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bathroom sink

I'm building a bathroom sink.


Since the sink will be barely visible, if at all, I thought I'd try my hand at creating plumbing from odds and ends, for the learning experience.  If it turns out weird, nobody will see it.


So far, experience says "spend three dollars".

Thinking ahead to installing the sink in the bathroom, I've realized the first problem created by putting up the wallpaper with double sided tape.  I can't glue the sink to the wall, because the wallpaper isn't glued to the wall.  I'm going to have to either screw it into the wall or use dowels through the wall.  Either way, I'm going to have to come at it from the back side, because there isn't enough space in the bathroom to get tools in there.  Proper measuring will be key.


open window day

Installing the wallpaper with double stick tape was remarkably easy.  I'm suspect.  I'm going to leave it alone for a few days to make sure it's going to stay stuck before I continue on with the room, or go crazy and use it on the big, main, room.


I'm playing around with ideas for the closet door.  Do I want it shut, or open a bit, with some cleaning supplies visible?


The bathroom will be a closed off room, only visible through the bathroom window, and a wee bit through a side window in the main room.  But, if one is going to peek through the bathroom window, shouldn't one have something to peek at?


It was finally warm enough outside to open my window, so I painted the toilet and sink with stinky enamel paint.  Ester LOVES open windows....all the convenience of being next to Mom while she works, but still able to smell, hear, and see outside.  I gave up on shooing her and cleared her a path instead.


Here's the toilet after the first coat of paint.  The second is still drying.  I wanted to paint them white, but am either out, or didn't put it away in the proper place.  I used ivory paint instead.


I did have to spend some time sanding smooth the back, cut, edge before I started painting, but considerably less time than I've spent sanding 3D plastic printed toilets.  Certainly, the price is right for a toilet that will only be seen in glimpses.

super thrifty privacy glass

I know you all  love a good trash to treasure story.

The small window that came with my kit was missing a pane of "glass".  I emailed HBS, expecting them to send a piece of acrylic, but they sent a whole new window (if anyone needs it for your kit, it's all yours).

Now, I'm not going to throw an almost perfectly good window away.  I decided to use it above the toilet, and insert some privacy "glass" in it.


I made the privacy pane from double stick tape and garbage.  It is a sandwich of plastic packaging, double sided tape, a used dryer sheet, double sided tape, and plastic packaging.  I cut the sandwich to size, and inserted it in the window frame.  Voila!

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The bathroom door was also privatized, but since it already had a pane of acrylic I just put a very narrow strip of double sided tape around the edges and stuck the dryer sheet on.  It's not as nice a job as the window, but I'm going to display the house with that door open, dryer sheet facing the wall, so I'm not worried about it getting mucked up.  If it does I know where I can get another....two or three weekly, in fact.




I picked out a grout color after painting swatches on scrap paper and holding them up to the tiles.  I painted the floors with it, but then decided I hated it next to the carpet.  I also decided I need to set the tiles on a thin card base to bring them up to the level of the carpet.  That's much easier anyway, it means I can tile the base on my worktable instead of tiling straight on the floor, and I can use the gray of the card as the grout color.


I painted gray around the edges of the room, so if there are gaps the light color won't show.  I also painted black the area behind the mini fridge, and ran a black sharpie along the edge of the carpet.

Tiling was quick and easy.  To speed up the tile cutting process I used measurements of one ruler width long by one brick measuring stick width wide.

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A quick dry fit. 


I'll finish the far end of the bathroom once the broom closet addition is attached.  The addition was originally meant to be a shower stall, but now that this isn't a hotel room a shower isn't needed.

The flooring is resting on my worktable, under weights, today while the glue fully dries.  Tonight I will give it a coat of semi-gloss sealer.


interior walls, antiques, and the beach

The carpet and interior walls are glued in place.


While the glue was drying Husband and I went out and about to enjoy the warm spring weather.

Our art museum is in the midst of an expansion and is closing for a few months during construction.  After all the exhibits were packed away the museum lent its space to the local artists for an "Artists' Studio Spring Clean-Up Sale".  I came home with a Glenn Wolff print.


Husband came home empty handed, as the painting he liked was too large to hang in our house.

