Doug is still working on the infrastructure for the bathroom – plumbing, currently – which is really a one-person project in that space. So he’s hanging out here :
And he’s doing very important stuff, like making sure water can go to the right places, and that the plumbing is in the right spot and has a secure place to be mounted to.
And goodness, I AM EXCITED FOR IT.
Just doing a dryfit to make sure everything is going to be in the right place. I’m super excited about the showerhead. Also, apparently I don’t take very good in-focus pictures when I’m standing on joists instead of a floor.
In the meantime, I’ve been working on some solo projects myself. Though I’m really excited to get back to working on a project together, because that’s way more fun.
If you remember, I did a whole series on Victorian Bathrooms, and shared a photo of this sink from a Victorian plumbing catalogue. Glorious, right?
Last summer (before I even owned the book with the above picture), a house in downtown Indy was taking out some very old bathrooms (sadly), and put this sink up for sale on Craigslist. We snagged it up! Someone else bought the brackets before we got to the sink – it seemed odd to separate them, but we took the sink regardless.
And, we found a great pair of brackets at Madison Street Salvage.
Again, we totally had these before we found the Victorian Plumbing Catalog. But don’t they look similar?
I painted them black!
For the past year, this has just been sitting upstairs, staring at us sadly with its 1980s plastic-pretend-crystal handles.
So this week, I set out to give the marble a facelift.
First, I stripped off the dried paint from houses past around the edges. It wasn’t bad, so not much was needed here.
Marble tends to darken and stain over time, it just starts to look dirty. One way to get stains out of marble, it to draw them out with baking soda. This isn’t for general cleaning – just stain removal. And I’ve never found it to be 100% perfect, but it makes a HUGE difference!
Step one: Get baking soda. And something to mix it in.
Step Two : Add Water to create a paste!
How much water? I try to get it about toothpaste thick. But I think it’s fine to be a little runnier, or a little thicker.
Step Four : Check with your quality manager to make sure you did it right.
Step Five : Grossly underestimate the amount of baking soda you need, and run out. Say a few swear words, then plan a trip to the store for more.
Step Six : Cover the paste with plastic to keep it moist.
Step seven : Wait 12-24 hours to check it.
Step eight : Unveil it!
I will probably attempt a second try at it, to see if I can get some more stains out. But at least for now, I think it just looks old, and not dirty. So I’m pretty pleased!
I would love to know your tips on cleaning / salvaging old bath surfaces! I know there’s a lot out there that could be helpful for people who are working on salvaging old fixtures.
ALSO, I also ordered ALL THE TILE in the universe. At least, it feels that way! Want to see a sneak peak of some of the pretties that are going to come in the room? I’m SO GIDDY.