Long Overdue Bathroom Remodel

Discussion in 'Other Home Decorating & Remodeling Projects' started by Jim McClain, Jun 14, 2018.

  1. Jim McClain

    Jim McClain TFP Owner/Founder Administrator

    [​IMG]That's GREAT! That's like a hunerd an' fitty buck donation, what a generous guy, thank you so much. That's gonna look really nice on my new vanity.
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  2. Mike Antonetti

    Mike Antonetti I Support TFP Senior Member

    Nice Chris, I’ll remember that.
  3. Jim McClain

    Jim McClain TFP Owner/Founder Administrator

    I got a UPS notification that I'm getting a package delivered tomorrow from Lowe's in Antioch (that's the SF Bay Area, about a 5-hour drive SW of me). That's fast delivery, I better get busy on that vanity. :)

    And a big thanks to Mike too, for sending a generous donation. :hmmm: As much shit as I give you, I'm surprised you are so good to me. You a masochist or something? ;) You go a step farther too, by adding a few extra dollars to make up for the Paypal fees. You're a heckuva guy, Mike.

    It might not look like a lot of progress on the vanity, but when you account for making the usual first-time-furniture-maker mistakes and redos... :shifty: I got the other side panel roughed in, then put the front and 2 sides together with a top stretcher and the bottom of the cabinet, which isn't seen because it's just there to be where the ball feet and recessed toe kicks are attached.

    The large opening in the front will have 3 full-width drawers and the small opening will have a full-width drawer that is divided around the basin and plumbing. I'm going to make it look like 2 smaller drawers with a little optical illusion. Everything will be painted white, except the inside of the drawers, which will be varnished.

    The pics below are from right after I shut everything down today. I don't have a shop, so all the work is done outside. My friend got me an old beach umbrella that really helps keep the sun off of me. I have a storage area I built a few years ago and it holds all my small tools and supplies. The chop and table saws fold up and get stored under the shed roof. The workbench has taken a beating in the weather, even when I drape a tarp over it, so I had to redo the top for this project.

    Last pic is my oxygen supply. I get deliveries every 2 weeks. Last one was last Wednesday and I've already gone through more than half the 40 tanks I get (I have another 8-pack in my Jeep, which has only 2 or 3 full ones left). So, it looks like I'll be taking a drive to Reno in a couple of days to get more tanks. I hate calling them to ask for an extra delivery because the driver has to go an extra 160+ miles after he's already done a full day. I could hook up the electric concentrator or the big tank, but then that requires a 25' hose that always seems to be in the way. The smaller tanks in my backpack are way more convenient. I just have to remember to change them every 40 minutes or so.

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  4. Chris 45

    Chris 45 Director of P.R. on some deserted island. I Support TFP

    Shit, I’d be cutting those tanks up and turning them into some sort of yard art.:p I see pocket holes. You got the Kreg jig? That thing comes in handy for building stuff.
  5. Jim McClain

    Jim McClain TFP Owner/Founder Administrator

    Yes, the K4. I ordered the coarse screws because a lot of this project is plywood and Poplar. Poplar is a hardwood, but it's a really soft hardwood, so I thought the coarse screws would work. They didn't. And, of course, no one here where I live carries any kind of pocket hole screw, let alone the fine thread ones, but they can order it and "have it on next week's truck." :rolleyes: The prices are usually 20 or 30% higher here in Quincy, CA too.

    If I have done it right, none of the pocket holes will be visible when done. In fact, there's a lot you can't see already - all the joinery is pocket holes (except the small trims).
  6. Mike Antonetti

    Mike Antonetti I Support TFP Senior Member

    I’m good to your purpose and what you do for the Industry Jim. I don’t comprehend the masochist style? That’s some weird stuff.

    Yard art reminds me of a local “artist” that puts blue wine bottles on a stick tree. I don’t get that either.
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  7. kylenelson

    kylenelson You'll find me on the floor I Support TFP Senior Member

    I just saw Mike’s offer and sent $20, so pay up sucka
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  8. Mike Antonetti

    Mike Antonetti I Support TFP Senior Member

    You guys are making me cry! No just kidding I watch America’s got talent and hear the excellent singers with life’s struggles when I want to cry.

    I already maxed my payment. I gotta watch what I say! Figured I lost that bet.
  9. Jim McClain

    Jim McClain TFP Owner/Founder Administrator

    I used the term very loosely, didn't mean it to have any sexual connotation. Yeah, that would be weird. :nooo:

    Thank you very much, Kyle, every dollar helps. As he mentioned, Mike already honored his maximum offer, so he had you covered before you needed him to.

