Much ado about toilets

Progress in the parlor bathroom has been, well…. essentially none. Part of the holdup is that I can’t decide what toilet to buy. I know we want a high tank toilet. But beyond that, the logical brain and the lizard brain are in great conflict.

Scott won’t let me have an actual old toilet (I already made that argument multiple times and have been vetoed every time – something about the possibility of leaking sewage and such).

So I chose the next best thing:

AntiquePumber

I like the shape of the bowl and it’s the most reminiscent of an actual old toilet. Unfortunately, next best thing costs 1,500. I don’t know if that’s worth it. Is it? Lizard brain says yes. Logical brain says hells no! Lizard brain says, but it has free shipping!

Next up, is this one.

RenovatorsSupply

I’m not wild about the shape of the bowl and I really don’t care about the weird scalp design at the base. But also, how often does anyone (but me) notice what the base of the toilet bowl looks like?

Finally, my least favorite option:

Lowe's

While I actually don’t mind the shape of the bowl, I dislike the tank – just looks like someone disassembled a regular toilet and hung the tank on the wall.

And here is proof that literally zero things happened in this room since we took it apart:

ParlorBathroomDemo

Random thing we didn’t know about the house – there was a heat vent in the bathroom, right above where the rim of the original tub would have stood. I guess to keep the bathing victorian’s tushies nice and warm.

 

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4 comments

  1. We have the dark wood one installed in our house if you ever want to see it. I recommend checking the pipe measurements closely as the tank was not as high on the wall as I expected. I did some special rigging to get it up to a height i was happy with.

  2. I say go with an antique one, but confirm that you can retro-fit parts to ensure that there are no leaks. Many of the old toilets can still be updated with new washers, gaskets, and such. Not convinced you would save any money going antique barring a rare Craigslist steal but the authenticity is worth every penny.

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