I found some time to work on the basement apartment's bathroom today and it's really starting to come together! I've been working on it for a few weeks but haven't really blogged it so I'll add some things already done here to keep a record of my build and so you don't think.. how did we jump to here!
I used the door as a template to mark out the door opening on the basswood. Then cut it out with an xacto and a straight rubber backed ruler.
Clothes pegs make good clamps for small jobs. :D
Testing fit. The little space in the diagonal wall will be a frosted window to allow light into this potentially dingy basement bathroom. :)
All good. I spackled, primed & wallpapered all the areas that weren't getting tiles with painted card stock and then set to work on the shower stall.
I have decided on a "marble" subway tile style for the shower stall so I cut hundreds of little tiles from a real life marble look vinyl tile I got from the hardware store for the princely sum of 89c.
Next step, grouting!.. I'm using pink spackle that drys white. Love this stuff! So easy! ;)
It looks so different (and better) with the grout in place. There is a gap down the left hand side because these two walls are still in dry fit. I'll grout the gaps between the walls and the floors when I finally glue everything together. That won't happen until the very end because this little room greatly impedes my ability to see and get into, the corner of the apartment where the front door is. So I need to finish off all trims in there before I glue this room in place.
My little window has been created up there in the corner. You can see the ceiling detail here too. Beams and boards painted white. The boards are cheap stick on wooden flooring from China (Yay for free shipping from China.. must be patient though, it takes forever!!). The Beams are balsa wood sticks as is the trim/cornice. I'll attack this with spackle to fill in all the gaps once it is glued to the ceiling. (Again, still in dry fit. :) )
Oops, I see I have a little crack in my spackle grout up their under the window & in the corner... Probably caused by all the manhandling required to wrestle these walls into place.. The perils of wanting a tight fit! I'll have to fix that! But not until glue!
Tap and Shower Rose testing. Looks about right.
This shower will have a glass (perspex) frame-less seam for a modern high end look. Testing for fit. :)
And in situ. :)
I took these photos with the room upside down and the floor not attached hence the light coming in from the bottom. I like the effect though.. Maybe I should install some floor lighting? Haha... Nope!
A close up of the rose and tap without the perspex reflecting.
Excuse the droopy rose, it's just kind of stuck in the hole, & like everything else is not glued in yet. It would be asking to be broken off if I glued it now while the walls are apart. Also excuse the weird colour variations in my pictures. They were taken over the course of the day and the light changed a lot. I also had to lighten up a couple because daylight was leaving me behind, fast! :)
Taped a light to the ceiling to see how it looked.
And a pic without the perspex reflection.
Let's turn the light on!
Ok, I'm on a roll.. need to get back to it. Until next time!