Right now, there are not one, but two cabinets in my bathroom. Cabinets with actual doors that close and hide your embarrassing bathroom stuff like dandruff shampoo and tooth whitener and facial hair removal kits.
It’s a fucking epic miracle right in my bathroom.
See, for the past 15 years that we’ve lived in this house, the bathroom has had the original, 1950s sink. It’s not even a pedestal sink. It’s just a sink hanging off the wall with all the rusty pipes hanging down like wrinkly balls slipping out of the bottom of some old guy’s too-short shorts.
The sink is tiny and low; it only reached mid-thigh on me and I’m only 5’6. IT Guy almost had to bend double to wash his face.
The bathroom itself is tiny. You can sit on the toilet with your hands in the sink and your feet in the tub. There is no room for anything crazy like cabinets. We had open shelves on the wall above the toilet to show off all our grooming supplies to anyone who used the bathroom and a rusty old medicine cabinet, but that’s it. You couldn’t even store an extra roll of toilet paper in the bathroom. If you were unfortunate enough to run out of toilet paper at a crucial moment, you would have to yell for someone else in the house to come to your rescue by retrieving a new roll from the hall closet and delivering it to the bathroom. If you were really unfortunate and ran out of toilet paper when no one else was at home, you had to do the penguin waddle of the toilet paperless with your pants around your ankles to the hall closet yourself.
But no more, friends! No MORE!
Maybe my New Year’s resolution to focus on abundance and fixing up what I already have instead of being stuck on what I don’t is working. All I can say is that in one afternoon we fixed one of the things I have always hated about this house.
On Saturday morning, we went to Home Depot to get new switch plates and outlet covers for our newly painted living room. While we were there, I noticed a big display of bathroom sinks and cabinets in the front of the store. Home Depot is having a big bathroom remodel sale. I’ve been looking for a sink with a cabinet that would fit our tiny space for a long time. It’s only 27″ from the wall to the toilet and most sink cabinets are 30″ wide. If they are smaller, they tend to be pedestal sinks or look like they belong in an RV. But today I spotted one in the display that was actually pretty and it looked like it was about the right size. I took a picture of it and then came home to compare the measurements with the space. I was astounded to realize that it would actually fit. AND it was on sale for almost 50% off it’s original price! I could actually almost afford it!
IT Guy and I went back today and bought it. Then we bought a matching wall cabinet, a new medicine cabinet and a new light fixture, for good measure. I was almost skipping from excitement as we left the store.
It was 3pm in the afternoon, though, and I realized, sensibly, that we probably wouldn’t be able to install the sink right away. It would probably be sensible to wait until next weekend. Right?
IT Guy wasn’t up for sensible. Once we got home and he determined we didn’t need a sledgehammer to get the old sink off the wall, we got to work. I was so excited that I wanted to disconnect the plumbing and pull the old sink off the wall myself.
Look at me plumbing and stuff!
The old sink is now decorating my yard in homage to my West Virginia heritage
We had a few snafus and had to take a second trip to Home Depot (seriously, is it even possible to do a home improvement project without at least two trips to Home Depot?) but by 10pm tonight, I had a new sink with a cabinet and a new wall cabinet in my bathroom.
Miracle. A fucking miracle.
My toilet paper has a home.
Sometimes it really is the little things in life that make all the difference.