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 🙂