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About midcenturythriftygal

Just passing on my experiences in restoring our Mid-Century home on a shoe-sting budget.

Mid-Century Bathroom Refresh #2

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The original minty aqua tiled counter top in my 1952 bathroom was finally beyond saving. The previous owners had used a paint stick to make the grout look good in order to sell the house. Several pieces of that tile had cracks or chips and with the grout in such bad condition we decided to take it out. As all of you readers know, tearing out original features in an old house always ends of being full of surprises and thus more cost than you ever anticipated.

You remember our first refresh in this bathroom from 2015:

The Original Tiled Hall Bath is (almost) Done!

What to do? Because of budget and lack of sources for replacement tiles (that would match the original) we decided on the new “retro” line of laminate from Wilsonart. We picked Daisy in Apricot Glow because the colors are an exact match to the original wall tiles. I special ordered it through Home Depot and had it delivered to the store. Super simple. Here is a sample piece next to the tiles:

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The wall tiles in this bath match the Universal Rundle Desert Tan fixtures. Since the minty aqua tiles on the counter top were not used anywhere else, I decided to eliminate that color from the new decorating theme. You might remember the color from this older photo.

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The counter top had a deep tiled edge so we had the new laminate made the same way.

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The first order of business was to take out the counter top and sink. As most know, these old tile jobs are set in cement with wire lathe and black tar paper. What a mess. I managed to save a few tiles which I will probably throw on eBay for someone else trying to save their original bath.

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Of course all that hammering and chiseling knocked a few pieces of wall tile lose. There was #1 of unexpected issues. Those tiles seemed to be attached to NOTHING.

It was then decided that the counter top would now require a back splash (and more $$$) to hide that issue.

The original sink was made to be “tiled in” and since I was going with laminate I had to have a different sink. I found an oval sink that accepts a (period perfect) Hudee ring and special ordered it though our local Menards store. The Hudee ring was picked up on Amazon.

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I kept my faucet since it was in great condition and fully functional.

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And while we were at it, I had the contractor re-grout the wall tile around the sink area. It now looks so good (and clean!) we are going to have him continue on and do the whole bathroom.

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I am tickled pink (or peach) with this new project. The white sink and bright counter top have really brightened up this bath.

While we had the mess, the walls and ceiling got a new coat of paint. All I have to do now is shop for towels!

 

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More Kitsch for a Mid-Century Christmas

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Sorry for this post-holiday entry; life seemed to get in the way this holiday season and spare time was not something I had much of.

There are a just a few new kitschy Christmas things that were added to the ranch this year. Although I am trying to take a more “sparse” approach to decorating, I am obviously unable to follow through.

This vintage Continental aluminum “pom pom” style wall tree found a place of honor in my kitchen. It was made by Metal Trees Corporation in Chicago in the early 60’s. I got it for a great price on eBay in October. It seems this company also made a plain style (non pom pom) wall hung tree that was called the “Holiday”.

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I also purchased another aluminum tree from a local resale shop at a price I could not turn down. It is a 7 foot fountain style. It came without the original box, so I am unsure of the brand. I decided to use it this year in my basement rumpus room instead of the pom pom one I had been using. I trimmed it with (mostly) plastic Jewel Brite and Bradford ornaments. The light up Santa head behind the tree is also new this year.

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This newly acquired light up lantern was also used in the basement.

101_7491For the holidays it replaced this old AMI jukebox speaker we picked up last summer at a garage sale.

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I think I have finally completed my collection of Firestone albums that were released in the 1960’s. Here are 5 of them.

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There are also a few new Christmas albums this year to display in the living room.

101_7478We are still using the gold aluminum/ white vinyl tree in the living room. I found out (through a very helpful gentleman in a Christmas facebook group) that it is called a Gold Queen Star and was made by the Stainless Metal Craft Inc. in Chicago.

Here are a few of my favorite ornaments on that sparkly gold beauty:

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The little felt Santa band ornaments were from a kit in the 60’s.

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I picked up some great retro wrapping paper this year. I have to admit that wrapping is one of my favorite things about Christmas. Oh, and the food.

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This little display was in my hall bath. I have had that Smiling Santa soap box set forever.

101_7482Check back soon for more updates here at the ranch. We have some projects on the horizon for the basement and the original tiled hall bath. As with any retro renovation project, it will probably won’t be simple. But I am up to the task!

Happy New Year!

 

Summer Lovin’

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Well not really. Those who know me well know summer is NOT my favorite season. Especially here where it is hot and humid much of the time. I spend a small fortune on annual flowers for my patio and then by July they are frazzled and begging for shade.

I have to admit that my garden loves the weather this year. We are giving away tomatoes and peppers because we have so many.  This poor guy is a misfit. He kind of looks like Mr. Magoo.

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I still thrift when I can and add to my stash of kitschy finds.

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I am still buying bed linens, too. I know I need a 12 step program.

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I have found a new love this summer: cold brew coffee! It is great for a hot day when you need a pick-me-up but you don’t want a hot drink. Insert a tropical stirrer and you are in business.

101_6263My Pyrex collection continues to grow; these are some of my fall pieces. I use them for everything from salads to casseroles to scrambling eggs. They also look great with fresh fruit or veggies on the counter.

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I have been frantically getting my Christmas hoard listed in my Etsy shop for the upcoming holiday season. Remember all this?

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101_5242Well head on over to my Etsy shop. Much of it is listed there!

https://www.etsy.com/shop/thethriftygal?ref=listing-shop2-all-items-count&section_id=13176699

Check back soon to see the vintage jukebox speaker we have hooked up in the basement!

Heck before we know it we will be putting up the Christmas decorations.