Pottery Barn for my Potty Barn

My bathtub faucet broke off in my hand over the weekend. I was running a bath for Garrett and PLOP, off it came. It took me a few seconds to realize that water was running all over the side of the tub before I shut it off and tried to screw it back on. Except the screw was missing so we need to find a tee-tiny replacement screw.

My master bathroom is on the giant to-do list of home projects, but since it is one of those “guests never see it” rooms it’s way down at the bottom of the list It did get a coat of dark green paint when we first moved in, which I am now kind of regretting. Unless it is high noon without a cloud in the sky, the room is SO dark. Even with two windows it is just a really dark room.

Here is a high noon photo back before the faucet broke off:


And the other side:

I know that I shouldn’t complain because it’s a good sized bathroom in good condition. But I’m gonna complain anyway.

Ready? Here I go.

There is not an overheard light, and the tiny wall sconces give off less light than Abe Lincoln had to study by. Putting on makeup is fun, especially if it’s dark outside. The layout of the bathroom is really wonky, too. The toilet is hidden behind a short wall next to the bathtub. I miss the potty room at our old house. Privacy in the privvy should be a minimum requirement of any master bathroom, in my opinion. And also the toilet is small! It’s a cheap standard sized toilet that sits way down low with no elongated bowl or anything. Nearly every time I use it I want to yell “CURSE YOU TINY TOILET!” On the plus side, it’s great for potty training G. It’s the perfect height for a preschooler.

I wish that I could rip it all out and start over with a new design. It’s just not arranged very well, and the 30ish inch high laminate vanity feels like it was created for the cast of Little People, Big World. I need taller sinks and definitely a taller toilet.

I really want a total bath overhaul, so when I saw this picture on facebook I let out an audible gasp. I’m completely and utterly in LOVE with this photo from the Fall 2011 Pottery Barn catalog.

Pottery Barn Newport Bath vanity

There is nothing in this photo that I don’t love. Ok, maybe some bigger wall sconces because those don’t look much better than what I currently have. I would do white paneling or beadboard instead of subway tiles. I know a lot of folks go buck wild over subway tile but it doesn’t do much for me.

Yeah. The wheels are a-turning. Watch out, babe. Our house projects are far from complete.

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  1. Christine says:

    oh Beth…we are SO on the same page here!!! One can dream…

  2. allenaim photography and design says:

    ok doll, I love you and all, but I would KILL for your current bathroom – it is lovely!!! 🙂 …and toilets are so cheap…you should def make that change asap since its buggin’ you to death girl!!

    Seriously though…I would KILL for that tub you own…break off faucet and all! 🙂

  3. Miss Kitty says:

    My bathroom has terrible lighting too for putting on makeup (and I don’t really have a place for a lighted makeup mirror). I put on my makeup as well as I can and think I’m looking pretty good…UNTIL I might see myself in a mirror in BROAD DAYLIGHT…not so great. We changed out our munchkin builder-grade toilets a year ago; it was such a big improvement and the cost was not too bad.

  4. If I ever have to use that bathroom when I’m visiting, I’ll be sure to yell, “CURSE YOU TINY TOILET!”

    I was just lamenting to my mom the other day about how much I miss the toilets in her house. They were just how I like a toilet: with a strong, forceful flush and quick “recharge” time.

    Ours at the new place lazily swish water around, forcing me to pray that everything goes down. And if the toilet gods curse me with the need for a second flush, I have to wait forever for it to build up enough strength to try again!!! Oh, what is a tricky monkey to do?!?! 😉

  5. We’ve been in a very long process of redoing our bathroom as well, and I have been looking for just the right color of a sage-y green, and I just LOVE this color. If you or anyone knows a certain paint swatch that matches, I would love to hear.Thank you so much!!!

  6. Please let me know the exact name of the paint color on the walls. It is beautiful!! Thank you. Kim



  1. […] When you guys last saw my Master Bathroom, we had just moved into our house in 2010 and I had slapped some paint on the walls just to cover up the faux finish treatment that the previous owners had left behind.  Over the years I have dreamed about what my perfect bathroom would look like, specifically this Pottery Barn bathroom that I featured here: […]

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