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Guest Bathroom Redo

Guest bathroom improvements

New look!

I just repainted the Guest Bathroom cabinets and walls. The cabinet finish was very worn. On a suggestion of a friend, I painted the cabinets a dark gray and the walls a light gray, to go with the existing pink tile that did not get changed. It looks very nice. The toilet paper holder is now a fixture that matches the towel bars.

Acting on another suggestion from the same friend, the huge 4’X 4′ mirror over the sink has been replaced by a decorative mirror from Pier 1. It has a cracked mother-of-pearl border that has grays and pinks in it.

I also re-caulked the countertop and sink. A new faucet is on the way. If it gets here before I leave I will install it and update this post.

After that, some coastal drawer and cabinet pulls that I don’t have time to have shipped this visit, and then some art work on the walls, and we are done!

Guest bathroom improvements, second view

Repainted cabinets, new mirror, and repainted walls

2013 Kayak Trip


This is very hard work.

The “Bionic Hips and Knees Kayak.” Not a team made in heaven. Look at the expression of the paddler in the back. He spent the rest of the week kicking the yellow kayak. We decided to switch front paddlers to avoid blood shed. Things got worse as the pairs were now man and wife. After counseling there was no permanent damage to the relationship.

We started and ended at the Niles Channel boat ramp on Summerland Key. The trip was abbreviated from the planned itinerary due to crew exhaustion and failure to paddle in a straight line.

Cudjoe Bike Trail

Bike Trail

New “Old State Road 4”

The Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail (FKOHT) is coming to Cudjoe Key. The “Old State Road 4” road bed, which was all overgrown and ripped up, first got graded and prepped for paving. Then it got paved. Very nice!

It now runs way past Blimp Road, all the way to where it will cross the highway around the Sheriff’s Substation. This is part of the Summerland Key to Sugarloaf Key trail section. All of it is under construction.

"Newer" Old State Road 4

Newer “Old State Road 4”

This makes the bike trip to the end of Blimp Road a very pleasant trip. No more branches in the face. The trip to the KOA Campground Bar and Mangrove Mama’s is also now a breeze. Who knows, maybe Sugarloaf Lodge and the Bat Tower will be on the Biking from Cudjoe short list.

I have no idea when it will be completed, but it shouldn’t be too long. I can’t find an updated schedule on the internet.

For more information about the Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail go to:


Old Town Recreational Kayaks

Old Town Recreational Kayaks

Two Tandem Recreational Kayaks
We have two tandem kayaks with two paddles and two life jackets for each. You can paddle across the bay, explore the local canals, or put them on top of your car and take a back country kayak trip. Lots of fun!

Mango Cruiser Bicycles


Mango Cruiser Aluminum Bike

We have six of these Mango Cruiser bicycles in the storage room. They are all aluminum so they don’t rust. They are great for riding around the neighborhood or up to the fish market to get seafood for dinner. There are also lots of places in the local area to go exploring, like Blimp Road or Loop Road. Also, it looks like the Overseas Highway Bike Path is going to be completed in this area pretty soon. They are working on it like crazy.

There are three boys bikes and three girls bikes. They all have gears. four of them have seven gears, two of them have three gears.

Each bike has a removable basket and a lock. Three have pumps.


New Cushion Covers on Screened Porch

New cushions on sitting area furniture on screened porch.

The green and white stripe cushions on the wicker furniture on the screened in porch were about shot. They lasted forever, but they were done. We picked out a new Sunbrella fabric called Canvas Tangerine and had an interior designer/upholsterer sew them. This is the result. They really look nice! It upgrades the appearance of the entire porch. We also got new throw cushions.

Guest Bathroom Improvements

Guest Bathroom ImprovementsI put in a new shower door in the guest bathroom. The old one wouldn’t slide easily and kept coming off the rail. The new one works great, and looks very nice too.

This looked like a bigger job than it was. The big thing is putting in the caulk. However, I found a calking finishing tool in a cabinet and it worked great. I will never caulk again without such a tool.


New guest bathroom drainThe drain to this shower/tub was so corroded that you could not even screw in the drain plug. So I replaced that too.

I had to chisel out the old one until it finally started to unscrew. It had a happy ending though, as nothing broke and the new drain screwed in fine. After one instance of leaking, I reseated it and it works perfectly now.