In which we do a renovation thing. Sort of.

New sink

I know: it’s just a very, very plain sink. But it’s brand new! It’s something new at the Manse! It’s shiny! It makes me feel like we’ve made an improvement! And if you don’t believe me, just wait till you see the photos of the old sink.

Well, people, a rare thing happened here at the Manse today: we actually installed something new! We did something vaguely renovation-like! Will wonders never cease?

(As longtime readers of Meanwhile, at the Manse will know, Raymond and I bought this old house that I grew up in assuming we’d get going right away on the renovations that it needs to look spiffy and smart, and to be a bit more comfortable to live in. That plan hasn’t exactly become reality (see here for a bit of wry commentary on the situation, and even that post is from two years ago), and neither of us is sorry about it. Oh, okay, I’m not sorry about it; I think Raymond would really like to get this project under way. But I am liking having lots of time to think about and plan those renovations, and to change the plans from time to time based on fresh inspiration and good suggestions. And I also like spending time in the house as it is, very much unrenovated but also largely unspoiled by the bad renovations that so many houses of its era (Victorian; it was built in 1888) have suffered. And in doing so, getting an increasingly good feel for what can and should be done with the Manse, and what should not.

Anyway, this ever-lengthening delay in getting started on the renovations makes it that much more exciting when one tiny change for the better happens – as it did today, when the 1970s-era Harvest Gold sink in the Manse’s one and only bathroom was replaced with a brand new one.

I suppose I should clarify that this wasn’t really part of any kind of renovation. It was just a necessary replacement for something too old and awful to continue to use. Much as I’ve developed a bit of a fondness for good old vintage Harvest Gold, thanks to the Manse’s trusty stove and clothes dryer, that sink had finally become so leaky and rusty and problematic that it had to go, plain and simple. Here, take a look:

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Its replacement is not exactly the sink of our dreams – not something big and lovely, perhaps on a pedestal, like this:

Beautiful sink 1

(Photo from Domaine,

Today’s new sink is not the kind of fixture that will contribute to overall general gorgeousness in a glorious new bathroom to be located in a more sensible place in the house than the ground floor right inside the front door. (Click here for a for a post on my bathroom inspiration, complete with photo.)

No, this sink is simply the one that would fit the existing hole in the existing vanity (which could, generously, be called funkily retro, I suppose). It was the only one left in that somewhat old-fashioned model at Rashotte’s Home Building Centre in Tweed, and since it was the display model, we got 10 bucks off the already pleasantly low price. The faucets too are the cheapest to be found. This is, after all, a temporary sink – the one that will tide us over until the aforementioned full-on-glorious bathroom is built.

But even though it’s just a replacement, not an actual step toward renovation, I am enjoying my little moment. This new sink has the virtues of being shiny and new and sparkling white. It has a sensible old-fashioned rubber plug for a stopper, which means you actually can stop up the sink; the plunger mechanism on the Harvest Gold unit had long since given up the ghost. This new sink also does not leak, anywhere; and it is rust-stain and corrosion-free.

It is, in my eyes, totally lovely.

One has to take one’s little renovation victories where one can – right?

4 thoughts on “In which we do a renovation thing. Sort of.

  1. Congratulations! I love that spiffy new tidy feeling one gets when one little detail is taken care of – a rough edge finally smoothed off. Never mind the steps ahead…this was a first one.

  2. Sometimes new is perfect! Doesn’t need to be anything but new. When I lived in the townhouse I (in hindsight) picked out the most plain, incredibly cheap white tile for the bath reno. I was so enamored with its newness that for years and years I was just happy it wasn’t old! So I totally understand (not that your sink is bland, but I relate to your enthusiasm for its shiny-ness and brand-new-ness – these are words, right?). I’m tired, it’s late.

    • Yup, I totally get it. When you move into a rather rustic old Manse (or townhouse), you get very used to the rusticity of it – but every now and then something shiny new, even though very ordinary (like a plain-Jane bathroom sink) can seem very exciting!

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