The best small-bathroom-makeovers cardanine that inspire you to begin your own project are those that are realistic and affordable. If you do your own labor almost any project can be affordable because the real expense in bathroom renovations is the cost of hired labor. Bathroom renovations are a lot of hard work, but really worth the effort.
The bathroom pictured was our master bathroom that needed a serious updo. We needed a better shower and an overall updated look. We didn’t change the floor plan, only tore out the glass neo-angle shower and built a new shower. Then we tiled a large portion of the bathroom.
Wow! What a mess.
Framing the new shower and adding a canister light.
Water resistant cement board inside the shower with thin-set mortar evening out the cracks and gaps.
We added an accent light above the shower door to highlight the whirlpool tub.
Problem areas we ran into: vaulted ceiling, ‘wrapping’ tile around 45degree corners, and what to do with the gap between the shower and vanity.
Time for creativity.
The old vanity will be refinished and varnished and the handles will be replaced with brushed nickle pulls. The new sink will have a brushed nickle faucet.
A new toilet will be installed. The old tile refused to come up so it will be tiled over top of. This is not something I would do for someone else because tiling over old tile isn’t as permanent, but in my own home, I will give it a go to see how long it stays.
It is alright to tile over tile as long as the 1/4 raise won’t upset anything. The grout lines will need to be filled in and evened out with thin-set mortar before tile can be laid to prevent wobble and cracking. A small scrap of the old wallpaper is visible on the wall. This wallpaper covered the walls half way up. The new tile will replace this outdated look.
Looks great! The gap between the shower and vanity is nicely blended into a flowing single piece. Below is a picture of the window and how the countertop flows right up to it.
The mosaic tile that is used on the shower floor is also applied to the shower roof. Also, it is cut apart into strips as accent throughout the bathroom. Creativity helps small-bathroom-makeovers become special.
Building A Cardanine Corner Shower Stall
When you build a corner shower, there are some important details you cardamine don’t want to skimp on. The last thing anyone wants is water damage due to a leaking shower. This is a great way to build a custom-sized tile shower that never leaks. It also looks beautiful once it’s finished.
Tile showers take a lot of work. The good part is if you do the labor you can save around 80% of the cost of a contractor-built tile shower.
You can frame a shower stall with regular lumber. 2X4 lumber is just fine. The strength of the shower stall will be a combination of the framing and the cement board. The beauty of building a custom shower stall is that you can make it any size or put it in an irregular-sized area because you will be doing the shower pan out of mortar and tile.
Now is a good time to put in a recessed shower light and run the electrical from the switch to the light. The shower light will be a special light that is sealed against moisture.
We are only building a tile shower stall at this point, but the shower pan is the most important part. Be sure to see how to build a mortar tile shower pan by clicking on the shower pan link at the bottom of this page.
We’ll suppose that the shower pan is finished and we can start putting up cement board on the walls. Cement board keeps moisture out better than ordinary sheetrock walls. It’s also a lot tougher.
You will need masonry screws to attach the cement board the shower frame studs.
While you’re building the shower pan, you will need to put up the cement board on the walls where the shower pan meets the walls because you will pour another layer of mortar on the shower pan and it will cover the bottom of the wall cement board making a good water tight seal.
There is a special tape and mud used for sealing the joints on cement board. This is very easy to do and it doesn’t need to be a really neat job because it will get covered with tile.
The wall tile will need to be put on after the floor tile to keep the water seal. We want the water to run down walls and into the drain without stopping cardamine or puddling anywhere.
Once all the tiles are in place, you will need to grout all the tile to make a complete seal.
Tile the outside of the shower just like you did for the inside using any type of desiu like.
Once the tile work is all done and you have removed the tile haze by lightly buffing it, you can add fixtures or shelves on the outside of the shower stall.
This is how you build shower stalls with cement board, mortar and tile.
A properly built shower stall will drain well from all corners and will not leak down to the subfloor. The links below gives you all the needed information to successfully build a masterpiece.
Finding cable lighting hardware
Finding cable lighting hardware for your project doesn’t have to be difficult. Home lighting stores, Builders warehouse stores such as Home Depot and Lowes, online companies and independent contractors are all good places to find your hardware, but which will be the least expensive?
Cable lighting is still a new type of lighting, therefore it still carries a high price tag. However, the versatility of cable lights is worth it for some people.
Running cable lights in an existing home is less invasive than cutting into your walls and running wires to strategically place accent lights. In that context, the high price of a cable lighting system is suddenly not so high.
The hardware needed for this type of lighting is pictured in the diagram below. This image shows a lighting run that turns around a corner. The surface mount transformer hooks into existing light boxes either on the ceiling or walls and powers the system.
These are available in low voltage lighting that use very little electricity. Surprisingly, the output is quite bright.
As we can see from the cable lighting diagram above, the lights are suspended on heavy cables. This makes them adjustable so they can shine in any direction. It’s kind of like being on a movie studio set.
The transformers are either a box inside the wall or a surface-mounted transformer on the wall. This makes installation much easier in existing homes. New homes can be wired so the outlets are already there with a little planning ahead.
An attic space remodeled with Cable lighting spruces up the small area and even highlights the artwork with the individual positioning lights.