I have Amazon. And Wayfair, Joss & Main, Craigslist & eBay. Oh lawd do I wish life in 2016 was JCPenney-catalog-easy. But it's not and it's a constant struggle with "I don't want to spend too much" and "I want really nice things, not having to replace them in 5 years". That's tough. My friend, George, called last week to ask how things were going. "Have you gone over budget yet?" he asked.
"Not yet," I replied, "but I can see how that happens. I needed a shower faucet, did my research and so I'm buying a nice one. I can justify a nice faucet and showerhead."
"Do that 60 times and you're all of a sudden way over budget."
I see this. The step by step process tricks your brain. I'll splurge here and save there later and then when later comes, you forget and you want to splurge again.
So I found my "vanity" on Craigslist for $200 and I drove one evening down to Milner, GA after work to pick it up. Every time I schedule a Craigslist run, I wake up that morning and think- I could get murdered today over an antique sideboard. Today could be my last. But I'm still here. And I have the sideboard ready to be made into a sink. Onto the tub... Holy shit, the clawfoot tub. It was important for me to find an early 1900s cast iron clawfoot tub in decent condition and not have to pay a lot and also not have to mess with hiring folks to pick it up. Cue the audience laughter. I searched high and low, obsessively on Craigslist every day. If it was refinished, it was over $850. If it was a great deal and in need of some love, then the refinishing quotes were sky high. If I thought I could possibly refinish and reglaze it myself, then I was thrown off by the YouTube videos of people wearing masks and hazmat suits while working on a tub. Special outfits terrify me. So I found one on eBay in Ohio. And it hasn't arrived yet. I spoke to "Bob" on the phone Friday evening so I trust that it is what he says it is. I'm scared.
Truth be told, all of this scares me. Especially the other night when after eating Mexican with Mom and my sisters, we went to the Ball Ground house so I could get the sideboard out of my car finally. Lauren helped me carry it in as Mom was shining her iPhone 4 flashlight that kept going out at first. I was only able to turn on the lights in the front room of the house so all the back rooms and bathroom were pitch black since it was 9:30 PM. Once we had the sideboard in place, we peered inside the shower area and the well that lies beneath. Alan had to bust up the head to a well that was protruding up through the house, creating a platform in what will be my shower. Can I tell you how much fun and how creepy it was looking into this thing at night? You've seen "The Ring", right? But seriously, nothing is as scary as those '80s bathroom mats. Nothing.