Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Confessions

Confession # 1 - My guest bathroom still isn't don't.  It's the bane of my existence now.  The faucet is in, the frames for the mirror and the art work are done, and the decorative shelf is done.  But The Builder had a glass mishap.  He cut the mirror the wrong size.  You know how the shoemakers kids always went barefoot?  Yep, the Glaziers wife can never get a mirror hung.  Mirrors are almost a bad word for me anymore...

Confessions # 2 - I'm crazy about glass.  I love the stuff.  I think it must have something to do with being a Glaziers daughter, sister, aunt, and wife (in case you aren't following, my dad, brother, nephew, and hubby are all Glaziers).  So when I go into home decor stores like Home Goods, I'm almost always instantly drawn to the menagerie of glass items.  Look how pretty they are!  Yes, I could have taken them all home and probably found a place...eventually...for them.  I'm such a fan of glass, I've even convince friends to join in my silent obsession (my best friend M reads this and she is the owner of a Clarity Trio set which she readily admits she never uses and bought on whim when at a candle party with me, oops!  Sorry M!) when I find really good deals that I don't need.  Anyway, tonight I didn't go for any of these lovely tall pieces.  In fact, I actually picked something low profile and simple in the glassware section tonight.  But more on that later


Sea Turtle
Confession # 3 - I'm still not 100% sure on how I'm styling the guest bathroom.  I keep changing my mind on what it should look like.  I've officially ruled out red.  I like the pale blue walls with the silver, white, and natural tones.  Unfortunately, I think the red pops of color, even in small doses, would be too much in this small space.  I found these beautiful (non-glass!) pieces tonight too, that I really love.  I'm really leaning towards the seahorse.  He's made from driftwood, and I think it's an absolutely beautiful piece.  I need to measure the base to make sure he'll fit on the shelf The Builder made last weekend (yes, he was really really busy with building projects for me, thus the reason we aren't actually done with the powder room).  I had no idea this was something I was looking for until saw it.  There's a matching sea turtle too (which reminds me of my best friend, who has one for each of her children tattooed on her back, which I love the meaning behind!) but I think it's too big for my bathroom.  Isn't it pretty though?!  But I really think he'll be staying at the store...

Confession # 4 - Well, I don't actually have one.  But here's a sneak peak at what I bought tonight.  It's going on top of my toilet, just like you see it here.  Simple.  Clean.  Perfect.


Saturday, April 7, 2012

Surviving Saturday

It's a holiday weekend, and of course I have a ton of stuff to do.  Like make the cheesecake for Easter dinner tomorrow (this is my recipe blog).  Finish the spring cleaning on my kitchen (which is currently completely torn apart - The Builder felt the need to help speed things along...enough said).  Boil eggs for my kids to dye.  Oh, and laundry would be nice since I don't plan to work on it Easter Sunday!

But I have this powder room that is in a barely usable state, and it's driving me crazy!

Look at this sink fixture.  Let me assure you, it has NEVER been replaced.  When The Builder pulled it out this morning, the plumbers putty that they use to secure it was not adhering anymore.  It was cracked and icky.  This is a "mix it" faucet, installed by most builders because it's cheap and does the job.  The Builder calls it a "fix it" faucet because, in his words, "it sucks!"  You know, this is the type of faucet where you can never get just the right temperature on the water.  It's either to hot or to cold.  It's also just plain ugly, and the only one in the house on a sink (I have one on my master tub, but that's another issue...)

Then there's the sink itself.  I already share with you that I am not a fan of the clam shell sink. While I do appreciate that caulk does get old and allow water to leak through the edge, this is simply an ugly sink in my opinion.  To make matters worse, this one is really scratched up.  Someone came in with appliance paint at some point and sprayed just scratches.  Ahem.  If you're going to do something, take the time to do it right!!!  As I type speak, The Builder has removed the faucet fixture, the drain stopper, and taped off the freshly painted walls.  We are using appliance paint to repaint the sink, but we are repainting the entire sink.  That meant The Builder we had to sand out all the scratches and the uneven paint first.  Yes, it's a pain.  I would have loved to have just put down a quick coat and called it good.  But the goal is to NOT move again any time soon, and this is my home, even if I don't own it, so it's worth doing it right!


This is a close up of the bottom of the sink.  You can see the discoloration from the paint, all the scratches, and the sink stop that's also corroded and ugly.  Thankfully the new sink fixture came with a replacement piece too.  So when the paint is dry and the new fixtures are installed, this will really look good.

On a side note, if you decide to refinish a sink or an appliance, make sure you have good ventilation.  This paint has obnoxious fumes!  But it will be worth it when it's completed!

More to come soon...