Weatherizing the Water Closet

A couple of people asked about the table we’re using as a vanity, so I thought I’d re-post this picture Kevin took of it right after he sanded down the top, chopped off the back legs and painted the front legs:

We loved the idea of salvaging an old farm table to use as a vanity because they have so much character!

He coated the top with a few coats of regular ol’ polyurethane:

Water just beads up on it now, it’s great!

Due to a major sinus headache I’ve been battling for the past couple of days, I haven’t had a chance to go to Claudia’s to get inspiration for my table skirt.

But because my pants are incessantly overflowing with ants, I did throw this piece of fabric on there today, to see how I liked the idea of a striped skirt…

It’s something our prop stylist, Allistair, left us after our Nest photo shoot. He used it as a table cloth on our dining room table. (Along with the prettiest arrangement of green hydrangeas!) It’s not quite the right color (I altered it in this photo- it’s actually a super bright robins egg blue color, and totally clashes with the tile on our wall behind the sink.)

But I am kinda diggin’ the striped skirt look. What do you think?

Today, Kevin did a little more work under the table that involved some of this:

We needed to fill in all the little gaps that were allowing cold air to flow into the house.
Like this one…

And this one…

And this one..

And this one…

The can said to “shake vigorously for one minute”. So he did.

Then he got back into what we now refer to as “the dreaded position”…

…and he filled in all the little places that cold air was blowing in through…

Now he can attach a baseboard back there and finish out the flooring while I try to kick this sinus stuff.


Hey- while I have you, do you know French? I need to translate this:

Can anyone tell me what it says?

Layla :-)

(Oh, and for those who inquired, Claudia’s Cloth Barn is located here in Prattville, Alabama and run by sweet Claudia herself) :-)

*Edited to include: What’s a “neti pot”, and where do I get one? I’m in pure agony! :-(


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  1. Colette says

    Hi Layla,
    It says “you always have to bring your pencils to class”. I’m a French Teacher and I say that at least 10 times a day! Love your site…just beautiful!!