Monday, May 13, 2013

The Make Messy Room

The definition of an appropriate gift in our family is something you want, not something you need. Typically, that would be an item that is not practical although what's practical and what's not differs person to person. For Mother's Day, I wanted a countertop installed in the laundry room along with the sink I bought a few months ago. Although they thought it was the weirdest gift ever, everyone got together and made it happen.




This is what the laundry room looked like before. We installed these cabinets almost a year ago but the sink had to wait. At 9:00 Saturday morning, Garry, the carpenter who did my studio renovations, showed up to do the work. He thought a sink and a countertop were a weird gift too - LOL.




Included were knobs for the cabinets and - very nicely - the building supply store was having a scratch and save sale so we got an additional 10% off the knobs, the countertop, and the installation supplies. It would have been nice to scratch even more but 10% was better than nothing.




I bought the sink at the ReStore which supports Habitat For Humanity. It's amazing what you can find there. This past weekend, I bought a nearly new crib for $25.00 and a weird and strange queen size headboard for $10.00. Both will go in the guest room. The sink was also $25.00 and the taps to go with were $10.00. New, the sink was $268.00. It's extra deep - 10" - and came with bits of paint from its previous owner who appears to also have been an artist. Fun. My daughter asked why I wanted a sink and when I said to dye, stamp, stencil, and paint fabric she said but you're not doing that anymore to which I replied...




... exactly... because I don't have a sink. And now I do. And running water. Which was a total delight the first time I ran out of water for the iron and simply walked down the hall instead of running up the stairs to the kitchen. YES YES ! ! !




They didn't tell me what my gift was until Wednesday night so I had to choose from stock countertops instead of ordering a specific color. The stock ones came in marble and granite looks which I did not want and in beige flecked tones which I really did not want and in this swirling black which I think will be perfect for not showing paint and dye stains. I like it.

When I was at my daughter's house, we watched some reality TV shows about buying or renovating a house. It seemed like everyone wanted granite countertops and either the place was fabulous because it had them or not so wonderful because it didn't. If everyone else wants granite countertops, that's the last thing I want. I prefer to see individual personality rather than look-a-like-ness. If given free reign, the countertop would most likely have been blue or dark purple but black certainly would have been in the running. For me, it's a far better neutral than beige. The job turned out wonderful. I have a counter. And water. And door knobs. And a working surface near the sink in the make messy room. Perfect.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - accessible water

18 comments:

  1. Congrats on your new countertop and sink. Little did they know that what they were really giving you was permission to get messy!! Not that you need permission....

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    1. LOL - and I'm not typically messy either... except in the kitchen... where I can do a REALLY good job of messing things up. It'll be fun to play in this new space.

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  2. What a lovely MD present!

    I got flowers and chocolate from DH and a handmade card and some thrifted things that remind DD of me (I like them both).

    But, when they asked me what I wanted, I said 1-2 small skylights in my sewing studio.
    And DH said that we can add them to our house repainting project this year!

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    1. How lovely - a now gift and a later gift. Skylights will be fabulous. I saw your studio pictures and they're going to make the space even more bright and beautiful. YEAH.

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  3. Perfect mother's day gift for you indeed! :)

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  4. congratulations! what a difference it makes to have the right "tools" in the right place when we are eady to get creative. This winter I (sort of) converted my dining room into my craft room... separate from my sewing studio. A couple friends have looked astonished when they saw it... but it is what works for me... there are plenty of other spaces in this old house to eat dinner!

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    1. Good for you converting the space. I think it's important that our homes work for us, whatever our idiosyncrasies. The space I'm in now would normally be the family room but it's far more critical for it to be the Myrna room. Me without a studio - and apparently me without a studio that feels like me considering the four moves - is not at all pretty.

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  5. Not such a strange gift IMO. Mom asked for various "strange" gifts over the years for B-day or M-Day. One year it was earth worms for her garden. Another year it was a ladder so she could get on the roof to clean her guttering. Widowed at 45, she "did it all." Thankful that I have some of her genes!

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    1. Earth worms are very strange in my book. A ladder, not so much. Sounds like your Mom made things fun - wonderful genes to inherit.

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  6. Granite is gorgeous, and I love it in our kitchen (especially given the contrast between our 1936 cabinets), but I wouldn't want to have it in an art space!

    Have fun with your fabulous gift!

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    1. I have seen some beautiful granite installations where it looks exactly right in the kitchen and suits the personality of the woman who chose it. 1936 cabinets sounds like a fun match-up.

      Thanks. I'm already enjoying access to water especially.

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  7. I like the idea of "weird" gifts. So fun! And definitely personal!

    My weirdest was an industrial wood chipper. LOVE that thing! It's great for all garden activities, as well as making mulch from the tree branches I trimmed.

    So nice for you to have water on the floor you're on!

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    1. I was trying to think of other "weird" gifts that I've asked for and received but of course, they don't seem weird to me. Just something I wanted.

      I can totally see why a gardener would want a chipper.

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  8. I don't think it's an odd request at all! After all it is what you wanted and practical too.

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  9. What a great Mother's Day gift. It is perfect for you.

    I am waiting for the small kitchen in the basement is done. It will have new cabinets, new counter and, what is exciting me, a double sink with a tall faucet. That is so I can fill my canner when I can fruit, etc. The other thing I love about the kitchen is getting water for the iron. Right now I have to go out to the greenhouse to get water or go upstairs. I choose the greenhouse. LOL.

    I usually get a big hanging basket for Mother's Day. This year I got a new table and chairs for the patio. That was a perfect gift for me.

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    1. A whole kitchen - what fun. You can have a microwave and a separate canner for dyeing and painting... and storage... and...

      A patio set sounds wonderful. Enjoy.

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Thanks for commenting. I appreciate the feedback and the creative conversation.