them both but I finally settled on the greenish teal.  It is a York wallcovering (pattern #BR 6266-Name: Linear Damask)  It comes in a total of 6 colors and they are all smart looking.

 
I decided to paint the walls behind and to the left of the vanity for reasons I will explain in another post.  Basicly I papered the equivilent of two walls.

I started the paper on the backwall of this niche,


did the wall the ladder is leaning on which only took 3 strips and then did both sides of the window.  Not much really.  Six single rolls and 7 hours.  I don't take breaks so that 7 hours is as much steam and speed as I could muster.

I had a few snafus but on the whole it was easy paper to work with.

 
As hard as my contractor tried he could not bring the outside walls back to perfectly straight and square but the pattern in the paper seemed to minimize any matching imperfections.


I think it is a gorgeous pattern and the colors work really well for my room.

Another detail documented and more to follow shortly.