Monday, April 27, 2009

Bathroom update

It's officially been eighteen months since this project began with some demolition, and a full year since the 2008 tax return and construction began in earnest. Progress is coming slowly but it is coming, which is more than can be said for KC's downtain renaissance. As of late I have put a lot of effort into the tedious details. I've posted some pics of a couple of nice, custom touches that are wrapped up.

First is the window casing. The interior corner trim doesn't show in this pic because it's too small. It is a corner shaped cove stacked on top of a round-over and round gives the inside jambs more polish than a simple bead of caulk. The photo does show an embellishment that was super easy to install and will really enhance the French provencial style of the room.





These faceplates are custom-made. It was difficult to find faceplates that had the right arrangement of holes and a style that goes with the rooms planned decor. Anything we found that was suitable started at $20 per plate which was outrageous! I made these by starting with the cheapest, white, plastic faceplates available, about $1 each. My wife selected a toile print fabric on clearance at Walmart that matches the style and I used a clear adhesive to glue the fabric to the faceplates. In order to give them some durability- this bathroom is mainly for the kids and guests- I sprayed them with thin layers of a high gloss finish. Once the finish visibly built up over the bumps of the fabric, I sanded between layers with 320 grit sandpaper and 600 grit before the last coat. I was very pleased with the end result, especially for the first time. In the end I think it was around $15 for the four faceplates.

5 comments:

Percussivity said...

Very nice, but really... 'toile'? You shouldn't use words like that. It's akin to calling light green 'sea foam'.

Also you should post some pics of the pex plumbing work you did. Most of the really impressive stuff nobody will ever see (which is in no way meant to diminish the finish work which obviously took a lot of effort too).

The Irascible Neufonzola said...

I was a bit scared seeing the title of this post. Glad to see my fears regarding a frank discussion of your gastrointestinal health were unfounded.

The Unabashed Blogger said...

Now that is funny Neuf.

The Unabashed Blogger said...

What's up with that giant crack between the 2 face plates?

Gina said...

Doh, seeeeeee, it's not just me.