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Caulk is a Girl’s Best Friend

22 Apr

Forget diamonds, caulk is where it’s at for me. Caulk is also probably Jay’s best friend, since lately whenever things look a bit a rye, I just shrug my shoulders and say – caulk can fix it, right? Turns out, caulk CAN fix it. Well, at least it hasn’t failed us yet! šŸ˜‰ Knock. On. Wood. šŸ™‚ After our veneer and shelves were installed, our bathroom built-in was looking might swanky except for the fact that there were gaps galore on this guy. It didn’t help that the studs were in no way level, but we figured we could work with it, as long as we had our good friend caulk at our side. In addition to Jay’s filthy fingers (do you see all the black smudges on the trim), the trim had some other things working against it after being installed. Namely – dang – look at that gap!

How to caulk trim

Gap with Trim

I knew a rag could fix the black smudges, and caulk could definitely fix the gap. Lots of caulk, actually! šŸ˜‰ Although we usually do a lot less caulk than this – desperate times called for desperate measures and Jay had to absolutely slather this stuff in to make it close up the gap. Since we knew we would be painting the built-in after, we opted to use paintable caulk – which just allows the paint to adhere to the surface easier.

How to caulk trim

Caulking Trim

After adding all the caulk, we just came back over with our finger and smoothed it all out, and made sure that the gap was completely filled in. Other problem areas included where the trim met up with the wall. I mean, you could lose a small child in that gap. Not good.

How to caulk trim

Gappy Trim

In addition to the trim, the built-in itself had some major gap action. Pretty much anywhere there was a seam on this thing, we had to caulk it. Not ideal, but as far as I am concerned, as long as you get the same finished look at the end of the day, meh. Ya know. I’m sure professional carpenters would cringe at my carelessĀ perspectiveĀ regarding the fine art of wood-working, but since we are just two average joe’s trying to find some extra storage in our bathroom, perhaps we can get a pass. šŸ™‚

How to fill in gaps on trim

Gaps in the Trim

Here is Jay back in action. All-and-all, this caulking escapade took about 45 mins. Poor Jay like swallowed a 1/2 cup of caulk from constantly licking his finger to smooth out the edges. Not advised, definitely not a food group.

How to caulk gaps in trim

Caulking the Trim

For final touches, we are going to paint this guy one more time, and then it will be time to actually use it and to accessorize! Yippie skippie.


Some Bathroom Built-in Progress

8 Apr

Although I absolutely love the idea of built-in shelving, it turns out there are a few (minor) complications with our little beast that have kept the pace on this renovation a wee bit slow šŸ˜‰ Mainly, the walls are (of course) not level, so every cut we made, and shelf that got installed has a different measurement than the last. Oye. Here is Jay, carefully measuring each front to back dimension to make sure everything turned out nice and dandy. (More on that saga, here)


Measuring Shelving

Once the shelves were all cut and looking spifferific (er, good enough) we moved on to the brackets that will be holding up the shelving. In general, we are not planning on holding too much weight on these shelves, so the brackets we selected are really more ornamental than – can a 400lb man jump up and down on this shelf and have it withstand the brute force. If your looking for something to hold your free weights, might want to add some extra omph power. Boom, Boom Firepower. That being said, I’m pretty sure these little guys will do the trick just fine for our cotton balls andĀ accessoriesĀ to get our hair did.

Decorative Shelf Brackets

Shelf Brackets

At first, I was thinking it would be nice to have a piece of wood that came over the bracket and hid that there was anything under the shelf, to make it look more like a floating shelf, rather than something with support under it. In all honesty though, once I saw these guys up and installed, I kind of liked the decorative look they offered to the built-in, and for now we’ve opted to keep them. The great thing about this option, is it’s pretty stinkin’ easy to go back after the fact and add a piece of wood to cover them up. For now – I’m really happy with how them look though – so – onward!Ā Prior to installing the bracket, we did drill a small pilot hole to prevent the wood from splintering.

How to pre-drill a hole

Pre-Drill Hole

The first step to getting the brackets up on the wall (after cutting them and pre-drilling a hole) was to add some glue to their back side, which would be affixed to the wall. We had some caulk laying around that was also advertised as an adhesive, so we just opted to use that. Prior to hammering the nails, we had to wait 24 hours to make sure that the glue was completely set, and that the brackets would not move around at all while we were completing the install.

