Mid Century Bath #5

Well sorry it has taken me soooo long to get these posts out. Once the storm broke I was able to make a flying trip home. Had several problems going on which needed my full attention.

Taxes, family in the hospital, responses to advertisements, and the list goes on. Everything has settled down some now, but I’m sure as with life I’ll be converged upon in the near future with more items that a need my immediate attention. plus a few big changes in the future too.

So the bathroom is almost complete. I must say it turned out wonderful.

Here’s a little comparison.

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Before

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After, the mirror is just temporary in its placement. They will be going for a larger horizontal one with a wood frame.

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Another after

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Before of the awkward tub niche.

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This is is after the grout but before new shower hardware is installed. The photo does not do this area justice. These are an Almond 2X4 subway tile. This area isn’t finished yet, but hoping you can get an idea of the transformation. It is a big change in the before so and afters. They seem to love the way it turned out. The next time I’m up there I will shoot the finished photos to share.

Hugs,

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Mid Century Bath Update #4

So we have sped along.

Tile floor grouted.

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Accent wall all painted and light fixture hung.

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Shower tiled, and quarter round edges done. Waiting for it to set, then grout.

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Vanity installed.

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Toilet installed.

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We are on the home stretch. Ready very soon for the reveal.

until then, stay warm and dry.

Hugs,

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Snow Bound and Mid Century Update

So when I came up here to Portland for this design job I had a few other reasons to visit. First of course was the bathroom design, also to see family and friends, do a little thrifting, and salvage. Pick up a gently used new to me car. And to celebrate my Birthday. I’ve done a little of all those things, but would have done more if I hadn’t got caught in a snow and ice storm! So the bathroom design was a several day process working with the clients.

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A day with a good friend doing some salvage.

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I found some great pieces for a couple of projects.

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Drove a new car.

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Made progress on the bathroom remodel.

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Had a wonderful Birthday dinner.

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With family and friends!

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Tried to get places during a terrible storm for supplies during some crazy weather!

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Unable to drive due the weather. Have to depend on a SUV ride. But enjoying the peaceful snowfall and beauty too.

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So wonderful at dusk the sight of the new fallen snow. However I’m ready for our rain to return. And to be able to drive again!

Hugs,

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Paint and Tile for Mid Century Redo

We are coming along.

The paint chosen for the walls and ceiling is Toasted Almond.

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The feature wall behind the vanity is Amazon Jungle.

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The paint is still wet in this photo.

The floor is laid, we used a porcelain tile that looks like wood. It isn’t grouted yet, since it takes a while to cure. 24 hours to be exact. We wanted to get a few things done before.

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Cant wait to show you it when it is grouted.

Also some progress on the shower wall surround was made.

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The he Hardibacker was hung.

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Seams were secured and taped. We are making some good progress now.

Stay tuned for more exciting progress.

Hugs,

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Mid Century Bath Drywall Repair

If you have been following along on this Mid Century design remodel you know it has been torn out.  Lots of fun and necessary changes are happening.

Before Here

Demo Here

Plumbing and drywall are the words right now. The bones of the project. Yeah! They  are the “have to’s”  before you start seeing the new look coming. Yesterday the walls were repaired and patched. The plumbing are for the new shower was started.

As you remember there was damage to the walls were the backsplash tile, recessed toilet paper holder, and part of the tub surround was removed. It isn’t necessary in some cases to remove the drywall and replace. You can achieve a flawless repair if you take your time and work slow.

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Sorry I missed the photos so hope this makes sense? The hole in the wall will be a separate post, on how to patch holes.

The wall was scraped of loose paper, and remaining adhesive. There was damage and gouges. then the area was sanded with a palm sander to remove any small loose paper or materials.

The area was then painted with a coat of Oil Based 30min dry time primer.

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Once this dried, a skim coat of drywall mud was ran over the surface. This was applied with a board knife.

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The edges are wiped up, with a damp cloth as not to cover some of the existing texture this was allowed to dry completely and then sanded.

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Followed again by another thin coat of “mud” which is allowed to dry, and sanded again.

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After a good sanding and wipe down. Canned texture is applied. It is best to spray tests on an old piece of cardboard to get the right match of texture. There is a dial on the spout that can be turned from light, medium, or heavy.

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Once you get the size of spray, you start off the wall and apply in circular motion to get the desired area covered. Less is more as you can add additional if needed.

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Sorry about these photos, blurry, and not very good, but hope you get the idea. I shot them with my phone.

You let the texture dry completely. The use the broad knife again to knock off the tops of the texture bumps. This will fall to the floor like powdered sugar!

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You may have to repeat to fill in missed spots or get the desired texture. After it has dried and tops knocked off, you need to prime it all again. When you have existing paint on the walls you have patched, feather the dry roller onto these areas so your new paint will adhere and look good.

The plumbing is in, and tested.

Yes! now we are ready for paint & tile.

Hugs,

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Re-design of a Mid Century Bathroom

imageSo this is a design job for a Mid Century Bathroom. 1968 to be exact. This young couple just bought their first home and are faced with the main bathroom stuck back in the past. Not only components of the 60’s but some upgrades from the early 90’s as well. They want to honor the design but need a second shower to make this functional.

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For some odd reason there is a niche and cupboard above the tub that you can only use if you are standing in the tub. Everything seems solid, but we need to gut the shower to make it ready for the new tile around the tub and install plumbing to create the shower head.

It has been a process to help them decide on the choices of materials for this update. They needed to pick out tile for shower surround, floor tile, new vanity, paint, counter and sink, lighting and faucets. As with any young couple they want  it to look like a dream photo they have found but with the budget, cannot have the amount or certain materials that they want. It is all about compromise.

I put together some samples after talking with them about their likes and colors. What I got from them was dark cabinet, mosaic tile behind a free-standing or stand alone vanity.  Nickel or pewter colored fixtures, tub to ceiling tile with inset of mosaic tile, dark wood look ceramic floor. Paint that could match all the existing house that the interior has recently been painted. And possibly tiled wainscoting. All this on a rather small budget for materials and labor.

Tub surround, subway which was requested. In almond not white.

Tub surround, subway which was requested. In almond not white.

Mosaic, subway and floor tile in wood look.

Mosaic, subway and floor tile in wood look.

Vanity request, with open shelves for baskets.

Vanity request, with open shelves for baskets.

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After presenting them with photos, samples and cost or materials and labor. Changes happened to get closer to budget and what they really wanted. I eliminated the ceiling lights and wainscoting right off, knowing that the budget wouldn’t support that.

It was decided to eliminate the entire wall being mosaic tile behind the vanity, changed the subway tile surround to a smaller connected tile at a greatly reduced price but still achieve the desired look. Add a larger vanity when presented with photos of one. Also add a feature wall behind vanity with a different paint color, and additionally may add some mosaics above vanity when it gets closer to the finish.

The toilet is newer so it will be reset. Also the client will do the shower demo himself which has begun.

It is fun to see them shopping for materials and changing their minds after seeing different materials when we went to purchase the components.

updates will be coming…….

Hugs,

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