Mikros Kosmos #14: I've always wanted a ceiling like that.

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Blog entry by tyskkvinna posted 07-25-2010 05:10 AM 1437 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 13: One room done... Part 14 of Mikros Kosmos series Part 15: Not quite ready for a bath »

I finished out the stair-room today. Oopmh, that was a lot of wood in such a tiny room!

I couldn’t find a mirror, but when I do, I will take a photo behind the stairs pointing up. The trim goes all the way around, on all four levels, even though only dust bunnies will be able to see it. I couldn’t let it be unfinished.

The pattern on the ceiling is very big, but also very non-invasive. It’s pale blue and white, which evokes the feeling of the sky. I’ve done insanely big patterns, such as this, on real-scale ceilings and they always look awesome.

I did the bathroom, too. Again with the ceiling. I’ve always wanted a ceiling like this. I had this paper, waiting for a good use in this house, when I realised I had a use just waiting for it. Yeah! The text is the same colour as the wood stain, too, so it is really tied together. I’m imagining laying in the bath, relaxing and looking up. It would make me smile. Especially works as this room is very tall for its width.

I could use some suggestions from you all. The bathtub is going right next to the window. It will fit longways, so there is no weird gap between the edge of the tub and the wall. I planned the size of the room, for that. I want to make a wooden bathtub frame/surround. I will make the tub-part to fit in it myself, should be fairly easy.

Give me bathroom suggestions! It doesn’t need to be historical, as I’m pretty sure the ceiling is a good indication the room has been remodelled somewhat recently. ;) But it does need to fit within the general aesthetic of the house. As you can also probably see if you look carefully, the planks right at the back aren’t perfect. I wasn’t too concerned, because the tub is going there. I’m also going to mount the tub in permanently—I didn’t put baseboards in this room, because I want them to butt up against the tub.

I was going to work on the tub tonight until I realised I had no plan at all. Aside from just making a box.

It would be especially cool for ideas for the sink/toilet that also utilise wood. (but are realistic!)

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#1 posted 07-25-2010 05:47 AM

tub across the end ,
toilet in between partial walls on right ,
they can be high enough for a shower curtain
at tub end , light still passes over walls .
towel closet from toilet to tub ,
vanity coming forward same side from partition wall from toilet ,
cabs under , against same wall . opposite door .
light from window reaches everywhere
and partitions create privacy space ,
tub entry somewhat restricted ,
but it’s an old house ,recently remodeled !

better get some curtains on the window ,
there is some giant peeking in with a camera (LOL) !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 07-25-2010 05:55 AM

Think of making the tub skirt of verticle groved ship lap, and making the toilet flush tank a high wall mounted wooden tank with a pull flush chain.

-- Nils, So. Central MI. Wood is honest.Take the effort to understand what it has to tell you before you try to change it.

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#3 posted 07-25-2010 12:18 PM

I love pedestal sinks. I don’t know why, but they are really pretty. I don’t know if that would fit in your plan though.

I am in awe at all the detail you have done on the stairwell. It is really incredible. I like that you finish even the parts that can’t be seen. When I was about 7 or 8, a neighbor lady taught me how to embroider. We sat on her porch in the summer and I would practice on kitchen towels. She always told me you could judge good work not only by the front of the design, but by the back. Somehow that stuck with me throughout my life. You must have been taught that too. :)

With the nice colors you choose for the bathroom, maybe a nautical theme is in order. I don’t know. I am sure what ever you do will be wonderful! I can’t wait to see.


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#4 posted 07-25-2010 01:18 PM

Beautiful use of space Lis. Love the floors and staircase. Just marvelous. I think David hit the nail on the head. Except for the curtain, screw them. Let in the light. I helped build a house one time, for an architech no less, that had 26’ vaulted ceilings in the bathroom, on the second floor. The ceiling went from 14’ down to 4’, guess where he wanted the tub and shower. So as an afterthought he had us install a skylight over the bathtub on the shower end. He had a gorgeous wife and they built this place on the Grand River near Lansing, our thinking being anyone canoeing after dark had a chance for an eyeful since all the roofs were shed roofs. So in order to take a shower the upper part of your body was sticking out of the roof, what a hoot. Leave it to an architech.

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

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#5 posted 07-25-2010 03:42 PM

You made the staircase better than a real one! I just look and see how you do the tubs and toilet.. But if you need a plumber for the piping and the compost pit… I can volunteer … LOL.. Enjoy your work Lis.

-- Bert

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#6 posted 07-25-2010 03:56 PM

Nice work, Lis. I’ve always wanted space as my ceiling, complete with stars. Maybe if I took the roof off?

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#7 posted 07-25-2010 04:14 PM

Sheila – I sure did! In embroidery as well, no less. The biggest thing that was emphasised was “no knots!!” – you should be able to hold the item and run your hands over both sides and it should feel perfect. It’s something that’s definitely stuck with me.

Martyn – I used to have a bedroom with a sky and stars! :) It was a labour of love. And extremely accurate to the location of the house. (Had to put that astronomy degree to use one way or another.)

Mike – LOL! Wow, I’d love to see that bathroom someday. I was a little iffy on making the tub right next to the window, for such reasons, but this house had little choice. I am likely to go put some sort of privacy screen on it, because these are the details that bug me.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#8 posted 07-25-2010 09:52 PM

that stair room realy looks great Lis
but I would deffently scream BINGO every time I was in a bath with that ceiling :-)

another great progrees , ceep on knocking us down :-)


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