Category Archives: Home Improvement

Kitty in the Clouds

Literally. I’ve got all these clouds in my living room right now, a gift from Robert. He made them for a set he designed. He asked me if I wanted them when the show was over, so I could put them in the arts center I’m working on. (When we get a space.) I of course said “Hell Yes!!!” Cause they’re awesome!

Squawker the cat likes them too. I found her in them just the other morning. You can kind of see her paw in the photos, she’s totally buried herself in there.

I am always right.

Or at least, I was in this case. I was happy happy happy to find out that yes, my tub does curve. There use to be a wall right here at the back of it. (Where your head would be if you were taking a bath.) It was a crap-tastic wall that made my pretty big bathroom feel super dark and small. Without the wall piece being there, the two windows in the back can actually let light all the way into the bathroom. It’s no longer claustrophobic. I love this tub. It’s old and big and awesome.

There also use to be sliding glass doors on part of the tub. Added to the cave atmosphere so I got rid of them. I have to wonder why anyone would add that stupid part wall, and sliding doors onto a tub. I’ve never seen either one of those items being a good thing. An L shaped shower rod was my solution. Easy to get. Overstock.com had the best prices and quite a few finishes.

I heart salvage yards.

In this bathroom restoration, I’ve had a bitch of a time trying to find the baseboard. (That’s the piece of trim that runs along the bottom of a wall.) In my house every single room has the same original trim. Except of course, for the bathroom and the kitchen, the two rooms that have been changed quite a bit through the years.

In the process I’ve searched nearly every salvage yard I know of, a backyard, a salvage lumber place, home depot, lowes, and a few specialty trim shops.

These were from the photos I finally got off my phone of a salvage yard called Freeway Building Materials in Los Angeles. Really really cool place. They’ve got tons of great house parts, and then super cool older things. I even saw a few jet skis when I was last there.

Bathroom Parts

I started renovating my bathroom a couple months ago. It has been a crazy process. Here are some of the photos I took when I was researching parts. Funny thing, I don’t think I really used any of these pieces.

The white tile is from Lowes. It’s a really nice option for inexpensive pretty darn close Subway Tile. Subway Tile was most common in bungalows around my time period. (My house was built around the 1910’s)

Hex tile (hexagon shaped) was also very common. The $10-15 a square foot option was a wee bit out of my price range so I was looking at similar options. Some of these I thought were pretty nice for the price and were more of an homage to the hex tile.

The fixtures were because I have the three handle plumbing in my bathroom. Not as common now-a-days. The 3 handle options I’ve seen were mostly that fake crystal crud that remind me of my parents old house. Cheap and ugly. I remember cleaning mold of of the tops of them as a child and have hated those things ever since. These I thought were at least better options. As luck would have it I ended up finding something way better.

You’ll have to wait for the final bathroom pictures to see them!

Holes Sweet Holes

In two of my bedrooms I have these weird holes in the floor. I’m assuming for cable lines…? Something… Too bad I didn’t notice or say anything before my hardwood floors were refinished a couple years ago.

I’ve had a lot of success with the Zar wood filler on a couple doors I’ve stripped of paint, filled in holes, and then stained. It’s pretty awesome in my opinion. Most of the time the wood patch/filler really does take the stain. Sometimes though, you have to kind of paint the stain just on that part a couple times and leave it.

It’s worked enough times and well enough for me that I want to see if it’ll work on these floor hole situations. We’ll see what happens. Something this deep you have to fill in, in layers. Building up to an awesome Herculean patch.

Me vs paint. I win.

Rain makes me productive. I’ve been working on my bathroom for the past couple months, and while I’m waiting for some key pieces to arrive I’m finishing up some off the detail stuff. Here’s me cleaning off a bunch of the hardware. Paint stripper and Paint thinner are my best friends.  A lot of these pieces go on the windows. I’ll never understand why people paint over awesome hardware. It’s all about the details.

Check out the hinge. The one that’s still covered in paint on the left is the original hinge to my bathroom medicine cabinet. At some point in time one of the two hinges had been replaced with a weaker cousin. It didn’t match and was warping. This one is the original. I crossed my fingers and headed over to Liz’s Antique Hardware. As luck would have it, they had a match. Why are some things are super easy to find and others are next to impossible…? Arg.  Pretty neat-o though. One pass and I matched my 100 year old hinge. Now to clean them up.

Drop Some Eco-Home Knowledge On Me

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I just heard about an “Eco-Home” in Los Feliz . AND there’s a tour going on Sunday April 26th from 2pm to 4:30pm. This looks super awesome. I’ll let you all know how it goes. I could use some lessons on how to expand my personal Urban Garden. As well as some eco friendly home restoration tips. Why do I totally want to paint my house these colors?! More info about the Eco-Home below:

“Since the 1970’s, April has been home to Earth Day. The theme for this year’s Earth Day is “the Green Generation,” and what better way to strengthen your role as part of this movement than by learning how to make your own life more earth-friendly and sustainable by joining us for an Eco-Home tour this April.

Visit Eco-Home for one of this April’s Eco-Home Tours on Sunday, April 12 and Sunday, April 26 from 2 P.M. to 4:30 P.M. In addition to learning how to begin or expand your personal urban garden, the tour will also display new technologies that will help turn any house into a green environment.

The Tour is conducted by Eco-Home Network, a non-profit dedicated to educating the public on how to make lifestyle choices that protect the environment and improve quality of life. The Eco-Home is located in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles. Call 323-662-5207 for reservation and directions. Requested donation for the tour is $10 per person. Please make your reservations by the Friday before the tour.”

For more information, visit the website at ecohome.org.

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