Sunday, January 13, 2008

Tiny Shower Solution

If you remember, a couple posts back, we mentioned that we were considering a euro splash panel for our upstairs tiny shower. Here is a picture to jog your memory:

Well, that door idea is quite pricey. About $1,000. Oy vey. Even though, aesthetically, it would look very nice, that is a big chunk of change to spend. Especially with a kitchen potentially on the Nemec horizon. Also, the door would only be able to open so much, with the sink in the way... So we decided to explore other options.

I had this idea to do a short swivel shower rod, kind of like the ones you see on kitchen curtains on... So, we decided to try it.

Weekend Project! Here is what we did:

Step 1:
Order swivel flange to attach to wall. This is specifically for a slopped ceiling, but it works for the wall too.

Step 2:
Get standard chrome shower rod from Target. Have husband saw it down 13 times until it is the proper length.

Step 3:
Ask studly husband to drill and attach flange to wall. Get thrown out of the room for making smart @$$ comments while he is drilling.

Step 4:
Hem too-long shower curtains, since shower ceiling is freakishly low.

Step 5:
Hang curtains and test out.

Oo! That rod needs a little WD-40!

Pretty swanky, huh? Not as cool looking as the euro spray panel, but much more cost effective at a whopping $75... and heck, the zebra curtain is pretty fantastic (just don't look at my sewing skillz up close).

We need to add a couple of items to this idea to make it work better. One thing is those little splash guard deals for the tub corner, so that water doesn't splash over. The other is a little suction cup to the interior shower liner, so that when you are in the shower, you can pull the liner toward the angled wall and suction it to the tile. All in all, the idea works pretty well.

We also did some kitchen and miscellaneous house shopping this weekend. Thanks to everyone for all the great kitchen advice that was emailed. We appreciate it! Of course, we are still exploring our options... We went to a local kitchen remodeler this weekend, where we can either buy just the cabinets, or they can be hired to do the entire job. We really liked the owner, and what they have to offer, so we've got an appointment with them for a measure and consultation in a week. Hopefully that will work out.

On another note, we picked up this mirror over the weekend for $10 at a resale shop. I am debating if I should paint it or not... the wood is in pretty nice condition. Adam thinks makes our buffet look like a dresser, so maybe paint would help. Any votes either way? I bought a taupe color paint... cream might look nice too.

Anyway, here is one last thing... a sort of behind-the-blog short if you will, as we were preparing to shoot the shower scene... don't worry, everyone is clothed!

Until next time!
Carole (+ Adam)

PS: We recommend the movie "Once". Watched it on Friday. Lovely story, lovelier music.


Anonymous said...

1. What about painting the mirror silver to match your chandelier?

2. Once is a good movie. I have the soundtrack... if you want, I can burn it for you!

--Laura K.

Kate said...

Awesome work on the shower curtain. I really like the zebra print.

Jo said...

If you hang the mirror so it's not sitting on top of the buffet, the separation would help counter the dresser look, but I think the silver option could also be good--if not too bright.

Anonymous said...

I've always had a penchant for wood over painted.......please do not paint the mirror frame!

I agree with Jo about separating the mirror from the buffet, would also consider hanging it lengthwise same as the buffet.

Love the shower curtain pattern! I am so proud of you guys using your noggins to find a much more economical solution!

As always love the blog, and so happy you keep me in the loop!

Love ya!, Aunty Juliet

Anonymous said...

Love what you did with your bath. We have the same issue with low ceilings. The swivel flange idea for the shower curtain is a neat solution. I'm trying to hunt down a pair but can't find any. Where did you purchase yours?

Carole said...

Thanks! The swivel flanges are from

Anonymous said...

Many thanks for the info!

Diana Rowe said...

Thank you also for sharing how you solved your "angled ceiling" issue for your shower curtain. I was dealing with the same thing and searching for a solution.

As a result, I ended up reading your whole blog, from closing on your house to your most recent post. What a wonderful story you have to tell! You are so blessed with your sense of humor and helpful family! I live in an old home (1908 or so) and have similar challenges... just without the awesome husband, parents, and in-laws!

Again, thanks for giving me a peek into your process, totally has given me a smile for the past few hours! Congratulations on the baby as well! Good luck with EVERYTHING!
-Diana from Idaho