Renovating the Protocol-osseum - Part 1

by Bill Cable - Executive Editor
on 2017-11-21, 08:13:42

So... a little background. Back in June my wife and I went out to Vegas for the weekend to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary. The week after we came back, the pipes gave out under the shower in our master bathroom, taking with them three ceilings. Since we purchased the house, we'd been living with this crummy little stall-sized shower with awful cracked yellow tile that I just hated. So since we were gonna pay to replace all the pipes anyway, we decided we might as well invest in a full-sized shower. This directly impacted my Star Wars room, as the closet in that room shared space with the proposed full shower. Here's a look at the changes:

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For reference, here's what the wall used to look like. Note the closet with sliding doors:

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After the renovations (which, I won't take credit, we paid a contractor to do... I'm decent with small installations, but putting in a full-sized shower and building new walls is a bit beyond my comfort level), here's what the room ended up looking like:

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Now - it was almost September by the time all these renovations were completed. We'd ordered a shower stall that took close to 5 weeks to deliver, and between the plumbers and the contractor it was like a month of construction. By the time it was done my weekends were pretty busy, so I had to attack this job slowly. First up was painting (something I'm actually pretty good at)...

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So now I have this blank wall. What am I gonna do with a blank wall? MORE SHELVES! Because MOC figures look much better on shelves like this than they look on bookcases. And also I don't have any other C-3PO movie posters worth hanging.

My biggest concern was not to nick the new plumbing behind that wall. One screw into those copper lines, and it's a whole new flood and three new ceilings ruined! (And... see... when we were talking to the plumber I was like "So there will be an access panel here for the back of the pipes" and the plumber was like "You don't need an access panel these days... you can get to the pipes through the fixture" so I told the contractor "Okay, I guess you don't need to put an access panel there" and then after the wall was up the plumber was like "Where's the access panel? You gotta have an access panel else it's not to code" and me and the contractor were like "YOU TOLD US NOT TO BUILD AN ACCESS PANEL!") So I had no way to know exactly where the pipes are. I ended up measuring from the outside wall to the fixture inside the bathroom, then marked off that same distance in the Star Wars room. Then I added 9 inches on either side for the "No-Go Zone". That's what we have marked here...

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Next job was to find the studs.

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And now I had a big decision to make. I realized if I tried to continue the shelves next to the old ones, it'd look like crap. There'd be no way to achieve a perfect smooth line. And I had an epiphany. What if I put in a divider? A vertical break that separates the left (3PO collection) from the right (other MOCs)? I got a piece of wood and attached it to the old shelves (making sure it was perfectly level)...

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Yeah... that's real nice!

Next then I measured, cut and painted the shelves. And drilled my pilot holes.

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And then I hung them with my handy-dandy extra-long shelf-hanging bit (which I purchased when I hung the first shelves in the room back in 2009!

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After all that prep work, the job of hanging the shelves went nice and smoothly. And here's how they look...

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Notice how, with the vertical divider, the shelves look really smooth flowing into the existing shelves. It's a great illusion. I couldn't be happier with it.

With the wall shelves done, now it was time to tackle the small cubbyhole remaining from the old closet. But that's a tale for next week!





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