While Husband and I dream of someday owning a house, for now we are in an incredibly awesome renting situation…a 5 bedroom, 1940’s custom built farm house in the country, and, most surprising of all, at an affordable price.
The fact is that we would totally buy this house if we could, however, it has already been promised to a family member of our landlords’ (yes, that’s plural–there are 5 of them).
So while we try to patiently wait for the right time to purchase our own home (remember that whole rhythm thing?), and while we purpose to enjoy the house we have for the time being, we are slowly but surely making purchases and improvements that we will be able to move with us when the time comes.
For instance, last winter, we bought a leather loveseat at a liquidation sale of a discount furniture store’s seconds location (talk about getting a deal!). Every month or so we make a few improvements, sometimes just a little purchase from Pier 1’s clearance rack, or, like this week, mounting a surfboard on the wall…
Understand that I’m not just married to a chef, but a surfing chef. And one who has definite opinions about decor. Since we hardly use the second floor of this house (except for guests), I thought I’d let Husband do whatever he wanted with the stairwell…
My little project this week is the shower caddy–simple, I know, but it will bring me so much pleasure to have it finished.
We registered for this “brushed nickel” shower caddy when we got married because I was just so excited to have found one that wasn’t white or chrome. The first 8 months we owned it, we were living in a fully furnished beach house and had it in storage, which means that this has been used for exactly one year. But it was already super rusted and getting icky orange/brown gunk on our toiletry bottles and running down the shower wall.
This photo was actually taken after we used steel wool to take off the worst of the rust.
After using steel wool on the rust, we laid it on newspapers outside and took a simple can of “paint and primer in one” Rustoleum (antique copper color) to it.
At first, the paint struggled to stick to the caddy evenly:
But after a few days and a few coats of paint, it was looking quite nice. We brought it into the mud room to cure and lose the paint fumes before adding it back to our bathroom.
Just in time for our string of out-of-town summer guests (oh, the perks of living at the beach…).
Oh, and don’t mind the lovely flower-power laminate in the shower…actually, it’s in the entire bathroom–walls, ceiling, everything. But, the house we’re in right now is a rental, so there’s not much we can do about it.