Can you imagine hanging your head in this every day for seven months?
Fortunately, my second pregnancy didn't make me as sick as my first. I really did throw up in that hideous toilet most days when I was pregnant with Gracie. With Allie, I threw up only a handful of times.
Nonetheless, I often threw up in that ancient, ugly, dirty-looking, toilet.
Sometimes, lifting the lid alone made me gag.
It's not because the toilet is actually dirty.
Okay, it is dirty in this photo, but I'm not talking about the grime around the water line. I'm talking about the brown spots in the center, where the water goes down.
We clean our toilet. We've tried tablets and drop ins and soaks.Ã‚ Once, Joe scrubbed and scrubbed, only to learn that the problem is that the finish has come off over the years. Scrubbing it actually made the bowl uglier.
We try really hard to be frugal (even though we fail most of the time), and being ugly does not affect how our toilet works. It flushes just fine, thank you very much.
Even if it is a little wobbly.
And a lot ugly.
And you have to hold the handle down for three to five seconds to make it flush.
It still worked. Mostly.
Fortunately for us, The Home Depot is having a Renew Your Bath promotion in which decorating ideas are online and in the store, and featured products and special buys make a bathroom upgrade more affordable.
Changing out this one thing – our hideous toilet – is going to make a big difference in the overall look of our bathroom. It doesn't take a huge investment to really perk up the smallest room in the house.
I spent some time online, researching the toilet options available. Joe was leery of the “new” one-gallon water saving toilets, so I chose a dual flush model that has a liquid flush and a solid flush option.
I can't wait to see how this toilet affects our water bill. One member of our home has to flush the toilet before using it, to make sure it's clean. Training her to use the liquid flush button will save a tremendous amount of water.
This past weekend, we headed to Home Depot to get the toilet I chose.
The discounted products were all right in the front of the store, next to Customer Service.
We quickly located the toilet that we wanted.
And right next to it were project sheets reminding us of all the tools and accessories we'd need to install the toilet ourselves.
It was all very convenient; we got everything we needed and left.
Joe hasn't gotten around to installing our toilet yet, but I'll show you what it looks like when he does.
Renew your bathroom with a $100 gift card for The Home Depot!
The Home giving away a $100 gift card to one lucky Feels Like Home reader. (US residents only, must be 18 or older to enter. No duplicate comments.)
To enter: How would you spend it? Leave a comment explaining how you could update your bathroom for $100.
Good luck! I'll use Random.org to choose a winner sometime after 11:59 pm on February 4, 2011.
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