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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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.

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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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Upper Cabinet Installation

So we left off with the walls being done at this point. Click here to see the wall post. So since the cabinet maker had the shells of the uppers done, and I had finished painting the uppers will get installed before the lowers.

I guess I should give you a little back story.  This part of a kitchen remodel is “compromise” yes that is the name of the game. You have a mental photo or dream in your head for the space. But in all actuality it will look very close but you will have to compromise at some point in the details. This might be due to budget, or unforeseen problem your space will throw at you. This could be a major wiring in the way, to support beams, and sometimes just a few inches can make or break an idea or plan.

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So far I’ve had two compromises. The first was the old panty area, which now will hold the supersized refridgerator.  Then due to this it would have been major problem to remove the soffits, so they remained and we even have to change them up and extend them.

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Here the soffit is already altered. The corner cabinet, and vintage inspired curved shelves were on my list! The other side was to either have a matching curved shelf or not one at all and the wall completely tiled.

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Then I lost my open shelf and wall concept above the range and to the sides. To the right one open shelf was to house the microwave, since things shifted to the left and right something in the center had to go, and it was the microwave shelf. Now the range hood is to be built in and become a focal point structure. Which is now looking pretty slim of becoming a reality.

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So the new cabinet has bead board  in the back. This is due to the fact it will have glass doors and contain dishes.

So we are on a roll. No shelves and have install the doors. But it’s looking more like a kitchen everyday.

The next step the kitchen sink!

Hugs,

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Kitchen Walls

So before we can move forward on installing the new custom cabinets, work on the existing walls needed to be done. Yeah another step in the right direction!

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So after the carpenter Frank installed a false wall to hide the wires I didn’t want to pay to have moved, there was the job of reworking and adding to the soffit, make the new angle the corner, and extend the end.

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This was all a compromise on my part as I did not want a soffit at all. I wanted it all ripped out, finished off the ceiling, and the tops of the cabinets exposed for display. But I’m keeping the cost pretty low on this kitchen, I know it may not seem so with my sink choice or custom cabinets. But truth be told the sink was a splurge. But my cabinet maker gave me a screaming good deal, and I could not have bought the right sized cabinets for this kitchen anyway.

Examples of some of the cabinets I looked at that were pre-made. I like the one in the center with the bead board inserts.

Examples of some of the cabinets I looked at that were pre-made. I like the one in the center with the bead board inserts.

And this kitchen is very small when you consider the cabinet area. Plus I built the island and the pantry is in the adjoining room. (It is being re-done) So it was a no brainer!

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Here the uppers are removed, the soffit extended and reworked. All ready for texture so it matches the existing work in the house.

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Now once this dried I got busy painting it all. The whole great room was to be painted. This corner is the kitchen, to the left is the dining area, and I’m standing in the living area.

I went to Lowes, and for the first time in my interior design life, choose 3 paint colors all from the same paint chip card! I must say I’m not sure if I was just tired, or it just worked that day. I Chose Valspar  Signature. Card 3008-10. It has the 3 tones on the one card ranges from a darker tone, midtone, and then the lightest.

This is the beat up paint chip card I carry in my purse, so when I need to match or mix paint I have it with me.

This is the beat up paint chip card I carry in my purse, so when I need to match or mix paint I have it with me.

I had painted the interior of the house after we moved in. The big feature wall was a darker beige color, and the other 3 walls were a soft cream color. At that point anything was good. The walls were all a pink color, and the kitchen cabinets were 2 toned. The bottom plum, and the uppers lavender!

The thing I learned first about painting when living near the ocean, is color changes color. The color you pick out, and paint color you end up with may not necessarily be what you had envisioned after it is applied. And certainly not during certain times of day. Something magical happens when you paint near the ocean, I can’t explain it, but I have encountered it several times, and have discussed this with others who have encountered this very phenomenon.

I must say when I started on the feature wall, I was prepared to paint at least 2 coats. I had washed the walls from the mishap with the smoke and soot with a TSP solution and a special sponge, but there were still streaks and discoloration to deal with.

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This color went right over the darker color not only easily, but covered in one coat! I wasn’t sure until it dried, but sure enough! WOW! I’ve used a lot of paint over the years, and still have various cans and brands around that I will refer to on this blog, but none of them will get glowing remarks from me as this will! It will be my go-to paint from now on, and I’m not getting paid to say that either. Oh by the way, I would love to get paid to say that! I will never, ever say that I like a product unless I truely believe in it!

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Here is the feature wall. It is a Historic Preservation color and the darkest color.

The other 3 walls in this great room consist of one wall with a large window, and the other two wall are chopped up with doorways, and the kitchen area. They needed to be lighter in color so the middle color on the card seemed to work real well with the overall theme.

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Im not sure about you, but I always thought my dream job would be part of the group that picks names for paint colors. I’m sure it is an awful job if you think about it. How many names can you come up with for beige, or white?

Speaking of white, I had always used Dutch Boy Sweetened White for all my trim in a Semi-gloss. But as you can guess not anymore. Which leads me to the cabinet color I chose.

It needed to be whitish, but not all in your face screaming, blinding white. That’s where the third color comes in from the paint chip card.

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As you can see, it really isn’t white at all, but remember the magic that happens with paint. When you open this gallon of paint it looks white. Just not the glaring, awful in your face white I didn’t want. This can was used for the soffit, and then delivered to the cabinet maker. The great thing about this color is it has replaced my Sweetened White as my go to trim color.

Its coming along, I’m excited about the next step. The lower cabinets will be torn out, prep work done then the installation of the new cabinets. Oh and that large farm house sink!

This I’m sure will be the hardest part, and the most trying part of a renovation. Pretty much several days without a functioning kitchen.

Hugs,

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