But he just left for deployment. Which, for a submarine means that maybe, if I'm lucky, I'm going to get an email once a week from him. No phones, no Skype. Maybe one email. So it goes.
This means that I'm especially bored. I've still had no luck with the whole job hunt, so that means a lot of time at home. With two leaky sinks.
I had originally planned on just calling a plumber to switch out the faucets/fix the leaks. Then I got sick. While my husband was deployed.
Let me preface this by first mentioning that I don't get sick. Really. But, in the spirit of togetherness I decided to get the flu mist with Lizzie. Being of an incredibly good constitution, I had never had the flu shot/mist before. So of course I got sick that same night.
Let me tell you, puking on the toilet while your two year old whacks you on the head (in what I'm sure she though was a very soothing way) is not pleasant. Nor is it pleasant when she demands that you move away from the toilet because it is HER turn for the potty. Or when you realize that if you want to brush your teeth, you'll have to crawl all the way to the kitchen because the faucet in your bathroom leaks when you try to use the cold water.
That's when I decided to fix them myself.
The first leaky sink was in our unused master bathroom. It remains unused because the toilet, while functional, shakes the house with its power flush and runs water constantly. I am determined to replace that myself. Next month. We also haven't gotten around to using the master bath because our house lacks exhaust fans in both bathrooms which means that in that tiny room, even with the window open, we would be lost forever in the fog if we tried to use the shower. That's another next month project.
|Check out that sexy countertop.|
The best part though, was the deal I found on the new countertop for the main bathroom at our local Habitat for Humanity ReStore. I spent just $16 on a new solid surface countertop. Score!
Sure it looked gross in the beginning....
Things like this just need love. And elbow grease, lots of elbow grease.
Basically, I just used a vinegar/water mix and a utility knife to scrape off all the gunk.
The end results are so worth it! And no leaks!
Overall cost for both updates on both sinks was minimal, and I had supplies such as caulk on hand.
- Basin Wrench. $16
- Master Bathroom Faucet. $54
- Delta Lorain Faucet, Lowes $89
- Replacement Vanity Countertop, ReStore $16
- Plumber's Putty, $5
- Replacement Seals, $1
Total Project Cost: $181
Not too bad for my first major DIY project!