SUPER (toilet) BOWL

In honour of this being such a “Guy’s Day” and all…

I thought I would share this with you;

On December 3, 1967, Dr. Christiaan Barnard successfully completed the first transplant of a human heart.  He performed the world’s first human heart transplant operation on 3 December 1967, in an operation assisted by his brother, Marius Barnard; the operation lasted nine hours and used a team of thirty people. The patient, Louis Washkansky, was a 54-year-old grocer, suffering from diabetes and incurable heart disease.[2] Barnard later wrote, “For a dying man it is not a difficult decision because he knows he is at the end. If a lion chases you to the bank of a river filled with crocodiles, you will leap into the water, convinced you have a chance to swim to the other side.”

.On July 21st, 1969;  Well, I think we all know what happened, but it is still thrilling to see the video again



and now,

February 5th, 2010,  My younger son’s small bathroom renovation was completed.

Did I mention it was small???  Since I wrote the post below, he is now 6′ 2.

(Here is a little “catch-up” for those new to the Murphy’s Wall Saga)

Murphy’s Wall

2009 November 11

by S.P.

I’ve just embarked upon a small bathroom renovation.

No, make that a big renovation on a small bathroom.

It involved knocking down interior walls– walls that we erected many years ago when my younger son was just a wee bean in my tummy (note to young mothers; that seems like yesterday)

Now, our 6ft 1″ string bean in that little bathroom?…not so good. Did I mention the house is 115 years old?  And those 115 year old wood floors served us well, but all wood things must come to an end (sorry)

Anyway, what did we discover today? That the newer wall, coming down so the shower may be enlarged, is naturally where ALL the wires for everything that runs our home, in fact the entire planet, are housed.

It’s Murphy’s Wall

And are they loose and coiled, so they be moved over by just a couple of feet?

  Tighter than Madonna’s arm veins.

Ahh, construction. Ya gotta love it.

his old tub

Note the Solatube with fan attachment  ( light is not on, that’s sunlight)

The thing on the wall is some sort of remote speaker for his iPod


Who could imagine it would be that hard to “float” a few glass shelves?

All Photos Slim Paley

Sink, cabinet, and toilet from Kohler



  1. where did you get that vanity with the basket drawer? It is just what I have been looking for for my powder room. Please tell me it is available and affordable.

    p.s. to all young mothers..I agree..hang on to them as they grow up way too quickly!!

    • Hi Diane
      The vanity with basket drawer and sink is available from Kohler for $691.00.
      You cannot see in the photo (getting a good photo without myself being reflected all over the mirrored wall was not an easy task!) but there is a bottom shelf and drawer as well, just above the feet of the vanity.

  2. OK this post is so funny! I had no idea where you were going, Slim, with Barnaard and Lunar Landing Moon Walk, but yes, yes, a finished construction project is as difficult to accomplish as your post implies!!! Besides, there is such satisfaction that comes with a makeover. Congrats on the completion of the bathroom. Maybe you could add the Rocky Theme to this post for that ultra achievement feel??? Ok, I’m going back now to look at the before and after again.

    • That is hilar, Lady Eve- The Rocky Theme. It might shock you to learn that I don’t actually have the “Rocky Theme” on my play list, but for that “Ultra Achievement Feel” of which you speak- I might just have to download it now to save for future renovations!

  3. Great post! I’m relatively new to your blog but I love it! You’ve got a great sense of humor and I am envious of your garden and flowers. I am currently looking out at weeks old snow and it’s about 15 degrees this morning. Brr.

    Congrats on finishing the bathroom. I love what you did with it – especially that solar tube. My son’s bathroom has no window and the shower runs along the only outside wall. That would be a great thing for his bathroom. Now, if only I could convince my husband…..

  4. Hi Slim,

    Perfect timing! I am in the middle of renovating my small bathroom. Seeing pictures of your son’s has given me some great ideas. Thank you.

    PS I do love how your mind works, you jump seamlessly from one topic to another. Look forward every day to reading your informative, interesting blog.

  5. Great lookin job!!! I love the twist on the roman shade. I’m gonna have to use that. I love how it looks pinch pleated at the top rows. Did you mean to do that or was it an accident? Looks really good.

  6. A job well done! I recently finished a bathroom remodel myself, and you’re right, you always come up against something you weren’t expecting. However, it usually leads to creative outcomes. Bravo, this is a fantastic bathroom!

  7. Love the renovation but I have a question that I have been struggling with in my own and my boys bathroom: all our bathrooms have beautiful pedestal sinks and the problem for me is where to put all the products, things, that we use everyday. For my boys, it is shaving cream, acne products, lotion, tylenol(ok not everyday)…you get the picture. Do you have a seperate storage area that I do not see in the photos?

    • This bathroom is VERY small Jass and there is no extra storage. I put in quite a large medicine cabinet, there is the small wicker drawer, and then as I mentioned in a comment above, there is another larger drawer in the vanity that you don’t really see. The lack of space is why recessing the toilet and floating the glass shelves became such an important issue.
      Do you have any walls in your bathroom that are deep enough to recess another cabinet, perhaps mirrored? You really don’t need very much depth for a medicine cabinet.
      (It sounds like your boys are at the same stage as my boys!)

      • Thanks for responding-I am new at the blog thing. I look forward to checking in to your blog and seeing what fun thing you have posted about for the day. I appreciate the advice on the bathroom-it really applies to all our bathrooms-and will see if I can find any deep walls. Yes…sounds like our boys are around the same age-mine are a bit older 2 in college, one 13 year old and a 17 year old girl(now she really has a lot of products…makes the boys look puritans)Thanks for making my winter a bit brighter…

    • If you can fit a small cabinet above the toilet that is always good spot. I have also used simple glass shelves about the sinks, but below the medicine chests to put things in nice containers. NICE CONTAINERS. Or else you will be looking at zit medicine tubes. You have to mount the shelves low enough so that they clear the med. cabinet door when it opens. If your shower/bath is large enough you can install a towel shelf in the shower to store towels and free up another cabinet for the toiletries.

  8. The bathroom looks great, and I love the pic with the combined Solatube with Vent Add On Kit. It looks great. Ive done several bath remodels. Always fun when they are “completed” 😉

    Not sure when you installed your Solatube Daylighting Systems. Remember to take advantage of your 30% tax credit if purchased in 2009 and 2010.

  9. Merci, Madame Eve, for the analysis and clarification, as I, too ,was a tad confused as to where Slim was going. At first I thought Slim was expounding on the Space Shuttle’s broken toilet and subsequent handling of that situation. I must say, Nasa could have used some of Slim’s bathroom problem solving.

  10. Slim, looks fantastic! Having redone my bathroom this summer I know what a sense of accomplishment one feels when a project is done! How did you float the shelves in the niche?

Would love to hear from you!