Is there a room in your house that you rarely go into? Possibly avoid at all costs? I do! The kids bathroom! I make my oldest child clean it but I don’t even check her work because I don’t want to go in there. So gross!!!!
So when my oldest moved out, I had to clean it. She had neglected it so badly! I’m pretty sure she lied to me several times about cleaning it. I’ll spare you the details. Let’s just say I had to buy a new toilet. Not the most fun way to spend money. There are so many things I would rather spend money on than a toilet.
After a big family discussion over cards at game night on whether to get the round toilet seat or the elongated seat; I went with the cheapest one at Home Depot, Glacier Bay for $88. On the box it says that the seat is round but it is actually elongated. Perhaps the elongated one is even more elongated, I don’t know. I really didn’t care either way, I just wanted the boys to hit the target! You can get it here.
Of course I cleared it with my dad first because I know he has strong opinions about toilets and he knows a lot about them. He approved the cheap one. Yay!
I had never removed or installed a toilet before so I watched the video on the product site. My daughter was shoulder surfing at the time and watched it with me. She is 12. After the video she looked at me and said, “I think you and I could tackle this on our own.” This surprised and inspired me. So we did it and it was much easier than I thought it would be.
Backing up a bit……I figured if I was going to replace the toilet then I should replace the floor first since the toilet sits on top of the floor and we had linoleumin there that I hated. I also had a can of java gel stain that I had bought almost a year prior because of all those Java gel stain Pinterest pins. I also was looking for an excuse to do a plank wall.
So one thing led to another for an entire bathroom redo. (Now I love going in that room!)
Feng Shui Frosting
Feng Shui is like icing on a cake to any project. It’s an eastern tool to balancing your space. You simply overlay the bagua onto the floor plan of your space and check in with the elements. In this bathroom I have the shower faucet in my abundance corner. Faucets are a source of water. Water can symbolize the flow of water. I also have the drain in that same area. This can symbolize $ going down the drain but together with the faucet it symbolizes the continuous flow of abundance coming in and going out continuously. The fame area is where the window is and my son sings very loudly in the shower with the window open for all to hear. Pretty self explanatory. The toilet and sink are in the health and hygiene area as well as the bathroom rules sticker. The colorful planks on the accent wall is in the simple joy of childhood area. It’s the fun wall. Honestly I don’t plan my projects around Feng shui, I just go with a flow that feels good. Then I assess the Feng shui bagua and look for positive connections and intentions making any correction that I think are needed.
Here is a sample bagua. Of course there are many more detailed ones but if you are new to Feng shui, this is a good place to start. Most important – have fun with it. Note: the bottom of the bagua is placed over the entrance of the room’s floor plan.
Other links coming soon:
How I retextured over the Orange peel wall
Oil Rubbed Faucet Fail!