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Sustainable Living: The Weirdest Thing I Spray Painted

EORweirdestSPRAYPAINTMark my words…there is a conspiracy against obsolescence. Everything we buy is intentionally meant to fail us in a short period of time so that we sigh and go buy a new one.


My doctor was telling me this week that he no longer buys Crocs because the soles now wear out in a season. The big, clunker TV in my bedroom from 1992 is still going, yet the TV we bought when we got married a decade ago went kaput three years ago.


Why all the venting all of a sudden? Last week my husband walked past the kid’s bathroom said to me, “There is sh!% on the toilet seat!”

I responded, “No, it’s not sh!%, it’s chipped paint. So in the time it would take me to drive to Wal*Mart and purchase a new seat, I spray painted them.

Here’s a little something about toilet seats from my past. When I was a kid, I went to the store with my grandmother because she needed a new toilet seat. I vividly remember her repeatedly commenting on how embarrassed she was about the purchase.

I thought about her the whole time I had 2 of my toilet seats (hey, why not freshen them all up at once) on cardboard in the front yard, spraying and drying. I’d like to think my generation isn’t that vain; we would rather challenge unnecessary consumption for the good of our planet – for the sake of common sense and in the spirit of obsolescence.

Before and After spray pained toilets seats

Before and After spray painted toilets seats

So if someone says to you, “did you know you can just spray paint your toilet seat; you don’t have to buy a whole new one.”

I hope you say, “No sh!%”

I’m Cristin Frank (AKA Eve). I love all things frugal and crafty. My mindset is always on upcycling, repurposing, reducing waste and saving money – and Eve of Reduction is my roadmap. You might also want to check out my book, "Living Simple, Free & Happy."

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2 Responses to Sustainable Living: The Weirdest Thing I Spray Painted

  1. Lindsay Fernandez April 30, 2013 at 9:28 am #

    Completely agree! It does look like we are constantly replacing things no sooner we’ve bought them. And I love the recycling ideas and what you’ve done with the toilet seat. Way to go!

  2. Nick Chou April 3, 2014 at 11:19 pm #

    I am absolutely agree with you. Your idea is very important. I use at home Electronic Bidet Seat with Dryer and Deodorizer. To Stay Green, Clean, Hygiene, and Comfortable It is perfect.
    Thank you for your brilliant sharing.

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