Main Bath Makeover

Do you remember the ugly thing that I was concerned might be permanently stuck to my wall?

Well it finally came off the brown and green walls.




The Process

First everything came off the walls except for the medicine cabinet, but including the leafy border and vinyl baseboards. Then everything got a new coat of paint, new floors went down and new accessories went up (toilet paper holder, shower curtain bar and towel holder). In the process we also replaced the faucet.

Here’s the mess we made: Continue reading

The Harry Potter Bathroom

Our second bathroom is in the basement. It’s a small, but very handy room with a sink, a toilet and a huge shower. It happens to be underneath of the stairs. Because it’s a “room under the stairs,” it was nicknamed the “Harry Potter Bathroom” by my aunt.

A room under the stairs

We loved the location of the basement bathroom since we have a bar/pub-style basement, when we’re hanging out down there, it’s convenient and there is direct access from the back door, down six stairs to get to it… which means it’s accessible for guests at outdoor gatherings without them needing to take off their shoes and hike up a floor and a half to use the bathroom.

The photo from the house listing, they had a sailing/pirate theme

Convenience aside, there was one thing wrong and one thing creepy about the bathroom:


“I swear she’s going to start charging me rent!”

That’s what the plumber said to my husband when I got home from work yesterday. He was out to our house on Monday to unclog the drain in our bathroom sink (the one that Brad pulled a toothpaste cap out of and it still wouldn’t drain). He was back on Tuesday to attempt to replace to pipe from the sink to the wall for us that was original from when the house was built (read: more than 80 years old). He couldn’t finish the job because he needed a new part so he came back yesterday. When the drain pipe to the wall was replaced yesterday, the sink still didn’t drain so they re-snaked it. To make a long story short: the original drain pipe from the bathroom failed and began leaking into the kitchen, just above the sink.

Our upstairs bathroom is getting torn open on Friday to pull out the pipe and replace it. Since the plumber has spent more waking hours at my house than I have this week… maybe I should charge him rent.

We had already begun making plans to update the bathroom, which we didn’t do when we bought the house. When we first moved in, we repainted every room that had carpet since we were going to replace the carpet. Painting over carpet that’s going to be ripped out is really a super easy way to paint! Our main bathroom and our kitchen really got stuck in the 90s but we left them for awhile.

So this thing was hanging in the bathroom when we moved in:

Thinking that it was just hanging on a nail in the wall, I tried to just lift it off the wall… no such luck. I gave it a few pulls and wiggles and found out that the thing is really stuck on my wall! Needless to say it’s still hanging there for now until I task Brad with its removal. I think I understand why the former owners left it there when they moved out!

I love the charm and character of our old house and the updates that the previous owner made, but one of the drawbacks of an old house is the old plumbing.

Life without a bathroom mirror


My blank wall

We recently moved into a rental home where the bathroom has just been redone. The bathroom guy didn’t realize that “finished” meant the mirror should be hung. So the mirror hasn’t been hung yet and we aren’t quite sure whose job it is to hang it.

Things are definitely different without the mirror. Think about it, who do you look at when you brush your teeth? Do you do a quick check of your hair or teeth when you wash your hands?

Without a mirror, your attention will be drawn elsewhere… away from yourself!

And as a side note: we’ve taken to making faces at each other while we brush our teeth.