New drywall, tile, windows, fixtures, floor, bead-board, and one urinal later, and I can officially say the man-cave bathroom the most complete room in any of the four buildings on our property.
I would love this bathroom if it just sprang out of the ground looking like this, but I love it even more considering what it started out as…
Um, yeah. It still kinda makes me shudder. And gag.
A little background for those that are new around here. The property we’re renovating rebuilding our house on came with an old gas station, which we gutted and fixed up to live in while we work on the main house. When we move out of our little 400 square foot slice of heaven, this part of the Station will be for MysteryMan’s particular use – you know, a haven for scratching and burping and all of that man stuff.
So when it came time to choose the look and feel of the bathroom, it had to be masculine…
And, by god, it needed to have a urinal.
Most women are all areyoueffingkiddingme about the urinal, but I actually really enjoy it if nothing else just for the shouts of delight from every guy that sees it. I’ve never seen dudes more excited to pee inside the house. (City boys also get pretty jazzed about being able to pee in the cornfields out here, which just goes to show that men really never mature past the age of twelve. And yet we still love you guys.) Also, it uses less water, there are never any, uh, aiming issues to clean up, and there is zero chance of the toilet seat being left up.
Also, this one looks pretty damn sweet if I do say so myself – and not just because I spent hours of my life tiling every square inch of the wall behind it.
Here was my original idea board from back in January:
While I knew I wanted to use blacks and browns, I was stuck for a while on the use of the materials, where to tile, and how much. And then I saw this bathroom on Hooked on Houses and all the pieces just fell into place…
Except MysteryMan would have strung me up by my toes if I put anything remotely resembling pink or purple into his bathroom.
So we went a different direction…
What I used:
- Bead-board from our local home-improvement store, painted satin black
- Tribeca Blend Mosaic Tile from Mosaic Tile Supplies (at $7/sq ft)
- Chair rail, painted satin black
- Benjamin Moore – Dorset Gold paint
- Stamped colored concrete for the floor
If you’re interested in the How-To, here’s what you need to know:
- How to hang wallboard
- How to get the textured drywall finish
- How to install mosaic wall tile
- How to build and tile counters
I admit that the last little bit of it was the worst. And not just because of the temper-tantrum and resulting fingernail injury yesterday. The hardest part about this whole bathroom was actually these windows.
We furred the walls out with 2×3’s and in retrospect should have popped the old windows out and created wood frames around them. (It was February in Michigan at the time though, so I don’t know that we can be faulted for wanting to keep the windows in as long as possible.) Instead we had the glass block installed in the old concrete opening, and we ended up with some nasty areas around the windows to frame in.
After weeks of hemming-and-hawing around it, I finally just got out the table saw, miter saw, finish nailer and some shims and started in on it. Its not remotely square, but I’ve found there’s not much you can do to black trim that won’t be forgiven with a little black caulk.
I was also a little stymied by the top of the half-wall I built between the urinal and sink. Tile? No tile?
Finally I just grabbed some leftover 1×6 from building the window casings…
And used the router to put a fancy edge on it.
I’m so glib about that, but I’ll tell you straight up that even with the router table, I take seven deep breaths before I use that thing. If ever there was a tool I was going to lose a finger to…
Don’t worry, no digits lost this time, people.
The rest of my life weekend was spent trimming around various doors and weekends.
And since I just now decided while looking at these pictures to put some baseboard around the bathroom as well, it ain’t over yet!
The Missing Piece
So the one thing this room needs yet, is a little something on this wall:
But I’m not sure which direction to go. I’m thinking maybe a vintage Texaco sign, since it is a gas station after all.
Maybe a pinup or two?
Nothing has really struck me as being “right” yet, so what do you all think? What’s the perfect finishing piece for this man-cave bathroom?
Edit: To see what I decided on, check out the final wall art here.