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We have slowly been tackling a few home projects as our house has aged and our season of life has changed. I still can’t believe it’s been 11 years since we built this house! We try to focus on changing spaces to make things function a little more efficiently and make them a little more modern. This is not our forever home, so we are hesitant to do anything too dramatic. As of now we don’t have any plans for major renovations to this house, of course never say never.
So while I originally did want a complete overhaul for the boys’ bathroom, Brandon said no, and don’t tell him I said this, but it was the right decision. This is also our guest bathroom so I wanted it to be a little more aesthetically pleasing for when we have guests, while still being functional for three little boys! We didn’t do a ton, but what we did do has helped the flow of things and everything looks a little brighter!
The first thing I did was update the bathroom accessories. I had haphazardly purchased a few things over the years as the boys needed them, but now it finally has a more cohesive look! A new shower curtain to match the trashcan and toothbrush holder, plus a new bathmat next to the shower. I also got this adorable cover for tissues that looks like a house. I also found this container to store extra rolls of toilet paper. The hand soap is a foaming pump that I can refill as needed. I love the silicone sleeve on the bottom to keep it from clinking or sliding around.
We didn’t have a functioning towel rack in the bathroom and we were just throwing the boys’ towels over the shower curtain rod. But with swimming almost daily and 3 kids taking baths it just wasn’t working with 5-6 towels hanging. Plus it looked messy! I asked BTR to make a really simple towel rack that would match our existing cabinets. Originally I wanted to paint the cabinets but we decided against it. He found a piece of oak and cut it so the screws could go into the wall studs and then the hooks hide those screws. Have I told you how much I love having a handy husband? I love how it turned out and after hosting two rounds of guests this summer I can tell you it is perfect!
We also have about five million washcloths so I grabbed this simple bin to store them in so they are easy to grab since we go through multiple a day!
The last thing we did was create some art to hang on the wall! I had so much fun doing this and now I want to paint all the canvases I can! The cost was less than $20 between the canvas, brush, and two colors of paint. I watched a few different YouTube tutorials based on how I wanted it to look. First I measured where I wanted the colors to change, and then I just started painting! I painted the bottom section white, then I mixed in the smallest amount of blue with the white for the next section. Then for each section, you add a little more blue to your white and continue until the last section which was solid blue! Don’t forget to drag the paint on the sides of the canvas. It’s not perfect, but I love the way it turned out! I used 3M command strips with velcro to hang the canvas on the wall.
Ok now let’s talk about what NOT to put in your plumbing pipes. You know my boys have a history of sticking things in pipes, remember the golf balls and matchbox cars in our furnace exhaust? We’ve since had many talks about what doesn’t go in pipes or the toilet, but I bet we could all use a reminder, otherwise, you’ll be calling Hoffmann Brothers to come to save the day!
Here’s a list of a few things Hoffmann Brothers say is a no-go for all sinks and toilets in your house!
- car fluids
- coffee grounds – I never knew this! I used to always put ours down the kitchen disposal
- eggshells, rice, and pasta
- flushable cat litter – this is also bad for the environment
- paper towels – they just don’t break down the same as toilet paper and can cause clogs
- oils – this includes cooking oil, olive oil, salad dressings, and condiments
- produce stickers – don’t put the apple and banana stickers in your sink
- flushable wipes – even though they say flushable, these kinds of wipes do not break down like toilet paper and they like to combine with other materials and can cause a major blockage in your pipes!!
- diapers and baby wipes
- feminine hygiene products
- and my personal list: golf balls, rocks, superhero toys, and matchbox cars!
But we all know things happen, so the next time you do get a clog or a leak, your first call should be to Hoffmann Brothers! They offer everything from drain cleaning, fixing frozen pipes, sewer cleaning and repair, and installing or repairing water heaters! We’ve been talking about getting a new water heater since ours is 11 years old now, and you can bet Hoffmann Brothers will be who we have install a new one!
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I’m so happy with how our easy bathroom refresh turned out! Now let’s hope the boys can keep the toothpaste off the mirror and the toys out of the toilet!