Long Overdue Bathroom Remodel

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

  1. Mike Antonetti

    Mike Antonetti I Support TFP Senior Member

    Better to be on your time line. Will be nice to enjoy your work when done.

    I’ve got a ton of work on my house to do, can’t seem to find the motivation to start. Work wise I’m fine being motivated by the dollar, but after that ??

    I use to be gung ho, don’t know what happened.
     
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  2. Chris 45

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

    I know what happened. You got older. I told the wife that I work on one house at a time, ours or someone else’s. If I have been busting my ass all week long, the last thing I want to do is work on my own damn house during the weekend when I should be drinking beer on the lake, porch sittin or pretty much anything else besides more work.
     
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  3. Tom Potter

    Tom Potter I Support TFP

    I hear you guys. I have a major problem with "forgetting" I'm not 20 anymore. I get myself into projects galore only to never get any complete. I tend to buy stuff that "needs a little TLC to get it going" then between working 50+ hrs a week, regular household maintenance, family......, I seem to have an abundance of unfinished projects.
    That used to be a little side gig for me. Buy broken, fix, play, sell. Now I can't seem to get past the first part. Then there's the missus, "what are you doing with all this shit, nag nag nag" lol

    Then here I am on day 3 of a little week vacation I took. Sitting on my porch drinking my coffee. Haven't done a damn thing all week & probably won't the rest of it. Eff it, I would rather complain about it than do anything about it. Lol
    I been doing fire wood & my backs on fire. That's enough for a vacation week. I'll take another week in the fall & plan on doing it then..............then probably won't!
     
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  4. Jim McClain

    Jim McClain Owner/Founder Administrator

    Only a little more progress: I installed the ball feet on the vanity cabinet and put it in place, but it's not installed, just sitting there. The last several days I have been working on the drawer boxes (not the drawer fronts yet). I finished the top and bottom boxes and put 4 coats of poly on them. The rest of the cabinet will be painted, but I wanted the drawers to be easy to clean and more stain resistant.

    The top drawer doesn't have as much space as I'd hoped, but it's still okay. I originally thought there would be enough room in the middle front for a 2" deep pocket for things like combs, extra toothbrushes, etc., but after the final measurements, there was just under an inch, which didn't seem worth the effort, so it's only the 2 side drawers. The large space in the middle is an indication of just how big the basin is. The photo shows the drawer box standing on its side, in case you're scratching your head over that.

    Next I did the bottom drawer, since I wanted it to be a specific height (enough to stack 2 rolls of TP), which when finished, would determine the measurements for the 2 middle drawers. Those will each be the same size. I mounted the drawer slides in the vanity carcass and on the drawer sides, then tried to slide the drawer in. Being so wide, I couldn't see either side very easy, so I struggled to get the slides lined up. Then I ended up damaging one the slides - the thin metal retainer that holds all the little ball bearings.

    Turns out, my box was just about 1/8" too wide. Apparently, there is some wiggle room in the slides if the drawer isn't quite wide enough, but zero wiggle room if it's even a fraction too wide. The drawers are glued, as well as pocket hole screwed, so I couldn't take the box apart and recut just the front and back panels to narrow them. You'll see my solution in the picture below. Better that than rebuilding the whole box. I'm afraid to put the tape on the top drawer - I hope I don't have to do the same thing with it.

    I'll make the second attempt at fitting the bottom drawer tomorrow.

    bath-remodel-vanity07.jpg bath-remodel-vanity08.jpg
     
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  5. Mark Brown

    Mark Brown On The Surface Flooring I Support TFP

    When you gonna come over and do my bathroom man??
     
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  6. Mike Sliwinski

    Mike Sliwinski The Doctor Is In I Support TFP Senior Member

    Jim needs a 6,000.00 deposit first ;)
     
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  7. Jim McClain

    Jim McClain Owner/Founder Administrator

    The last few days, I'm thinking I need to start hunting for a new place to live. So, if you got the room, I got the skills. 'Course, everything I do takes way longer than it should, so you'd be without a bathroom for, uhhh, months maybe. ;)
     
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  8. Mark Brown

    Mark Brown On The Surface Flooring I Support TFP

    it's OK jimmy, I don't have the time (ambition) to do anything so you just take all the time you need.
    I have a cupboard that hasn't had doors in 3 years because I just can't care lol
     
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  9. Tom Potter

    Tom Potter I Support TFP

    After putting so much time & effort into your project I'm a little surprised to hear you thinking about finding a new place. You going to bring your remodeled bathroom with you?
     
  10. Mike Antonetti

    Mike Antonetti I Support TFP Senior Member

    Yeah Jim, you got a renewed lease? They stay in place if Home sells.
     
  11. Jim McClain

    Jim McClain Owner/Founder Administrator

    If I allowed myself to do so, I could let the thought of leaving ALL my projects behind to find a new home color my judgement. As much as I love everything I have done here, not just to my living/office/kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and front & back patio areas, but to the whole facade of the building over the last 12 years, my peace of mind and quality of life (not the material possession quality) is far more important. I hope I am not delusional in thinking I can actually salvage my relationship with a friend of 40 years by moving out from under his (and his wife's) control. If I can't improve the relationship by moving, there's no doubt I would feel even worse by staying. It will be sad and I will miss my "palace," and it will be very expensive (prob'ly never find a place as cheap as I'm paying now), but I can't live this depressed all the time. It may take months to prepare to move, but at this moment, I'm thinking it's what I need to do.

