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My Fear of Frogs + Makeover Plans for the Guest Bathroom

Luckily, our guest bathroom doesn’t need much sprucing up; just some paint and decorations, which makes it super easy!  Fortunately, just as with our laundry room makeover, this bathroom makeover has a small budget.  For the guest bathroom, I’ve given myself a DIY home decor project budget of $250, but I really don’t think I’ll use all of it.

Before I get into my makeover plans for this bathroom, I want to tell y’all about the little helper I had when I was preparing to paint.

Guest bathroom makeover

Y’all I don’t like frogs.  Never have and never will.  When I was a kid, my Mom would tell us how they would give us warts if we touched them.  Who wants a wart?  Not me!  Over the years, my dislike for frogs has grown and at some point turned into fear.  Now frogs are all around us, especially now that we live out in the country and yes, I freak out!  E just gives me the side eye, laughs at me and keeps going.  he always says, “They’re more afraid of you than you are of them.”  I don’t know about all of that!

Helping the World get Rid of Frogs

I felt I was going to do my part and help the world by getting rid of as many frogs as I could. My sister and I would go outside with an entire container of salt and look for frogs in our back yard.  When we found one, we would pour salt on it.  If you aren’t familiar with this, by pouring salt on the frog, they dehydrate and die.

We were doing this unbeknownst to my Mom, who couldn’t figure out how in the world we went through salt so quickly!  One day, my sister and I followed our usual after school routine; after our bus ride home, we changed into our play clothes, grabbed the salt out of the cabinet and out we went on our quest to rid the world of frogs.  This particular day we didn’t have to go far; there were 3 or 4 frogs on our patio.  I saw one and began to pour.  As I poured, my sister and I were laughing.

What we didn’t know is that our Mom was standing behind us.

Mom: “What are y’all doing?”

My sister and I laughed: “We’re watching the frogs die.  We’re pouring salt on them!”

Mom: “Don’t do that!  That’s cruel!”

Me: “But you said they were bad.  They would give us warts.”

Mom: “I didn’t say they were bad.  They may give you warts, but they aren’t bad.  That’s very cruel.  You’re grounded for the next two weeks.”

My sister and I looked at our Mom like she was crazy.  We were grounded for killing frogs? We thought we were doing the world a great service, but it was then that my Mom took us into the kitchen and explained what we had done and why it was wrong.  While we learned a valuable lesson that day, I still don’t like frogs and I guess it’s was payback for all those poor little frogs I killed back then because one decided it wanted to join me while I was painting our guest bathroom.

I’ll come back to the frog in just a minute, but want to tell you all about our guest bathroom makeover!

Guest Bathroom Makeover Plans

The main paint color in our house is gray.  On the second floor, we chose to paint each room a color that complemented the gray.  After several choices, we decided on purple.

I wanted purple, but all I could think about was Barney so I was super hesitant.  I wanted this bathroom makeover to be a little dramatic, but didn’t want the bathroom to look like a grape either!  We narrowed it down to two shades of purple; Vinter and Sultana.  In the end, Sultana was the winner!  The guest bathroom was a frightening Seafoam Green.

Guest bathroom

Before we bought the house, when I saw it, all I could say was…why?  We all have different tastes, of course, but that was the first time I’d ever seen a seafoam green bathroom and I pray it’s the last.

While there isn’t much to do for this bathroom makeover, the purple truly brought it to life and that paint made my job easier.  The only thing I have left to do is to find:

As you can see, there’s not much left.  I’ll keep you posted on the progress of my bathroom makeover via my Instagram page.


What Happened to the Frog?

Well, the drop cloths I used to paint were outside for a few days.  What I didn’t realize was that there was a frog wrapped in those drop cloths and he hopped right on out!  I haven’t screamed that loud or run around like in a long time!  He was hopping all over the place so I ran out and closed the door.  E was at work so that meant I was going to have to take care of this myself.  I called him at work, don’t ask me why because it’s not like he could do anything.  He wasn’t any help anyway because he was too busy laughing hysterically!  I was going to have to face my fear.

I took a deep breath and went back in, ready for battle.  I grabbed a paint bucket and as he hopped and jumped around, I was running after him trying to catch him under that bucket.  Can I just say I was so glad no one was around because I know I had to look as crazy as a Betsy bug!  This went on for a good 10 minutes until I finally caught him!  The problem was that I caught him on the sink where I was going to need to stand to get to the top of the walls above the mirrors so I was going to have to move him.

What I didn’t know until I lifted the paint bucket because I thought I was going to be able to get the lid on fast enough was that I had clipped his leg with the bucket so when he hopped out (more like limped out) there was blood everywhere!  I felt so bad!  You know I’m really freaking out by now.  To make a long story short, I somehow chased him into the window where he was stuck in-between the window.

Frog on window

I didn’t want to kill him, but he couldn’t stay in there with me and I knew E would be home soon so I was sure he would be able to survive there.  I grabbed some bleach, cleaned the blood up and began to paint.

Guess what?  He survived and was okay until E came home.  E put him in a plastic container and set him free out into the yard (after of course he stopped laughing hysterically).

The lesson to this story?  Eventually, we all have to face out fears no matter how much we try to avoid them!


  1. Michelle says

    Oh my goodness! Look at that frog. I am so afraid of them for some reason too. They used to get in my pool filter and freak me out! I always made my son release them. The purple is so lovely! Thanks for sharing at #homemattersparty

  2. Nicole says

    A frog jumping out at me would have scared me to death! I haven’t seen a frog in forever, I think it is too cold for them in the winters where we live.
    What a bold color choice, the purple is very pretty. #HomeMattersParty

  3. Emily says

    OMG, I’m hysterical! We had a bird fly into our house once, birds freak me out. I was screaming like crazy, so I feel your pain! HomeMAttersPArty

    • Lynn says

      Yes, I felt so horrible Christine! Next time I’ll just move on to another room and wait until my husband gets home. Although I really hope there isn’t a next time!

  4. Victoria Riddell-Urquhart says

    Loved the frog story! This is me when I get spiders in my house! I live in the country so happens a lot, We don’t get frogs here in the UK thank goodness I don’t think i’d be able to handle that! You were braver than me haha, I LOVE the purple colour you’ve chosen!

    • Lynn says

      Thanks, Victoria. I live in the country too and have tons of spiders. I’m not a fan of spiders either! But, I also get to see amazing Owls and Deer so I guess it’s a tradeoff.

  5. stephanie says

    Yikes! I appreciate tour honesty but I’d be lying if I said the part about torturing these cute, harmless, ecologically nevessary beings didn’t make me wince! I love frogs, I think they’re adorable but most importantly they eat bugs and insects and keep our planet in balance. Hope you get over your fear of frogs.

    • Lynn says

      Yes, Stephanie now you see why my Mom was so mad at us! When you’re a kid, you don’t think about those things, it’s all a part of growing up. 🙂


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