A Few Island Home Improvements
The weekend before the New York International Gift Fair, where we debuted the Dunes and Duchess line, Dunes and I headed to the island to do some cosmetic work on our little wreck. You’ve seen the before photos so you know that in the long run it’s going to take more than a few coats of paint. But we’re determined to vacation in it before the fall comes (it’s uninsulated and will have to be shut for the winter).
There were a couple of problems preventing mainly me from staying at the house for more than a night—LIKE THE FACT THAT WE DIDN’T HAVE A WORKING TOILET! I can get over that there’s no bathroom sink and that grass grows in the gaping hole between the rotted floor and the wall.
Ever resourceful Dunes though was convinced he could figure out the problem. After conferring with locals he determined that tree roots had grown into our pipes (these were Yankee pipes made of something akin to stiff tar paper), preventing the toilet from draining. He started to dig.
And I started to scrape and paint. Eventually, we’re going to have to take the house apart bit-by-bit so we’re not wishing to invest a lot of money into cosmetic changes. For example, my whole color scheme for the house (indigo, coffee, and cream), was thrown out the window when Dunes found a bunch of turquoise-y colors in the sale bin at Home Depot. I pouted about not having a choice and the house looking like a Caribbean T-shirt shop, but the happy hues are kind of growing on me. Here’s what the kitchen looked like before.
With a little sweat now, they took on a different look.
We ripped up the linoleum covering the countertops to discover awful rotting wood. Dunes had some leftover spackle and covered them so now they look like plaster. When we get there for vacation we’re going to see what happens when we put high-gloss paint over the top.
I’m proud to say we have a working toilet too, but this is still my bathroom.
And this is my shower. I have to admit that it’s totally cool to shower out there around midnight under the Milky Way though.
I’ll have more updates this week on a few other rooms so please check back!
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