The good news is that I don’t have strep throat. The bad news is it is bronchitis and I am lurking around with my antibiotics, tylenol, an inhaler while leaving a trail of tissues. Since LJ and Will are also on antibiotics, you can imagine how fun the Bower house is right now. #likeatoddlerdancevideo
So since I have extra down time today I wanted to touch on some of the finishing touches in the guest bathroom. We have already talked about the demo & rough-in, the floor and wall prep, tiling, the niche & waterproofing….and now we are at the final stages! Today is all about the shower fixtures, painting and doing a little wall craft. That’s a whole lot for one post. Be warned. If you can remember way back to a couple months ago, I revealed the moodboard that had the rain head shower fixture, the frameless shower door and the oil rubbed bronze wall hooks.
And you saw the finished product….
But how did we go from that a barely tiled surface to a finished shower surrounded by smooth walls? Well, I am so glad you asked.
Prepare for the blurriest photo evah. The tile cement board was flush with the drywall which meant that there needed to be an end tile…we went with a 12″ marble pencil tile that would extend to the edge of the blue tape…
Obviously when you use mortar, there are gonna be some unclean lines. When I put up the pencil tile, it really finished off the tile wall but then we were left with various finishes on the drywall….not exactly paint ready.
As you can see…there was the drywall, the first layer of mortar from when we did the cement board (gritty finish!), the red waterproofing (slick finish), and then more mortar.
After a lot of research, I found that it was a super easy fix….just use spackle to cover the entire edge and smooth for paint.
We went with this easy dry time indicator DryDex spackle. It’s not recommended for all situations but for this one it worked great. You smooth it on and it will be bright PINK and then when it drys, it turns white. It is the perfect product for people like me that need a neon sign when something is DONE.
After it turns white, you sand it smooth (obviously you can’t wet sand this…don’t try…it’ll turn bright pink again) and then paint and caulk for a smooth and perfect finish.
Speaking of paint…this is where we actually had to paint the entire bathroom. It should be said that as a blogger, I like to do things in a certain order….for clarity and to make it easier on me when I explain or photograph things. But the film crew had us tiling and painting and smiling really cheesy smiles at each other all at the same time. So you can see in this photo below that the tile wasn’t grouted, the trim was painted and the walls were not and we were dry fitting the toilet and vanity. It was complete out-of-order chaos.
And even though the film crew did get Jeremy painting trim (he hates hates hates painting with a brush) he only did about two feet of trim for the cameras and then we had to come back to it later.
This is him priming all the trim (it takes one coat of primer and at least two coats of paint) so while I tiled, he painted. Let me tell you how many cheesy smiles were happening then….um…is there a number that is less than zero? And obviously with both of us in here, it meant that the babes were all locked in a closet. Or sleeping. Although, can you imagine how much we could get done with a closet-nanny?!
I painted the walls Behr’s Lime Light in eggshell. It is really a great spa-like color that is much lighter than the original color. And now for time-lapse painting (because you know that I am obsessed with time-lapse)….also my sincerest apologies about the unflattering angle. Don’t be jealous of my green Umbros.
Next up…shower fixtures. We went with the rain style shower head and I can not imagine a better fixture for this space. It really ups the chic feel and puts in a modern vibe. The arm itself was pretty easy to install and then Jer just had to screw on the rain head.
He also had to install the valve cover which was a little trickier. But in the end, he broke out those instructions and got it done
Oh and have you met David yet? He was a handyman that was hired to help us with random odd jobs during our film time. Like I said…we were on a time crunch and we had to utilize the daylight as best as possible. His biggest task the entire day was being the other set of hands for Jeremy to install the shower door while I did interviews.
It was definitely a two person job. The instructions were clear but the entire time, I was nervous because it all depended on my tile job. If the wall was off or the curb was uneven or if I didn’t double check my plumb lines, it would have looked terrible OR it could hang completely wrong. To say I was nervous is a complete understatement.
The hinges are no joke. They clamp and attach into the thick glass door and then you have to attach them into studs in the wall.
We had already marked the location for drilling on the tiles but that didn’t make it any easier to watch David drill into my tile job.
I told him that if he screwed up, I was gonna call his wife and give her permission to make sure he never forgot it. #kiddingnotkidding
As soon as the holes were prepped and the door was ready for installation, the cameras came out and Jeremy finished the shower doors.
Then came time for the other side – the stationary side. It goes into a full wall clamp and I literally held my breath until it was done because I was so nervous that it wouldn’t line up. Thankfully it did and I didn’t have to admit to the whole world that I did a tile fail.
Ok so next up is this little area next to the shower door. Originally I planned for the artwork to hang there with two robe hooks underneath. But then the original plan went in the crapper. Well…it was already in the bathroom…but you know what I mean. I had to scrap that plan because I failed to realize the measurements of the artwork (it wouldn’t fit with breathing room around it) and then I didn’t realize how deep the original pill-top hooks were (what if a guest swung that door open too fast and too wide and busted it on a robe hook?! My life would be over!).
So instead I created a little sentimental craft piece and added a shallow double-prong robe hook.
Please note that this isn’t the cutest hook in the world. Not even close. But it was the right color and it was in stock at Home Depot the morning I needed it. I think down the line I might want to change it out for something cute and with more personality. I do love this anchor hook from West Elm and these monogram hooks from Anthro.
As for the number craft, I got everything from Home Depot and I made it the night before filming. It only took about thirty minutes and most of that was dry time.
First I took a scrap wood board and sanded it down and painted it my base color.
Then I placed the painters tape on it at regular intervals. I used the tape to measure the spaces in-between so all the stripes were even.
Then after the white paint was on there, I peeled back the tape to reveal the stripes. It helps the whole think look really finished if you wrap those stripes around the edges.
Then I just super glued the number on it. I wanted a super clean look and the glue was a better solution than drilling holes and potentially having something look off in the end. I added a little tooth hook on the back and hung it next to the robe hooks to make the wall look a little more complete.
So there you have it….more on the bathroom….with still more to come! I have one more nitty gritty post – how we installed new thresholds and how we had to hone marble to do it! Ahh! Hardcore DIY info! And then a behind the scenes look at our first ever film experience. It involves a toilet in the front yard, a buffet in the driveway and Jeremy wearing makeup. It’s gonna be awesome