A while ago, I had a gig as a contract blogger for AOL. They downsized our web niche representation;
so sad, too bad. While there, I wrote a longer feature weekly called Perpetual Remodeling
Bathroom Remodeling Sounds Like a Good Start
First a bit of background; this bath underwent a flood when the braided hot water supply line to the sink
burst, flooding and steaming the room. The rest of the house flooded as well. Not a good day. Not at all.
This view is of one of the corners. The framing was done well; the 45 degree miters worked with no
All of this is vinyl base rather than wood. It costs a bit more, but works well in wet bathrooms.
It's also very easy to work with and has none of the flaws found on wood trim and molding (cupping,
warping, splintering, etc.).
Next well take a look at how I handled the door.
Door Trim with Corner Blocks
This shot shows the door trim using corner blocks rather than cutting a miter using a compound miter saw.
This style hearkens back to older days when wood trim was a bit more ornate (for those who could afford it
You can buy the entire door trim kit from Home Depot for about 20 bucks. All you need is about 15
minutes and a miter box and back saw for straight 90 degree cuts.
What you see here (click pic for a larger one) is a conventional rosette cornerblock coupled with
decorative casing. You might hear these blocks also called case or plinth blocks. Mine looks as if its
not quite plumb and level, but thats just the angle of the pic. Honest.
This is a larger view of the door. Mind that the color is wrong; the CFLs over the sink did funny things
to my digital camera.
Check out the door handle I installed. It cost about 3 times as much ($26) as the boring contractor-grade,
boring passage handles at Home Depot.
You might notice that I didnt paint the portion of the hinges sticking into the bathroom.
Theyre still white from a previous remodel. Up close they dont look good.
Im planning to chip them and paint them the same color as the handle, which is best described
as brushed pewter in my opinion.
Next well look at what Im going to do to the overhead
fluorescent light fixture
inn the kitchen to almost double the light output for about a Jackson.
Beefing Up Fluorescent Lighting Output
This is the fluorescent light fixture in our kitchen. The previous owner installed it by recessing a
box and installing drywall. He then mounted two 4 light fixtures and wired them in series.
Great idea, better than a simple 2 X 4 fixture because of the way he trimmed it out.
Unfortunately, when he sprayed the stain finish on the
wood trim, he got it
all over the sheetrock as well. As we know, dark colors dont reflect.
Also, the luminescent lenses he put in were, well, butt-ugly.
After two coats of paint had dried, I substituted the tired, old lens panels with white eggcrate. I flipped
on the lights and WOW! Im estimating that the light output increased about 40% due to the combined
effect of reflection off the high gloss paint and the see-through aspect of the eggcrate.
Total price of the job? About $10 for the paint and $10 for the 4 X 8 panel. More light
with no increase in my utility bill. Cant beat it with a stick. I just cut the panel
in half with straight-cut tin snips.
Radiant Barrier Foil and More Attic Insulation
I took about four days to complete this
radiant barrier foil installation project, but then
again, I only worked about three hours every morning, before the attic heated up too much. (Click the link
to read lessons learned and more.)
The foil I used is an Energy Star product, so it as well as the new insulation satisfy the requirements
for an energy tax credit. I can already see the difference in the house. Im just waiting to compare my Kw
usage with last years.
Another Home Improvement Recessed Medicine Cabinet
Building and installing this recessed medicine cabinet was the last part of the jigsaw puzzle that was
the bathroom remodel after the great flood. Sure, there are other things I can do and will when I get time, but I hereby declare functionality complete. I'm using Plexiglas for the shelves so that I can get a better strength to thickness ratio than with wood.
Check out my
recessed medicine cabinet plans
if you have a desire to build one or even a bit of woodworker
curiosity. Note that since this is a custom bathroom fixture, it was a design-on-the-fly. But I kept good
notes on the design and steps for my readers.
So, the dimensions and fine details of yours will be different, but these are the steps. What are you
waiting for? All you need is a desire and some woodworking tools.
Stay tuned for my next adventure in the Perpetual Remodeling Project!