I always love seeing the difference paint can make! A fresh coat of paint and quick color change in the bathroom has made such an impact.

master bath sign
Our master bathroom has been a work in progress for several years because I just hadn’t quite wrapped it up.   Many years ago, soon after we first moved in, we made some big changes to the room.

  • We removed the carpeting and installed 20 x 20 travertine tile floors.
  • We removed the fiberglass shower and installed 4×4 tiles floor to ceiling for the shower instead
  • Removed builder’s vanity and mirror and replaced with a DIY dresser-turned-vanity
  • Faux finished the walls and painted

Here’s the before.

bathroom before
master bath shower
bathroom face lift
When we installed the new bidet toilet seat, I got inspired to spruce things up. The room was just too brown and I wanted to change the color but that turned into a bigger project than just repainting.  The faux finished walls were created with drywall mud compound and it was quite a task to remove it.  At first, I sprayed with water and scraped with a knife, but that was a very slow and tedious process.   So, I then used a high grit sandpaper  (40) with my electric sander and sanded all of the walls. I ended up sanding twice, once with 40 grit and then with 120 grit to smooth the surface.  What a mess!!!  There were layers and layers of debris everywhere.  Several wall areas had serious problems so I ended up calling a drywall finisher to re-mud those areas for a smooth finish.

bathroom walls before
After all of that wall preparation, I was finally able to paint!  The new color is the same one I used in the kitchen, Benjamin Moore Gray Wisp (at 50% tint).   It is a gray with blue undertones.

master bath vanity
Doorless shower
Most of the lighting in the room had issues too (broken, pieces missing) so I finally replaced the fixtures. In addition to can lights over the shower and bath tub, there are three other fixtures in the room:  over the toilet,  over the vanity, and there’s a ceiling fan in the center.   I ordered lights from Lowes, CB2, and Overstock and installed them myself. But while shopping, I found some really great lighting options at Shades of Light, School House Electric, and Rejuvination.

In the tub area,  I hung a photo from our trip to Ireland.  This is the North Irish coast.   I had the photo printed in a 40 x 30 size to match a canvas I found long ago at Goodwill.  I used Poster Brain and loved how fast it shipped.  I affixed the poster sized photo to the canvas using Mod Podge.  I first covered the canvas in Mod Podge, layered the photo on top, and then put another layer of Mod Podge on top of the photo. It dries clear with a textured, brush stroke effect so it resembles a painting.

bathroom art
The feel in the room is clean and much more up to date and I’m so happy to have it done!

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When your body is dirty you don’t wipe it off with a paper towel, you take a shower. Therefore, when your rear end is dirty, why do we use dry toilet paper to clean it? Why don’t we also use water?  This analogy, along with a trip to Asia, where bidet toilet seats are plentiful, had me thinking.  And a few months after that trip,  I am now the owner of a bidet toilet seat and I LOVE IT.

Bidet toilet seats, also known as washlets, are very popular in the Middle East and Japan: public restrooms have them (and by the way, even the tiny toilets on Japan Airlines 777 planes have them too!).  The features can vary by model but the most important feature is the spray of water that cleanses the rear.  Other features include: front washing,  heated seat, deodorizing, and oscillation.  In the United States, these devices are not as popular [Here is an interesting theory as to why, along with a lovely video you must see!] so I only found a few brands to choose from.  The main companies offering seats available in the US are: Toto, BioBidet, and Brondell.

Researching my options clued me into the basic features to look out for.  For example,  some models have a tank for heated water.   If the water in the tank runs out, the cleansing spray hitting your rear end will turn cold.   Do you want a drying feature: where a small blower opens up and blow dries after rinsing?   After reading about all the options, I went with a model that heats the water on demand, instead of storing it in a tank.  The model I chose, the Swash 1000 by Brondell, also has a deodorizing feature that sucks the gases in the toilet in through a charcoal filter to help reduce bad odors.

bidet toilet seat
All of these features require electricity.  Unfortunately, most houses in the area aren’t built with an outlet near the toilet. I had to have one installed.  We called a friend, who is an electrician, and after doing calculations to determine the best circuit for the seat to draw power on, he had the outlet installed in a about an hour.   Once the electrical outlet is installed,  installation of the seat itself is simple and straightforward.  My husband had it working in 15 minutes after connecting the hose from the bidet to the existing water line in the wall and plugging it in.   The Swash 1000 comes with a remote, which I mounted on the wall (using Velcro) next to the toilet.  Fancy, huh?

bidet toilet seat
There are less luxurious models, which have the basic bidet function of a cleansing spray of (cold) water, that don’t require electricity and just hook up directly to the water line.    I can only hope this trend catches on here in the States. It is life enhancing (and hygienically superior). I would love to have them readily available in hotels and restaurants.

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