Arts and Crafts: finishing the bathroom.

The bathroom is almost complete. I’m working on the finishing touches now.

Caulk around the edges and ceiling.

I used a pre-colored silicone caulk for the top exposed edges of the baseboard tiles. This covered the orange raw clay color of the tile without making me go buy some sort of fancy edging. I used normal white painter’s caulk around all the ceiling trim. I still have to paint that trim again so it looks shabby right now.

In places where I had large gaps to fill, I used Bondo. It stays where you put it, hardens fast, and doesn’t shrink, so it’s ideal for such things that will be painted over anyway.

Then I needed some mirrors. When I demolished the bedroom that used to be in this place, I hung onto the two mirrored sliding closet doors. I’ve kept them all this time, and now I can repurpose them. I never cut glass before so I watched a few YouTube videos on how. The big secret is you should be making a tearing sound as you score the glass surface. You are also supposed to use oil where you score. I didn’t have any mineral oil, so I used baby oil. Baby oil is 99.99% mineral oil and .01%… um… babies.

My first attempt caused the door to split the wrong way. The remaining pieces were too small to go above the sinks. So I made the best use of the wreckage and created a dressing mirror. I had the one wall with the pocket door reserved for this. With the pocket door inside the wall gap, there isn’t any room left to mount anything like towel racks or wall sconces. The screws would hit the pocket door as it slides in and out. But that space is perfect for a mirror.

You can see I finished it up with some plastic edge trip I had leftover. This is for safety so I (or the cleaning lady) don’t slice off my fingers every time I clean the mirror.

Speaking of safety. This stuff is dangerous. Really dangerous. Aside from the real hazard of slicing off important body parts, you would then need to to to the ER, which is full of COVID-19, so you’d get that too. So, whenever you are within arms reach of the working area, wear heavy protective gloves, long sleeves from sturdy fabric and eye protection. Every time you break the glass, you are letting micro slivers launch at your face.

I also reused the metal frame from the sliding closet doors. They are a sturdy aluminium so ideal for a good frame. They were gold tinted color, so I touched them up with an angle grinder and wire wheel. Another thing you should always wear gloves, long sleeves and eye protection. These thing throw sharp bits of wire at high speed in every direction. Makes you wonder how any mechanics still have 2 working eyes.

So, then I used my second door to try and make an over sink mirror. The way you do it is use your tool to score the glass, then give it a little bend and it should snap clean (and razor sharp) along the score line. SHOULD.

So once again, it split in the wrong place. So I shortened my goal dimensions and tried again.

Finally, after all this, I get the mirrors mounted and the lights, and VIOLA!

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3 Responses to Arts and Crafts: finishing the bathroom.

  1. Ame says:

    wow! that is so beautiful! you did a GREAT job!!! now you can truly enjoy the fruit of your relentless labor 🙂

    i totally misunderstood the electrical outlets … i thought you wanted them over the sinks! lol! they’re perfect where they are.

    Baby oil is 99.99% mineral oil and .01%… um… babies.

    LOLOL!

    Like

  2. JN says:

    Good job with the glass. I used to work in a glass factory and we had PPE made of Kevlar.

    Like

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