What a wonderful weekend! My web pals Jes & Hope were here for a visit. Jes took her mom and good friend Judy to NYC for a Xmas gift. Our weekend began Friday night in the trendy Meat Packing District with Tom for cocktails. Too many cocktails. We started at a quiet wine lounge and then moved on to a more lively, swanky bar. We really had a great time, but should have quit after the third cosmo/margarita/girlie drink. Our hangovers did not deter us from getting up bright and early the next morning for flea market shopping. Jes and Hope snagged some fabulous goodies. I can't wait to see what new creations are made from their finds.
We walked all over the city and have aching feet to prove it. We checked out Chelsea and Chinatown and shopped all over Soho. Hope and I even hit Park Slope, Brooklyn to go to the indie shop Cog and Pearl and stumbled upon lots of interesting little shops. Of course, no trip to NYC would be complete without food. Mexican for lunch after flea market shopping, fabulous French brunch in Brooklyn, Peasant for a fine Italian Sunday dinner and a trip to the Cupcake Cafe. Now it's time to go back to work and back on a diet.
The bathroom renovation has begun. First, I must applaud all of you do-it-yourselfers who happily tear down and rebuild your homes. It's been a week and I'm already losing my mind. We've been scraping years of paint off of tiles getting them ready to be reglazed along with the tub. My building is prewar so you can imagine the multitude of layers on them. It's mostly been white paint, but I did find a lovely 70's seafoam green, followed by a powder pink that looked like the late 40's or early 50's. Underneath the self stick vinyl squares was the original tile floor, but it can not be salvaged. Layers of grime, mold & mildew and broken and missing pieces make it impossible. Saturday night Tom received quite a horrific surprise while tearing down the medicine cabinet. A massive hole in the wall that would have to be repaired. That along with the loss of his beloved Yankees was almost too much for him to bear. Today we headed to Lowes for some ideas.
I've always been a Home Depot girl, mostly because they are everywhere in NYC, but driving a bit out of the way to Lowes was worth it. That store rocks! Everything is very organized and easy to find. Knowledgeable employees helped us in every department. And the store is very clean. We did get everything we needed but spent more than we originally anticipated. Partly due to the pretty blue Mexican sink.
I do love the sink Tom brought back from his Playa Del Carmen trip, but it really made finding a bathroom cabinet difficult. We are extremely limited do to our bathroom's tight space. Most of the vanities that are inexpensive already come with the counter top and sink attached. Our options were to find just the cabinet and have the counter top custom made to fit our sink or find a cabinet that we absolutely loved and put the pretty blue sink in storage. Well, we do have expensive taste, so we bought an awesome piece and we will take it with us when we leave this apartment. It does have an under mount sink attached to black marble, but my man is determined to try and remove it and add ours. I'll let you know how it goes.
We spent last night regrouting the tiles (exciting I know) and planning the rest of the week's projects. We are in a bit of a time crunch because all of the tile and tub work will take place on Saturday. Hope is coming to stay with us the following weekend, and it would be nice if there's at least a sink in there for her to brush her teeth. And a mirror for her to look into instead of a big, gaping hole in the wall. My supreme nagging abilities have kicked into full gear in order to get this project done. Oh Poor Tom.