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Mid-Century Bath 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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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.

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.