sorting and organizing

After I discovered that big-box stores only carry inexpensive jewelry armoires at Christmas time, I ordered one from Amazon.  While I wait for it to arrive I'm sorting accessories into like piles and rearranging the furniture on my shelves to put all the chairs on one shelf, tables on another, etc, (as I should have done when I put it all up there).



Sigh....and the closet is stuffed with building materials....


Wallpaper is done

I love the color, it's exactly what I wanted.  


Now I have to figure out where to put how many of which lamps, then redo holes in the floor to run wires.


First I have to clean my studio.  I ran out of room on my work table, overflowed onto the other table, then a rolling cart, then a second rolling yesterday I had to set up a cutting station on my ironing board.  There are piles on the floor, and stuff stacked in Ester's chair.

I also need to do a bit of reorganization.  My nieces made some artwork for the beach house, but didn't get the drawings to me in time to use there.  I put them away somewhere to use later, and promptly lost them. I remember finding them, accidentally, a couple of months ago, and thinking "well that was a perfectly rational place to have put them", and leaving them there.  I don't remember where there is.  Alivia drew some flowers I'd like to hang in this build, so I need to track them down again.  When I do I am going to put all my mini artwork in one place, and label it.

I have been meaning, for some time, to buy an inexpensive jewelry armoire to categorize and store mini accessories.  Perhaps I'll do that today too, if Husband didn't splurge too much on Record Store Day yesterday.

it's wallpapering day

A couple of months ago I gave up on finding paper for the walls, so bought fabric.  I was in JoAnn's last weekend to buy a glue stick, and unexpectedly found the perfect paper in a clearance bin.  Yes!  It's the exact color I wanted, it's textured, and it's in large sheets, so I don't have to piece the tall section of wall with a vertical seam.  Best of all, I don't have to monkey with fabric.  Happy day!


We have a dresser just inside the front door of our house; it's full of hats, gloves and scarves, mostly.  Every time we open a drawer Ester jumps in, she is fascinated by the empty space behind them.  Last night Husband gave her a treat.


Hmmm, the art is interesting from this perspective.


I know I'm not supposed to be up here, but clearly you offered an invitation.  I'm going to sit right here.  What are you going to do about it?


bathroom fixtures installed

The sink is in.  I put double stick tape over the back, put it in place, and held it there while I screwed it in from the back side.  Worked like a charm.  The part of the exterior with screw heads sticking out is going to be covered by a piece of foam core board.  The toilet is glued to the wall and floor.  I stuck some scrap foam core board in the back of the toilet and pushed a T pin into it to act as the flush handle.

I forgot to take a picture of the plumbing when I was done, but since the broom closet isn't attached yet I can sneak the camera in through where the closet door is going to be.


I'm glad I experimented with it, but don't think I'll bother making plumbing again unless I've got a very, very good reason. much of this will be seen in the finished build?

View from the closest side window, which will have a bookcase table in the way later...


View from the furthest side window...


View from the bathroom window...


I didn't even bother putting the faucets on the sink because no one will see them; I'll save them for another project.

The second problem with taping in thae wallpaper has shown itself.  Every time my arm brushes the top edge of the wall it disturbs the paper. 


It's also lifting where I wrapped it around the edge of the closet door opening.


I've got some gel medium on the way, once it's here I'll fix the edge issues.

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.