Lately, I have been on a DIY rampage - fixing, tweaking and finally getting some things done around here. I have completely regrouted and resealed the tile in our guest shower - a shower we have not used for over 2 years because it was leaking into the frocking kitchen. I have installed several light switches.. I installed 4 new towel rods (the installation of one went seriously wrong and involved ripping a stupid anchor that the previous owner had erroneously installed and now the wall requires "fixing". Ahem.) I still have so much more to do - regrouting, caulking and resealing our master shower. Installing new outside light fixtures. Replacing another broken light switch (I swear the other light switches are committing hara-kiri in the bright glow of the new, sparkly competition that has been installed lately.) Patching some drywall here and there. Stripping some wallpaper. Fixing a screen door. And what is particularly frightening is that I am ticking off things on my To Do list and adding things with a similar frequency - as I marked off the towel rods, I had to add the patching of some drywall. Yes, the list does go on, as it always seems to when it comes to home ownership.
Although, I will admit that I did love purchasing a new drill/driver. I went with a Ridgid R92008 and I love, love, LOVE it - the integrated clutch and chuck has made my life so much simpler. Power tools always make my heart pitter-pat anyway. And the kids? They enjoy going to home improvement stores with me and it sort of counts as an activity for us. Although, the kids do think those stores are all called Lowe's, regardless of where we are - sorry 'bout that Home Depot.
When we moved into this house, it was a mish-mash of schemes - some gold/brass left over from the original construction in 1989. Some silver/nickel here and there, a result of the previous owner doing a little DIY himself. However, I am particular to the whole rusted bronze look since I am a 3rd Place kinda gal, . And so, when we took over this house in 2004, I had a few light fixtures installed in accordance with Rodin in mind.
Shoot me now, because I have a bathroom that is sporting ALL of these looks. And it just hit me like a ton o' bricks the other day.
Observe the Mess that is my half bath.
In case you do not believe that outlet is almond color, I shall provide you with a close-up. Yikes.
Gentle Reader, what the Hell was I thinking????
Okay. Breathe, Kelli. Breathe.
I can easily replace the knobs. Sorta. Those suckers are expensive and I would need to go ahead and get them for other two bathrooms.
No? Yes? Maybe? Huh?
But the light switch? I could drop-kick my own ass. The thinking was to eventually replace all of the drab, almond light switches in the house with the pretty, pretty white ones. In my girlish, light-headed excitement, I forgot about the multitude of outlets that would need to replaced. And while they are cheap to buy, my time is worth money. Despite what all the SAHM Cynics would like to think. So. It seems I will need to replace the light switch that I just replaced. Ditto for the kids' room, which is also sporting a bright white light switch and almond outlets.
And the faucet?? I see another DIY workshop in my future, folks.