Sunday, August 31, 2008

Here come the sweats

I'm starting to get a little nervous about what this bathroom redo is going to cost--I just added up the things in my Amazon remodeling wish list and it's over $750...for just those few things. If I cut $100 out of my debt-paying fund every month for supplies between now and March (when I was planning to have the work done), I can't even cover the wish list. And that doesn't even include the tile, paint, lumber, new window, labor for whatever professionals are required, etc....Maybe I should put off this project for another year so I can, over that time, buy more of the supplies with cash. The idea of piling more debt on my credit cards makes me uneasy, especially when I'm so close to have the whole mess paid off.

As Fagin said in Oliver!, "I think I'd better think it out again."

Saturday, August 30, 2008

A collection starts with one thing...

I won the sink faucet for my bathroom remodel on eBay and saved $50 off retail--YAY! I was going to get the light sconces first, but this faucet turned up at such a good price, I didn't want to miss it. I'll be on the lookout for the matching shower/tub set now.  :)  If it doesn't turn up next month, I'll get the sconces then.

Haven't added up all the costs of materials yet, because I haven't figured yet how many square feet of floor & wall tiles we'll need. When I do figure the cost, it'll probably scare the bejesus out of me.

The walls were going to be pale yellow, but we've changed to Navajo white to go better with the tiles we picked out. Also, all the towel bars will be white ceramic (haven't picked out a style yet) instead of the rustic bronze that goes with my faucets. Just the two faucets (sink & shower) should be enough "jewelry" in this small bathroom.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Tile and faucets

All the tilesAvalon shower setHere are pix of the different tiles I'll be using in my remodeled bathroom. The big tile is going on the floor; the one in this pic is a 6" sample I bought, but the actual tile will be 13" x 13". It's called Tuscany Gold. The plain 4" tile is almond; that will be the base color in the tub/shower area and around the vanity. And the sparklies in the lower right of the pic are 1"-square glass tiles with rough edges in 3-4 different colors. They come assembled in a one-foot square on mesh backing. They cost a bit, but we're only going to be using 8-9' of it as a horizontal color band in the tub/shower area. You can get a better look at the mosaic tile on my Flickr site.

Avalon sink faucetThe two other pix are the hardware I've picked out: Price Pfister, style Avalon, finish Rustic Bronze. They should look great with the tile colors.  :)

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Release the hounds!

I'm totally wiped, but it's been a very productive weekend so far. I've had visitors in the persons of my bathroom designer and contractor (otherwise known as sister A. and bro-in-law V.) and we finally have a color scheme! We couldn't make any progress until that was established; now I can start collecting stuff for the Big Remodel next spring. We found a gorgeous multicolored glass mosaic tile for the accent color band in the tub/shower area, A's got a great idea for a matching color band on the painted walls, and I've chosen a finish for the sink faucet and tub/shower hardware. V. checked out the floor and found no "squishy" areas that would need repairs, plus he said the rusty spot on my art deco iron tub isn't so bad, after all, so I get to keep it. And A. & I found two modular vanity pieces that can be put together with some small, hand-built shelves to make a 44" vanity, the top of which will be made from Hardiboard (I think that's what it's called) with a nice, old-fashioned white oval sink plopped into it and tile over the rest matching the base-color tile in the tub/shower area. We also found a great tile for the floor. V. also says we can reverse the bathroom door so that it's hinged on the right side instead of the left, and will open flat against the water heater closet door (which is dead space most of the time) instead of right up against the vanity (which is tremendously in the way and just makes the bathroom look smaller).

This afternoon, after returning from an extended browse through Home Depot to collect prices on various supplies, A. & I used blue painter's tape to mark off areas in the bathroom where the various paint, tile, and other areas will be. It's going to look wonderful! The best room in the house!

Which, of course, means I'll have to fix up the rest of the house.  :D  Well, I was planning to do that, anyway...although not soon!

Tomorrow, I'll knock out some new sketches of the rearranged remodeling plan, plus pix of the tile samples we brought back, along with any pix I can find of all the stuff we picked out at Home Depot, etc. And I'm going to redo my budget to include a small allowance for remodeling supplies each month, which won't hurt my debt payoff amount too much and will help me keep the remodeling costs on a cash basis as much as possible (because we all know the evils of credit cards).

This is so much fun!  :)  Come back for colors and tile tomorrow!

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Oil man promotes ditching oil as energy source

This is interesting. Famous oil man T. Boone Pickens is now pushing American self-sufficiency via wind power, natural gas, and solar power, rather than continuing to drain the country paying for oil so that Middle Eastern sheiks can get richer and tighten their stranglehold on us. Pickens doesn't seem to have a political agenda (or maybe it's just not obvious to me). Anyway, T. Boone's "plan" is worth a read.

Oil is one addiction we, as a nation, could definitely stand to break, for both environmental and national security reasons.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

B-day bliss

Life is good today. Not only did I get shrimpies for lunch, two very nice people gave me a total of $40 to spend at Barnes & Noble. What excellent prezzies!

Now I need to go home and work off my shrimp fettucini.  :)

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Not older--better

In ten days, I'll be 47. If I have to get older, I want shrimp for lunch that day. Screw the diet, it's my birthday. Nyah.

Hey, I saw a Prius in my very own "hood" yesterday! (That has nothing to do with my birthday, although I do want one after my current car is paid off.) I don't know whether the owner was a resident or a visitor, but I was glad to see that someone around here digs hybrids. Higher MPG isn't the only goal; cleaning up the air one vehicle at a time is important, too. Cheaper fuel cost is a great bonus, though!