Tutorial: Wood Wall

As promised, but a bit late, here's how we installed the wood wall in the bathroom.

First, we got a sick amount of neatly organized lath from Eva's gut job house in the country. Seriously, she handed over the neatest piles of wood organized by size.

The dude put up some luon on the wall and then we started the assembly-line process.The wood pieces were then installed with a finish nailer and some wood glue. We tried to vary the lengths and colors ... trying to be random we found to be hard at times.
We could only work on the bottom half of the wall since we had to wait to have the electrician come back to hook up the rest of the wiring.After the electrician came and did his magic, we added the top piece a luon. I was going to write a message on the wall before the luon went up, but I forgot. The message would be something like: What? You don't like this wood wall. You are a poopy head. I still have a chance to roll up a little note before the floor molding goes in.We mitered the end pieces and kept checking for square before we installed the side section of the wall. This part of the wall wasn't really square to begin with and adding the wood allowed us to fudge square.
After the wall was complete, the dude sanded the wall and added some of our hardwood floor poly on it. By sanding it, the white parts of the wood were removed to reveal a light color wood. Secretly, I like the wall better before the sanding but now I won't have a chance to get a major splinter if (when) I walk into the wall.

I have to give mega props of inspiration to the jersey ice cream co. Their wood wall is super awesome and inspired my project.

If you live in Philadelphia, they will even come to your place and install your very own lath wall.


Zoom in - Zoom out

What's that you ask? Oh, it's our finished wood wall!

Also, we finally got around to picking a grout color, getting it up on the tub wall, and installing the fixtures.

We went with the color "Alabaster" to match the same color as the floor tile grout (and to hide any mortar mistakes). It really makes the white glass tiles look brighter.

Tomorrow I'll share how we installed the wall o'wood!


The to do-do bathroom list

Yep, I put a poop reference in my title.

If you remember, we started the upstairs bathroom the last few days of May of this year. We thought the renovation would take us just a few months (silly us, we thought we'd be done in October) but are now "celebrating" our 7th month mark. Thank goodness we have two bathrooms.

Here's what's left (which I'm sure I'm missing stuff):


  • install vanity and figure out some tricky plumbing

  • build concrete counter top and install (easy, right?!)

  • Grout n' stuff

  • fix tub surround grout (we sortof ran out during the process and tried to make what we had last. the result was shallow grout lines)

  • seal tub surround grout

  • caulk the tub

  • Bathtub

  • install fixtures

  • get new drain and install

  • get metal corner thing to hold soap and shampoo

  • decide on a shower curtain and rod and put it up

  • Wood wall

  • finish installing wood wall - sand - seal

  • Paint

  • sand touch-up areas

  • paint touch-up areas on wall and ceiling

  • one more coat on moldings

  • Storage and accessories

  • decide on towel storage and vanity storage system

  • hang towel hooks

  • make toilet paper holder

  • frame and hang art work

  • get some general accessories

  • Other

  • get a door and hang

  • figure out window shade/curtain solution

  • We are so close to finishing up! Next project on the list to tackle ... our office! Who else is already mentally working on the next project without finishing the current one?


    It's Electric!

    Sorry for the lack of updates. I know you are dying to hear about the status of our bathroom.

    But I blame this place...

    Us- Disney December 2011

    ...with it's magicalness and it's unlimited supply of cookies and hot chocolate and it's holiday parade and fancy fireworks (and snow on Main Street - but we missed that).

    So, the title of this post refers to our addition of electric to the upstairs bathroom (not to the "Electric Slide" that is now stuck in my head ... thanks, self).

    Here's a picture montage of what our electrician masterfully completed:

    Wires for sconces:

    Wires for lights

    Sconces installed:

    Sconces installed

    Pow! Lights on!

    Sconces ON

    Oops, forgot to mention that we painted the walls (and installed some moldings)! I still have to paint the ceiling, which will be the same color as the walls.

    New outlet between the toilet and shower:

    Outlet by shower

    And I'm saving the best for the last ... the heated floors are hooked up! And we didn't screw up installing them! Double high-five!

    Heated floors hooked up


    Yep, a post about grout

    After much debate and concern, I picked out a grout color.

    The color had to be light enough for the tiles to blend together but dark enough so a lack of cleaning (this is the man bathroom) will not be noticed.

    This picture hit my inbox yesterday:

    The floor still had the "just been grouted" haze in this picture.

    Oh, and the threshold got installed too (after equal amounts of debate and concern)! Maybe this weekend I'll get some paint on these walls and the tub tile grouted too (I'll also throw in a toilet install on the list of things to do).


    Climate Reality Project

    Here's a little break from the usual bathroom update post (but I promise to have a tile grout post up tomorrow).

    I encourage you today to take a few moments to explore the 24 hour event from the Climate Reality Project and watch a live-streamed presentation.

    Here's a description of the 24 hour event from their website:

    "What is 24 Hours of Reality?
    24 Presenters. 24 Time Zones. 13 Languages. 1
    Message. 24 Hours of Reality is a worldwide event to broadcast the reality of the climate crisis. It will consist of a new multimedia presentation created by Al Gore and delivered once per hour for 24 hours, representing every time zone around the globe. Each hour people living with the reality of climate change will connect the dots between recent extreme weather events — including floods,
    droughts and storms — and the manmade pollution that is changing our climate. We will offer a round-the-clock, round-the-globe snapshot of the climate crisis in real time. The deniers may have millions of dollars to spend, but we have a powerful advantage. We have reality."

    With extreme drought, flooding and recent earthquakes, we have to wonder why we are experiencing such extreme natural events.

    This is our crisis to find solutions.