I spent a little time today on the sink, pulling silicon sealant and removing the drain. The drain seemed to have been leaking so I’m getting all new fixtures and sealant. The holding tank arrives next week for the head so I can start working on the countertop fixtures. I’ve ordered a nice combination shower and faucet from Skandvik. I wasn’t able to find this model anywhere online so it had to be custom ordered. Upon taking apart the sink drain fittings, one part crumbled when I torqued on it. Luckily nothing is needed from the old fixture when reinstalling.
I’m also on the third coat of varnish for the bathroom trim. My friend Ryan Davey shot some photos of the progress today and was also responsible for the first two coats of varnish on the trim. I’ve never used varnish before but from what I’ve read about some ideas on varnishing wood I think I get it. The first coat was penetrating epoxy which filled the wood at a deeper level than the varnish can reach. A mix of 2/3 varnish to 1/3 varnish thinner coat gets applied to a cleaned surface. After drying, sand down the bumps and create a lightly textured surface for the next coat. Apply the next coat of either 5/6 varnish to 1/6 thinner or 100 percent varnish. Let dry and then check to see if there are voids. If so, repeat the same process of sanding and coating until voids are mostly if not completely gone. I chose high-gloss Epifanes Gloss clear spar varnish and a two-part penetrating epoxy from Restor-It.