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Apartment Projects #2: An Ugly Situation

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Blog entry by littlecope posted 10-13-2009 02:33 PM 1213 reads 0 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Welcome to my prehistoric bathroom! When I first moved in, over ten years ago, this is what I was faced withNice arrangement LOL
I’d wager that even the most experienced remodel Pro never saw an arrangement like that! Ugh-ly!!
Incredibly, it actually works like a charm, so the idea was to disguise it. I don’t like to put holes in the wall of a place I don’t own and ended up making a sort of trestle shelf that slides in between the tub and the wall. This strangely shaped contraption is what I came up with…A sort of trestle shelf
Originally made entirely of particle board, the top got swollen from water and needed to be replaced. When somebody threw away a table, I took the opportunity and sliced a piece off the table top and “slapped” it in…
Here’s how it looks today, in place, with an old bandanna covering the outlet pipesTrestle Shelf Today
It still isn’t pretty, but it’s very useful, and certainly better than staring at the pipe… :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.



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ellen35

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#1 posted 10-13-2009 02:36 PM

Cool solution to a very ugly area, Mike.
And – you could use wood to make the whole thing attractive.
Ellen

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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degoose

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#2 posted 10-13-2009 02:37 PM

You need a wooden tub next!

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Woodwrecker

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#3 posted 10-13-2009 02:51 PM

Smart idea Mike.

Necessity is the mother of invention.

-- All glory comes from daring to begin.

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stefang

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#4 posted 10-13-2009 02:52 PM

Actually you need a wooden tub with strips of contrasting wood running through it. Now where did I get that idea?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Jimthecarver

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#5 posted 10-13-2009 02:53 PM

Thanks for starting my day off with a smile….thats a good idea to fix a visual problem.
But then again the pipe could have doubled as a grab bar.
Thanks for sharing.

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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littlecope

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#6 posted 10-13-2009 02:54 PM

I thought of replacing the whole thing, but I’m trying to “thin the herd” at my place. Truth is, I don’t know how much longer I’ll be living here. My Parents are Seasoned Citizens and not entirely well…At some point I may move back to help them out…
At one point, I had a mirror on the back of it, which looked fairly good Shelf with mirror
But, again, I’m trying to clean house. You all know how much “stuff” can accumulate over time…

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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jockmike2

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#7 posted 10-13-2009 03:05 PM

The master of disquise, Like Dr. Balls from the Pink Panther Series. LOL

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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littlecope

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#8 posted 10-13-2009 03:23 PM

Are you a Peter Sellers fan, Mike? I know I am!! Did you ever see “The Party”? Somebody want to explain to me how, at an elegant dinner party, he’s sitting in a tiny seat, face barely above the table top, being struck by the kitchen door as waiters bring out the food?
Or his last flick, “Being There”... or “Dr. Strangelove”... He was a very talented comic Actor.
I couldn’t believe when they made a re-make of Pink Panther! Steve Martin is funny as well, but there’s no comparison… Sheer Blasphemy!! :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#9 posted 10-13-2009 04:04 PM

Nice cover up job.

The next thing you’ll see is remake of Pink Panther, & someone imitating Steve Martin, Yuck!

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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RexMcKinnon

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#10 posted 10-13-2009 06:06 PM

Looks good to me. Not worth the time or effort to improve on something that is not yours. Few landlords would allow you to make improvements and reimburse you for the materials but I think most would just take advantage of the situation. Perfect solution in my opnion.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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littlecope

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#11 posted 10-13-2009 09:02 PM

Hey, Big Guy, I thought I told you, no PDA’s!! :P
Yeah, it’s a four-footer, as small as they came. They must have got a deal on tubs on legs back in the 40’s or 50’s when they renovated. My Mom grew up on this street, five buildings down, and actually baby-sat here when she was a teenager. At that time, she says, this was a six unit building, with the fold-down canopies on all the windows and porches, a real grand old building. Somewhere along the line they converted it to nine units, and they’re still big apartments. It’s a big apartment building, not as big as some, but bigger than most. The footprint of the place is 30’ X 100’ not counting the porches; brick foundation, 3 stories high with a full attic above that. It towers over all the neighboring houses! Built in the late teens, early twenties… If it wasn’t raining, I’d go out and snap some pictures…
But to get back to the tub, and size, I’m 5’ 6”, about a buck-forty (that’s POUNDS!!) so it works fine for me. Growing up, my folks still have just a bathtub, so I have no problem with bathing rather than showering, I actually prefer it. Nothing like a good hot soak…
As far as marketing them to the neighbors, mine is the only place that hasn’t been “modernized”, the only one that still retains the original charm and character. It’s a little rough around the edges, but so will I be when/if I’m still around in my nineties!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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JimF

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#12 posted 10-13-2009 09:07 PM

If you wash your clothes and fill the tub with the wash water, then bathe in it, you would be the greenest person around (but not necessarily the cleanest!). Wait, that even grosses me out.

The shelf is cool, but I’m glad you got rid of the mirror. Broken glass in a bathtub would be no fun at all.

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pommy

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#13 posted 10-13-2009 09:11 PM

Mike i’v studyed the pic and i still dont understand what thst hugh pipe is for or am i being stupid

-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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littlecope

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#14 posted 10-13-2009 09:14 PM

Pommy, it’s the drain pipe for the clothes washer…

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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pommy

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#15 posted 10-13-2009 09:16 PM

but thats going into your tub

-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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