Just when you think you have it figured out life throws you a curve ball. Originally my husband and I were looking to move out to a more rural area. You know, little house, lots of land, maybe homestead, go off the grid. Then Main Street happened. We fell in love, and started dreaming a new dream.
One project that was high up on our To Do List was to fence off the yard for our dogs, Bruce and Jackson. As a nod to our previous plans we decided to go with farm style fencing. A local homesteader friend, Henry, did the installation for an amazing price. We couldn’t have completed the project on our own in the time he did, or without any fighting, or me whining, or my perfectionist brain making everything into a disaster. Thank you Henry. You did a beautiful job.
I’m just thankful to be able to let the dogs run border patrol in the morning while I get ready for the office. The dogs seem happy too.
So we’ve been living at Main Street full time for just over a month. There was no shortage of unfinished projects at our previous home that needed to be completed and every weekend and weekday night has been packed with activity. We’ve completed everything that needed to be done at our previous home and have started to focus our home improvement energy at Main Street. I think it likes the attention.
A not so fun discovery: clogged kitchen drain. I stopped at a local tool rental place and rented one of those fancy dancy motorized drain snake things (sorry about all that technical lingo) for about $20. Thank goodness my husband can just jump into most projects without much fear because there was no way I could have handled that tool. That was a horrifying but fruitful evening at Main Street.
Here are some lovely pictures of the event and the aftermath. It’s anyone’s guess as to what the heck it is that came out of the drain.
Yes, there was a fork down in the drain. I contemplated keeping it since it may have been original to the house. Just kidding. That’s freaking gross.
The past week has been tough. South Carolina faced some of the worst flooding we’ve had since the OT. Honestly, my husband and I were so terribly fortunate when many others were not. We have two houses. Neither were flooded out.
The weather finally dried out some this past weekend which allowed us to make the move to Main Street. Our stuff has been here for over a week but we’d been sleeping in our old house. When we were finally able to travel up to Main Street we noticed some roof leaks. No real surprise there. Apparently even some brand new homes had roof leaks after our recent downpour.
I discovered something new. It’s called brown hairy mold. I never even knew that was a thing. It’s living rent free in the room that was going to be our master bedroom. We bought a dehumidifier that’s been making quite a big difference. Once that baby sucks some of the moisture out of the house we will work on removing the offending ceiling tile from the temporarily-former master bedroom. We are also getting an estimate to fix the roof. There are plenty of DIY jobs I have no fear of. Roofing is not one of them.
Our first night in Main Street was an adventure in sleep deprivation. Our youngest cat, Louie, expressed his extreme displeasure in various ways throughout the course of the evening. Our first born, Rocco, also a cat, was none too pleased about the transition. He mostly mowed his disdain then eventually harumphed himself between my husband and I on our bed where he stayed for the better part of our first night. The dogs, Jackson and Bruce, faired better. As long as they are by our side they can handle just about any situation.
Sunday brought more sunshine to the lowcountry and a brief outing to St. Michael’s Lutheran Church for a blessing of the animals. One of my hats is that of a soap maker and I was able to sell my wares while connecting with our new community. It was a beautiful day.
There wasn’t much accomplished at Main Street today. After our big weekend and a long Monday at work for both of us, the only thing we accomplished was to install the new faucet in the kitchen.
The sink turned out pretty well. The finish looks good and it will have a few days to cure before we begin the abuse. Hopefully it will hold up. The product I used is by Homax and it’s called Tough as Tile: Tub, Sink and Tile One Part Epoxy. There is a spray version and a paint on version. I used the paint on variety. I’ll be sure to post something about the durability as time passes.
This was a pretty big weekend at Main Street. Saturday my husband and I spent a few hours traveling around gathering supplies to get the house in order some. Not the least of which was a beautiful new toilet for the pink bathroom.
We thought it matched well with the old sink and didn’t want to bring in a toilet that looked too modern. We found one that we liked at Home Depot. It’s made by Aquasource and was under $150.
Of course the sink needs a little love, but I adore the style. Although the sink can be resufaced, the faucet leaks and is pitted beyond repair. It’s been difficult to find a faucet to replace the original, but I might be honing in on one. Faucets are down right expensive!
Most of the action happened today, Sunday. Thanks to two of our supremely awesome friends, Sam and Branson, we were able to move most of our stuff into the house. They worked at a feverish pace and made it look easy. We couldn’t have done it without them.
Now it’s evening and I’m zonked. Ready for bed. It was a totally awesome weekend.
Over the past 40 days one of the only things I’ve allowed myself to daydream about remodeling is the bathroom. Main Street has two bathrooms; one is very retro, Pink tile and such; the other is mostly white and has a tub that’s been walled around. I have been absolutely convinced that the wall was covering a clawfoot tub. You can kind of see it on the left. I wish I had a better picture.
Today I discovered that’s not the case. I meant to peek, but we ended up completely removing the wall around the tub.
Interestingly enough, I rather like our surprise. I’ve never seen a tub like that. As a bonus we discovered hardwood floors under all that mess. There will surely be more on that later.
So the original cast iron sink was in pretty rough shape but the faucet was even worse. After 30 minutes of what can only be called Plumbing Pilates my husband and I managed to remove the old faucet. I had a moment of victory as I held the faucet with it’s tubes hanging down, a la the movie Predator.
A dry fit of the new faucet was in order. Sort of like adding something to a list just so you can check it off. Yes, it will be pretty.
I’m using a refinishing product to coat the sink and bring it back to its former glory. I can’t recall the name of the product but I’ll be sure to mention it later. So far the results are good. Lots of elbow grease, but it will be worth saving the original cast iron sink. Here is a shot that demonstrates the improvement the refinishing product made. On the left side the sink is actually white!