Another BATHroom Makeover

Project by LPJ posted 01-01-2012 07:44 PM 7458 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

If you don’t like cedar, leave now.
This was the ‘master bath’ although it did not have a tub (that was in the black tiled bacth room). What bothered me most was that the shower stall merely had a shower curtain that was a nusance to keep inside the shower.
So that had to go and I replaced it with a more appropriate door.

So, if you’re going to change one thing… you muight as well go whole hog. My wife and I once stayed at a lodge that had a lot of cedar and that inspired us to turn the room into a cedar closet for people.
I used a mastic to adhere the cedar, tongue and groove planks, to the walls.

And how about that tile. It’s not individual pieces but attached to mesh as normal; it just has that random look, though.

Being in New England, as in the ‘guest’ bath, I installed a dual bulb heatlamp and exhaust fan. It’s controlled by the stand-alone pair of switches.

I installed a mirror-panel medicine cabinet with push-to-open doors and the over-cabinet lamp. Previously there was just a mirror on that wall with a simpkle ‘builder’s’ lamp.

It’s always the job done right that counts, so of course the toilet was removed to lay the tile down (as I’ve always done but I have seen jobs where it’s not been taken out)... and then you also need to replace the toilet ring in the floor, again, to do the job right, when replacing the toilet.

Sorry that I don’t have any ‘before’ pics!

-- -- Peace, LJ

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posted 01-02-2012 02:24 AM

Somthing I neglected to mention first time posting and that is that I also installed wall tiling over the shower stall area. It’s a dark brown, approximately 3” squares on sheets.

-- -- Peace, LJ

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posted 01-03-2012 03:13 AM

Cedar is a wonderful thing, as long as you and your spouse enjoy it.

It looks like you did a great job. I know that there are times when cedar can come out looking bad, but it seems as if you took the time to see how it would look before you nailed up.

Well done.

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posted 01-07-2012 06:45 AM

beautiful…..but I have to ask is a Batroom makeover anything like a Bat cave makeover….just had to say it. We all forget to read what we write. Sorry

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posted 01-07-2012 03:04 PM

I’d love to say the typo was intentionally written as part of my humorous side but it was left there intentionally. I didn’t spot it until dfletcher posted his comment… and then I had the same yhou did, Grandpa… “To the Bat Cave, Robin!” and decided to leave it…

Now I’ve changed it. ;-)

-- -- Peace, LJ

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posted 03-26-2012 08:23 AM

Though I like the look of the cedar in your bathroom, I was wondering if prolonged exposure to water would have any negative effects on the wood. Would it attract termites, or grow mold? And if a shower curtain is not enough, I think installing a screen door might also be good, if you had the space.

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posted 03-26-2012 06:27 PM

Greetings Stoett22.

You must not be familiar with the weather resistant properties of cedar. Cedar is very moisture tolerant. Cedar is a common wood used for exterior fencing, certainly here in Texas. Cedar is free of pitch and has a natural decay resistance. It is ideal in baths as it is also an excellent sound absorber, due to its molecular structure.

It is in the bathroom but not in the shower area directly. The shower is a prefab unit and I installed tile on the walls above that. So the cedar is not getting any more moisture than a papered or paineted wallboard would. As far as steam from the shower, I don’t like excessive steam so I installed a powered air vent along with a dual heat lamp system in the ceiling. The vent and lamps can be operated independently.

I’m confused about your comment regarding a shower curtain. I installed a shower stall door (see the white horizontal stripes on it on one of the photos?)

I hope this allays your concerns. I certainly was not concerned using cedar then and am still a fan of cedar when used appropriately.


-- -- Peace, LJ

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posted 09-14-2012 04:39 AM

I am not the biggest fan of cedar, but I kind of like what you did to your bathroom. I only worry that with so much wood, will it be more susceptible to water damage when exposed long enough to warm water?

-- Victor Sanders - http://www.londonfloorsanding.org.uk/

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posted 09-14-2012 03:32 PM

My neighbor has a hot tub made entirely from cedar. He keeps it heated and the water chemically treated year round. It shows no sign of decay, mold or mildew. I suspect the cedar used in this bathroom does not remain submerged for long periods of time and will keep its look for 25-30 years.

-- I found the board stretcher... finally!

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posted 09-16-2012 08:54 PM

What’s on most bathroom walls? Painted wallboard or perhaps wallpaper on wallboard? How water resistent are those materials? Not particularly reisitent to excessive moisture, are they?
Remember, I did not line any area that is in direct contact by water with Cedar. So I fail to see the concern about it’s moisture resistence in the first place.

Cedar on the other hand is one of the better woods to use OUTDOORS as I described in detail in an earlier post due to its resistence to rot from moisture… look it up.

Where did I even get the idea? At a luxury spa my wife and I vacationed at? Between that and the research I’ve one and what products I see for outdoor use that are wqood, they are either PT or Cedar. Go figure! And I sure wasn’t going to use PT.

Please, Show some respect. Do some research and know before you post. Thank you.

-- -- Peace, LJ

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posted 09-21-2012 11:49 PM

Cedar or redwood are perfect choices for what you did.
Looks fantastic! I’m envious that you are able to get nice western red cedar. Around here its all rough sawn crap.

-- The difference between a pro and an amateur, an amateur points out his mistakes

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posted 09-22-2012 01:47 AM

Thanks much for the compliments.

It was manufactured just like hardwood flooring, tongue and groove all around. It was made just for this type of use, despite some contrarian viewpoints… sorry I don’t have any details on the product but that was 25-30 years ago when I did that re-furb.

Those two bathroom jobs I’ve posted were about my favorite overall jobs for the turnaround-in-look.

-- -- Peace, LJ

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