    Then one of my neighbors came over right after my last post with a big ol' steak all barbequed and juicy. Man that was good. I been eating a lot of cold cereal and toast lately - not because I can't afford a hot meal, but because it's just too damn hot to cook (and a smokey BBQ is out of the question anyway). So, yesterday was a really good day, thanks to friends. :bow:
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  10. Barry Carlton

    Barry Carlton I Support TFP Senior Member Published

    I'll match the next 200.00
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  11. Jim McClain

    Jim McClain TFP Owner/Founder Administrator

    Thank you VERY much, Barry, for the $200 donation. That was generous and I appreciate it a lot.
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  12. Tom Potter

    Tom Potter I Support TFP

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    How's this for some yard art. Lol

    My father in law comes up from North Carolina every year for a couple weeks & stays at my place. Were a motorcycle family & he has the in at all the motorcycle shops in my area. So he gets all the (used) parts he can get & just starts putting shit together. I told him as long as it's not in the way or an eye store from the road to have at it. "Medication & imagination" is his motto. Lol
    Must be nice to be retired!!

    Also there's a bike week here every year & he has a guy that takes one every year & auctions it off there. He's gotten almost 2k for a couple of them. Not a bad deal for an old retired biker that's enjoying himself & his time.
    Kind of funny to watch. Takes a walk in the woods, comes back all smiley & giggly then goes to work. We don't ask questions when grandpa goes for a walk in the woods. Lol
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  13. Mike Antonetti

    Mike Antonetti I Support TFP Senior Member

    This metal salvage yard may have some parts for him. They got some time on their hands as well.

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  14. Mike Antonetti

    Mike Antonetti I Support TFP Senior Member

    Got 1/2 hour to to go deep?

  15. Tom Potter

    Tom Potter I Support TFP

    I'm a flooring installer, I'm completely emotionless........I feel nothing.
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  16. Mike Antonetti

    Mike Antonetti I Support TFP Senior Member

    Here’s so far my favorite of the year. Cop rocks.

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  17. Jim McClain

    Jim McClain TFP Owner/Founder Administrator

    Alright you guys, don't hijack my thread. :p

    My faucet came today, thank you again, @Chris 45. It's got more features than I thought it did; real nice.

    Wish I had more progress to show on the vanity, but...
    Some friend. I was kinda sickly yesterday and spent most of the day in bed after a failed attempt to do some work in the morning. I got up in the afternoon thinking I would get a little more done and discovered my umbrella gone and the workbench in direct sun and the temperature about 95 F. My "friend" had visitors, so she had to take the umbrella for "a few days."

    Well, I was dangerously low on oxygen tanks anyway, so I went to Reno today to replenish them and while I was there, I thought I would try to find a cheap umbrella. And I did. Lowe's had this little gem: Shop Garden Treasures Blue Market 7.5-ft Patio Umbrella at Lowes.com and it was easy to set up and almost as large a diameter as my friend's. I got home before the sun set and was able to see it will work really well. Without the generosity of Chris, Kyle, Mike and Barry, I would not have this to protect me from the blistering sun. Thank you.

    So, in the last couple days, all I got done on the vanity is the bullnose trim around the waist of the cabinet and the upside down bullnose I'm using for the skirt (bottom). Oh, and I also applied some door skins to the inside of the 2 side panels, which brings the walls flush with the face frame openings and allows the drawer slides to work as they should. An added bonus of the door skins is they hide all the pocket holes used to attach the side panels to the face frame. It's all still kinda rough - I haven't added all the fillers or done much sanding - but I'm another step closer.

    Before & After pics below (you've seen the "before" in a previous post).

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  18. Chris 45

    Chris 45 Director of P.R. on some deserted island. I Support TFP

    Looks good. Being able to take your time, while it does draw the project out, really allows you to get it just right. The wife n I have to buy one of those umbrellas every year. We forget close it or even bring it inside and a big ol storm comes rolling through when we’re not home. Next thing you know it’s all busted up on the other side of the yard. That happens to those easy up canopies as well. I was down on the floor working one day and looked out the window just as a wind gust decided that I didn’t need my pop up anymore, or at least not that one. Sun glare off of a table saw is not a good thing.
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  19. Mike Antonetti

    Mike Antonetti I Support TFP Senior Member

    Just passing time, Nice vanity Jim.

    I’ve seen a few videos of umbrellas on the beach impaling people when wind gusts occur.

    No appraisal yet?
  20. Jim McClain

    Jim McClain TFP Owner/Founder Administrator

    They haven't said a word about it. I do know their original plans for refinancing fell through and another tenant moved out since they started this remodeling thing. My buddy is up to his elbows in that new remodel and it looks like I have all the time in the world (I don't, but it looks like it to me). I'm sure he will prod me at some point, but for now, he has not pressured me for a couple weeks or more.
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