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