Pillows & Plumbing

It dawned on me when I wrote this post, that I tend to ignore practical things in my house that need to be repaired.  I also avoid doing projects that are necessary to keeping our home functioning smoothly if there's no decorating involved.

Which is why the bathtub faucet in my bathroom, that you can see more of here, has looked like this for way, way, way, longer than I care to admit.
I have a separate tub and shower in my bathroom, so please don't think I haven't bathed in like, forever.  The builder of our home used the cheapest of the cheap for all the finishes.  I had bought a tub faucet replacement kit to try to fix it long ago, but it didn't work because there was a specific piece that connected to the stem in the center.  Since I couldn't fix it with my first attempt long, long, ago I just kind of gave up on it.

Whenever I wanted to take a bath, I had to use needle nose pliers to turn the water on.  Then, I realized that I was wearing down the stem so I quit taking baths all together.  And sometimes, I just need a good soak in the tub after a long day of yard work, housecleaning, and DIY.

A good example of how I can just ignore my broken tub faucet (among a lot of other things) in lieu of pretty decorative things is pillows.  I've been a little obsessed with pillows lately.  This past summer, for my birthday, my wonderful family gave me money because I told them I was planning on buying a new grill.  Our grill still works, it's just seen better days and let's just say, we eat a lot of partially charred chicken because the burners don't exactly emit flames evenly. ;)

But, I had also been stalking this particular pillow by Whitlock & Co. on Etsy.

I really loved all of the bright colors and the oversized floral pattern.  I also loved the neutral colors in it, the gray, brown, black and the creamy off white.  Plus, I was looking to put some feminine touches back into the living room.

There was one pillow for sale.  I stalked it, and stalked it, and stalked it some more.  I hesitated to buy it because I have this idea that I have to DIY everything for my house.  So, I took a break from my stalking and I looked all over the internet to see if I could find this fabric. Because I was seriously consider sewing it, even though sewing, for me, is about as much fun as a trip to the dentist.  Anywho, the fabric?  Could. Not. Find.  It.  Anywhere!

I went back to my pillow stalking, ready to just go ahead and buy it, and it was gone!  I was crushed.  I had decided that I really wanted that pillow and that it was worth us eating charred chicken for another year (my kids probably didn't hold this same sentiment).

I contacted the Etsy seller to see if she was planning on making any more.  She was very sweet and said that the fabric had been discontinued but, that she had a little bit left and was planning on making a few more.  She said she would email me when they went up for sale.  And she did.  And, here they are now, on our couch.  The coral color is a little off in this picture, they aren't quite that bright and the gray pillows on the ends aren't that dark.  A testament to the fact that I really need to improve my photography skills!
The fabulous geometric patterned pillow in the center is from Olive & Garland also on Etsy.  I actually got it for my bed, but it just didn't look right.  I love it on the couch though.  The picture below is a better representation of what the true colors of the pillows look like.
The charcoal gray velvet pillows on the ends are a great bargain at $10.00 a piece from Cost Plus.  The have a wide range of colors to choose from too. (And they didn't even pay me to say that).
The whole time I was taking these pictures, I had a funny feeling, like I was being watched or something?

I decided that since I had spent the money intended for a new grill, on non-practical pillows, the least I could do was to try again to fix my bathtub faucet.  The only thing is, I have this fear of plumbers.  It has nothing to do with their stereotypic butt cracks, although that doesn't really help now does it?  It's more the fact that you know they're going to charge you at least 80 bucks to even set foot in your house. So, I try to avoid calling them at all costs, and will even go forever without bathing rather than call one.  No offense to you plumbers out there. ;)

So, I took the really cheap plastic piece that had broken on the faucet to a plumbing store.  Because I am not afraid of plumbers in plumbing stores (unless they bend over).  The guy that helped me said they did have the piece, but when he took me to the aisle where it was (along with a bunch of other cheap plastic plumbing pieces) they were out!  So, he sent me to another, much swankier,  plumbing store nearby.  They didn't have the piece in plastic but they had something similar, in copper, for $7.00.  Here it is below, on the left, next to its cheap, plastic, broken predecessor.

Yay!  I was so excited that I was going to finally get this thing fixed and be able to take a bath whenever I wanted, without stripping the stem with needle nose pliers.  Except then, when I was putting the new faucet handle on it, the bolt that came with the replacement kit didn't fit!  It wasn't long enough!  A quick search in my mess of a garage and I could not find a bolt.  But, I was able to find a screw that was long enough.  I'm sure that there is a good reason to not use screws to attach faucets handles to the stems that they teach plumbers in plumbing school.  But,  since I am not a plumber and it works just fine I figured that it was good enough for me!
So, essentially, all that was standing between me and a good soak in the tub all this time, was a $7.00 plumbing part (okay, that, my fear of plumbers and my incessant need to buy pretty home stuff).

What about you, are you afraid of plumbers?  Or, maybe you are a plumber?  A friend of a plumber?  Married to a plumber?

So glad you stopped by today!


  1. I'm with you on putting off necessities while day dreaming of beautiful things! I love the shots of your living room! So beautiful! I love your bookcases and now have bookcase envy!

    1. Thanks Julia! The bookcases are definitely one of my favorite things I've done in my LR. :) I almost said "have a nice weekend" but it's only Tuesday.

  2. Haha I love this post! The temperature control in the master shower doesn't work properly and we only get scalding hot water. I've been living like this for over a year, but rather than have a plumber come fix it, I shower in the guest bathroom. Of course, in that same span of time I've accumulated 17 new throw pillows. :) Priorities! I love the new pillows on your sofa. They are fabulous! Sometimes a good splurge is worth it!

    1. Thanks Jess! It's amazing what we'll tolerate in the name of throw pillows! :)

  3. Ok, I am not joking. I have been eyeballing/drooling/dreaming of those exact pillows on Etsy for so long! I knew we were kindred bloggers ;) They look amazing on your couch and with your awesome bookcases! And hooray to the bath water a flowin :)


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