Hummingbird shower mural - shower surround

by brae  

With the hummingbird tile mural in place, it was time to address the shower walls and door.  First, since I wasn't sure how easily this would be accomplished once the shower surround was in place, I added the shower head and water control lever from ELF Miniatures.

I used a simple washer to serve as an escutcheon for the water control lever.  I added lines of red and blue paint to indicate the hot-cold adjustment.  :D  I glued a Chrysnbon soap dish to the shower wall.  The blue soap is also from ELF Miniatures.

The drain cover is from ELF Miniatures, too.  I added a piece of wooden dowel to create a surface for gluing it in place.  The shower base is from The Dolls House Emporium.

I built a basswood frame for the shower surround, figuring it out as I went.  I put the remaining furniture in place to see if this was going to work.  It's a reasonable sized room so it just squeaks by with enough space.

I painted the wood pieces Warm White by Americana and then installed the shower surround piece by piece.  For some pieces, I used double-sided tape as well as glue and pins to keep it all solid and stuck together.  I thought tape would be better than glue alone since the tape would stay sticky whereas glue would harden and run the risk of popping loose.  It's not the most solid construction, but since it is a stationary unit there shouldn't be a problem with its staying together.

I cut one piece of acrylic sheet to serve as a partial wall and door on the sink side -- I scored a line to delineate where the wall and the door separate.  I cut another solid piece of acrylic to serve as the front wall.  I had originally planned to pin hinge a working door, but the acrylic I had was just too thin to do so without a frame and the idea of a frame didn't match the simple lines I wanted for the shower surround.  The hummingbird tile is the focus, and the surround just encloses the unit to make it believable.

I cut small pieces of metal sheet (it has an adhesive back) and stuck them to the acrylic to mimic pin hinge casings. Here's a photo that shows them better.

The door handle is from ELF Miniatures.  I drilled holes in the acrylic to help keep it attached.   And, yes, though it doesn't open, the measurements of the door allow it to clear the wall sink with no problem.  :D

Here's the original inspiration from Fine & Country.

I love the way my interpretation turned out...and I especially like that the bathroom is almost done!  :D

14 comments

Comment from: April [Visitor]
Awesome shower fixtures, they look great and don't detract from the tile :D
05/01/13 @ 08:22
Comment from: Blondie [Visitor]
This is amazing AND I learned a new word: escutcheon.
05/01/13 @ 08:57
Comment from: Lynn [Visitor]
Brae, that is sooo perfect! All the fine detail. Where did you get the base of the shower?
05/01/13 @ 09:28
Comment from: Mona [Visitor]
Your bathroom look so real. You did a great job, love the shower and you are always so good making all the details perfect. Mona
05/01/13 @ 09:56
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thank you so much! :>> I learned the term escutcheon a few years back from my friend who happens to be a plumber! Sorry I forgot to list the supplier for the shower base - it's The Dolls House Emporium - I added the link above. :yes:
05/01/13 @ 10:21
Comment from: Lucille [Visitor]
Oh my goodness, Brae! It's breathtaking. I find that now that the room is finished, the mural looks even more stunning! And all those little details that you added contribute to make this room look lifelike. Congratulations on a superb job!
05/01/13 @ 10:47
Comment from: Monique [Visitor]
Hi Brae, I can't keep up with you (as I might have mentioned before) so I comment on a few of your last posts: WOW, what terrific progress you've made!!! It all looks great, I love how your shower/bathroom turned out, it all comes together perfectly. Thanks for all the notifications of things you used, good to know. And your landscaping and the deck looks amazing, very well done!
05/01/13 @ 12:21
Comment from: Ruth [Visitor]
The shower is absolutely beautiful! Looking forward to seeing how the bathroom develops. XX Ruth
05/01/13 @ 13:03
Comment from: Sarah K. [Visitor]
That bathroom is really something out of a fantasy. Seeing the real life one makes it even more incredible.
05/01/13 @ 21:17
Comment from: 12Create [Visitor]
It looks great Brae. Another item ticked off your to-do list for the project!
05/01/13 @ 22:17
Comment from: Jaz [Visitor]
Wow oh wow....
05/02/13 @ 03:09
Comment from: Lyssa [Visitor]
Is it appropriate for one to LIVE in a shower? :D GORGEOUS!
05/02/13 @ 06:13
Comment from: Norma [Visitor]
It's absolutely stunning Brae, the tiles are so beautiful. The shower drain cover is an interesting little addition, I haven't looked at the Elf minis site for quite a long time, I think I'd better check it out again soon.
05/02/13 @ 16:56
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thank you so much!!! :>>
05/06/13 @ 16:46


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