Thursday, February 18, 2010

The Bathroom: Tragedy and Triumph

Have you ever woken up, on the right side of the bed, only to discover, a few minutes later, that life is more like you woke up on the wrong side of the bed? I had one of those days last Thursday. It started off great enough. The sun was streaming through the window and I felt great. But as I walked into the bathroom, I noticed a puddle on the floor. Instantly I thought it had come from one of our three dogs. But then remembered that two of the dogs slept in their little kennels at night and the other dog had slept with me in my room. Door closed. It couldn't have been them.

So after a bit of searching, I discovered that the pipes underneath of the sink were leaking. In two places. And had been for days.

How did I not know?

A big giant container that holds my hair supplies and extra beauty junk was catching all of the water. And was about to overflow.

Oh dismay!!

My husband was out of town and all of the plumbers that I knew (and I know many) were all laid off and had moved away from town. I was sunk. My husband would be home later that night and I dreaded the conversation of telling him about the pipes.

Thankfully he took it well. It was no biggie to him. Whew!
So last weekend, we did some minor renovations.

 The Hot holding the culprit. I mean, hello hole in the pipe! It's totally eaten through! And can you believe we had this same issue with our toilet and kitchen sink. All new piping. Same exact problem. Sort of makes you think twice about drinking the water here!

So glad my husband is training to be a plumber. What would we do if he weren't? Be spending way to much money on repairs, that's for sure! And FYI. That orange thing on the ground is a Sham-Wow. Amazing! Definatly came in handy with this project.

Clunk a junk grossness!! Oh my, disgusting. Note the aggression taken out on the taps. It was fun to beat on those things!

New taps! We measured and wanted to replace the whole vanity and sink but it just wasn't going to work right now. Soon we hope to gut this whole bathroom. I can't wait to take a sledgehammer to that tile.

I thought I'd show you some of my decorations around this room too.

 I love this bird. Is his face not so cute? My mother-n-law actually bought the same bird, not knowing that I did. Fun!

 I hung this shelf awhile ago and put some decorations that I had laying around the house. I collect fruit jars so I added a few in here. The one holding the Q-tips is a Canadian crown jar.

 You probably saw this plate rack in my dining room awhile ago. I decided to move it in here to hold some beauty products that I received from the family of one of the little girls I babysat in December. The product packaging sort of matches this bathroom.

 Gotta have some extra TP.

His and Hers towel racks. His is empty as he is gone for the week. I bought these at the dollar store.

 And under the sink. Note the shiny new pipes! But please ignore the stains on the bottom of the vanity. I don't have the gumption to paint them out as again, this whole bathroom is getting trashed hopefully soon. I replaced the big bucket that held my other supplies (as the supplies and bucket were ruined). The bag holds my blow dryer, straightener, curling iron, brush, mirror and hair products. I have to do my hair in the living room as my blow dryer plug doesn't fit into the only outlet of our bathroom. The bag makes it easier to transport.

Ylang Ylang Shower Spray by Method. I bought a large refill jug for $2.88 at a liquidation store. I ran next door and bought the spray bottle at the dollar store. This spray smells amazing and makes the whole room smell awesome. This bathroom can use all the help it can get!

 And finally, the real triumph here. These men's Gillette shampoo were onsale at a drug store for $1.47 this week. I price matched at Walmart. They were originally $4.76 for each bottle. So $14.28 for all three bottles. The price match made them $4.41. But! I had a coupon for $5 off when you bought three gillette men's products. So basically, I got "paid" to buy the shampoo! Crazy!! Hope my hubby likes it. :)

Have an awesome day ya'll. Thanks for sticking around for this ridiculously long post!


Della said...

That's great that you got it fixed...leaky pipes are very annoying. Constant water torture. :)

The Yorgason's said...

We had a pipe break in our basement, but it was in the ceiling. It was bad! But like you my bathroom looks better now. Thanks for your cute note! Also I got one of mine off and and the classified. I thought I saw that you were from Canada. But I think that you should look and see if there is any classified adds in you area. My last one was on 45 dollars!

Heather@PixieDust said...

i had a leak in my kitchen earlier this month - no fun at all!!

Mary @ Neat and Tidy said...

That Shane - what a handy guy! Glad it all worked out for you two. Love you both.

Small House said...

Darn about the leaky pipe. It's always nice when the husband can fix it though!

Cute bathroom accessories!

And love the mascara post. I use the same mascara!

Lovely Little Nest said...


Your bathroom is so cute! Where did you get that tile? It's fabulous! :)

Tiffany said...

I really like the plate rack! And the old fruit jars as decoration!! I have some that I'll have to use now! Great idea! :D

Holly said...

My goodness, what's in your water? That was some hole!

Cas said...

We painted our ugly bathroom tile with white enamel paint and it looks amazing! I was nervous and not sure if it would work, but a light sand, primer and some latex enamel paint and Volia! Brand new looking bathroom for under $100 in paint and supplies.


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