Bathroom Shower

April 25th, 2008

The pink bathroom got a shower and a new floor.

This is the cheapy external shower kit we installed. The best part of the whole thing was asking the guy at Home Depot if he had brass nipples. He did – and in lots of sizes.

We had to install a shorter nipple to attach the faucet and anchored the pipe to the wall. The whole project cost about $120 and took 4 hours. This external shower kit is a piece of crap. We had to take the whole thing apart to burrow out some holes and reinstall it about 4 or 5 times. It kind of works, but the shower head leaks when you just want the tub faucet on and when you turn the shower on it is SO LOUD. Painfully loud.

So we have yet to use the stupid thing, and continue to shower in the blue bathroom. Oh well…

But we did finish the VCT floor. I actually really like it, and love how durable it is. We had it sealed and waxed and now it looks great. Now that I finally bought a digital camera, there will be better pics to come!

Flea Market

April 21st, 2008

On Sunday I went with my sister to the Long Beach Antique Market for the first time. For years I’ve been pretty reticent about going to flea markets (well you have to get up so early) and I imagined them to be stuffed with overpriced shabby chic crappiness.

I am an idiot. There was a ton of great stuff there, and the prices were unbelievably cheap and reasonable. Now I am addicted and see a future of uncontrollable shopping.

I purchased a black sculptura “donut” phone ($20), a pair of mid century lamps with fiberglass shades (big ticket $75), a mid century secretary ($40 – that will eventually be a bar), and a short knoll tulip table with a marble top and metal base ($25!).

Pics coming soon…

A new old stove

April 16th, 2008

Our vintage O’Keeffe and Merritt is installed and almost ready for a pot roast, pork chops, or bundt cake. While I would have loved to go industrial and stainless, the price for a new stove was prohibitive. We have a 40″ stove gap and a tight budget, so even the cheap dent and ding 30″ Sears stoves were out of our price range.

I bought this classic beauty off of craigslist, aahhhh my first love – craigslist.

Theres a bit of an issue with the broiler and oven – they won’t get hot! The griddle and stove top burners work like champs, so I’m forking out $40 to have the pros come and assess the issue.

Oh well, you get what you pay for with vintage. But JESUS that thing looks amazing, which is all that matters…

The interiors of the Youngstown steel cabinets got a new coat of baby pink Rustoleum. We all agreed – they now look like vagina’s.

This is the plug of DOOM. What the hell is going on? There are 3 circuits and a cluster fuck of cables.

This is the plug for our fridge, and isn’t grounded. I tried to screw it back in the wall after we inspected the mess and almost killed myself. An exposed wire hit metal and the thing sparked and went BOOOOOM and threw the breaker. I almost wet my pants, and thought I was going to die. Electrical work is now left to the pros.