Thursday, October 30, 2008
Close to Nowhere
Too much “DIY”
I have decided that I am no “Amy Matthews.”
Amy is on several shows on the DIY (Do It Yourself) and HGTV (Home and Garden TV) networks. She’s a licensed contractor and a plumber and drop dead gorgeous. I would guess the gorgeous is more why she’s on so many shows than the licensed contractor and plumber part.
She does make it look very easy. Which is another problem...
For a long time, I watched the Food Network (FN) just about exclusively, which was relatively harmless. I got some great recipes and raves about new dishes at church and at home.
One of my favorite FN shows doesn’t even run on FN anymore -- the “old” Iron Chef from Japan. The secret ingredient on that show was usually something as tasty looking as live eels or squid. I never tried any of those recipes, but I love the show, which is now on the network “next door” to FN.
For some reason, I drifted around the television dial and ended up addicted to home improvement shows -- maybe it had something to do with the fact that I’ve been itching to do “something” to my house lately.
One of my favorite new shows is “Bathroom Renovations.” Amy can make redoing a bathroom look as easy as baking a pie!
And before I could say “stop!” I was caught up in the “bathroom renovation” fever!
The bathroom that used to be in the “master suite,” which is now my sewing room, has a very scratched sink. We put a puppy in the sink for a bath some years ago and he started the porcelain cracking. Age has progressed what he started and I have a nice, spiderweb effect in my sink now.
It all started so innocently...just get a replacement sink. Right!
Amy is really fond of vessel sinks and other bathroom oddities. So, when I began looking around for a sink, the regular porcelain sinks didn’t look quite “right.”
Then, I decided that dark wood cabinets didn’t look “right” either.
Now, my bathroom is in a shambles -- cabinet doors are artfully arranged all around the tub and walls in various stages of primer, paint and/or poly-something. Not varnish, but I can’t spell poly-something.
The towel cabinet, which has hung nicely on the bathroom wall for around 20 years or so now, decided, while I was washing it off, prior to sanding, prior to priming, painting, etc., that it was tired of hanging on the wall and jumped off.
Fortunately, I was there to cushion the cabinet’s fall and only the primer can was seriously damaged (we won’t discuss my heart rate or lack thereof after the crash).
Now, my cabinets are a soft blush cream with one coat of poly-something. My vessel sink and waterfall faucet are in boxes in my sewing room. Countertop is being chosen and ordered this week.
Where is Amy Matthews when I need her? Not at my house!
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