How to install shelf brack

Gluing Shelf Bracket

To make sure we were installing the brackets at the correct location for each shelf, we just grabbed our handy little level and made a small mark where each bracket would be sitting. Since the walls are so janky in this room, and the studs are generally out of whack, this step really helped to ensure that the shelving would be sitting level. Always a good thing. šŸ˜‰


Leveling Out the Shelves

Here is a shot of all the brackets installed on the wall. See how they have a nice little curved detail? Kind of cute and quaint for our little white bathroom that could. šŸ™‚ Prior to installing, Jay and I made an executive decision that we would like (3) shelves for the built-in, and that we wanted them to be evenly spaced. I think this will give just the right amount of height for all ourĀ miscellaneousĀ bathroom stuff.

Brackets for built-in shelving

Brackets Installed

After the brackets were completely dry, and had been nailed in (the next day), we went ahead and installed our first shelf to make sure everything fit alright. There is a bit of a gap on the right side of the first one, but nothing that caulk won’t fix šŸ˜‰ I abso-freaking-lutly love how this is looking, and more than anything, it makes me super pumped to know we will have SO much more bathroom storage than what we had before.

Built-in Shelf

Built-In Shelving

Here is the built-in beauty after a good sanding and a coat o’ primer. Now we just have to paint the shelves and the interior of the built-in and install the trim and we are almost ready to have this thing as a functioning member of our bathroom storage family. H to the izzo.


Primed and Ready to Go!

Stud Muffin

26 Mar

Ripping out all the walls in your bathroom has it’s pros and it’s cons. I mean, it’s sure messy, but it’s funny the things your able to see a bit better with all the walls down. Jay and I were really starting to feel like we were hitting a dead end with our storage issues in the bathroom when I was like JAY – I’ve GOT it!! I was like a kid onĀ Christmas. I think it took a solid 20 mins for Jay to even understand what I was trying to tell him through my excited blathering. I give you, our storage solution.

Built-In Between Studs

Bathroom Built-In

Still just look like a gutted wall? Look haarrder. (That was Rafiki talking) I promise I won’t bop you on the head or singĀ gibberishĀ songs. He He. How about aĀ divine little spot for some good ole’ bathroom storage? Yep, I’ll take it! A la’ this photo. Seeing it now?

Storage Between Studs in Bathroom

Storage Between Studs

Actually, ours won’t be quite THAT stylish, with a door and all, but same idea! šŸ™‚ First we had to decide the dimensions we wanted for the space. Obviously, your a bit constricted on either side by the studs, but we had some wall that we were able to cut out as well, to help make the area a bit wider. First we went along the stud with a sharp blade, to get an idea of the area we wanted, and then we just scored it until we were able to remove the excess plaster.

How to remove plaster

Removing Wall

After we got the area to the dimensions we wanted, we went ahead a installed the back board. We tried to find a piece of wood that was as thin as possible, because we really wanted to optimize this storage space, and make sure we had as much room as possible. We landed up going with 1/8 inch birch, which worked pretty well. Jay had some issues with it being a bit too thin when we started to shim it for the side panels, but overall, it was exactly what we were looking for. You can see that the top piece (and bottom) were a bit thicker at a 1/2 inch. The shelves were also 1/2 inch.

Bathroom Built In

Bathroom Built-in Between Studs

Since our studs were not level (go figure) shims were our go to companion throughout this built-in process šŸ™‚ $1 for a pack of 20. It’s a good investment in my book šŸ™‚ We just used wood glue to get the shims up, and had to let them dry completely before we installed the side panel.

How to shim

Shimming the Built-in

As we kept moving along, we realized that the studs not being level led to some other interesting issues. Like the shelves not having the same width and depth measurements on each side of the board. Insert Jay’s handiwork of a sketch šŸ™‚ As you can see, the shelf dimensions were not consistent across. 14″ in the back, 13 13/16 in the front. Not a huge difference, but enough that there would be aĀ noticeableĀ gap if we didn’t address it (or they would be too large to fit).

Measuring shelves for built in

Measuring Shelves

After lots of measuring, and lots of sketching, we went out the the garage to cut the shelves to the correct dimensions. Our little chalk line came in handy to help make a line all the way across that reflected the correct measurements.

How to use a chalk line

Measuring with the Chalk Line

These days, the built-in is looking like this. Still needs paint, and storage, hopefully by the end of the week I’ll have some good after pictures of the whole shabang.

How to construct a builtin between studs