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Bathroom Follies

When we moved in, we realized that the plumbing in the downstairs bathroom had a bad leak -- the sink and bathtub drains leaked right onto one of the beams that holds up the house. When we got into the basement and reached up, I found I could put all four fingers into that pipe. A couple years back, after opening up the wall on the other side, we fixed that. I still have a six-inch segment of pipe we removed, that basically lacks an inch-wide segment completely along its whole length.

Not long after that, the allergies informed me that there was some mold behind the plastic tile. Now, mind you, this is inevitable, that's why they don't let you use plastic tile on bathroom walls any more. But that meant tearing it out, which (since it had been glued to the plaster) left me with four walls that needed extensive plastering. I am very excited that the walls are now almost done. I've even put some paint on parts; I'll buy a waterproofing paint for the top layer, so we can use the shower down there if we want to.

So we've been discussing bathroom decor.

A long time ago, I picked up one of those sun-moon-and-stars shower curtains at rummage. More recently, friends gifted us with a whole set of bathroom things on that theme, including an identical shower curtain (read here "window drape" since the window is above the tub).

So I went online to find some suitable towel racks. Instead, I found shower curtain hooks. Bonus! But the towel rods were all unsuitable or boring.

Then I found two of these:

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Now, the color isn't great, but I figured I could fix that. So, last night we watched Babylon 5 while I painted. This one is probably almost done:

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And here she is with her sister, who still has some resin showing through:

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Slowly, we're getting to the point where the first floor bathroom will finally not be an ongoing project!

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msstacy13
Sep. 1st, 2013 09:20 am (UTC)
Those are kinda cute...
wyld_dandelyon
Sep. 2nd, 2013 12:38 am (UTC)
Thanks!
seekerval
Sep. 1st, 2013 11:12 am (UTC)
Great towel holders! Love the golden wings and ruff especially.

Our house is over 100 years old and we've had ongoing plumbing issues, too. I feel your pain in dealing with these fun little problems. And I wish you joy in your almost finished huge plumbing project.
wyld_dandelyon
Sep. 2nd, 2013 12:39 am (UTC)
I will be very pleased when they are safely on the fully painted walls!

I don't really think of plastering walls as "a plumbing project" but good wishes are always welcome.
seekerval
Sep. 2nd, 2013 11:15 am (UTC)
Hah! Guess I was over-generalizing from "Bathroom Follies", wasn't I? :~)
wyld_dandelyon
Sep. 2nd, 2013 10:18 pm (UTC)
I did talk about the plumbing...actually, once we paint we do have to reinstall the toilet tank, so there is a bit of plumbing to do.
catsittingstill
Sep. 1st, 2013 11:36 am (UTC)
Lovely dragons!
wyld_dandelyon
Sep. 2nd, 2013 12:39 am (UTC)
Thank you!
londonbard
Sep. 1st, 2013 10:30 pm (UTC)
good job well done - they have a lot of character
wyld_dandelyon
Sep. 2nd, 2013 12:40 am (UTC)
I will have to remember to post again when they're done.
red_trillium
Sep. 5th, 2013 09:53 am (UTC)
Great job with the dragons! They look really cool and that's a nice project to use to personalise your bathroom.
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