There’s apparently an axiom of home improvement, saying, basically, you can’t just replace one thing, ever. And they are correct.
Friday afternoon, I was cleaning brushes after painting the upstairs bathroom* and I noticed there was moisture under the sink. I didn’t see a drip, but the faucet’s been drippy & sucky since we moved in, and the underside of the cast-iron sink was all rusty at the connections.
OK, whatever, I hate the sink & the faucet, so changing them out’s a happiness. We stopped by Home Depot, got a black sink (oh, yeah) and a brushed nickel faucet (so pretty) and I was supremely happy.
Until this morning, when I called the awesome plumber guy who installed our dishwasher & disposal, and he told me that cast-iron sinks can do nasty things to laminate counter tops, especially when you try to remove them.
That sound you heard? My head, hitting the desk. ‘Cause what was, this morning, a couple hundred bucks for new gear, and probably another couple hundred for plumber-guy to install them, has turned into gods know how much to possibly replace the counter tops as well.
And I really, really hate our hideous, ancient, white counter tops. The temptation to replace them with something prettier is strong.
But see? See how we can’t just replace the sink and faucet? See how our house appears to be turning into a 3-year-old child, constantly demanding new toys?
Sigh. Even though I hate demanding 3-year-olds, I just can’t hate our house.
I just hope it doesn’t insist upon those soapstone countertops I love so much. Laminate’s ok for now, right, house?
*It’s a lovely dark green-grey, nearly black (shut up), and it makes me very happy.