Brain Dump: Boho Barbie’s Dream Bathroom Edition

Okay, so I don’t know how exciting this is going to be for anyone, but my bathroom is on my mind. Constantly. There is so much drama in there right now, I’m having a hard time focusing on anything else.

Let me explain.

We live in a pretty old house. It was built in 1927, and it’s very much a product of its time. This is it from the back. I have no idea why there are no pics from the front. But I’m not going outside now. It’s cold.

Also, Jenny Trout refers to it as a “witch’s cottage”. Whatever, Trout.


So, as you can see, it’s a 91-year old house. And like most 91-year olds, things tend to start falling apart. Like my toilet that’s leaking into the basement. And my bathroom sink that’s also leaking into my basement.


The short version of this frustrating story is that both the toilet and sink are irreparable and need to be replaced.

Our bathroom is super teeny-tiny. I mean really small.


When we moved in, it was painted neon apricot and screaming white with textured plastic, avocado green, sliding shower doors. They were hideous. We tore those out and decided that cream and forest green was a good idea to counteract the neon apricot and screaming white. Mistakes were made. 

The slightly longer version is that I am a bargain hunting goddess–which is impressive since I loathe shopping.

But, we got a recommendation on a good toilet. It was $80 bucks–but then we saw it had a $30 rebate. Score!

We went to one of those places that salvages usable pieces and parts from old houses and found a porcelain sink that’s likely from the 30s and is in mint condition for $12!  <–that is not a typo!

However, it’s a basin sink. This means what little counter  space we had is gone. so, my husband is going to build a new base for the sink to sit in. And I’m going to go to the University of YouTube and learn how to tile and grout a new countertop and backsplash with these glass tiles that I found for $24.

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And, of course, we’ll need to paint. So, the cream is for the walls, and the siesta dreams (4th one down) is for the cupboards and wainscoting. $50 (plus there’s a percentage off rebate, but math…)


These are my lovely $20 glass reproduction knobs. Screen Shot 2018-01-21 at 3.35.02 PM.png

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And my $25 shower curtain.

Project total? $195

EDIT: I just found these gorgeous antique tiger’s eye glass door knobs on Etsy for $14.95. But I had a giftcard from my mom, so…free!

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And here’s the best part of all. Hiding under the hideous, fugly linoleum are these gorgeous turn of the century porcelain hex tiles! Clearly, we have a lot of glue and backing to scrape off, but it’ll be worth it!


I’m now referring to this project as Boho Barbie’s Dream Bathroom. 

I’ll post pics when we’re done!

To see the finished bathroom, please come to my new blog.

Now, go check out what the other bloggers are dumping.

Jess  *  Kris  *  Siobhan  *  Kellie  *  Jessica  *  Deelylah  *  Torrance

My Life’s Mission Statement

mission statement in wood type

Hmmm… I guess I never really thought of individuals having personal mission statements, but let’s go with it.

I write because I have these stories in my head, filled with quirky, delightful people I adore (and some that I super loathe – looking at you, Nigel) and I want to know how their stories end. I share them with you because I want to give us both an escape hatch into other lives because I not only need a break from reality, but I also need hope, and I figure you might, too. Sometimes life can be pretty depressing, and I want to create worlds where, even if it’s a struggle getting there, good prevails over evil, and love wins–and wins fucking hard. Ultimately, I guess I just want to make the world a little better–even if it’s only temporary and make people smile.

Be sure to check out the other bloggers’ statements.

Jess  *  Paige  *  Deelylah  *  Siobhan  *  Kris

Oh dear…my internet search history. Let me share it with you.

For Wednesday Randomness, we’re talking about our search histories.

So…yeah.  This should be interesting. These are the things I’ve searched for recently.

1. Can animals take Tramadol – Sometimes you need to know this stuff for research, people.

2. Tim Minchin – Let’s be honest…my love for this man knows no bounds.

3.YA blog tours – This is going to be a thing for me in the relatively nearish future.

4.How do you get rid of milia – I hate those little bastards. HATE THEM. Also, the answer is there really is no real way to get rid of them.

5 Arbor Society Grand Rapids – My Rowan tree died. 😦

6. BBC Merlin – Do you think those pictures for the Friday blog posts look themselves up?

7. Who to call for the Saturn ignition recall – Fucking car…

8. Field Sobriety Test – Research. Accuracy is important.

9. Advair Diskus coupons – even with insurance that shit is 210$ a month.

10. How long does it take a rice cooker to cook brown rice? – Yes…I did lose my instruction booklet. Why do you ask?

11. Glass gem heirloom corn seeds for sale – for my attempt at a garden!

12. How often should you water seeds planted in organic seed starter mix? – Also gardeny stuff.

13. Apple Macbook – Hey…a girl can dream…

14. Jesus Christ Superstar National Tour Cast – This seems pretty self-explanatory. Also, the dude from the Sex Pistols is playing Herod!

15. Burning Man live feed – I was curious…

16. Sam Claflin – He’s pretty. I can’t help it.

17. How long does it take for a body to decompose in cold water? – Asking for a friend.

18. Rip Currents in Lake Michigan – helllooooooo research

19. How many students are enrolled at U of M? – more actual research

20. How do you spell the name of Thor’s hammer?  – In case you’re wondering, it’s Mjölnir.

21. Parts of a sailboat – also research.

22. Nutrition information for So Delicious French Vanilla Coconut Creamer – trying to find a creamer substitute. *sigh*

23. Catchall – one word or two?

24. Do nsaids cause weight gain? Answer: taken in excess, they can.

25. Ichiban menu – that’s where we took Killian for his birthday supper.

26. Jamieson Shetland Heather Aran – Look, I like yarn. A lot.

27. Promotion code for Knitpicks – Look, I might have mentioned I like yarn a lot. I also like to get it as cheaply as possible.

28. Camelot Dyeworks – Okay, it’s more yarn. I admit it. I have a sickness, people.

29. Death Star pillow pattern – What? Christmas is coming…

30. Creature that feeds off of innocence – Research. Just research.

So, what kind of gems are hiding in your search history? Wanna see what the other WR bloggers have been searching? Click their names below!