Sunday, February 5, 2012

Indoor Plumbing is a Good Thing

We're re-doing the bathroom.   We only have the one, so it's kind of a big deal to gut it and all.    This means that we [Eric] had to take everything out of the bathroom and start all over.    The tub, the sink, the toilet.  

And once again, I have a greater respect for the people who survived without indoor plumbing. 

Don't feel too sorry for us because I do have a studio with a bathroom.  Thank heavens.  But it's about the same distance from the house as the old outhouse was.   And it's winter.    And sometimes, you just have to go when it's dark.   And cold.   And your hair is wet because you just took a bath [in the kitchen sink.]

As I traipsed out to the studio, in the dark, with wet hair, and a pair of sweats on under my nightgown, and mismatched socks because it was too dark to care, and a shawl wrapped around my head so my hair wouldn't freeze off, I contemplated what it would have been like to be going to an outhouse instead of a warm studio.

The thought of my bare butt hitting a 35 degree outhouse seat made my intestines retreat.

I'm so glad we have the studio.  I think everyone should have a studio just in case they have to gut their bathroom.


This is what we found under all the wall board in the bathroom when we gutted it.


Blood red.

Intense blood red.

In a room that's only 6 x 5 to begin with.

I love red, and this is a fabulous red, but in this little bitty room it was like something from the movie Carrie.

When we gutted the kitchen a few years ago, we found the same color.   I thought it was an accident.  I figured they painted it that color because it was leftover barn paint.

Nope.    The barn was never painted.

Now we know why.    They used the red to paint the kitchen and bathroom.

There were a lot of problems with the old bathroom.  For one, we had a trick bathtub.  It was gradually disappearing.    First blue spots started appearing.   Then they darkened and darkened and eventually became black.   Coincidentally the same color black as the metal the tub was made with.   Weird, huh.    [We know it was the scrubbing, but we have hard, HARD water and never could find anything that would clean that wouldn't eat the finish.  Aggravating.]

Eric wrestled the tub out while we were at White Violet.   He was very grateful for steel toed boots, as the thing weighed about 200 lbs.  He took it to the scrap metal place and got $40 for it.     That's a lot of metal.

We have the toilet back in and working.   Yay.   The new tub is in and the goal is to get it hooked up so we can use it tonight.    The red is covered up with green board, which is a vast improvement on the red.   Vast, I tell you.

Now we're arguing over what color to paint it.    I can't decide.    It needs to be pale, pale, pale since the room is only 5x6 to begin with.    Feel free to tell me what color you want it to be - none of us agree anyway and a few more votes won't hurt.


  1. You failed to tell us some vital info: I'm assuming white tubs and sinks? What is on the floor? What will be on the floor? My upstairs bathroom, on a whim, one I still like, was tiled in black and white floor and tub and halfway up the walls. Mostly white. With black diamonds. The remaining walls could never be anything but white. Ever. I'm a fan of tile. You should tile half your walls (ducking as Eric chucks a hammer at my head)

  2. The floor is a beige with gray vinyl in a stone pattern. White fixtures.

    I love white with the black diamonds. If we hadn't had the leftover vinyl from the studio, I might've gone that way.

    1. Pale, pale, almost undetectable peachy apricot-y shades. Leaning maybe toward beige rather than warmer. Or maybe warmer. Depends on how much you are going to cover up the floor with bathmats or rugs. I recently did my downstairs bath in a very pale yellow with cream-tab tile. Brightened it up considerably.

    2. I am so excited for you as soon we will be going through renoovation on a single bathroom in out TN farm house. It was built in 1870, yep it's 142 years old!! W eare going to replace tub. toilet and sink. I will be ising white fixtures with white porcelain knobs. I have decided to use a "very pale" hint of turqoise on the walls trimmed in cinderella white. I am making a framed stained glass window the exact size of the bathroom window to hang there. It will reflect some wonderful light with soothing color, and I wont have to worry with a curtain,etc.. I am being given an absolut treasure from my sister!!! She is gifting me a solid oak, antique dresser w/ beveled mirror. I will cut out the sink area and place one I already have for the bathroom sink that I got from a Habitat for Hunanity store in Decatur, Alabama. We retire in Dec. and will be leaving New Mexico headed for our new,"old house" !! LOL Hang in there kiddo, enjoy the ride!!!!LOL

  3. When I typed "cream-tab" I meant tan. :-/

  4. Before before I read Murphala's comments, I was already going to vote for a cream-tan or a pale yellow. Sounds like you need some softened-sunshine in your house. :)

    While red is my fav color, I think the prev owners were totally nuts to paint the indoor walls red.

  5. I'm not typically a yellow person, but I could see a very very pale sunshine yellow type color if you can put up with that "Cheery" feeling in the am. Pale purple if Eric can put up with one more "Girly" thing or tans and browns similar to the shades you find in the sand stone in your creek.

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  7. I vote pale yellow. I'm not huge on yellow, but I've seen pale lemon-yellow look so lovely. With little accents of white or tan.

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