Reveal: A Dingy Bathroom Gets a Breath of Fresh Air

By: Meghan and al May 15, 2014

After - Classic Marble and Chrome Bathroom
Photo: Meghan & Al

After years of dreaming of our perfect bathroom, we had honed in on a look that we knew we would be pleased with for years to come. I pinned and pinned my little heart out until Pinterest finally started saying, "This looks familiar; didn't you already pin this?" Our vision was set, now we just needed to find a way to bring this vision to life.

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4 Year Old Boy's Christmas Wish: A Dual-Flush Toilet

By: Diy maven Dec 23, 2011

Dustin Kruse isn't your typical 4 year old boy. At least when it comes to his fascination with toilets. And what he asked Santa for Christmas.

Dustin begged his parents to take him to the Kohler Design Center in his hometown of Kohler, Wisconsin earlier this year. After spending 3 hours in the design center and accumulating a stack of product brochures, Dustin announced his wish for Christmas. He said he was going to ask SantaContinue Reading

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Transform Your Toilet into a Dual-Flush for $20

By: Diy maven Sep 26, 2011

created at: 09/26/2011

Some of the coolest things found in our (still relatively) new Target Center here in Minneapolis are the dual flush toilets in the rest rooms. (Yes, such things thrill me.) Dual-flush toilets are gaining popularity in residential applications as well. They can cost anywhere from a couple hundred bucks to a couple thousand, so swapping out your old water guzzler to a dual-flush may be costContinue Reading

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Why Bidets Are the Bomb (An Argument)

By: Bruno May 12, 2011

Bidets are the thumbs up. Try one today!A bidet is contrivance for post-evacuatory cleaning of your posterior, and it's the awesomest thing you never knew you wanted in your bathroom. Most people in the United States think bidets are weird and gross, but I guarantee (not like, legally or anything, but still) that once you have one in your house, you'll never, ever, want to poop anywhere else. That's right folks, I said it; doing a poo and wiping up water-less is just nasty. 

Nearly everyone I talk to about bidets (and that's nearly everyone) acts mystified. How do they work? What does it feel like? Isn't it icky? So after a brief but hilarious discussion with Chris, I deemed it worthy of a blog rant.Continue Reading

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A toilet made out of poop.

By: Diy maven May 25, 2010


Cast your eyes upon Virginia Gardiner's LooWatt,  a toilet made out of poop. The waterless toilet collects solid waste which is deposited into a container lined with 'a carbon impregnated biodegradable film' made of starch. When the container Continue Reading

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Barbie Pink Mosaic Toilet

By: Diy maven Sep 15, 2009


Whether this mosaic toilet appeals to you or it doesn't, you gotta give its maker props. All those pieces of mirror, the pink grout, the naked lady flush handle?! It's one impressive crapper. Continue Reading

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Don't It Yourself: Never Try These at Home.

By: Chrisjob Jun 09, 2009

Even to Save Cash, Don’t Try This at HomeThe New York Times highlights several projects that an unskilled homeowner should NEVER tackle, not even to save money. "With the sour economy has come a class of ambitious do-it-yourselfers who are tackling things that, before the days of rampant penny-pinching, might have been left to paid professionals....And while there is no national database that tracks do-it-yourself home injuries in recessions, experts say that there does seem to be anContinue Reading

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Upholstered Toilet

By: Diy maven May 04, 2009


Lineatre makes some seriously ornate bathroom furnishings. Their upholstered toilet seat pretty much sums up their esthetic. We're not talking Kushy Tushy here. Continue Reading

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Super Flushing Toilet

By: Diy maven Mar 31, 2009

created at: 2009-03-31

Quattro by St. Thomas Creations is a toilet that can flush just about anything. Three pounds of Gummi Bears? No problem. Twenty golf balls? Easy peasy. Of course you wouldn't want to really try this at home; your pipes probably wouldn't be able to handle it, but the video demo is amazing. And a little gross. Via TOH.Continue Reading

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Toilet Paper Gone Wild!

By: Diy maven Jan 19, 2009

created on: 01/19/09

Who says you can’t find inspiration in a roll of toilet paper? Note that the tissue is pink as well. Since such ‘girly’ t.p. doesn’t appeal to everybody, the same idea against a more colorful background with a white and grey, blue, etcetera t.p. wave could look equally funky and fun as well.

(I've since lost the link to this pic, so my apologies to the originator. If anybody knows who that might be, please leave a comment!)

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Could you do your 'business' in a see-through public toilet?

