Friday, July 18, 2008

Miss Negativity

Sometimes I feel like I am a negative person. I can usually look at a situation and find the positive and the negative in it. This could be a good thing because it makes me a realistic person, but I wish that I were more positive about things. I don't want to be a downer to other people, so I apologize if some of my blogs seem really negative. What brought these thoughts on was the sight of our newly remodeled bathroom. While we were in CA, our landlord had some people redo our bathroom. I don't have any before pictures of it, but if you haven't seen our bathroom before, let me paint you a picture. It had brown and white linoleum flooring (which was terribly water stained), fake/plastic yellow and green tile on the walls, and a gray tub, shower, and toilet. Here is what it looks like now:

It looks SO much better than it did before, and we actually have real tile on the floor and in the shower. Here is why I'm annoyed with myself. Even though I am so grateful that our bathroom was redone, there are a few things that bug me about it.

First of all, our vanity area used to be about six inches away from the wall. They moved it all the way over to touch the wall which I like, but the problem is that our mirror is also a medicine cabinet and can not be moved. So, the mirror is not centered with our vanity area. This annoys me. I like symmetry.
I also noticed that our window isn't centered in our shower. I guess it was never centered, but it's definitely more noticeable in a tile shower. The left side of the window can fit a tile and a half while the right side could probably barely fit a tile. Another problem with symmetry!
The last things that annoy me actually have to do with the job that was done. The people that did it had to take off our door and door frame to get the tub in and out and they totally jacked up the door frame. We need to repaint it because it looks really bad.
And finally, they left dried paint all over the carpet right next to the bathroom, which really annoys me because I can't get it up. I hope that we will be getting new carpet, but I don't know if we are for sure.

Anyway, this is why I'm annoyed with myself. Why can't I just be happy with the fact that our bathroom looks so much better? Maybe someday I will be a more positive person, but for now, we'll just call myself Miss Negativity.


kerrie said...

Wow, it looks so much better! But I understand...those little things would bother me too. That carpet has got to go!

Anonymous said...

It definitely looks better, but if it were my house and I paid to get it done I would not be very happy with the poor quality. Looking at the Dap line on the top of the shower shows total crookedness. There should have been a better way to balance the tiles around the window. And the stains on the carpet might not be paint, but grout. That is gross how they left it. Wonder where you get your negativity from? (I like to call it "being real". ) :) Mom

Anonymous said...

Oh, I forgot to say that "it was free so try to enjoy it." Thank goodness you didn't have to pay for it. Try Goof off to get the paint out of the carpet. Love ya Mom

Marc and Stacy said...

You're so not a negative person. I agree with your're just normal. Anyone would be bothered by a botched job. But it sounds like with the window and cabinet, the symmetry issue wasn't really something that can be controlled. It definitely does look nice though!!! Glad you're coming in a few weeks again. I'm excited!

RachelBarker said...

So, I love how "real" you are. I enjoy reading your blogs especailly this one!

Jen said...

OOh- that looks so much better! I bet it feels good to know that you are the first to use the new tub and toilet! Poor workmanship can be so frustrating... hopefully it means knew carpet! How can those guys feel good about leaving it that way??

Alene said...

These old houses! They're really hard to work with. For the doorway, I know its not your responsibility, but you can buy some caulk at home depot for like $2-$3 (make sure to get the kind that doesn't require a caulking gun) and fill in the cracks where the seams meet at the top of the doorway. It will look way better.