Antique of the Week

van 1I found so many wonderful treasures over the past week but if I had to pick a favorite, this Antique Vanity/Commode would be it!

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Solid and Sturdy, featuring a beveled glass mirror and one of the prettiest tile backsplashes I have ever encountered!

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When people cut old marble like this to install a sink I usually cringe but not this time! This beauty would make the PERFECT bathroom Vanity!

I am in love with the idea of turning this into a Coffee/Tea Bar. What about your own handsome Cocktail Bar to show off gorgeous crystal decanters, the options are endless.

What I do know is that I get to enjoy it and help to find its next forever home.

 

My EPIC DIY Project: The Final Phase!!

Well, if you are like me the Holiday got away from you! There was so much fun, food and family to squeeze into such a small window of time. I hope your Holiday was as wonderful as mine.

Before we rolled into the Christmas season I wanted to share Part 3 of my Massive DIY Project!

When we left off I had just finished painting the tile, painting the room, re-finishing the fixtures, adding flare and new color to the vanities as well as replacing the old hardware. I CAN see the finish line!

There are many tuitorials on how to frame out an outdated Contractor mirror so I didn’t drill down too deep on the cutting process for this wood. Purchase yourself a good miter box and saw, measure at least TWICE and cut once.

The trim wood is super affordable and easy to cut. Once you have your pieces cut it is important to paint them before installing them. Trust me…paint them first, it will save you a lot of time and touch up work.

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Make sure to paint the under side where you will be adding your adhesive. You can see this side in the mirror reflection so make sure that you paint the ends as well.

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Once your trim has dried thoroughly you are ready to install!! Almost immediate gratification, I love quick drying projects!

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I can’t recommend this product highly enough! Power Grip truly ROCKS! I was skeptical when the label stated “Set in 10 seconds” but it did not disappoint! Using my caulking gun this was a breeze. It gives you just enough time to get each piece in place before you can no longer move them.

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On my Vanity mirror I had a very odd angle so I knew going in that there would be some creativity needed in making this look finished. Of course, there are seams at the corners.

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I again used my caulking gun and a tube of your basic paintable caulking to fill and smooth.

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In the deep seams at my challenging angle it took three coats until I got it just the way I wanted. There was some dry time in between layers but it turned out well and was ready to paint in no time!

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I am so pleased at how these turned out!

You know when people say “Saving the BEST for last?” Well, that was not my intention here; mine was saving the HARDEST for last!

Let me refresh your memory….the tile in this massive shower is done! My issue is that I didn’t want to do the shower floor with the tile paint. As wonderful as this epoxy paint turned out I wasn’t confident that it would hold up to the amount of scrubbing I do in my shower. So, I searched for an alternative that would give me the high-end SPA retreat feel that I was going for.

At first I fell in LOVE with the idea of Teak. Imagine a gorgeous Teak floor in a shower? I was starry eyed until I talked to a local Exotic Wood Distributor who quickly brought me back to reality when he quoted the price! GOOD GRIEF!!! What they did recommend was a Brazilian Hard Wood called Massa that has the same waterproof qualities that Teak possesses at a fraction of the price. Massa was only $2.30 a foot, the most expensive part was paying them to cut and ease the 3-inch 14-foot pieces.

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I placed my order and waited impatiently for 2 weeks. While I was waiting for my order I did some clean up on the shower floor. I didn’t want the over painted white epoxy showing through the slats in the wood.

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This was much more time consuming than I anticipated. I went through a lot of razor blades and elbow grease! Don’t let my smile fool you – I was not having a great time. It was worth it though!

Once my wood arrived I sealed the wood with this amazing oil:

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You only have to oil the wood once every 3 to 6 months. You simply wipe it on, massage it in well and wait for 30 mins.

Make sure when you are purchasing your screws go for stainless steel screws or deck screws. Something that will resist rust from the constant moisture of the shower.

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This exotic wood is VERY HARD! Many drill bits were sacrificed in the making of this flooring before I figured out the best way to go about it. Start each screw hole with a bit slightly smaller than the screw you will be using. Finish the top of your screw hole using a much larger drill bit leaving a space big enough to flush set your screw heads.

Once you have this portion of your floor done I would recommend protecting your investment of time and energy. Use a clear waterproof caulking on top of each screw hole.

 

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I then added waterproof feet on the underneath side to stop any possible slipping and to raise it up just a little more off the wet shower floor.

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Because of the shape of my shower I had to make two separate pieces, one for the main portion of the shower and then a smaller piece for the shower entry.

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The end result is exactly what I was hoping for. ACTUALLY, it turned out much better than I anticipated!

Now that all of the work is done it is time to show off the Before and After pictures on this project! ( This is my favorite part…when it’s DONE!

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This home now has a lovely spa retreat! Thank you for following along throughout the process. What will the future bring? (Hint: I’m feeling kitcheney!)

-Reece

My EPIC DIY Challenge!

Part #1~

Yes, you read it right, Part #1! I have taken on many a challenging DIY project in my life but this one was the largest and definitely warrants multiple BLOG posts! SO, that being said, here is Phase #1!

I am lucky enough to have a HUGE master bath but what I really have is a Master Bath that time warped back to 1991! Awww, yes…to say it’s “Dated” is an understatement. Example…. Check out this BEFORE picture.

