We're finally re-doing the Master Bathroom. I first talked about this way back in March 2005. It is actually costing more than I thought it would. We wrote a big check a week or so ago and the guys showed up last Thursday and ripped the bathroom to shreds. The only thing we are saving is the tub.
Peter's planning the whole thing. I really have no interest in going to Lowe's or Home Depot, it does not make me hot like it does my husband, and I don't have the time to go anyway. As long as he picks out tiles that aren't like, yellow,or something, I think we'll be okay. He told me he ordered a nice (read expensive) vanity and sink and a medicine chest from Restoration Hardware, and got some marble tiles the other day. I'm monitoring the credit card charges and so far I'm horrified but whatever.
The only request I had (other than no yellow tiles) was to keep the USED RAZOR BLADES tile because I thought it was so old-fashioned and kitchy and cool. And I came home last Friday to find a 1/8" layer of dust on everything in my bedroom (because I guess no one uses drop cloths anymore) and the USED RAZOR BLADE tile destroyed. Sad.
The contractors found a shitload of rusty razor blades in the wall,along with a few coins and a moldy $5 bill. And a ring.
It's an old, white-gold wedding ring, inscripted with "Phil and Vera 10-2-27". It's small (size 5 or 5.5) but I have freakishly small fingers myself so it fits me.
I did a little research and it seems that the first owners of our house, or at least the first recorded owners (our house was built in 1932, the first owners we have on record bought in 1935). The first owners are listed as a Vera M. and a W. Herbert.
Peter thinks Vera was a divorcee and Herbert chucked her old wedding ring in the razor blade slot one day when he got tired of Vera talking about her first husband, the one who was nice to her, who really loved her. I like to think that Vera was a young widow and I think she was cleaning it one day, just a piece of jewelry she used to wear, and she left it in the bathroom and one of the kids stuck it in there and Vera never knew what happened to it.
We have another one of the razor blade tiles in the other bathroom and I'm kind of dying to see what's inside the wall behind that one.
Anyway, if anyone out there knows a Vera, or a Phil, who got married on October 3, 1927, let me know. I've got something for you.