Lipstick in the Bath

The post title is such since it’s not a real *renovation*, but just a coat of lipstick to make it look better until we can really tackle this..which may be a few years.  We’d love to recreate what we did in our last bath renovation, but it will have to wait.  I guess lipstick is just a bare bones budget renovation?

Thanks to those who voted for the new potty…my cheap, impatient side won and we went with the Jacuzzi Espree…so far we love it.

Since we already had to replace the potty and we had a few sets of house guests coming this summer, we decided to try and spiffy up the second floor bathroom.  We really didn’t spend that much since we DIYed it and didn’t do any major overhaul.  In addition to replacing the potty, we replaced the door hardware, cabinet hardware, the sink fixtures and a new shower head.  Swipe on a new coat of paint and add some floating shelves from Lowe’s and we’re done.  All told about $500.

The sinks, vanity, countertop, etc.. aren’t our taste, but are inoffensive enough to buy us some time. Although limited by the lack of modern brushed nickel widespread options in my time frame (They’re OK..they’ll do for now) it’s still amazing what new hardware can do.  I actually like the groovy white 70’s tile on the floor in here, and by luck, the tub/shower surround is in great shape even if it is a thin sheet of acrylic….all in good time.

Let’s Get This Potty Started….

I have 3 bathrooms to renovate.  A big draw in buying this place was the condition of the baths-they may be ugly but are fully functional, thus buying us a bit of time.

Doesn’t it seem like a conspiracy when the one thing you didn’t want to deal with rudely forces itself on you like the flu?  The upstairs toilet is leaking.  There is NO way I’m ready to redo that whole bathroom yet because there are walls to be moved, so let’s just focus on potty replacement as our band-aid. That 70’s tile isn’t really all that bad, and the kids don’t seem to mind having only an 18 inch wide walkway by their sinks….really!  I’m sick of plunging anyway.

I’m down to 3 contenders.  The Toto Aquia Dual Flush, the Kohler Persuade Dual Flush and the Jacuzzi Espree.  The Espree is not dual flush, but a high efficiency flush. That plumbing guru Terry Love and his fans say this is a no brainer…Toto all the way.  I am put off by the…ahem…skidmark problem reported by Toto users.  They don’t seem to mind though….they say…”just keep a brush toilet ever!” Dedicated following.  I’ll admit my cheap and impatient side has me seduced by the NOW availability (Lowes) of the Espree. The other 2 are mail order only where I live.  Whatever we choose will be installed by my fabulous crafty counterpart.