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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.

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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.

Renovation Updates on My Mid-Century Kitchen and Bath

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Things are moving along here at the ranch, albeit a little slowly. Hubby is trying to do much of the work himself, while our easy going contractor juggles multiple jobs and stops in to direct Hubby and save us money.

The plumber has nearly finished his work. While we had the mess he installed another air conditioning vent in my large kitchen area and added another air return. In our hot and humid Midwest summers my kitchen was just not as cool as the rest of our home. He also had to update the old cast iron plumbing in our main bath, where our washer and dryer will be located.

As you know, we have tried to re-use “original” as much as possible and in the hall bath we kept the cabinet doors that were taken off of the wall of built-ins, had them cut down and used them for the vanity. We kept the old kitchen cabinet hardware and reused it in the bath. I think it looks pretty good!

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We also used that same hardware on the cabinets that we kept for the laundry area:

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Hubby added shelving and made doors for the top area (which was non functional). I now have more storage!

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The kitchen is still in the demo stage. This is a little unnerving, as my crock pot sits in the bedroom and the disposable dishes are sitting by the fireplace in the living room.

This doorway to the 3/4 bath is being closed up and moved around the corner into the knotty pine mudroom. This change will give me a better working area for the kitchen. Besides I don’t really think you should see into the bathroom while sitting at the kitchen table.

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We found the original copper wall tiles still hidden behind the built in micro/ hood. How sad that someone covered them with beige ceramic tile 😦

This center post is also being taken down to help with the flow of the room. There will be shallow base cabinets and uppers where the washer/ dryer are now.

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This wall will be partially opened up for a bar/ serving area in the living room. We will have a great view of the fireplace from the kitchen!

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We will be installing IKEA cabinets and appliances. We have purchased Armstrong VCT flooring in retro aqua, gray and charcoal.  Wilsonart laminate counter tops are being made in a few new throwback patterns so we have picked “Betty”.  We will also be adding retro sputnik lighting. A great seller on Etsy supplied me with 20 yards of vintage atomic bark cloth fabric for window coverings.

Stay tuned!