Category Archives: Green bathroom

Keeping Retro Style in the 3/4 Bath

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Two posts in one week? I know, I can’t believe it either.

The LONG 8-month reno is finally over. The last project to be finished was the 3/4 bath, located off of our kitchen.

The toilet and sink in this bath were Universal Rundle green dated 1953. We feel these fixtures are original to this bath, although it was updated at some point, probably¬†in the 70’s. With an older home, I guess sometimes we will just never know everything about its’ past.

These are photos of the bathroom when we were considering buying this home:

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Because this bath was fully functional and in good working order, we simply painted the room a pale gray, spruced it up a bit and added accessories to better reflect our style.

DSCF1532DSCF1530DSCF1533peach bath master bedroom 020The black and white ceramic tile floor was added shortly before we purchased the home, sloppily installed for resale.

When it came time for the renovations of the kitchen and baths, it was decided that the door to the bathroom would be better located around the corner in the mud room. This helped to give me more space for the kitchen layout and made more sense visually. I also wanted closer access to this bathroom from outdoors and the garage.

101_2002Here is the beautiful new door, stained to match the original knotty pine in the mud room. We used Amber Shellac by Zinsser to finish the door. It took 3 or 4 coats to get it dark enough to match the original knotty pine walls, which I am sure has darkened over the years.

101_3137Since the vanity was not original, we did not keep it. It was handmade, of poor quality and not the style we wanted. I was unable to source a vintage one in the correct size or style to accommodate the original sink and also fit the dimensions of the room.

Unfortunately for us, our area is far away from any Craigslist. We don’t have a Goodwill, Habitat Re-Store or building salvage business anywhere close by. After pricing a custom-made cabinet, it was decided that we would buy a new vanity from IKEA. White was the color of choice since this bath is dark with only one tiny window. The new vanity also matches the adjoining kitchen cabinets.

Since this IKEA vanity would not accommodate the original vintage green sink and Huddee ring we purchased a new sink top. Without the green sink there was no point in keeping the green toilet.

Sadly, both are sitting in my garage. I have listed them for sale (cheap) on several vintage sites online. It seems not many appreciate mid-century mint green bathrooms or fixtures.

When removing the 70’s vanity to install the Armstrong VCT commercial flooring, we found the ghost marks of a smaller vanity. We were right, the vanity had been changed at some point.

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We did keep the original angled shower (with groovy etched swan door) intact.

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We painted the walls Sherwin Williams Classic French Gray (from the Suburban Modern collection). I used vintage atomic window valances I already had. The original lighted medicine cabinet also remained in place. The simple chrome faucet was from Lowes.

101_3134101_3133This retro travel poster has been following me around for years. It brought in some much needed color to the otherwise clinical looking room.

101_3135We needed a bit more lighting in here too, so DH rewired an inexpensive IKEA table lamp and made it into a swag for the corner. I love the way the light shines through the perforations onto the walls and ceiling.

It feels so good to have all of the messes gone and a clean, organized home again. Two functioning bathrooms and a kitchen! Yay!

I was really getting tired of take out, having to wash dishes in the main bath sink and trying to make the refrigerator part of the living room decor.

Stay tuned. My next post will tell you what I learned (and what I would have done differently) in this remodel.

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We’re Getting There!

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As the kitchen and bath renovations continue here at our mid-century ranch, I feel we have finally turned the corner and that the worst is behind us.

The Armstrong VCT flooring was installed:
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Upper cabinets and lighting are in:

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The new ceiling tiles are installed along with the NOS chrome exhaust fan grill cover.

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Flooring has been sealed and had 3 coats of wax added.

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We still have plenty of work to do. Installing the lower cabinets. Appliances. Counter tops & back splash. Trim and baseboards. Painting. Staining. Bathroom vanity and toilet install. A bit more plumbing to be hired out. Touch ups and tweaking. The list is LONG.

Gutting your kitchen while continuing to live in your home is not for the faint of heart. Not having a sink or stove (for weeks on end) requires dish washing (and food prep) in the bathroom, utility room or basement sink. Not being able to use of your bathrooms is also a tad inconvenient.

Hopefully my next post will show a bit more “eye candy” instead of the mess!

Stay tuned.

Quick ? Simple ? Not in Our Mid Century Remodel

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Oh how I wish our kitchen reno was going as fast as they do on HGTV or DIY. You know, 24 hours and you’re done. The paint is even dry.

Instead our reno is crawling at a snails pace. My DH works a crazy shift schedule of 12 days straight while trying to help our contractor to save us money. Added to the mix were a tornado, torrential rains and flooding in my area which left most homeowners with flooded basements and crawlspaces, leaking roofs or other storm damage. In addition to their own home issues, our contractor and our plumber were called off of their “non-emergency” jobs to help those in need. We were very fortunate that our basement remains high and dry.

Even with the set backs we have still managed to get some things done.

Here is the new bathroom door, moved around the corner into the old mudroom. But that was not without a hitch. Seems there is a nice big cast iron pipe running up that wall. Within an inch of the doorway. A few re-adjustments later, we have a door.

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The support post is down and the new header is installed above the old mud room entrance:

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Another header was also installed into the opening for the bar in the living room. We can now see the fireplace!

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The drywall men are scheduled to be here soon so we have a few things to finish up before they arrive.

I am still mulling over paint samples for the kitchen. I am undecided on which way to go: orange, aqua or gray. I would like to tie in the colors of the counter top and flooring. Here is the Wilsonart laminate we are using for counters AND backsplash. The pattern is called “Betty”.

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The VCT floor tile is Armstrong Standard Excelon Imperial. We have picked 3 colors: gray, aqua and charcoal. Here is the aqua which is called Colorado Stone:

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The gray called Field Gray:

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and the Charcoal:

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My usually orderly home is upside down with the mess. We have cabinet boxes in the living room and basement family room, ceiling tiles and light fixtures in the guest room and new appliances in the garage. And most of my kitchen is packed up in boxes strewn all over the house. We are still eating on throw away dishes.

Really my only escape is going to bed. And then I have to straddle our living room area rug, which is rolled up next to the bed.

Stay tuned!