Thursday, January 10, 2013

Sea Cabin, a-'Head' of the Rest

I will not tell you that this bathroom was an easy remodel. The design came to me naturally. Picturing a Captain's Quarters, or Sea Cabin below deck with rough boards, sand and sea stones. The idea had to equal an outcome, which is usually my artistic challenge.This image explains how I was feeling.....
I will show you some before pictures so you can see the transform....
The tub looks pretty good, so we are keeping it, but the plastic tiles gotta go!
Very small area for a sink, and I want to keep the cute side closet!

The floor has black paper and glue stuck on it, yuck! Hope the mortar will stick to it ???

Hudson & Mom helping out
Hardy panel getting installed

Starting to lay tile floor....

I tried my hand at cutting the tile with a grinder... not sure I liked it. It was hard to hold onto and it did great with chewing away the tile, but not good for straight cuts. A little water helped smooth the process. Curved cuts, it was great. Be very careful, you have to really hold onto it when it is spinning.

Uh-oooooo, this is where something went terribly wrong.....What brings up glued floor paper? Mortar does!!!!

Let's try again after the great Scrape and clean up!

This is going to be our sink, an antique sewing machine cabinet. Wait for it, wait for it......

The sink hole is cut, tiling the top to match the shower stall.

 I will spare you all the details of the trial and errors that I faced. Unlike the rest of the house, there was no immediate need to have the bath finished, so it took some time to complete, worked on it when I had time and or supplies. I still have some tweaking to do. The faucet is too short and I need to touch up some paint, but for the most part, it is DREAMY....
 I used reclaimed wood from this house to color match the glass tiles. I placed them in random order and wanted a distressed look. The tiles start just above the wood for a visual effect. It might be too much for some, but I like it.

 Here is the sink in place.It had to be tiny and I wanted to keep the closet. I used an antique light that looked very nautical. I still need some more light in the room, so I may as something else. I kind of like the softness in there.
 Subway tiles are not easy to install......but they looked great paired with the glass tiles.

 Here is my little port hole with a fish trying to swim in!

 I adore this reclaimed lumber look, and it isn't hard to do. Just don't try to figure it out too much, it is like a creative puzzle.
 The shower curtain is very cute, but it hides the pretty tile.
 That's better....
 For the threshold I used some hand made tiles by my good friend Fran Newquist, a fabulous Potter. I want more of these Fran!!! They are so fun to work with. Thank you!
 Toilet paper where to put a toilet holder, but wait, when you shut the door, it is right there and easy to grab. Perfect!
Closer view of the sink.

I always love the learning process involved in these DIY projects. I am not a pro, but I take pride in what I can accomplish. Thanks to Mom for motivating me when things weren't going as planned. Whewww, now onto other projects.