Our first floor bathroom has always been a headache for me. I love it. And I hate it.
Let me explain. It started out like a crime scene…red textured walls, tile with pinkish red veining, and the world’s ugly vanity. I take that back. I don’t wanna hurt anyone’s feelings. It’s not ugly. Just extremely unappealing to the eye. I may have a detached retina just looking at this photo.
One of the first things after we bought our house was tackle the walls. It had to be done. I chose a greige that blended well with the tile. It also played along with the cream colored toilet and our flesh colored trim and the freshly painted vanity.
Well…dontcha know that our little bathroom decided to give us a huge headache. I blame my own laziness. Also I blame Will’s innocence.
You see, I was hosting a lot more events in our home…and I knew that we were getting way more use out of this restroom. So I decided that to help with the cleaning effort, I would utilize one of those little toilet bowl cleaners that hangs on the side of the bowl and refreshes the water with every flush. We used these for YEARS without any problem. Well…that was years before we had two very independent thinking babes in the house.
That’s when it overflowed.
Yes, that is a ninja star. And I would totally numchuck those bleaches.
Long story short, we figured out from a very convoluted conversation that only a three year old would understand, that Will decided to ‘clean’ the pee-pee by flushing the hanging plastic piece down the potty. Hence the overflow.
Isn’t it funny to discover things when you remove the toilet? I never knew that this room was painted the exact same color as the rest of the house. It’s like unraveling the story of the house.
Anyhoo. We drained the potty and removed it from it’s home. Then we called my brother (a licensed plumber in Alabama). He asked us if we knew whether the ‘clog’ was in the toilet itself or if the plastic piece was further down the pipe. Of course…we had no clue. So he told us to take the outdoor hose and test the drain pipe by filling it with water for ten minutes….if it started filling up, then we knew that the problem was down the pipe. If not, then we could try fishing around the toilet to find the clog.
Thankfully the pipe was fine. And we soon discovered the plastic piece (and toilet paper and other ‘material’) wedged in the curved pipeage of the potty.
Since the toilet was removed, I suggested to Jeremy that we go ahead and replace it with a white version. This has always been the plan…to slowly replace the toilets in this house with white versions and since the existing cream toilet was off, it made perfect sense to do it now.
We love Kohler toilets and this Elliston type was on sale at our local Home Depot so we picked it up for about $200. It won me over with that first key point on the side of the box….no more clogs. It also helped by checking off all the boxes on our toilet wishlist….
- elongated bowl
- chair height
- Kohler brand
- good flush rating
- GOOD LOOKING LINES
It was somewhere between checkout and getting back in the car that I mentioned that we should probably paint the trim white in this room since the toilet would now be white. Hello Pandora…let me open that box for you.
So when I got home, Jeremy removed the vanity (so that I could get the trim that runs along side the vanity nook) and started wiping down the trim with deglosser while the boys and I played outside. The deglosser we use to prep all our trim states on the can that it can cause birth defects and is really smelly so we always set up Jer to do that task with fans and a respirator for proper ventilation. I completely leave the house because I figure that it’s better just to leave completely. Better safe than sorry.
See the vanity in the kitchen? It’s hard to see when such a cutie is in the way
So after the trim got painted bright white (we just use a coat of no-voc primer and then three coats of untinted brilliant white base paint), I started brainstorming colors (might as well paint the walls too while we are at it, right?!)
In the end, I liked the way the red popped in the kitchen so much that I just decided to carry that color through to the bathroom. Our kitchen is Benjamin Moore’s Metropolitan and it’s a nice neutral gray with warm green undertones.
At one point Jeremy and I discussed ripping out the tile floor while we were already tackling this space…but then we pulled back the reigns because dude…this started as a clogged toilet and we have a couple other rooms we really need to finish first (ahem the nursery/the laundry room).
The gray paint really makes the greige look very BEIGE. And I love love love white trim.
While I was in the painting kick, I decided I really wanted to do something fun with the back of the vanity nook. So while I decide what to do on a more permanent basis (probably wallpaper something fun and graphic like this or this), I just painted it white.
So this is where I leave you off. I still have to take some after-painting-after-toilet-installed-after-we-put-this-room-back-together photos. The good news is…we no longer use plastic hanging toilet cleaners…and the trim in one more room is painted. One step closer to making this house OUR home….our home where there is no toilet water on the floor…which is exactly how I want our floor to be :)
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It must be my crazy sense of time but I completely missed Cyber Monday. But don’t cry for me Argentina. I have HauteLook And at HauteLook, it’s like Cyber Everyday. Maybe you forgot the last uber awkward post I did for them where I had to take selfies in the front yard. Yeah. That was like a steaming cup of baby diapers…aka…a hot mess.
Well, just in case you are like me (behind on pretty much every.single.thing.in.life. including Christmas shopping) I decided that it would be fun to put together a shopping wishlist for all the things that are on sale right now that nibble my cookies…if you know what I mean…and I think you do
- Spiderman Hooded Towel - Will would literally lose a nut if I gave him a superhero towel. Right now he has a shark towel and he tries to bite my leg off Jaws style every time he wears it. A towel that would turn him into his favorite Spidie would only mean one thing…we would be taking a whole lot more baths around here….which isn’t such a bad thing
- Navy Draped Cardigan – Long spare-tire hiding cardigans are one of those things that I found transitions really well from maternity-wear to post-pregnancy-wear. It is never a waste of money to invest in the drapey sweaters…plus they look good even when you throw them on over a long tank and jeggings…which is a normal outfit for me.
- Pink Oval earrings – I started writing down my ‘grown-up’ jewelry list….and these were one of the top items…simple, casual, add a bit of sparkle to any outfit. I’m probably gonna stuff my own stocking with them
- Jessica Simpson travel perfumes – I love little perfume samplers. I am practically a perfume sampler addict. They are just so small and lovely and you can change your scent as many times as you like. I think of perfume as shirts…you wouldn’t wear the same one every single day, right? It’s nice to switch things up!
- Cream Yoke Blouse – I love long loosey goosey blouses with a bit of detail at the top. They hide a multitude of bodily sins. Like that box of Krispie Kreme that mysteriously disappeared in my car.
- Gray KitchenAid Mixer – I should have registered for this when I got married. Is it too weird to ask for one as a baby shower present? Yeah. Weird, right?! Guess this one is up to you Jeremy
- Brown Boots – These little foxies are so beautiful. They would probably make all my other boots jealous. Just sayin.
- White Dot Blouse – Does anyone else love textured clothing as much as I do? Fist pump with me. I love the look layered under a drapey cardigan or just over a simple white tank. It’s like that touchable-factor.
- City bath stickers - These are those foamy things that stick to the side of your tub and your kid plays mindlessly with them for hours. I love them. I have letters and numbers…but not cars and buildings. I could probably play thirty extra minutes of Family Feud on my phone with all the time the boys will have zooming around their own city!
- Stila makeup – I actually was really confused at first at what this was…it’s pigment. So basically you can make it blush or eyeshadow or whatever you want a little color for. And the cool part is, it can be applied all blended together or you can use a smaller brush to make combo colors or just use one! I’m calling it now….GENIUS!
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