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Main Bathroom Repair / Remodel continued

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The walls were stripped of the wallpaper and texture was sprayed on the repaired walls and new drywall.  I did not want to place any new wallpaper on these walls. The new sub-floor was placed in and cement board was placed on top of it in preparation for the ceramic floor tiles I had selected.  I was forced to select a less expensive tile to keep within the budget allowed.
The outer portion of the bathroom has the unique ceiling alcove, pictured below, for one of the light fixtures.  It has the same type of faux beams used throughout the house to hold up the acrylic sheets that diffuse the light.  Before they laid the tile, I climbed up here and removed the acrylic light covers that were between the beams and gave the beams a fresh coat of brown paint and painted the alcove and ceiling a fresh coat of white.
The tile workers came in and placed the tile on the bathroom floor. Tile on the floor is shown before grouting, in the photo at right.

The grout that was used for this tile was brown. 

The tile was grouted on a Friday, so I had until the following Monday to paint the wall behind where the vanity would be placed.

I also received a phone call from the contractor's supervisor on this Friday to let me know that the plumber would be in on Monday to place the toilet back in place.

At this time, the supervisor had not thought about the unfinished wall area behind the toilet and how it would be almost impossible to install wall moulding around the floor in this tight area.

So I had a weekend to fix this and get the area to look how I wanted it to look before the toilet was re-installed.

The photograph below shows the area that needed moulding before the toilet was put back in place.  There needed to be a piece of wood floor moulding on the wall to the left. 

Some type of moulding had to be placed against the back tile wall with the plumbing. There was a large gap between the bottom of the tile wall and the new floor tile that looked awful.  There used to be a piece of vinyl cove base before the demolition, that just looked tacky. I decided that some matching bullnose tile would be perfect against the wall.
I went to the hardware store to purchase the bullnose tile. 

Two things had happened between the time I selected the tile and the contractor purchased it and me going to the store to buy some bullnose tile.  First, the tile was being discontinued by the store and second, someone else in town was buying up the remaining tiles.

The area of the store where this tile was formally stocked was now almost empty.  There were only three 12" bullnose pieces left. One was damaged on the corner.  Three was fortunately all I needed and I purchased them.  The damaged edge would be the tile I needed to cut on the end where it met the pipe coming out of the wall.

After cutting the two tiles that needed to be cut to fit around the pipe, I then cut some pieces of scrap wood to fit in the gap so the tile could be placed firmly against a surface.  Before I put the wood and the tiles in place, I filled the area with silicone to seal it from water.  Then I placed the wood in. I let the wood scrap pieces set for a few hours.  Then the bullnose tiles were put in place.  I put more silicone on top of the wood in the gap and along the floor before setting the tiles in. I taped the tiles in place until the silicone set.

Completed moulding in section around toilet area

The next day, I caulked all of the bullnose tile pieces using brown caulk between the tiles and antique white on top between the brown bullnose and tile wall.  I painted and installed the floor moulding along the left wall.  The moulding for the bathtub would be installed later.  The photo above shows the finished floor moulding.

I also purchased some grout sealer and sealed all of the grout in the room.  I also had installed some moulding along the ceiling in the outer section and painted the wall where the vanity would be placed.

On Monday morning, the contractor's supervisor called to say that he had just realized that the floor and wall around the toilet needed to be finished before the toilet was installed.  Duh!  I told him that I had already finished this area during the weekend and to send in the plumber to install the toilet.  I also told him that the walls in the the outer section where the vanity will be, had been painted and were ready for the cabinet makers.

Uneven cabinet bottom left by contractor

The toilet was installed and the cabinet makers brought in the cabinet during the same week.  The new sink / counter top that I had purchased was installed on top of the vanity.

The above photo shows the bottom of the cabinets after the cabinet maker installed them.  Needless to say, I was not pleased.  I wanted the entire cabinet to look finished and this is NOT what I had in mind.  The cabinet makers did have problems installing the vanity because the walls in the bathroom are not square and the floor not exactly even. 

The one thing I have learned with this house, is that nothing is square. I have learned to do what I call, "creative moulding".  I use moulding to hide the flaws or cover minor mistakes.  The photo below shows the cabinet section after I placed a piece of molding along the bottom.  I had to place some scrap wood against the cabinet of the vanity so the wood would go straight across. There is still a gap on the right where the floor is uneven, but this looks more finished than what the cabinet makers left me with.

Moulding I added to bottom of vanity and cabinet tying them together

What happened next?  Please read on...
The Projects
Backsplash in Kitchen
Bench - 2 x 4 Basics Flip-Top Bench Table
Brick Replacement and Brick Accent Painting
Casper Mattress
Ceiling Tiles
Closet Built from Scratch
Column Wraps for 4" x 8" Posts
Concrete Slabs
Curb Appealing Street Numbers
Cut Paper Artwork - Kitchen
Door Knobs and Cabinet Pulls
Dry rotted wood beam repair and paint
Doggy door installed on wrought iron screen door - Repair of door
Duct Work
End Table / Cabinet - Vintage / Industrial Look
Faux Brick and Tile
- Stucco wall patio and backyard stairs
    using concrete patch

- Painted tile pool deck (Oklahoma)
File Cabinet - Vintage / Industrial Look
Fire Place Hearth Shelves
Furniture Assembly
Garage Closet - Oklahoma
Garage Facelift - Closet, etc
Gate From Hell
Horrible Man Cave (rec room) Total Renovation
House Entrance Renovation
How to fix holes in a wrought iron screen door and replace screen
How to Make Your Own Door
- Crawl Space Door
How to Winterize a Swamp (Evaporative) Cooler
Kitchen Counter Tops - Faux Granite
Kitchen Facelift
Kitchen Light Facelift
Laundry Room Cupboards
Main Bathroom Repair / Remodel
Master Bathroom Shower Area Stripped to the Studs
Mirror Frames
Oklahoma Home Facelift -- Aluminum Siding and Paint
OMG!  The sink was leaking the whole time we were away?
Raising the Roof - Garage Roof Replacement
Rock Wall Repair
Rolling Cabinet - Vintage /  Industrial Look
Shark Apex UpLight Corded Lift-Away Vacuum - Review
Siding - Exterior
Signage for Pine Ridge Estates
Solar Lighting Journey
Stair Door
Stairs to the Lower Level
Stencils - How to Make Your Own Stencils for Paint Projects
Storage Shed / Closet
Storm Shelter (Elgin, OK 2021)
Storm Shelter (Lawton, OK 2014)
Stucco Wall Repair and Paint
Swamp (Evaporative) Cooler Maintenance
Treadmill Table - Vintage Style
Tuff Shed
Wrought Iron Facelift Outside
Weather Stripping (doors)
Why is My Swamp (Evaporative) Cooler Blowing Hot Air?
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