Sunday, May 16, 2010

Volunteer Apartment Bathroom Remodel

Every once in a while I get to do something I really like. BUT doing it while taking care of babies is not a good thing.  I do not have time to devote myself totally and it takes a long time.  At the beginning of the project I had no idea how long it would take and it took months.  I guess all remodeling takes a long time, much longer than I thought and worse than I expected.  Finding people has been really hard.

I saw the bathroom in 104 and knew I wanted to do something to fix it up and so we started.  I am grateful for the donations I received especially for the bathroom and for all the help that was offered.  I loved the retired couples who came and helped some projects and for Christian who finished the whole thing off.   Thank you to everyone who helped.  A funny story:  I was telling a friend about my Chinese bathroom and he thought there was a squatter potty in there.  That is not something I think the foreigners would have liked.

Anyway I am rather proud of the way it turned out. The table I found at the second hand furniture store for 150RMB (US$22) and the tap and the bowl was in total 375 RMB (US$55) There is a huge variety of choices here in China. I have learned to shop at the local amazon shop ( and I love the variety they have even though it takes me a long time to sort through everything because I can not read Chinese.

Life, love and laughter,

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Xian China

At Starfish, we have taken care of 106 children to date, arranged more than 80 surgeries and had 30 international adoptions, so our little starfishes live all over the globe: the US, Netherlands, Norway, France, Spain,  and in China.  Our latest four adoptions took place in two weeks and we now have babies in three new places: Sweden, Denmark and Canada and a new US state, Georgia.  We currently have 48 babies under the age of 3 and two foster homes. We have ten babies matched and we are waiting for their families to come and get them.
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Trade plumbing Supplies said...

Elegantly beautiful! If I can have my bathrooms like one of those pics Id say it will be so cool!

Jet said...

WOW Amanda!!! Good job! Really beautiful...

Jessica said...

It looks wonderful! So beautiful!

Wendy said...

What a beautiful remodeling job! Love it.

LifeWith3 said...

Very nice, Amanda.

When shopping at Taoboa, you might want to try using Google Chrome as your browser ( I went to the website,, just to see what there was to see and Chrome asked me if it should translate from Simplified Han to English and I said yes. The translation isn't great, but it might be better for you than the characters!

Congratulations on completing the bathroom.

~ Amy