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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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The Reveal

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I had been putting off posting an update on our remodel here at the ranch, but realized the holidays are right around the corner and I better get movin’!

The finishing touches are being put on the kitchen just in time for me to start dragging out the Christmas boxes.

The cabinets, hardware, appliances, sink, faucet and under cabinet lighting are all from IKEA. For the style, storage options and price you just cannot beat their 20% off sale. Their white thermofoil cabinetry reminds me of steel cabinets and gave me the futuristic look I wanted. I designed the kitchen using their online planner and took into consideration our lifestyle and era of the home.

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The sputnik light fixtures are from Practical Props and the sconce lights are Havana from Jonathan Adler.

The flooring is Armstrong commercial VCT in charcoal, gray and teal. I had it professionally waxed after installation.

The original ceiling tiles were stained and damaged and no longer manufactured. We replaced them with a similar style that were special ordered from Menards.

The silver starburst decals I added to the soffits were purchased from Etsy.

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The pinch pleat window coverings were made from 20 yards of vintage atomic fabric I also purchased on Etsy a few months ago.

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The retro inspired counter top and back splash is Betty from Wilsonart. We used aluminum trim where the counter meets the back splash to give it a more mid century feel.

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We purchased a NOS chrome exhaust fan grill cover off of eBay. It fits our original Emerson Pryne fan perfectly.

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We kept the original knotty pine walls in the mudroom and I used  Ikeas stainless cabinetry in there.

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We opened up the kitchen into the living room and added a coffee bar on the kitchen side and a snack bar in the living room.  I can now see the fireplace from the kitchen!

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Hubby and I have eaten plenty of lunches at this counter.

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I will soon be putting up the Christmas decor and planning for a swanky holiday party.

Check back soon to see all of my kitschy holiday decor!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

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!