By: Diy maven Jan 15, 2009

Constructed by Monica Bonvicini, this public toilet, called 'Don't Miss a Sec.', is made of 2-way mirrors. In Monica's own words '"Don't Miss a Sec." is about the desire and failure to "see it all" which is a strong trait in modernism. This work absurdly pushes at the limits of what is public and what is private and offers a perfomative element in which inside and outside are blurred together.' But back to my question: Could you do yourContinue Reading

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11 Tips to Have a Healthy Bathroom.

By: Chrisjob Sep 04, 2008

Too it turns out, just wiping down the shower and scrubbing out the toilet and dried toothpaste isn't quite enough. Gomestic offers these 11 tips towards healthy bathroom maitnance.

  • Sink drains
  • Shower Heads
  • Toilet lids
  • Bath Towels
  • Shower curtain
  • Excess water
  • Mascara
  • Soiled linens and underwear
  • Soap Dishes
  • Rinsing cup
  • Toothbrushes



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12 Quick Around-the-House Fixes

By: Diy maven Jul 03, 2008

Sometimes we're so busy around the house with the big stuff that we disregard the little stuff. Follow This Old House’s advice to fix the latter to bring harmony home.

  1. Take the Squeak out of Squeaky Floors and Stairs
  2. Unclog a powder room sink.
  3. Clean your stainless and keep it spotless.
  4. Hide scratches in woodwork.
  5. Tighten a loose set screw.
  6. Mask a musty smell (via your furnace!).
  7. Tighten loose chair legs.
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The Toilet House

By: Diy maven Mar 28, 2008

Sim Jae-duck takes his work very seriously. He is the chairman of the organizing committee of the Inaugural General Assembly of the World Toilet Association. In an effort to highlight the world’s sanitation needs, he built a house shaped like a toilet. The home is named Haewoojae, which in Korean means ‘a place of sanctuary where one can solve one’s worries.’ I’ve always thought so. If you have an urge to visit the toilet house, you’ll probablyContinue Reading

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Toilet Tank Talk: How and why you should make a water displacer.

By: Diy maven Mar 06, 2008

created on: 03/06/08
Statistics say that each person in the U.S. uses about 100 gallons of water a day; 1/3 of that gets flushed down the toilet. Installing a water displacer inside your toilet tank will cut that figure substantially.  For instance, the Tank Bank, which is a plastic bladder you fill with water and hang inside your toilet, can cut that 1/3 by 20%. Why not just place a brick in your toilet tank? According to the manufacturer of the Tank Bank, bricksContinue Reading

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Dream of Toilet

By: Diy maven Feb 21, 2008

Min-Kyu An's Dream of Toilet provokes us to consider an object's name as it pertains to its function. What if we classified toilets as chairs? (We do sit on both of them.) Or, as it's been pointed out, is it a human need to sub-catagorize everything, including the toilet?

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5 Easy Ways To Make Your Bathroom Feel New.

By: Chrisjob Feb 01, 2008

"Is it difficult to find enthusiasm about cleaning the bathroom? Are you living in a place that someone else rented or owned before you? If you said yes to both, try not to think about what may have happened in your bathroom before you moved in....Here are five inexpensive things you can do to make your bathroom truly feel like it is yours. Doing these will not make the room look new but it will make it feel much more new to you."


  1. Replace theContinue Reading
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How To Unclog Drains Without Chemicals

By: Chrisjob Dec 04, 2007

"Drains are hidden heroes in your home. If you’re lucky, you can go for years without thinking about them, but when dirty sink water suddenly won’t go away or a toilet won’t flush, they can be a major frustration. A plugged drain certainly demands attention, but fixing it is probably something you can do yourself. You’ll get faster results than calling a pro, and you’ll save money, too."

Unclog sinks, tubs, toiilets and more with these tips fromContinue Reading

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Simple Tips to Turn Your Cramped Bathroom Into a Cozy Retreat.

By: Chrisjob Jul 27, 2007

"Don’t worry if you just have a small space for your bathroom, by saving physical space or by using design techniques to increase the perception of space you will get your small bathroom look more larger...follow these steps" from



1. Change your toilet.

2. Switch up your countertop.

3. Hang cabinets at a comfortable height.

4. Install a pedestal or wall-mounted sink.

5. Install a flat tub with lower walls.

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Bathroom Etiquette for Men.

By: Chrisjob Jul 17, 2007

Fatherly blog offers nine bathroom etiquette tips for men whom share their washrooms with women they value. Have a look below for an overview, then read the full article here.

  • Lower the seat!
  • Replace the empty role of toilet paper.
  • Clean out the shower or bath when you're done using it.
  • Stack rolls of toilet paper under the sink.
  • Place a stack of clean towels under the sink.
  • Rinse off the sink and countertop after shaving.
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