Tuesday, February 26, 2008

My Name is Kim, and I'm a Home Improvement Addict

Everyone together - Hi Kim!!

Home improvement is like crack - it's so addictive. You start with a small hit, like innocent new hand towels. The next day, you notice the shower curtain looks ratty next to the new towels, so you sneak off to the store for a new one, and somehow a curved shower rod winds up in your cart. Now you're jonesing for a rainwater shower head. A few days go by, you're trying to fight the cravings, and before you know it, you're picking out paint colors, pricing replacement doors and fixtures, and matching the trash can to the toothbrush holder. Someone stop me!!

I did get the PRODUCTS&cm_ite=1%20PRODUCT&cm_keycode=4">shower head and curved rod and I highly recommend them. The showerhead is fabulous. The shower rod makes it much more roomy, and even though I have a recessed light above the tub, the openess of the shower curtain lets in more light.

What started me down this road of addiction? It all started a few years ago. We had a small leak and the resulting moisture caused the drywall paper to bubble out in our bathroom ceiling and about 4 inches down the wall. I've lived with it since then, but I finally had enough. I called a friend who does construction, and he found the hole in the flashing outside. He said he could fix the hole, the drywall, and and fix my beer can hole in my kitchen. I wanted to repaint the bathroom anyway, so once he fixes the wall, I'll paint. However, new paint just makes everything else look shabby, and now you know my problem.

I also have to paint the kitchen because I'm going to have a white spot where the hole was. I currently have outdated floral wallpaper which must go. Recently, my peel and stick tile floor is looking ratty and some of the corners are starting to pop up, so I'm going to replace that, too. I also want to replace my floral cabinet hardware with brushed nickel knobs. Now I'm looking at a new stainless steel sink and faucet, and well, if I have to pull out the sink I might as well get new countertops. I don't need new countertops but HGTV says granite or a granite look is the newest fashion. I can't have an unfashionable kitchen!

Once I get those projects finished, I'm going to replace a few boards on my deck, then powerwash it and stain it. I don't think the previous homeowners ever did that. I definitely need a new fence. I'll be having a house painting party too later this summer, if you're not doing anything. I'll buy the beer.

One thing leads to another and another and before you know it, you're up to your elbows in grout and power tools. There's a reason it's also known as rehab.

6 comments:

A Buns Life said...

OMG, I totally know where you are coming from! We ended up totally rehabbing our entire last house....top to bottom and when we bought it I believe our words were, other than some paint we won't have to do a thing. I'm fighting the urges on the new house.....it is only 7 years old and we have been there just under a year. The hubby has already painted just about every room (except for 2 that still need to be done) and we have laid hard wood floors in the kitchen and laundry room, and hung cabinets in the laundry room. Now I want tile down in the bathrooms, new counter tops every where, the list could go on, but the $$ doesn't so we have to wait..... sigh. But it is soooo muc fun picking stuff out and getting things to just how YOU like it. :)

Laural said...

We recently got a new dishwasher, and that made all the other appliance looks shabby, and so on and so forth! I've made a list starting in the kitchen and working through all the rooms in the house. I wish my husband was as gung-ho about renovating as I was!

Nancy R said...

Oooh, I've been coveting a curved shower rod for some time now. I'm going to have to cut out a LNT coupon and make the move one of these weekends.

Zookeeper said...

Home Improvement is definitely an addiction. However, it's also an expensive habit to try to keep up with. So while we are currently benefiting from some recent improvements and planning more updates, we know we'll have to quit when the money runs out soon. I hope you enjoy all of your projects!!

Andrea said...

My husband and I built our house back in 2002, but even that can be dangerous, because when you're talking about what kind of light/sink fixtures you want and what kind of hardware to put on your cabinets and doors, it's easy to get swept away. Imagine also choosing siding colors, carpet and tile, molding, cabinetry, and appliances. It's a snowball effect that can have dangerous implications for the wallet.

But when it's done? Oh so satisfying.

Jaelithe said...

I have definitely gone down this road . . .