When Small Projects Turn … Very, Very Big

When Small Projects Turn … Very, Very Big

Sarah Rainwater
Jan 4, 2011

The title of this post pretty much sums up my holiday "break." Blame it on Mercury Retrograde or the plain old facts of life, but some home fix-up and organization projects set out with the best intentions and end up about as far from picture-perfect as you can get. Over the holidays we learned what many a first-time homeowner has discovered before us — nothing is ever as simple as it seems.

Long story short, a leaky tub started constantly running a stream of hot water, and what we thought would cost a few hundred dollars to fix left us facing an upwards of $1,200 plumbing estimate in addition to the possibility of a full bathroom re-tiling — just a week before Christmas. With guest arrivals and holiday credit card bills imminent, we chose a a patch job instead. One cheap Home Depot faucet, mis-matched tiles, and a very helpful plumber later, our leak was fixed. And while our water and heat bills cheered for joy, the result was anything but pretty. The bathroom renovation that we were hoping to do "one day" has moved a lot farther up the house to-do list. Though for now, we aren't above hiding our less-than-lovely tub behind a shower curtain and accepting that — at least for the short term — sometimes a function is just as good as beauty, even if it doesn't make for a particularly inspiring "after" shot.

What home projects have you started that left you feeling less-than-proud of the results?

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