Color change to the Casbah resizes

Project by Craftsman on the Lake posted 04-22-2012 08:58 PM 3758 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have posted this as a standard project here awhile back. Now I’m posting it with explanation for the color challenge-04.

Do you remember those cartoons where Popeye was in Arabia and he looked into the sultans tent and it was a hundred times bigger on the inside than the outside. The sultan said, “Welcome to the Casbah!”.

Well, I had a similar issue with my bathroom but in reverse. It was much smaller inside that one would expect before you looked in. Two issues caused this problem. One was the size. It’s not that big, and the other was the color and decor. I decided that I needed to ‘enlarge’ the place without actually making it larger. The operative word is ‘illusion’ here.

To accomplish this I removed the boxy sink vanity, which covered half the floor and installed a handmade birdseye maple floating countertop. and replaced the tub with a neo-angle shower enclosure. The final step was to lighten up everything. The walls, furniture, the fixtures, the cabinetry, everything. So, marble floor, maple cabinetry and woodwork, glass sink, atrium white paint, lots of glass in the shower, and elongated mirror, also used in the recent mirror challenge, sorry ;-(.
The result is much more floor showing and the illusion of space. The Casbah is now larger. “shiver me timbers” as Popeye would have said. Thanks for viewing.

The cabinet has a center drawer instead of a door. It functions as the medicine cabinet that isn’t there.

With it partially open.

LCD lights in the sink ring turn on automatically when someone enters the bathroom and off 15 seconds after they leave.

-- Tryin'

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posted 04-22-2012 09:23 PM

Very nice. I’m planning to put in a bowl sink like you did. I was asking Lee Jesberger about them and he stated that for everyone that he put in, he took back out later. He said that the customers liked the design but that they were very impractical.

What’s you take on the sink.

I plan on putting mine in a half bath and the sink is hardly ever used.

-- Retired in Delaware

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posted 04-22-2012 09:50 PM

I suppose it depends on the use. We pretty much brush our teeth using it. I would say that it is more decorative than anything else. It’s just the wife and I and we don’t wash our hair in the sink. (as if I had any). If someone had a bunch of kids, especially girls with makeup and hair washing and such then maybe a regular sink would be fine. As far as water going into it and draining out…. as far as it acting well for a sink…. It works so no issues there. They are not problematic or anything like that.

-- Tryin'

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posted 06-07-2012 12:04 PM

It looks very nice and I think your decorating ideas here were right on the mark. The work is top level too. I am a little disappointed that we didn’t get to see the whole thing, but I realize it must be extremely difficult to photograph.

-- Mike an American living in Norway

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posted 06-07-2012 12:08 PM

Thanks Stefang. All the wood stuff is hand made by me. Right down to the mop boards.

-- Tryin'

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posted 06-08-2012 09:01 AM

Congratulations, Craftsman on the Lake. You are the winner of the “Colour Me This” Challenge!!

-- ~ Debbie, Ontario Canada

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posted 06-08-2012 10:44 AM

Thanks Debbie, and everyone who voted. An honor.

-- Tryin'

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