Okay, bad pun. But it fits, you'll see....
What do you do when you're unemployed/underemployed but needing to make some home improvements? You scale way back, make every penny count and get creative!
I live with an 1980's kitchen that was custom and pretty "awesome" back in the day. I have oak cabinets, and 80's wallpaper that matches the linoleum floor. I have a 20+ year old custom bisque colored stove and matching fridge...that matches the bisque countertops...that matches a bisque-colored sink.
Wait. Make that past tense. Matched.
Wow. That is not bisque colored anymore. This old sink has seen better days: it's chipped, scratched, stained and gross. I have scrubbed, bleached, and done everything I could to bring this sink back to its bisque glory days. Nuthin' doin'.
Mr. H and I thought long and hard about the improvements we want to make, and our current situation. We have plans for our little kitchen: but most of them will have to wait for better days. For now, a new stainless steel sink should update the look of the whole kitchen - and only for about $100! Good plan!
We measured the area and left for Lowe's and came back with a beauty within our budget:
I'm getting pretty excited at this point. I can't wait to see it installed and how it will look in my old kitchen. It should just be a couple of hours, and I get to go to bed with a gleaming new sink ready to go. Here's where that sinking feeling comes in...
This is what I got to look at ALL weekend. A sinkhole in my kitchen. It seems that previous owners didn't waterproof the area before installing their sink. There was water damage and little to no solid countertop underneath to attach the new sink to! It was all rotted and crumbly. Bleh. Well, we called in our brother-in-law, Eric, to bring in his engineering brain and some big tools. We ended up jerry-rigging some new wood underneath the countertop to support the sink and it worked like a charm. Yes!!
Here's what I'm taking away from this project:
- ♦ Things will not go as easy as you think they will. Murphy's Law rules.
- ♦ Brother-in-laws-named Eric rock.
- ♦ So does Mr. H. ♥ He worked for hours to make this work.
- ♦ Always do a job the right way, the first time.
- ♦ It'll come back to haunt you (or those that come after you), if you don't.
- ♦ Mr H. now agrees with me that a new countertop is a need and not a want. Woot!
OK, so take a look at the "after":
What do you think?