Before I lose my nerve, I’m going to blog about my toilet seat makeover. Sigh. It’s a good thing there’s no real authority over bloggers, because I would surely lose my bloggy license over this one.
But there’s one thing that I’ve learned in life…never assume that basic information is all that basic. So if you are reading this, I hope it helps you…or maybe someone you love.
So here’s my bathroom. One hundred years old, and still sparkling. The six year old toilet seat? Not so much.
I promise you, this is not dirt, mold, or anything gross. It’s just the paint wearing off of my wooden toilet seat. I love this seat. If you have a slow-close toilet seat, you know what I’m talking about. If you don’t have a slow-close seat, come have coffee at my place someday, and you’ll get it.
When we were first introduced to these seats by a bath showroom rep, she offered to spec in a standard version, or the Slow-Close Molded Wood Toilet Seat (affiliate link), but she warned the slow-close was horribly expensive. At three times the cost of a standard seat, we were worried, But then we found out the cost is about $12 versus about $30.
Um, we’ll take the nifty slow-close seat, please.
Fast forward a couple of houses to our current seat. We treat ourselves to brand-spanking new toilet seats whenever we buy a house. Because I could not live there otherwise. That’s how I know this particular model is six years old.
Hubby has the plastic slow-close seat in his bath room, but the wooden ones are more stable, and so that’s what I have in my bathroom, because when closed, it doubles as a seat to finish my pedicure on. The plastic seats don’t need this makeover, but the wooden ones do.
Anyway, back to the makeover and the (I swear) worn paint. And the fact that I am a lazy painter. And the fact that I want to be a good steward of my home, and not add to landfills needlessly by throwing this out prematurely. And my deeply held belief that spray paint has miracle transformative properties.
Now, I know this throne is all clean because just this morning I cleaned it. Up and down. Inside and out. Twice.
Do you really think I’d be showing this to you otherwise???
After draining the tank and bowl (which you accomplish by shutting off the valve by the wall and flushing one more time), I threw a drop cloth across the bowl, and hit it with my new favorite spray paint. Rustoleum 2X is an awesome product that I’ve been using a lot this summer. It covers wonderfully.
As with any spray paint job, light coats are key to no-drip success. I mean it…go lighter than you think. Really. You’re gonna growl at yourself if you see those telltale drippy wave marks.
So about six very light coats later, three on the topside and three on the underside, we’re good to go. As it were.
Just a note, you don’t want to paint more coats than you need, or paint while the coats are not dry, or you’ll get a weird crackle effect. Trust me on this.
Just for fun, you know if I had any photographic skills at all, my toilet would be beautiful and sparkly in blogland. I need my graphic designer friends to help me out with this, but I gave it my best shot. How do you think it came out, all soft-focus and all?