At the tail end of last year, Scott and I participated in Ace Hardware‘s first ever Blogger Panel – which, by the way, was a blast. Working with the company – a local one at that! – was an amazing opportunity to test drive their Clark+Kensington paint line, a handful of new-to-us tools (hello, paint sprayer!) and talk shop with a crew of fellow home-lovers. We were beyond thankful for the opportunity, so when they asked us back for 2014, we said yes, please! Not only do we love any excuse to go to the hardware store (if you’re in Logan Square, stop into Gillman’s Ace and say hi to Al; he’s the best!), but we love that Ace is so willing to spread the love with you, too (exhibit A: this very post). Aw, it’s a big ol’ love fest, really.
To kick off a fresh year of projects (albeit a few months into the year, but still), we were asked to go to Ace and pick up something – anything – unexpected. As Ace is, in our opinion, a truly unique hardware store (full of surprises, we tell you!), we honest to goodness threw caution to the wind and went with no agenda. We walked up and down the aisles, getting caught up in new power tools, scented candles, storage shelving systems, kitchen blenders and, oddly enough, a big booth of sunglasses.
In the end? We came home with a new shower head – oh, to be an adult! – choosing the Delta In2ition with a detachable sprayer for one very specific reason – puppy bath time! Note: Since every Ace holds different inventory, check out their online selection.
Our bathrooms, both of them, have seen better days (although when?), but after fixing so many structural issues with the house last fall, they’ve fallen to the back burner until we can save up enough money to do them properly. Easy upgrades like this, though? They make all the difference.
For longer than we’d like to admit, we’d been using a watering can to bathe Jack, which was replaced with a measuring cup when that can got lost in the moving shuffle. (Just, ugh.) Puppy bath time wasn’t fun for anyone, and now with CC in the picture, that needed to change – and fast.
We attempted to bathe them both together – because, why not? We had a detachable sprayer, yeah! – which led to the most ridiculous series of events (in which one CC flew from the tub with the most acrobatic grace, then immediately floundered and slipped over the soapy tile), giving us both a good belly laugh. And for that, it was totally, completely worth it.
Because Ace Hardware is all about spreading the love, together with the Ace crew, we’ll be giving away a $100 Ace Hardware gift card to one lucky reader! The giveaway runs through Friday, March 21st at 5pm CST; simply enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. The winner will be announced within this post by Friday evening. Good luck and happy entering!