SM and I live in a wonderful 25 year old ranch home that, while built well, is in sad need of a little bit of updating. Our 1980's decor master bath has been on the list of to-do's around here for over a year.
Come in and look at all the gold finishes and feel a shiver run up your spine. Oh Yeah...Break out the big hair, cheesy mustaches and "chica-a-bow-wow" music.
It's a time warp in there and not in a good way. Time to get it together. (You can see from the pic that I'm having difficulty settling on a wall color, can't you? Green? No. How about the left over blue from the office? No, too dark.)
SM and I have gone back and forth over whether we wanted to do a total gut job or take what we have and do our best to make it look better. You know...The "lipstick on a pig" approach.
We live in a world that suggests a total gut job is the best way to go. HGTV, the holy grail in home remodeling, will have you thinking that your home should not only have granite for your counter tops but also a toilet that, not only has a seat warmer, but it will rinse and wipe your bum for you.
Perhaps that would be fun but I can still manage that task, Thank You Very Much! And don't forget that everybody needs a steam shower and towel warmer don't they?
When did it happen that every house needed to look like a magazine cover? Have the latest gadgets?
It's sad to think that if I were to try to sell my house today, I'd no doubt hear all kinds of suggestions and "Tisk-tisks". I'd be advised that the house won't sell "as is". That I'd need to gut the house, put in hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances and stone everywhere.
When faced with decisions like these, I always try to remind myself of who I am.
I am simple.
I am not rich.
I live in a nice house and good enough is good enough. If it's still functional, can I refurbish it and make it more appealing to the eye?
Yes I can.
Do you remember when good enough used to actually be good enough. When did this change? When were you considered somehow "less" if you didn't spend top dollar?
We upgraded our kitchen sink and faucet last month. Spent $500. I gave in to SM's desire for a nicer faucet, he gave in to my desire for a huge stainless steel sink.
Thanksgiving day saw me washing the turkey pan and stock pots with ease. It was a wonderful and smart investment. I love it. I can't tell you how much this simple improvement has made working in my kitchen easier. This same kitchen though has vinyl floors, Formica counters and a mish mash of appliances that do not match. But it looks nice and it functions well. What more could a person ask for?
I have high hopes for the bathroom too. Painting the cabinets and walls, keeping the acrylic molded double basin sinks but replacing the faucets. New lights and hardware. Jazz it up with a few accessories.
TaDa! Guess what? It's good enough!
And THAT'S good enough for me!