Friday, June 24, 2011


You'd think that a pink toilet was the plague.

I like this part: "We are remodeling our bathrooms and have a pink toilet that works great, not damaged in any way, but it is ....uh... PINK."

Well, I'll be! That poor toilet might as well have a poo ring with a width that rivals the Mighty Mississippi from the tone of that sentence.

People are SO afraid of pink toilets. Why, did you know that you can sit on them and they flush just like other toilets? You don't get sucked down and wrapped in rosy colored cotton candy clouds where unicorns braid your hair in pretty, pretty ribbons (though that might be fun). It's true! I even have it on good authority that men can use them without losing an ounce of their well-earned "manliness".

And I promise you, people...they will come back in style. People are going to be clamoring for them before it's done. And getting on waiting lists at the big box stores and paying as much as a car note for the matching sink. And those young House Hunters couples will whine in televised bathrooms all over the world because the houses don't have pink fixtures. And their Realtors will try to ease their heartache by telling them that they can have a pink bathroom added for several thousand dollars. A pink tide is going to sweep the nation. Like a porcelain Pepto pink wave. Mark my word.

And no, I didn't go pick this one up. One spare in the garage is enough.

On a related "I'm a vintage fixture pusha' woman" note, I'd like to say to Rae from Nashville: Go pick this up. Start your pink bathroom hoard! This one looks like a mighty glorious flamingo pink!

Until next time (color is NOT our enemy),
x's and o's,


kelly said...

i wouldn't mind having a pink toilet.

Lakota [Faith Hope and Charity Shopping] said...

My parents - and by extension, me - had a pink bathroom suite when I was a child and they bought our new house. It was hot pink, and they couldn't afford to change it for years. The loo was separate and they embraced it by putting up pink wallpaper with a very thin stripe. It was like using the facilities in a circus tent and would strobe alarmingly when I was drunk (we still had it in my teenage years, I wasn't on the sauce at 7).

The previous owners of the house had also decided that the wall above the bath should be entirely smoky mirrored tiles, forming a mural of galloping wild horses with tossing manes and bared teeth. This was the early 80s in South Wales. It's no wonder I have decorating anxiety today.

Georgie Horn said...

I'm sending Rusty right over!

Betty Crafter said...

Eartha, your pink bathroom is totally slacking. Mine actually does dispatch hair-braiding unicorns and cotton candy clouds of contentment.
It hadn't occurred to me to start hoarding fixtures - guess I better get on that! I do need a pink toilet seat, so let me know if you run across an extra!

Rae - Say It Aint So said...

oh man, my husband is on his way to see if it's still there right now!

Rae - Say It Aint So said... is now mine!

Kally said...

I'm so happy one of your readers got the toilet!

My nanna and grandad had a pink bathroom when I was little - pink suite, tiles, carpet, shower curtain, pink chenille bathmat and pedestal mats, pink accessories and an old lady perfume smell that was very much also pink! It was like being inside a Care Bear.

It's making me feel all fuzzy thinking about the glory that was a pink toilet complete with unhygenic pink furry lid cover, poking at my grandad's Brylcreem and marvelling at the fact they had two mirrors so that I could see the back of my own head while brushing my teeth, before going to bed in their guest room beneath a print of that kitsch white horses in the surf painting.

Long may the fabulous pink bathrooms continue, they must be preserved for the good of humanity!

Eartha Kitsch said...

Kelly: Yeah, they're not too bad actually. And an entire pink bathroom makes the complexion look so pretty. Can't go wrong. Think pink! :)

Lakota: Oh my gosh, okay..that's hilarious. I mean in retrospect and since I didn't have to spend time in there. The thing about the horses is KILLING me!

Georgie: I bet he'd LOVE that! :)

Betty Crafter: Will do! We got ours for cheap on Amazon. You might give that a shot! And yeah, my pink bathroom is pretty much just phoning it in. It could learn a thing or two from yours!

Rae: Get out! It is?? Wheee! I hope that it's in good shape and that I didn't send your Mister on a wild goose chase.

Kally: What you wrote is SO beautiful! My gosh, that made me very happy. I can so relate to what you're talking about. I really want those grandparents' house moments all over again.

bitter69uk said...

Pink bathrooms are like a tribute to Jayne Mansfield. Way back in the late 1980s when I was a university student and living in cheap rented accomodation, our bathroom was tiled in pink. (The fixtures were white, though). I loved our pink bathroom.

Eartha Kitsch said...

Oh yes, Jayne - perfect example. She was definitely not afraid of pink. :) Hopefully that pink bathroom from the rental still lives on..

Andrea said...

I am amazed it was free! People here usually want $150 + for coloured toilets!

Eartha Kitsch said...

Wow! Most people here just think that they're instantly junk. We have one free one and another one with a matching sink that cost next to nothing. If you go to a salvage yard, you'll pay a little here but nothing bad.

Sara In AZ said...

Darn, I need to get a pink bathroom ASAP so I can have unicorns braid my hair and cotton candy clouds! And you are SO right - pink WILL be popular again!

Charm and Poise said...

"Think pink!" is always an appropriate mantra -- whether we're talking about clothes or toilets!

Rae - Say It Aint So said...

it isn't quite as pink as the picture makes it look but i still love it! then my cousin tells me today that she has a pink bathroom and she would have brought me the pink toilet long ago if she had known i wanted it!

Sean said...

We have a habitat for humanity "Re-Store" here in Connecticut that has anything from spiral staircases to cool old wooden filing cabinets to boxes of rusty nails, depending what the contractors have donated that week. When my grandfather passed away last year, he had some old tiling and odds and ends that I couldn't justify I donated it to them along with what I thought was a really cool pink sink that looked very institutional aside from a slightly scalloped front. It sat there for an entire year, marked down to $3, until it finally (mercifully) disappeared to the great porcelain repository in the sky.