Fancy Flusher

The downstairs bathroom has been looking pretty swankified since we wrapped up on our reno a few months back, but alas, different projects started calling our name and left a few essentials untouched. Like the mirror for instance. Yes, our bathroom sat like this, sans mirror for 3-months. Sometimes, ya just lose your mojo.

Marble Tile Bathroom

The other thing that was kind of driving me bonkers was the curly cue toilet handle we had on the loo. Fancy shmancy, but not our taste, per say. Here it is stinking out like a (gold) thumb on the side of our ceramic white bowl. Time for the heeve ho.

Hex Marble Floor Tile

Since we had 5% cash back on our credit card at Lowes when we purchased our kitchen cabinets, I was pleasantly surprised to see some extra dolla billz in our rewards account this month. We like to use the rewards balance to get gift cards for things we know we will already be needing/wanting around this joint, so I decided to cash in $25 for a Lowes gift card. You better bet we’ll have that one spent before someone can say Davey Crocket. Did you just say it – cause we’ve already spent it. Word.

Turns out, in addition to being totally not our taste, the handle was also rusted and corroded on the inside of the tank, so we’ll just say this was a “necessary” home improvement vs. aesthetic. 😉

How to Install Toilet Handle

We were headed to bed last week, and since I thought this little house “to-do” would take 5 minutes or less, I asked the hubster if he wouldn’t mind just popping on the new handle. Since it would only take 5 minutes … Because it was super corroded on the inside though, this little task landed up taking a wee bit longer. 😉 Can you see the green spots of corrosion on the handle inside the tank? Unfortunately, all the wear and tear meant that instead of just using a wrench to loosen the handle connection, we had to basically break off the metal handle from the fixture attached inside the tank. Although we always try to give our house parts a second life by selling them on craigslist, or repurposing them, this little man was on his way to toilet handle heaven. RIP.

How to remove toilet handle

About 20 minutes of working on the handle later (really there wasn’t anything highly technical about how we removed the handle, so I omitted those “steps”, since it was really just working, and working, and working at it with the wrench… :)) we were ready to install the new guy, which was as simple as reattaching the handle to the “float” (which is what bobs up and down in the tank), and then fastening the nut on the inside to the tank with a wrench.

Installing new toilet handle

Voila!! Looking much better, no? That’s a fancy flusher for ya.

Moen Brushed Nickel Toilet Handle

The next night, we decided to move on to installing the new mirror. Now, I’d been searching for a while for a mirror, and in complete honesty, I really didn’t find anything that was calling my name. Since nothing was jumping out at me, and we really needed to solve our mirrorless b-room dilemma, I decided to go plain jane (for now) and just get a beveled one that will do it’s jobs without any of the frills. Basically, what a mirror should do.

Plus, when we were out and about, I spotted this mirror, for only $14.98. Score. My general thoughts are that if something else comes down in the line in a few months or a year, I won’t feel too bad about replacing a fifteen dollar mirror. Plus, for now I’m actually digging the clean lines that it adds to the space. Not crazy town about the little pegs that hold the mirror up on the sides, but for the price, I can’t complain.

Traditional Marble Bathroom

Now I’m thinking the final details for this space are some art work above the toilet, and perhaps a wee little basket for some hand towels as well.

Artwork Above Toilet




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