    Anyway, I'm not giving up on this remodel because it is fun to do most of the time. It has been slower than usual progress because of the turmoil, but I keep moving forward. I got some of the trim work done or started - the door casings are done and some of the baseboard is nailed up, but none of the quarter-round yet. After trims, there's a lot of nail head filling and paint touch up.

    The vanity has been my biggest headache. I've made a lot of mistakes and trying to install the top drawer has revealed some serious out-of-square problems. I have decided I need to rebuild the whole top drawer. I was not able to fix it like I did with the bottom drawer and I'm sure glad I haven't started the other 2 drawers yet.

    These photos are a week or so old and I don't have any of the most recent progress, but it's coming along.

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  12. Jim McClain

    Jim McClain Owner/Founder Administrator

    No, it's a month-to-month rental agreement. If they sold the place, I'd definitely try to stay put, but it doesn't look like they will be doing that now. They are trying to get a home equity or second mortgage.
     
  13. Barry Carlton

    Barry Carlton I Support TFP Senior Member Published

    Hey Jim. I really really like what you did on the base board return! Kinda rounding it off. I don't think I would ever have thought of doing that.
     
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  14. Jim McClain

    Jim McClain Owner/Founder Administrator

    Thanks Barry. I'm hoping with a little sanding it will look rounded. I gotta do the quarter-round that way too. It's prob'ly a little detail most people who visit will never notice, but I do.
     
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  15. Mike Antonetti

    Mike Antonetti I Support TFP Senior Member

    Home values have gone up, he shouldn’t have a problem, my wife says our house almost doubled in value in 5 years, I don’t believe her, she’d sell this and buy a bigger condo in Daytona tomorrow. I’m still trying not to budge.
     
  16. Tom Potter

    Tom Potter I Support TFP

    Unfortunately that's a story of many folk. Very rarely does business & personal relationships mix. Hopefully everything works out.
     
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  17. Mike Sliwinski

    Mike Sliwinski The Doctor Is In I Support TFP Senior Member

    Does that mean they may renovate your renovations ? :mad:

    Hey Jim, what happened ?....did I miss a post explaining the issue w/ your
    friend.

    If it's to be...........My imagination sees a Studio apt. behind a Floor-Covering Store, a huge balcony over-looking a Red wood Forrest and lake .......Then, I see a part time sales and installation consultant, sharing his wealth of knowledge, because he has Value !

    Keep Dreaming and surrender to what IS, that act alone may soften the
    depression.

    Mike
     
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  18. Jim McClain

    Jim McClain Owner/Founder Administrator

    I have avoided talking about it too much; most people wouldn't be interested. You've prob'ly heard the adage that friends and business don't mix. My relationship with them has devolved into a business liability for them. When they first took me on, I had only "2 or 3 years" left (according to 2 different doctors); but it's been 12 now and I'm not sure they were prepared for that. Anyway, there's been some serious tension. I can't help but feel if we didn't have this between us, it would be a whole lot better relationship. However, this is all part of life and I just try to deal with it one day at a time.
     
  19. Mike Sliwinski

    Mike Sliwinski The Doctor Is In I Support TFP Senior Member

    Tension requires opposing forces,............. someone needs to let go.

    I believe, you've done that, by acknowledging and giving
    them understanding on the issue........ Keep doing that, even if the gut tells you to reach for the 'Tug Rope' again and again. The gut is usually wrong..............Hopefully they come around, release their grip too,
    then open up to creatively and peacefully working through the process.................I'm pulling for you Jimbo ! :)

    Mike Sli.
     
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  20. Jim McClain

    Jim McClain Owner/Founder Administrator

    Looks like I haven't done a very good job of keeping this project updated. It ain't finished yet and there hasn't been a lot of progress since my last post, but some.

    The vanity cabinet has been permanently installed, but not finished. I got the countertop on and, thanks to @Chris 45, the faucet is real, real nice. I rebuilt the top drawer box and now have a little more room in it.

    The bottom drawer box wasn't closing all the way. My measurement for the length (front to back) was off because of some angle brackets on the back wall corners. Since the next drawer up didn't have an angle bracket to bump into, I just cut the drawer down and used it for that slot. Of course, then I had to build a new bottom drawer and the #2 drawer.

    Just a few days ago I started working on the drawer fronts. The TFP anniversary kinda got in the way, so I didn't get much done. Then today my compressor took a shit, so I ordered a new one. In the meantime, I can finish cutting the fronts and bead trim to size.

    I don't know if I will be moving. I really like woodworking; it's not much different than spending a bunch of money on any other hobby. If I have to leave it all behind, that's okay. I did speak with the owners (my friend for 40 years and his wife) and suggested I could move into a different 1-bedroom unit they have, if their plans to move the current tenant out is still something they were going to do.

    I wouldn't mind staying right where I am, as long as I don't have to deal with the kind of crap I dealt with last year. That's not something they would admit to, but I will know if it comes down to that. But if it means they can make my apartment legal again and get their refinancing, it might be okay if I move to the other small unit, a stand-alone house.

    Then there's the money thing - they get a lot more for that unit than I pay now. But I hope they realize that everything I have done to this apartment has made it worth even more than they are getting for the other unit. Maybe they'll cut me a break, knowing I will be making that unit nicer too. They are due at the end of this month, so I'll see how it goes then.

    Anyway, enjoy the progress pics.

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