On April 15, 2008 we closed on a 1955 Mid-Century Modern home in Merriam, KS that was custom designed by the late Donald R. Hollis of Hollis + Miller Architects. We will be sharing our journey as we update the house to make it our own, while trying to stay as close to the original design as possible.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Half Bath-Half Done

This weekend our intentions were to reuse the wall mount sink that was in the half bath, and breathe new life into one of the faucets we removed from the master bedroom.  However, there's a difference between intentions and reality.  

Well the faucet fit perfectly; however, the lift rod did not line up with the middle hole in the sink.  I was already on the fence about reusing the old faucet (not my style nor original to the house), so it did not take much to convince LD that we needed to buy a new faucet.  Home Depot had a faucet that we both liked.  When we got home, however, the lift lever still did not line up with the hole in the sink.  So we decided to get a new wall sink.   

So this morning we drove to Home Depot, and bought the new sink.  We installed the mounting plate in the same location as the old one, but the drain was too high to fit into the P-trap (lots of other things went wrong, but I will not bore you with all of our painful mishaps).  So it was back to Home Depot to purchase a drain extender.  

I don't think we've ever had a project that took only one trip to the local hardware store.  But we were in good company.  As we were leaving Home Depot I heard a guy tell the cashier "hopefully this is my last trip today".  We snickered when we heard that.  It turned out it wasn't our last either.  When we tried hooking up the supply lines we found out that we had the wrong ones.  So we are half way there.  To be continued.... 

On a good note-LD's new desk chair arrived on Friday.  It's quite comfortable and stylish.  I want one! 


  1. Hi Delia -
    Your work looks great. Do you know anything about 6344 Robin Hood Drive? I think it may be in your neighborhood. Wondering if it's a money pit to be avoided or if it's another cool house that just needs some love. Keep up the good work. And we also have never made ONE trip to the hardware store! :) - Nancy

  2. Hi Nancy,

    It is in our neighborhood. We asked to view the house last year, when we looked at our house, but the owners had just taken it off the market and went out of town. I know it needs work, but exactly how much, I do not know.

    It is a cool looking house. The neighborhood calls it the Colorado House, and it is interesting. I wish I could give you more information, but the people who used to live there got a divorce soon after they bought it, and the bank repossessed it.

    There's another MCM home for sale in my neighborhood-6330 as a For Sale By Owner. It is at a much higher price, but it is also in better condition.