For a long time the wall next to the medicine cabinet in our downstairs bath looked like this.
But then I got tired of it and took it all down. The wall remained blank until recently when I got to adorn it with some things I got for Christmas!
The print says Everyone Poops and I have been coveting it since this summer. My sister got it for me for Christmas and I was thrilled! I popped it into a $15 frame from Target. You can get your own poop-friendly print here.
The silver-plated sconces were a gift from Nick’s mom, Alden, who received them as a gift from her mother shortly before she died several years ago. Alden always loved them but never could find the perfect spot for them in her house so she passed them onto me. I think they’re just lovely in here! They’re very special to Alden and so I plan to take good care of them.
I love the combination of traditional and cheeky.
Here’s an older picture of the rest of the room (no sconce in this picture). The color on the walls is the same one that I’m using in the kitchen. Three coats down in there, hopefully just one more to go! I love that it’s light and bright and creates a nice layered look next to white.
Do y’all think it looks weird that there is a sconce on the left side of the print and nothing on the right? I wonder whether I should hang something else there to balance it out or leave it as is.
Last week I posted about the stained, dingy grout in my downstairs bath and asked for tips on how best to clean it. My goal is to get it white enough to seal, and since this room is on the large side as far as bathrooms go I need something that is relatively easy and inexpensive to implement. Well, you all did not disappoint! I’ve spent the last week implementing your suggestions in a very scientific and well-organized tournament-style experiment. Realistically, I just put down a piece of painter’s tape every five tiles and wrote a different technique to try on each one. First, the losers. Most of these worked alright, but not well enough to tackle years worth of grime.
Barkeeper’s Friend: Better, but not good enough. In person it was still pretty dingy.
Oxyclean: I love this stuff for laundry but for hard surfaces it disappoints. I dissolved a pretty strong combination in water and tried scrubbing it with both a grout brush and a magic eraser. Even if it did work well it still wouldn’t have been my preferred technique because if you don’t rinse away every last trace it dries with a white film.
Baking Soda + Oxyclean Paste: my problem with anything pasty is that it’s a pain to clean up afterwards, as evidenced by the pile of caked up powder pushed off to the side of this photo. The area directly above the painter’s tape is where I’d applied it and you can see that it didn’t make a huge difference.
Lemon Juice, Baking Soda, and Salt: another paste that was just alright. Nothing to write home about.
The big winner was actually discovered by accident. One commenter suggested spraying on hydrogen peroxide and letting it sit, while another suggested simply scrubbing with a magic eraser (I assume using plain water since that’s typical magic eraser protocol). During one of my cleaning sessions I spritzed some HP onto the area labeled as such, then moved down a few feet to the area marked “magic eraser” and started scrubbing. I hadn’t accounted for my sloping floors and thus the HP ran downhill to where I was scrubbing but hark! Turns out they’re a veritable dream team.
Look at the huge difference here.
I was so excited that I made a video! But by then my magic eraser was almost dead and the results weren’t quite as stunning as they had been earlier. I’m headed to the grocery store this afternoon and will stock up on enough cheapo store brand magic erasers to scrub the whole house down.
I’m pretty sure this is the first time ever in my adult life that I’ve bought hydrogen peroxide. Turns out it’s super cheap and non-toxic! I remember my mom pouring it over scraped knees and elbows when I was little, but I’d honestly never thought to use it for cleaning until a commenter suggested it. There are still a few dark spots, but the overall effect is quite impressive. After I get the whole room done I’ll assess whether to tackle the remaining stains or to seal it as-is. The idea of sealing in dirty spots makes me twitch but geez, how much scrubbing can I do? I wonder if I could use those grout painting or coloring kits to just touch up here and there before sealing? If I ever find myself in a place to make decisions about tile jobs I am so going with white tiles and dark grout (like this!). White grout is just not practical for people like us!
I’ve been searching for the “perfect” bath rug for months to no avail. Finally, with my Pawpaw coming to stay with me for two weeks, I really needed to just get something ASAP so that he could safely get in and out of the tub. And wouldn’t you know that I found something I love?
This dark gray beauty was only $20 at Target and is exactly what I was looking for–textural and subdued. I know most people don’t agonize over bath mats like this but it’s the little things that bring me joy.
I’m thinking of switching up the area above the toilet. Is it just me or is it stupid to have this much “art” in a bathroom? I’d really like to hang that yellow-framed ballerina print up in the dining room. Maybe I could replace the whole operation with just one thing–perhaps this print that I think is so hilarious.
It’s so funny that this room and the laundry room are currently my favorite spaces in the house. I guess I’ve got a thing for indoor plumbing. Or maybe it’s just that the limitations imposed by smaller, utilitarian spaces makes it easier for me to decorate. I do well with limits.
This is my downstairs bath. I have it decorated just the way I want it, with pops of yellow and vintage touches and a shower curtain that goes all the way to the ceiling. The only thing is that a few months ago I threw out the wine cork bathmat (this is an old picture). It was falling apart under the increased wear and tear since Jack started taking regular baths in here and the floor has been bare ever since.
I was thinking about DIYing a new bathmat–specifically I was going to crochet a giant doily–but the more I thought about it it just didn’t seem very practical. I mean, it would be adorable for sure, but I wasn’t sure it would be comfortable or absorbent or machine washable. These are requirements for a bathroom used by tiny humans. So I’ve been looking around and I’m strongly considering this round rug from World Market. I think the dark gray would look really good and the reviews are great (I actually first fell in love with this rug from but the reviews indicated it wasn’t very well made so the search continued).
Another thing we could really use in this bathroom is a mat inside the tub. Jack is now pulling up and standing and the slippery tub makes me nervous. This whale mat is really fun and cute. I think I need it.
Our upstairs bath has a lot of challenges–it’s tiny and painted my least favorite color, for starters–but one thing I’ll never complain about is the tub.
Despite my love for a good clawfoot, one challenge anyone who’s lived with one will understand is the shampoo situation. There’s no place to our your stuff! We’ve always used one of those wire caddies that hangs over the shower head, but it’s not really an ideal solution and bottles are constantly falling out. I was so excited when I spotted this shower storage system that seems to have been made for old tubs! I added it to my “wish list” board on Pinterest so I can remember it next time someone asks me what I’d like for a gift.
And just because it cracks me up, I’d love to frame this print in here if we ever get around to painting over the red. Even Nick laughed when I showed it to him, and he usually is not amused by home decor.
So that’s what I’d buy if I had $85 to go spending on bath accessories right now, plus time and inclination to paint the upstairs. You’d think with it being such a small room I’d be able to knock it out quickly, but I’m intimidated by the red and all the nooks and crannies.