Presents for my Old House
The Christmas season makes me want to spend every dime I can get my hands on. So many pretty things in the stores. So much Care Bears wrapping paper at home that needs something to wrap itself around. So many sales and bargains and no-interest-till-Aprils.
Monday I bought two chandeliers from J.F. Pegan, one antique, one reproduction. It's not that we don't need chandeliers - we most definitely do - but there are so many projects in line ahead of lighting replacement. Like painting, lots and lots of painting.
Then today another good deal came my way - a wonderful clawfoot tub that doesn't even need refinishing. I found the tub at the same salvage place where I bought the two armoires and the trunk a few weeks ago. The outside needs to be stripped and repainted, but I can handle that.
It's deeper than the others I've seen, and it has a wonderful slant on one end. I am already daydreaming about the luxurious bubble baths I'll take in it. I'm conveniently skipping over the part about extracting the current cast iron tub, ripping out all the '60s bathroom tile, replacing it with hex and subway tile, repainting the exterior of the tub, buying new pipes/faucet for the clawfoot, maneuvering the tub into the spot and hooking up the plumbing.
This is not a subject Darwin gets excited about, mostly because he'll be the one throwing out his back moving our current tub out and the new/old one in. That's a lot of cast iron to be moved and finagled.
When we toured old houses in our town, he did admit the clawfoot tubs looked wonderful. But admiring the image of it and making that image happen are two very different things.
Then there's me ... the most strenuous work I'll have to do is signing the check (ouch, I threw out my pointer finger!). Maybe I'm feeling a bit guilty for making Darwin do all this heavy lifting, wall bashing, tile destroying.
But hey, I'm doing the research, right? Anyway, I couldn't pass it up. It was a bargain!
Is there such a thing as Shopaholics Anonymous? And can a person be addicted to two things at once (like shopping and chocolate ... oh wait, or three things - shopping, chocolate and Mexican food)?