January 25, 2017

Hey in a week it will be a year since I started my blog! I estimated at that time that it would take me about 2-3 years to finish my mini house, and I still think that’s about right. I sure am enjoying myself, and I’m learning a lot.

I’ve been working on the kitchen cabinets, as you can see from prior posts, but I ran out of wood and had to wait until I could go get some more. So in the interim, I started on the shower.

To make the “stone” shower walls, I printed out on glossy photo paper a photo of some granite I really liked and glued it to some Bristol board, folding it around the sides and gluing it down on the back, mitering the corners with a razor knife. I trimmed it so that it didn’t go too far onto the back of the Bristol board.

I needed two slabs, one for the rear wall of the shower, and the other for the left wall. The right wall will be rigid clear acrylic “glass” with honed edges and the front will have a partial wall of the acrylic “glass”. By the way, a shout-out to TAP Plastics, who will cut the acrylic to order for you for a small charge, and mail it to you (or you can pick it up if there is a TAP Plastics near you). Here is their website: http://www.tapplastics.com

I should have the acrylic shower walls/door in a couple of days.

Here is my planning/thought process as I worked out the shower details:

Now I have to think about the shower pan. What color should it be?

It should be about ¼ inch high at the sides, and the bottom will need to be 4” x 7” outside dimensions.

Each of the two shower wall panels will need to be 9 ¼” high as they will rest on the shower pan sides, and go all the way to the ceiling. The ceiling is 9.5” high.

Wait a minute – another thought – I could simply run the shower panels from the ceiling all the way to the floor, and then install ¼ inch “shower pan” sides for the two open sides of the shower. I could cover those sides with more of the stone panel photograph so all would match, then install the shower floor stones inside on the existing bathroom floor. Since it is not a real shower, I don’t actually need a shower pan, just the appearance of one. (This is what I actually did.)

Have to think about the thickness of the pebble floor. It will probably be about 1/8” thick, which will fill up half of the “shower pan” thickness plus a little more for the mortar bed (which will be quite thin since we aren’t dealing with actual water in this environment). This is probably okay. Otherwise I could consider making the “shower pan” sides 3/8th of an inch high which would be about 5 or 6 inches in regular (1:1) size. That’s too high for true reflection of scale so I’ll probably just deal with the “fill” depth caused by installation of the floor pebbles.

So here is a picture of the shower slab walls in place (they are not glued in yet, just standing there):

Before I glue everything in I will install the wallpaper.

This is the rest of my speculations on the bathroom:

I’ve made some decisions about the vanity. The stone vessel sinks are kind of a grayish veined stone. I’ve found a photo of a light colored limestone that I will use for the countertop. The floating vanity will be a medium or a darker wood to contrast with the light countertop, which in turn will contrast with the medium dark vessel sinks.

I will be building the vanity and countertop myself. Might purchase the faucets or might try my hand at making those too. We’ll see.

Here are some to use as inspiration:


I have a lovely freestanding tub from Marion Russek’s Shapeways shop (previously shown on this blog):

As you can see, Marion makes a tub filler, but I’m considering a wall mount filler because the tub will be next to a wall. Here are some I am using as inspiration to make my own wall tub filler:

As you can see, the last one is very similar to Marion’s. I think I will print out small photos of these, set the tub in place and hold the fillers up to see which one I like best.

I bought some chrome paint from the model section at Hobby Lobby and I am going to try it out to see how realistic it looks.

I am really excited about constructing the pebble floor of the shower. I already had some dark gravel I can use for this. It’s been picked through to remove detritus and lighter colored stones. Here they are in a bowl, waiting for installation:

I will use gray grout to provide some contrast, so you can see the stones. Black grout would not provide enough contrast and white grout would provide too much contrast.

Below are some floating vanity inspirations for me to consider in designing and building my floating vanity:

These are all different but all interesting in their different ways.