A Bathroom Sink & The First Concrete Floor Inside

On Wednesday of this past week, Armando was cutting grass and so I was on my own. There are still a few ceiling panels to install but that is a two man job.

I decided to prepare the counter top for the sink in the hall half bath in container #3. My reason for doing this out-of-sequence job rather than installing a window or other mission critical task is this: Cynthia and I have hired a Panamanian artist to paint a scene on the walls in this bathroom. No, it really isn’t time to do this, and it won’t help us get moved in. But the artist, Hugo Jimenez, a teacher in Panama City, is on vacation while school is out of session for the holidays; perfect timing for him. He won’t be available for another year.

This is the bathroom off the living room/dining room, and is off the hallway going to the master bedroom. It measures about four-feet by eight-feet, and Hugo will paint a scene on all the walls and the ceiling. This all started with a glass sink that we bought before we moved here from the states. Here is a photo:


Cynthia and I had already discussed the design for the sink base. In keeping with the industrial look of the shipping containers, we decided to use a concrete drainage pipe for the pedestal and to pour a concrete counter top on the pedestal. I bought a ten-inch pipe for $30. I cut the pipe to length and cut an access hole on the back of the pipe for mounting the sink and running pipes for the faucet. Here is the sink base formed and poured:


And with the forms stripped off the next day:


We may simply polish the concrete and apply a sealer, although we are debating the option of covering the pedestal with small river rocks. In other bathrooms, we may cover the pedestal and counter with decorative glass tiles. Whatever we decide, I think the construction has a great simplicity of bigger-than-life geometric shapes. It reminds me of those hydraulic lifts in auto repair shops. Does the sink go up and down? Here’s another view:


To prepare for Hugo, I still have to prime paint the walls and ceiling, but the repello (stucco) on the right hand wall still needs more time to cure.

On Thursdays, Armando works for other expats, so I was on my own again (as I was on Friday because it rained too hard on Thursday for him to work for the other expats). I decided to prepare the floor, in that same bathroom and in the adjacent hallway, for concrete. I cut re-mesh and rebar and put them in place.

Cynthia and I decided to put a tile insert, simulating a carpet runner, in the hallway floor. I prepared a wooden form to delineate the future insert. Here is a photo; the plank is for Armando to roll the wheelbarrow on:


At the very bottom of the photo you can see that I let the mesh and rebar pass through to the master bedroom so that the concrete floors will interconnect. At the far end of the hallway you can see the stair landing all formed and ready for the pour.

In the next picture you can see that I cut short pieces of 1.5″ by 3″ metal carriolas and tucked them under the re-mesh. This will make pouring the floor much easier as we won’t have to jockey the mesh into place as we pour. You can also see details of how I made the form for the tile inset:


Jabo holds everything in place.

Next Armando pours concrete on the landing:


It rained most of the day but we were dry under a blue tarp that I hung over the landing. The bathroom is in the door on the left.

Armando poses for Cynthia:


As do I:


Here’s the floor, pretty much done, from the bedroom side. After it cures I’ll remove the insert form boards:


We watch HGTV’s The Antonio Treatment and also Secrets From A Stylist and always come away with good ideas. In Secrets From A Stylist, Emily Henderson has people choose things that they like, then names their personal design style. We’ve done our own style diagnostic and have named our style, Natural-Industrial-Bling.

I’m pretty happy with how the floor turned out, which is a good thing. In keeping with our Natural-Industrial-Bling style (and our not-unlimited budget), we plan to keep the concrete floors as they are.

The next picture looks into the bathroom.


The next photo looks into the master bedroom from the stair landing (the hall bathroom is on the right):


We managed the entire day without even one paw print.

That’s all for this project, but in the Awh, How Sweet! department, after Cynthia visited with the camera, I rounded a corner and found this on one of the walls:


And here’s a bit of holiday mirth from Jabo:

Here’s a slideshow of all the photos in this post:

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That’s all for now.