Remember when we finished the guest bathroom? Well it wasn’t really finished. In fact, it lacked a key component: the L-shaped shower curtain rod. So no one showered in that thing since we built it. But we finally checked that item off our to do list, just in time for family to stay with us.
We wanted to keep this bathroom as bright and open as possible, so instead of walling in our bathtub/shower on three sides, we kept the third side open and just built in our tub with a little half wall. Hence the need for the L-rod. The install went down like this. Step one: order your L-rod (make sure it has a ceiling brace included) and then fail to install it for months and months. Step two: realize your sister-in-law and her boyfriend are coming to town so start to fret over drilling through your penny tile. Step three: the night before they arrive open the L-rod box, start this project, and cross your fingers that you don’t destroy your tile walls and force your guests to share your kids’ shower. Yes, I did all those things. And then I got down to business.
I found it easiest to measure the rod placement based on the length of my shower curtain. We went for an extra-long shower curtain that doubled as a liner. This allowed us to install the rod close to the ceiling and made the rod/curtain less of a focus – we wanted our tile to be the star of the room (well, that and my floating sink vanity). Of course shower curtain/liner combos don’t seem to come in both extra-long and extra-wide, so I used two extra-long shower curtain/liners and overlapped them. If I had sewing skills, I probably would have cut and sewn them together.
To install the rod, I tested holding the curtain on the rod then measured the height down from the ceiling at all points, checked whether the rod would be level (not all ceilings are level), sawed off the metal piece that attaches to the ceiling to the appropriate length, and then pre-drilled through my tile to get the brackets to attach to the wall. Nerve-wracking, I tell you – both the time constraint and the worry about drilling through tile. But it worked perfectly.
Emboldened by my install success, I just kept drilling and added a couple of towel hooks. Very shiny.
Not only do these hooks allow guests to easily reach for a towel, they also double as a curtain tie back when we don’t have guests staying with us – just add a little ribbon and you’re done.
So now we’re
one two steps closer to being done with this room. When I get bored with other house projects, I may want to do a little more with this room, like installing quarter round (I initially didn’t want it but my mind is changing), new windows or at least glass, and maybe new art (probably just adding to but not replacing the marble paper art). Not exactly top priority stuff. Certainly lower than having your shower actually be able to function as a shower.
Anyone else finally do a project that was on your list for freaking-ever? That’s just how I roll over here – get 99% done and that final 1% just takes forever to complete. Oh yeah, if you follow me on Instagram (@houseupdated) you’ll know we started some new demo this weekend before bothering to finish the basement…par for the course around here.