After the art sale we took a beautiful drive to Elk Rapids, to browse one of our favorite antique malls, which has just reopened after being closed for two or three years.

Normally I come home empty-handed from these trips, but yesterday I picked up a few things.


I wasn't going to buy the metal folk art plane, but then Husband pointed to the "everything in this booth 50% off" sign.

I also picked up three more glass bottles for my slowly growing collection in the living room bow window.


Two more I LIKE IKE campaign buttons came home with me.  I made it almost all the way through the last election cycle before I ran my last one through the laundry and ruined it.

I also picked up a unique glass bottle I've never seen the like of before.  I need to do some internet searching to see if I can determine what is was for.  It sits on my desk, because it's a scoosh too wide for the window frame.


(Just ignore the dust, please.)

Husband came home with a Swiss Army type knife that appears as if someone modified to include a fork and spoon.  He spent the afternoon cleaning away the rust, sharpening, lubricating, and polishing.


After lunch (gas station pizza and fountain pop, eaten in the Jeep, parked at the beach...the pizza wasn't that good, but the conversation was) we walked on the beach.


Every year the beaches are littered by more zebra mussel shells, they wash up to create piles that look like banks of snow.  Zebra mussels are an invasive species decimating Lake Michigan's native clams.  It is rare now to see a clam shell on the beach; when I was a child they were plentiful.


It may be difficult to see if you don't know what you're looking at....let me do this....

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They are fun to walk on, though.  Crunch, crunch, crunch.

Alright, back to minis....

Now that the build is no longer a hotel room, I'm going to go a little wild with the small an art student was let loose at the walls.


This is the inside of the book jacket of a coloring book.  I bought the book when I re-did my dresser, thinking I would decoupage pictures on the drawer fronts, but then I changed my mind.  It took forever to find where I put the book.  Not on the bookcase, that would make too much sense.  I finally found it in my closet, under a box of crayons/pencils/markers.


I'm going to spend a quiet afternoon coloring :)

Oh, wait, there are a couple more pictures in the queue yet...

Yesterday's winner in the ugly lamp contest...


A miniature horse saddle I would have loved to purchase as a joke for my assistant, who raises Patterdale Terriers and has a ten month old son....but it wasn't joke priced, so I texted her a picture instead.


Oh, one more....this post is already lousy with pictures anyway...



more holes

After the walls had dried and I removed the clamps I drilled holes and cut grooves for the wiring.

When that was done I glued on the top wall piece and the slanted roof supports.  I put waxed paper under them so they wouldn't stick to the flat roof piece, which I don't want on yet.  I also glued together the base of the porch.


It worked!  No stick!  The flat roof piece slid right out.


I measured for the placement of my porch light, then cut a hole in the roof piece with my jeweler's saw.  If you ever have a chance to take Diane Almeyda's jeweler's saw class at the Bishop Show in Chicago, do it!


I didn't take a before picture of the ceiling fixture I am going to use.  It is one from Charlene's stash.  I showed you guys the furniture she hadn't used yet, but there were all sorts of lighting and building supplies as well.   I managed to pry off the brass filigree thing from the bottom of the fixture....I'm not sure where it landed.  Then I scraped off the old, deteriorated foam mounting stuff from the bottom. 

The light is going to be inset into the ceiling in order to hide the level at the base, and minimize the profile....



That should work nicely.  Next up...figure out which power supply of Charlene's is the correct one to use, and make sure the lights work. 

Kat, I meant to tell you, the pin vise I threw in the box I sent you is from Charlene.  :)


the walls are up

Husband cut the new window holes for me with a jigsaw, then I did a bit of fine tuning with files to fit the windows, and filled in a couple of old window holes.


I let that dry overnight, then glued the walls and floor together this morning.  Because of the way the pieces fit together this kit was an absolute dream to glue!  A big hooray to the HBS design team.  Well done!


I need to add a second band clamp and another long clamp to my array of tools.

When the kit arrived the door was out of square and the small window was missing a pane of acrylic.  HBS kindly replaced both those items for me after I emailed them pictures.  Rather than discard the broken parts I spent a couple hours carefully fixing the door, and plan on fixing the window.  I will replace the missing acrylic with something opaque and use it in the bathroom.


I am going to use the second door, but have a spare small window, if anyone needs it for their kit.