It’s the last week of summer break here.
The kids are at that phase where they’re tired of seeing each other’s gorgeous faces all day every day and it affects their levels of kindness. There are more underwear fights. Less patience. More of (my personal favorite) arguments that end up with my saying, in ALL seriousness, “He HAS to walk through your bedroom to get to the bathroom. IT IS NOT PERSONAL. HE CAN”T HELP IT.”
The plumbing in this house is really made for one person. Even though it’s a four bedroom house. The plumbing is really suited for maybe 1 small person who likes vegetables. So this summer has been a challenge for it. The plumbing is ready for school to resume.
In my bathroom, there is a tub and a sink that had seen better days. They almost scared me away from this house, initially. My father has claimed the sink alone is so frightening it could inspire a Stephen King novel entitled The Lavatory. Horrendous scratches, dents, chips, stains, rust, and disgustingness of all kinds which are impervious to all chemicals and scrubbing attempts. I think they’re ceramic. Enamel. I don’t know. It actually doesn’t matter.
I’d had enough. Finally.
I researched how to refinish your sink and tub. And then I did it. When the kids were gone, because DANG those are some harsh fumes, watch out if you try this at home, ladies.
I think what you are supposed to do is:
take before pictures.
scrub with highly abrasive Trisodium Phosphate, per instructions that tell you to dissolve it in warm water.
wipe with paint thinner to break down any soap, grease, shampoo residue.
tape off areas you don’t want to get painted.
use spray epoxy in thin coats, waiting thirty minutes in between.
take after pictures.
Let cure for 3 days before use.
What I did instead because NO i can’t follow directions or recipes or anything like that ever:
look at window and think, “eh. probably won’t open anyway.”
scrub everything with bleach.
scrub everything with highly abrasive Trisodium Phosphate, per instructions that say to dissolve in warm water.
scrub everything with highly abrasive Trisodium Phosphate, in powder form, because PLEASE, but that stuff in water did nothing, those are the Sissy Directions.
SAND the sink and the tub using coarse and medium sanding blocks, orbital sander, AND belt sander, because really? This is serious stuff. I’m sure the original instructions were not written for the Stephen King sink. I needed to modify. (and a lot of those rust stains came off at this point! YAY! So did the skin on my right hand, just a little bit, but HEY, no big deal.)
scrub everything with paint thinner.
tape off edges.
fill in low points with white epoxy – the kind you mix and let sit for 30 minutes.
Spray epoxy in thin coats.
Do not leave area.
Stay in bathroom in a white epoxy cloud and not realize how this is affecting me until I found myself discussing the physical attributes of Tim McGraw, OUT LOUD, in an empty house.
Realize, OH MY GOSH, maybe I shoulda tried to open that window after all, and go out in the backyard and feel all relieved that I did this when the kids were with Claude and they didn’t breathe that or see that or HEAR that, good GRIEF. And also? I think that man needs slightly bigger clothing.
Take pictures of sink and tub. Compare to my ‘before’ pictures.
Text them to everyone, because it is UNREAL how the Stephen King sink looks like a brand new white sink now, and so does the tub, WOW, shoulda done this when I first moved in???!!!
Let cure for 3 days.
Later today I get to use the sink and the tub for the first time, and I’m pretty excited. Not scared in the LEAST anymore.
total cost: less than $60. (and a few brain cells.)