I feel like this bathroom is about to do me in. I keep telling myself, “Just a little more!” And yet, here I am at the start of another week, and it’s still not finished.
But I have made a decision on the plumbing. I shared last week about my plumbing frustrations and my thoughts about fixing them. I did learn (thanks to a commenter leaving a very helpful video in the comments!) that the attached and non-removable tubes on the Delta faucets CAN be shortened. It was actually a very easy process.
So that cleaned up the look of the plumbing quite a bit. I no longer have long tubes looped under the vanity. Now those tubes are cut to the precise length they need to be in order to go from the faucet handle to the valve. It definitely looks tidier now.
And I was about five minutes away from spreading out and taping up drop cloths to create a little makeshift spray booth under the vanity so that I could spray paint everything that is currently silver and black (and yes, as most of you suggested, I was going to paint them white), when I realized just how stupid I was being.
I’m often thankful for my “make it work” attitude. That attitude has saved me thousands upon thousands of dollars in the past. But I swear, sometimes I actually get on my own nerves (always in hindsight) with how far I’ll take it.
I mean, Matt and I have already spent north of $35,000 on this bathroom remodel. (I’m a bit too scared to figure the actual number right now, but I will eventually.) North of $35,000 on a master bathroom remodel, and here I am allowing myself to be incredibly frustrated with visible plumbing valves on the main wall of the entire bathroom, and getting ready to spray paint them!
What the heck?! If I were trying to do some kind of budget bathroom makeover, then spray paint is fine. I’d spray paint away without giving it a thought.
But we have spent far too much money, and far too much time on a very nice master bathroom that will hopefully last us the rest of our lives, for me to be dragging out spray paint to make do with eyesore plumbing valves on two sinks on the main wall of the bathroom.
(Good news. I got the second coat of Rubio Monocoat finished, so now the vanities and storage cabinet are completely finished. The drawer were out because they were still drying.)
So after finally coming to my senses on Friday afternoon, I texted the guy who did the plumbing in the first place and asked him if he could come over and move those valves up and out of sight. He’ll be here tomorrow to do it. 🙂
Yes, it’s going to take a little longer. Yes, there will be wall to patch and repaint. But at least my eyes will stop twitching every time I look at this wall. And at least I’ll be able to look at this wall — a wall that should make me so proud of what I accomplished — without a sense of frustration and disappointment. I put way too much effort into building those vanities and cabinet to be frustrated and disappointed every single time I look at that wall.
I could have, and should have, done this weeks ago. I knew it was going to be a problem. I knew I wasn’t going to be able to find a solution that I was actually happy with. But instead, I couldn’t get out of my “make it work” mindset. I couldn’t get out of my own way.
I know some of you have probably been yelling at me through your computer screens, “JUST GET THE PLUMBER TO FIX IT!!!” Maybe I finally heard some of you yelling at me on Friday. 😀 But for whatever reason, I’ve finally come to my senses. I could kick myself for not doing this weeks ago, but at least it’s getting done.
Addicted 2 Decorating is where I share my DIY and decorating journey as I remodel and decorate the 1948 fixer upper that my husband, Matt, and I bought in 2013. Matt has M.S. and is unable to do physical work, so I do the majority of the work on the house by myself. You can learn more about me here.