You’ve all heard the phrase “You can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still just a pig”, right? In other words, superficial changes are just a weak attempt at disguising something’s truth. Well, that old saying came to mind a couple of months ago while I was shopping in Target and spotted the cutest shower curtain. I was instantly drawn to its simple white background and lovely dark gray flower detail. I grabbed it from the shelf and held it excitedly in my hands…
…and then I remembered…
…we have the worst bathroom ever. EV-ER.
From day one, I knew there wasn’t much hope for this space without a full gut job – so I did what I typically do when spaces are that far gone and I ignored it completely (well…not completely. I do clean it – we’re not the “pigs” I’m referring to in the title) and instead chose to focus all my attention on the rooms that could offer more instant gratification. Let’s face it, rehabbing bathrooms is messy, it’s expensive, and they’re a pain to work on when you’ve only got one of ‘em.
I snapped this picture when we first bought the house, and I’m sorry to say, it’s never really looked a whole lot different…
And now you all know my deepest, darkest, dirtiest house secret – I have a scary bathroom.
Please don’t hold it against me.
This room is definitely at the top of my “to-do” list – and I mean the tippy-top. Lately, we’ve actually been talking about doing something we have never considered before and hiring the remodel out – which would be great because it would get done in half the time, but not so great because it will cost twice as much. So I may need to hang on to my patience just a bit longer.
I told myself that day that bringing this shower curtain home and hanging it in our sad and dingy little bathroom would just be “putting lipstick on a pig”. So I put that lovely shower curtain back on the shelf and continued my shopping.
And every time I wandered through Target after that, I would see that shower curtain and wish I had a bathroom worthy enough of something that pretty.
And then out of nowhere last weekend, our sad and sorry little bathroom reminded me of a very important lesson: Make the best of what you have right now.
And so on my next trip to Target, I threw that lovely shower curtain into my cart…
Along with a new cushy bathmat…
And a shiny new shower curtain rod…
And a pretty little hand towel with charcoal stripes and fringe.
And I brought it all home and put it to work in this so very sad and sorry little bathroom.
And all of a sudden this room that gave me the most dread was instead giving me a reason to smile.
Did it fix the broken light fixture?
Nope. Still broken.
Did it fix the broken faucet knob?
Nope. That’s still broken too.
Replace the falling tile?
Repair the peeling plaster?
I could go on and on – that’s just a glimpse into what is wrong with this room. But now instead of only seeing the flaws when I walk in to our teeny, tiny, sad, little bathroom, I see a pretty shower curtain, and I step onto a soft and cushy bathmat and I sort of almost forget about all that other stuff for a moment. It’s all still there – it is definitely still there – it just doesn’t seem as bad as it did before. It’s still bad, trust me, I know – just maybe not as bad.
This doesn’t mean you have to go out shopping if you have a room that isn’t working for you right now – take a look around your house for things you love and incorporate them into the space. You might be surprised at how much lighter, and brighter, and happier, a space feels when you give it some attention.
So I guess my point with all of this is this: Make the most of the home you have now. Love it and appreciate it for what it is, and try not to worry about what it isn’t. If you have a space that you find less than inspiring – show it a little love in whatever way you can.
Go ahead, put a little lipstick on it. 🙂