Thursday, April 24, 2014

A Bathroom Off the Kitchen

Yes, we have one.  The dreaded bathroom off the kitchen.  You know the one that everyone complains about on HGTV's show, House Hunters.  "Who would put a bathroom so close to the kitchen or dining area", the young couple remark as they shiver and walk away.  Well we live in an old house and one of the prior owners put a small bath downstairs in the only location that would work and it has never been a problem or disgusting to us.  It's been a blessing for us to simply have a bathroom downstairs.  I also don't have granite countertops and yes mine are old pink laminate. If you want to see that shocking horror story, you can witness it by visiting a previous post, "Living With Pink Countertops".  

Now on to this past week's horror story:
I was busy cleaning and dusting right before Easter.  As usual, I was trying to hurry and get as much done as possible.  While dusting my old china tea cups I dropped one of the saucers and smashed it to pieces.  I remained calm and cleaned up the mess.  Being proud of the way I handled that situation, I continued on.  The tiny "bathroom off the kitchen"  needed clean hand towels and the only place to store them is on top of the metal medicine cabinet.  While reaching up to grab one,  I accidentally knocked off an old antique medicine bottle which of course landed right on top of the pedestal sink below.  Now we had two drains and one of them was plenty and I had broken two items within a very short amount of time and everyone knows that these things generally happen in threes.

In my defense, there has always been a hairline crack running through the sink since the day we bought the house and that bottle knew it's target.  There were only a couple days remaining before family arrived for Easter dinner and I knew we were in a pickle.

My husband, Rick, remained very calm and asked me to please stop for the day.  We ran to Lowe's the next evening and picked out a new sink and he spent several hours the next night (until 2:00am) with his body crammed in that tiny area between the sink and the wall hooking the new sink up.  It was a great lesson in "patience" for him and he earned a neck rub as his reward.

I like this one so much better than the old one.  Don't you?  
Wander if I can drop something on those pink countertops!  Remember it comes in threes and the third one hasn't happened yet.


  1. Sorry for the broken saucer, but the broken sink turned out quite well!! Great job Rick!!

  2. Kathy I love your pink counter tops they add character to your beautiful home!

  3. These things always happen when we "hurry". I hope you kept that broken teacup for a mosaic project. We have a bathroon not to far from the kitchen and I'm not sure why people are grossed out, after all we are talking plumbing and in an older home... I have a love/hate relationship with those shows. I like to see what they come up with, but sometimes I think I can't live like that, where will I varnish? When my eldest was very young and now he loves cars, so needless to say he had quite a few of those little toy cars. Since he always seemed to play in or around where I was he was "giving his cars a carwash in our little bathroom (by the kitchen). and zooming them into the sink from the side and low and behold one of the cars when right through the sink and we too had a hole. By the time we had the replacement in, I needed a new counter top, and I had to re wallpaper the room and re tile the floor. Such a lot of "drama". The new sink was a great car wash. good luck with you pink countertop.

  4. Oh no! Well, at least you have a beautiful new sink! Love the bead board walls in your bathroom.

  5. You have me chuckling...two drains! Hope that you're the first to avoid that three thing! Or are you hinting that something IS going to happen to the countertop? LOL!

  6. It sure looks nice now and accidents will happen. Just not sure they will happen to those pink countertops! hahaha! Sweet hugs, Diane

  7. Your post is so amusing, we have all had days like that. You were meant to get a new sink, now if you could only replace the saucer...

  8. Funny story, Cathie. I do love the new sink!

  9. Oh no...doesn't everything happen right before company...when you want everything to look its best.
    Poor hubby under the sink until the wee hours of the morning. I bet he loved his neck rub.
    In our new house we have a power room in the laundry room and I am very thankful for it too. Now when the kids come swimming they won't have to run through the house wet to go potty they can use the little power room in the laundry room....
    I love that you and Amber were able to quilt together how fun!!! I have a quilt just waiting for me to finish...
    . Did you notice I was able to use my cupcake pictures in my kitchen and also I was able to use two of the house and laundry quilt pictures too, I hung them in my laundry room. I was not able to use three of the pics since I don't have a lot of wall space in the house so my daughter gladly took them home to hang in her kitchen, she was very pleased indeed.
    I have enjoyed catching up with you, sending hugs,Elizabeth

  10. I swear I get so hot under the collar when I watch those house hunting type shows. How rude some of those people can be! My sister has a lovely old home with a little bathroom right off of the kitchen, and just like yours, it's perfect...and I think very charming as well!...and as far as your pink counter tops go, I LOVE them! I love your entire kitchen...and your Amber is adorable by the way! xo


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