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Note the peach colored ceramic tile with lovely burgundy and grey floral accents. Complimented with an especially painful dark tan grout. To top it off… the Brass fixtures! So much GOLD!

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I researched for about a month, greedily reading every BLOG and DIY post I could find on how to give an U.G.L.Y bathroom a much needed facelift.

I kept coming back to the same few and realized that these brave DIY pioneers forged on through the fumes, the pain and the uncertainty to find bathroom beautification. Their pain has not gone unnoticed, it gave me the naïve confidence to embark on what I am about to show you!

PAINTING YOUR BATHROOM TILE!!!

Tile, I’ve got A LOT of tile, two Vanities, a Roman Tub with a tile surround and a BIG walk-in shower. I knew this was going to be a massive undertaking but I couldn’t live with the peach, not one second longer!

I researched the few products out there that claim to do this. After you read the reviews…you learn there really aren’t that many with decent enough reviews to be contenders.DIYc1

I chose to go with ToughTile…

This product has steps for a very detailed prep cleaning but after reading the other DIY Warrior’s stories I chose to follow their prep plan.

Let me start by saying you will NEVER have cleaned more at one time! I will say this MANY times but it is true and I can’t say it enough…IT IS WORTH IT!

PRODUCTS NEEDED:

  • Bucket of warm soapy water
  • Spray bottle of diluted Bleach solution
  • LimeAway
  • Soft Scrub
  • Steel Wool
  • Disposable Gloves
  • FROG Tape
  • Respirator Mask (A MUST HAVE!! Trust me!)

Step #1~

I started off by wiping down all of the tile surfaces with the warm soapy water solution. I used Dawn Liquid Dish Soap, it truly “Gets the grease out.”

Step #2~

Spray your tile with the bleach solution and let stand for 10 minutes. Wipe down and then rinse thoroughly with clean water. You do not want to combine any bleach with the next step.

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Spray everything down with the LimeAway to remove any tough soap scum and build up. Let this stand for 10 minutes and then rinse thoroughly with clean water.

Step #4~ (Tired of cleaning yet??)

With your Steel Wool apply a fairly thick coat of soft scrub to your tile and Scrub, Scrub, Scrub in a circular motion. Not only does this get rid of any remaining dirt but it also helps to roughen up your tile so that the Epoxy will adhere well.

(Remember…The PREP is WORTH IT!)

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Rinse VERY well with clean water. You want nothing left but clean sparkling tile and grout! From this point forward avoid touching the tile with anything that could leave residue. Keep your gloves on so that the oils from your skin don’t get on your SUPER clean tile!

Now that you arDIYde clean and ready to really get going use your FROG tape to tape off any surface you don’t want White. (NOTE: **This paint is an Epoxy and DOES NOT come off easily once it has cured.)

Note the mask I am wearing. This is WRONG! I learned the hard way that this ToughTile is TOUGH alright! Tough to smell and tough to breathe in!

 

 

 

Use this mask~~

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This is the correct mask! I cannot emphasize enough the importance of having THIS type of mask! The fumes in this product are..quite shocking! I thought I was a tougher than normal girl but the fumes are strikingly strong!

From this point you can follow the direction that came with the product on the best way to apply the Epoxy. My advice to you is that I was too frugal on my first coat, I could and should have done it thicker. It is truly self leveling (Awesome!) as advertised.

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This is the picture of my first coat, note how thin it is. You could be a little more generous and be safe. I was covering up a darker tile and grout so depending on your current color you can play it by ear.

Once your first coat is in place the hard part begins…PATIENCE. I hate waiting and literally “Watching paint dry” is painful for me! ** Note, do not make the mistake I made! I started my project later in the evening then realized that the second coat has to be applied within 3 to 4 hours of the first coat. What that meant to me is that I was starting my second coat at midnight! Ugghh!!

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This is what it looked like after the second coat. I was super excited until it dried! RATS! I had some thin spots and some brush marks that were just not the white painted perfection I was hoping for. What to do next??? I called the VERY helpful customer support line and got a lovely woman who explained to me that I MUST wait the 72 hour curing time before applying a third and final coat! She also told me that if I wanted my tile to cure to perfection the room temperature must be a minimum of 75 degrees because ceramic tile runs cold by the nature of the material. (GOOD TO KNOW!)DIYi

I added a small space heater and a normal box fan to the space, closed the door and waited impatiently for 72 painfully LONG hours!

DING, DING…Time is up! YIPPEE!! I applied the third coat and that made all the difference in the World! Now 72 more hours…..UGGHH!

Love the look after the 3rd coat! WOW is it bright in here now! Almost done!

No, the fine tuning to ensure perfection!

You may see some tile lines and grout that look like this. I had a few spots like this and they were an easy fix. I could have left them but why? I had already invested so much time and I really wanted to make my DIY project as perfect as possible.

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I grabbed a tube of Supreme Paintable Silicone Waterproof Caulking and my handy dandy Caulk Gun and went to work!

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The Devil is in the details. This not only looks more finished but will help to ensure that moisture stays out.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Shower After

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Just a sneak peak of the end result to the “Tile Project”. I don’t want to give too much away before the final reveal.

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I am thrilled at the total transformation simply changing the tile made. It is so clean and pretty!

I can’t wait to show you the rest so watch for my next installment!