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Potty talk ~ Toto toilets and a giveaway

***This is a sponsored post.  I was compensated with products used in this post, but all of the opinions are mine, and the recommendations and reviews are honest and geniune.***

Hello, friends.  I hope you’re enjoying the fall weather in your neck of the woods as much as we’re enjoying it here on the ridge.  It’s been so fabulous lately, and the forecast is amazing. I’ve been decorating for fall and made our first batch of chili for dinner last night.

I’ve also been sprucing up some of the rooms in our house lately (go here or here to see some), and one of them is our guest bath.

Update: Go here to see the completely remodeled guest/hall bath.


It’s slated for a complete remodel in the next couple of months, but we went ahead and changed out the old toilet a couple of weeks ago.  Why not just wait?  Well, here’s why:

How’s that for a greeting when you go to use the bathroom?  My 13-year-old uses this bathroom and let’s just say that she didn’t love the old toilet.  I have to give her credit for using cute duct tape to attach her warning sign with.

We all hated the old toilet.  It was apparently an early model of the water-saving type toilets and didn’t always, ahem, perform it’s task well.

When we remodeled our master bath last year, I selected all of the finishes and design elements for the room and the Mr. chose the toilet and exhaust fan.  He’s well known for thoroughly researching a product before he invests in it, and found the Toto toilet to be the best  investment and most recommended, so that’s what we ordered, along with the softclose seat, from National Builder Supply.

The softclose seat is just what it sounds like.  It closes slowly and silently and is nice for those times when your bladder makes you visit the loo in the middle of the night and you don’t want to wake anyone else up when you close the lid.

Yes, there are cheaper models, and yes, there are prettier models, but let me tell you…there’s nothing uglier than when a toilet overflows, and nothing more frustrating than having to keep a plunger right next to it just in case it’s needed. 

It doesn’t matter how pretty the outside of the toilet is if what goes in doesn’t always go down. Know what I mean?

In the last year and a half since we had our master bath Toto toilet installed, it has performed perfectly 99.9% of the time.  It would be 100%, but there has been once or twice when too much toilet paper caused it to backup.  It didn’t overflow completely, but did struggle and have to be plunged.  Also, we have a 50-year-old house with 50-year-old plumbing, and even the best toilet can’t always overcome that.

Here’s the newly installed toilet.  When I asked my daughter what she thought of it, she said it was beautiful.  Pretty strong words coming from a 13-year-old about a toilet, don’t you think?

For the master bath remodel, we chose to purchase our Toto toilet with the softclose seat from National Builder Supply. And when I spoke with them about our upcoming remodel, they very generously provided the toilet for this bathroom. We’re thrilled to be working with them on this project, as we had excellent service, pricing, and product from them previously.

I can recommend them with confidence.  Whether you need a bathtub, a faucet, a sink, or anything to do with a bath or kitchen remodel, you need to check them out.  And if a toilet that works when you need it to is a top priority for you, they have our favorite Toto toilets as well. I have to say that we really do love our Toto toilets.

Do you love your toilet?


I don’t have a free toilet to offer you today, but there is a giveaway going on now for a free kitchen faucet from National Builder Supply, which is a great deal!  Enter soon!  The giveaway ends on Septempber 25th!

Here’s the link for that giveaway, worth up to $227:


Be sure to stay tuned to see how the guest bath turns out.  I’ve some great things planned for this space and you won’t want to miss it.

Thanks for stopping by.



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  1. With 2 boys I totally need a soft closed toilet seat! Although I need to start with getting them just to put the toilet seat down period.

    1. I've got daughters, but also have a husband who has been reminded so many times over the last 22 years that now he usually remembers to put the seat down. Usually! Thanks for dropping by!

  2. Love your daughter's sign on the old toilet. Gave me a good laugh. The new toilet looks so nice, and how wonderful to have a soft close toilet seat. (I love the vanity and sink in your master),. laurie

    1. It made me giggle the first time I saw it too. She's quite the funny, clever girl. Thanks for stopping by!

    1. It is a great toilet. A toilet is definitely something that you take for granted when it works, but if it doesn't…aaack! Thanks for stopping by!

  3. It's the little things that make the biggest difference. I could hear the relief in your voice to have everything in working order. I've never experienced a soft close toilet seat, but it sounds wonderful.

    And the faucet is beautiful! I'll have to check out National Builder Supply…I have a bathroom remodel in mind. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Yes, we are certainly relieved to not have to worry about the toilet overflowing any longer. The softclose seat is a nice little luxury. And you're right, it is the little things…
      Be sure to check them out. Their products and service are great, and their prices can't be beat. Thanks for dropping by!

  4. Angie, I love the meme, all the different names for a bathroom! Crapper my personal fav! 😉 And yes, while toilets aren't "beautiful" in the sense of being aesthetically pleasing, you are so right, that panic you feel as the dirty water is cresting that top is horrific! I say your toilet is a beauty, and I don't say that to all the bloggers! 😉 ~ xo

    1. I love that meme too! It made me giggle when I first found it. Function over form is my motto when it comes to neccessary items like a toilet. Not that this one is ugly, but I've seen some more "decorative" ones that have not worked well. And that's not very attractive at all!
      Thanks for dropping by!

  5. First of all, Angie, your master bath remodel is gorgeous, love your repurposed buffet! Having done that room, I'm sure it is helping as you plan for your guest bath, not to mention all the toilet testing involved. Like nails on a chalkboard, the clatter of a toilet seat slamming down can annoy the heck out of me, so I'm really liking the sound of that softclose seat. I'm heading over now to check out National Builder Supply as I have a few rooms in the works, myself. Nice giveaway, too ~ Amy

    1. Thanks, Amy! We love the way the master bath turned out and can't wait to tackle the guest bath. And that softclose seat is so nice! Have a great week!

  6. Huge improvement Angie! I love it and am quite jealous because our toilet seats consist of 2 oak colored ones and a foam padded one. Love a house built in the 80's. They are definitely on our to-do list… I'll head over to see what National Builder Supply has in stock. Thanks for the giveaway!

    1. Thanks, Holly! I'll bet your 80's bathrooms are in better shape than our 60's ones! One remodel down, 1 1/2 to go!

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