It all started when the toilet upstairs wouldn’t flush completely. We plunged, we snaked, we cursed, we blamed the children. But no matter what we did the damned toilet wouldn’t flush and the water kept rising perilously high. So we took the sucker off .My hubbie pulled out his tools and his gloves–he doesn’t like icky poop things–and he unbolted the tank and toilet from the plumbing. Sticking it in the tub to avoid icky water on the floor, we looked in the hole with a flashlight. I even bravely stuck my hands in the holes to no avail–and yes I scrubbed vigorously with napalm after. LOL. We could detect no object. But we are nothing if not stubborn, so we poured water in it one way and dislodged some scale. We forced water the other and flipping the toilet back and forth, we watered, plunged and did all kinds of things to the poor toilet for about 45 minutes.
Then on a flip it happened. We broke the toilet. I of course laughed uproariously while my hubby shook his head at the time we’d wasted. With no other choice, we bundled up the 3 children and off we went to Home Depot to browse the row of gleaming toilets. I immediately zoned in on the one at $88–cheap, 6L and could handle 1000 grams of waste, which begs the question how much do we poop at a time? But I digress. My husband was quite enamored of the dual flush toilets, but at a $100 more a toilet and with children who would no doubt be confused by this advanced technology thus requiring two flushes, I hemmed and hawed. My husband, ever the one to make me laugh–as he embarrasses me–sat on a few of the models and asked for a newspaper. The children thinking this was great fun copied him and I smiled with blushing cheeks at shoppers as they wandered by my children and hubbie who obviously don’t get out much.
Fun and games over with, I won the argument and we got the toilet I wanted–the cheap one. We picked up the wax ring and new toilet seat, paid for our purchases and off to home we went to install our new porcelain friend. The installation itself took only about 45 minutes and voila, our new low flush toilet was installed. It even stood the test of the family all taking a turn on it–yes, even I succumbed.
Now the problem with the new addition. My previous toilet matched the tub and sink–an appalling shade of brown that I doubt was ever even popular in the 70′s when they installed it. Our new toilet is a gorgeous gleaming white. Are you seeing where I’m going with this yet? I know the ladies are. It doesn’t match. And even though it hasn’t even been 24hrs, each time I look into that bathroom there is only one thought runnning through my head–”We need to change the tub and sink!” Never mind that they’re not broken. Never mind that we don’t have the money. They don’t match!
And here’s the snowball effect, what started as a simple unclog of a blocked toilet will now probably result in a whole bathroom makeover sometime in the next 6months. Crazy? Probably. Needed, yes. I posted my dilemma on facebook and already several ladies have suggested ‘accidentally’ breaking the offending items with a sledgehammer. Think my hubby will notice? LOL, a smart hubby won’t say a word, just head over to Home Depot and get the matching white sink and tub. And while he’s at there old cabinet painted a million times needs to be changed, as does the broken pharmacy above the sink and while we’re at it, the floor could use updating and…
Woo, look at that snowball rolling down that hill. Wheee!