Dec 29, 2008

A Small Triumph

Last summer, I found an ornate toilet paper holder at a Habitat for Humanity Restore. It was the wrong color for my bathroom... No problem, right?

I figured I could paint it to match the mirror and soap dish I refinished. So I dismantled it and painted the metal parts. Then I attempted to put it all back together.... with a power drill. Big mistake!! Just a little too much power for the plastic back which broke off when the screw tightened down too hard. It hit the floor and then broke into three pieces. Not to be discouraged, I thought I'd superglue it together. After all, the toilet paper would hide the cracks. In my attempt to glue it together, I dropped it yet again... on the floor! This time, it shattered into MANY pieces. :( I cleaned them up and threw them away, very upset with myself. I kept the ornate piece (after all... I went to a lot of work to paint it).

Fast forward several months. I was at yard sale where they were selling a double sink and vanity. I overheard one woman tell another to drop the price to $5 because their Dad really didn't want to take it home. What did I spy on the end of it but a recessed TP holder! I inquired if they'd sell it to me for $1. Sold!

This past weekend, I dismantled the holder I bought for $1 and re-attached its back plastic piece to the the metal ornate front piece I painted earlier this summer. It didn't fit exactly right, but with a little silicone adhesive... viola!

Before - The Old TP Holder


After - The New & Improved TP Holder

21 comments:

GoldenAngelsWorks said...

great job. you amaze me sometimes.

Kristin said...

Very nice!

Shebafudge said...

Wow! You are not just a very talented stitcher. That looks amazing! Well done you!

Velda said...

wow something so simple makes such an impact. That is GORGEOUS!!!!!!

Kathy said...

It turned out really pretty.

Becca in MD said...

It looks beautiful!

Donna said...

Very nice and a very good buy!

Danielle said...

Wow! You are quite the inspiration for single women everywhere. It looks fantastic. And you can't beat the price!

Deirdre said...

You are amazing! It looks fantastic!

Chiloe said...

Don't tell that story on a date: you're going to scare the guy: a woman who loves to play with her power drill !!! lol

Nancy said...

Too funny, you're giving Carl a run for his money in the remodeling department....

Carolyn NC said...

Very resourceful - looks great!

Lana said...

Wow! You are so crafty!!! I love it!

Maggie said...

Good job with the loo roll holder, you have more paitence than me, it would have ended up in the bin!!, lol.

Happy new year!
Maggie x

mainely stitching said...

Ah. The small joys in life. ;)

Patricia Cecilia said...

ROTFL!!! That is SOOO you, Meari! See, all that packrat behavior and creativity pays off. (Someone tell my DH that...) This looks terrific. Congratulations!

Jennifer said...

Oh Cool!!!

Patricia said...

awesome job Meari WTG!!!

stitcherw said...

It looks wonderful, what lovely detailing. You amaze me on how creative you are with your refinishing of things.
Sue

glenda said...

I really did try to not comment on this post...but the evil in me would not let it go :)

An entire post dedicated to the "fashion" of wiping. I love it!

Girl - you keep me in laughter, I tell you!

Kathy said...

AWESOME!!!!! You totally amaze me with the things that you take on and do a marvelous job with. You go girl!!!