exciting day

March 5, 2010

The last time I saw the bathtub, it looked like this:


Ok, not exactly like that, because that picture was taken a couple of weeks ago.  But I promise you, it hasn’t looked any BETTER than this in the last two weeks, and it’s actually looked worse.

Today I went over to drop off the dining room sconces which had finally been delivered, and George was there, working on his own.  We unpacked the lights and while we were opening the boxes he asked me if I’d seen the bathtub. Not in the last two days, no…..

“Is it ok?”

“Go see…”

All I could think was, oh my god.  The toilet has had a slight leak, the tub has been full of filthy construction dust, who knows what might have happened.  WELL, something did happen, something amazing, something I’d forgotten Chris had mentioned that he was going to get a sub-contractor to come in and do.  Reglaze the enamel.  This pretty much took my breath away, it was so unexpected:

80 year old bathtub!

I had no idea it could look like this.  I originally decided to leave it in because A) there was nothing wrong with it, B) ajax with bleach can work wonders, and C) it’s cast iron and I know enough about cast iron to know that removing a tub of that size from a bathroom this small is MAJOR work.  But this….well, I had no idea.

In other wonderful news of the day, the kitchen floor is in and now I’m thrilled that the tile didn’t work out.  Though if you would like 6 boxes of cheap tile let me know, ’cause now it’s just sitting there in the dining room, unloved and unwanted.  I’m still not over what that kitchen floor did to my budget**, but I’m super happy with the result:

new wood floors in kitchen

The camera is playing a little trick here, the floors aren’t quite this dark, but they’ve come up looking well.  Chris applied the same stain (Minwax Special Walnut, satin finish) that he’s applied to the rest of the floors, the only difference is that the rest of the floors aren’t finished yet and they’ve been under pink protective paper for two weeks now, so I haven’t seen them.  I’m curious to see how much of a difference there will be between the new oak floors in the kitchen and the old oak floors throughout the rest of the apartment.

Let’s go out with the sconces – hooray, they’re in, the lighting is done!

Let there...




** On a side note, it’s interesting to see what this particular budget overrun has done to my state of mind – up until now everything was well budgeted, about what I expected, no nasty expenses, etc.  It was all coming in slightly higher than I anticipated, but overall, no problem.  However, there’s something psychological somehow about all new wood floors that were never in the budget and never intended that slid me directly from “I can afford this, look how WELL it’s going!” right into “Oh my god, we’re going to be eating ramen noodles for the REST OF OUR LIVES.”



  1. So what’s the matter with ramen noodles, if you add a few carrots, miso, onions, sea vegetables, you’ll have a substantial soup. Since you wanted a pedestal sink in the bathroom, why didn’t you opt for a bathtub with claws? The wood floors make the whole place really elegant. Hope tenants know how to treat them. What is a box of tiles? You can put little felt footies on them and give them to your friends to put their hot pots on. Or even their flower pots. You’ll have gifts for the next couple of years. The place looks super.

  2. I’m with Ruzenka on the Ramen. We call it “Ramen Noodle Surprise” at our house…

    Good call on keeping the tub, especially if it’s cast iron. Water stays toasty warm, where acrylic tubs don’t.

    The place is looking great!

  3. It all looks so gorgeous. Congratulations.

    I think the really funny psychological thing that will undoubtedly happen is that you’ll judge everyone who wants to rent your apartment as whether they’re worthy of your beautiful home. Then you’ll consider renting your own condo and moving into this place instead!

  4. You know, you gotta really check the renters. Do you get to rent it yourself? No smokers, find out what kind of music they like, you don’t want them to blast out the neighbours, who will then complain to you, am told that my old renters might be looking for a RAID free house . . . I wonder if their dachshund can manage the stairs . . .

  5. I am very hopeful that I will find wonderful renter(s) who will love the place and live there for a long time and won’t slap me with a crazy lawsuit related to moth balls or Raid. However your experience has indeed shown me that there are good renters in the world….and very, very BAD renters in the world. I’m putting positive thoughts out to the Universe.

  6. St. Joseph is generally associated with home-sales, but I think he covers all sorts of real estate matters and would not mind helping you find wonderful renters. Perhaps a statue tucked into a kitchen cabinet?


    • Statue of St. Joseph – I’m on it!

      I wonder if there is a patron saint of landlords and renters? Carla or Colleen will know :)

  7. I like Paula’s idea. Seriously, you should already be putting feelers out for a tenant among your friends, and especially among people who already live in the building. Is there a bulletin board or newsletter you can put a notice in? But make sure you get credit reports even if your closest friends swear on their mother’s grave that so-and-so would be the perfect tenant. If you can get references too, even better; but be careful about running afoul of anti-discrimination laws. You can probably safely reject 7-foot-tall white men without question, but not many others!

  8. note on the tub refinish; it looks wonderful! however it will require some tender loving care. i added an important link for you to peruse.

  9. Laura – thanks – very interesting reading….good to know about no abrasive cleaners, who would have thunk it? I’ve always cleaned enameled iron with ajax, so that’s good to know and not do. On the other hand I’m not sure I agree with waxing the surface of the tub – isn’t that the quickest way to make sure someone falls down in there? hmmm – must research.

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