Listen you guys: if decorating your adult home with dinosaurs is wrong then I don’t wanna be right.
As I’ve teased (numerous times), we’re slowly but surely, step by step, remodeling our bathroom. It’s lovely and so much more functional now than it was when we moved in. Also, spoiler alert, it’s blue. But somewhere along the bathroom designing way we never really accounted for a toilet paper holder. There’s just really no good place for it given the layout of the bathroom. We’ve generally just been leaving the toilet paper on the shelving across from the toilet, but that’s so casual and uncouth.
A more elegant solution was required.
So Ben got a dinosaur. This dinosaur:
This little brachiosaurus has the long neck and firm base required to prop up a roll of toilet paper at just the right angle to facilitate premium rollage while also looking damn classy and–most importantly–supremely mature. Yes, this dinosaur was exactly the elegant and tasteful design element our new bathroom needed! I’ve never been more proud of Mr. Fickbonne for coming up with a home decorating idea all by himself. (Just kidding he saw it on Pinterest. Yes, my husband frequents Pinterest AND Etsy. If you find that strange then just remember that conventional gender roles are dead, boring, and useless before joining us all in this exciting new world of feminism and unrestricted creativity.)
But there was a problem with the brachiosaurus: it was the wrong color. We wanted something that would fit more with the new bathroom colors. So Ben got a can of Krylon ColorMaster spray paint in Jade and set about painting our little bathroom dino. It took him about three coats to get him perfectly covered, waiting twenty minutes between coats. Then we let the little bugger dry overnight.
The thing to remember about spray painting is that you should do it on a disposable surface. By which I mean: not just newspaper on top of your driveway or a table. Inevitably the wind will carry droplets onto the surface and it’ll be ruined. So we painted the dino on a strip of cardboard on what passes for “grass” in our backyard. Eventually the “grass” will get mown or the paint will simply wash into the soil instead of lingering on our driveway or a table. This has been a PSA.
Finally, our bathroom dino was complete. Behold!
Timeless, elegant decor. A piece for the ages, surely. I expect HGTV to come calling any minute now. Here’s the before and after:
All told the project came in under $30: $17 for the dino, $8 for the paint. And because Ben was in a dino-buying mood, he picked up a pack of a dozen to live in the garden too: