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Elegant Vintage Master Bathroom Makeover

23 September 2011

Elegant Vintage Master Bathroom Makeover

 A few weeks ago I shared our sideboard turned sink vanity that we put in our master bathroom. Today I'm sharing the whole room.

Here are the before pictures . . . . [WARNING: It is 80's pink/mauve]

Sorry . . . I forgot how bad it looked.

But, here's the new bathroom . . . and we love it now!

Same tub with a new surround ~ removed the step, added raised panel
moulding to sides and travertine tile to the top

Kohler vintage style toilet

Vintage crystal chandelier above the tub

Replaced the fiberglas shower with travertine tile, added a customized
Waverly fabric shower curtain with velvet ties and gold tassels

Reupholstered antique stool with Waverly rose fabric

Vintage brass and crystal wall sconces

We removed the carpet, all the oak, and the ugly bar lights (yeah!).

After doing some research on vintage paint colors, we picked a Benjamin Moore sage green for the walls.

Floor: We used larger travertine tiles on the floor and placed them on the diagonal to make the room look larger (and it looks better), added radiant floor heat and put in new, taller wood baseboards.

Vanity: Removed the old oak cabinet and installed an antique sideboard that we turned into a double sink vanity. It took a while to find one long enough for two sinks, but we finally found this one on craigslist. It has 3 doors on the front which works well for the sinks and has lots of storage. We switched out the large unframed wall mirror over the sinks for two oval mirrors, and added new Kohler sinks.

Tub: Removed the step, added white raised panel moulding to the sides and travertine tiles on top. We kept our old jacuzzi tub (even through it is gray) because there really was no need to replace it (I just don't use it enough). We added a timer button to the inside of the tub so it's not on the wall next to the sink (what a great idea :).

Lighting: We put in a vintage mini brass and crystal chandelier over the tub (an ebay purchase that we had rewired with old style cloth cording ~ just love the way it looks) and crystal wall sconces over the sinks.

Shower: Replaced the fiberglas shower with travertine tiles, added a corner bench and a wall shelf. We opted not to put in the big clear glass doors for now, plus the dealer told us the doors leak and are not designed to be water tight. They look pretty, but may not be too functional. I found the extra long clear shower curtain on ebay. I purchased the Waverly regular length fabric shower curtain and added the stripe fabric to the bottom to make it the right length and a gold tassle tie-back. I also added red velvet ribbon to attach the curtain to old-style chrome shower rings.

Even though we have brass chandeliers and sconces, we stayed with chrome for the faucets and other accessories. We didn't want to put in anything trendy, and chrome has been around forever, so hopefully, it will still look good ten years from now.  We were lucky to find the Baldwin chrome tissue and towel bars on Overstock.com (I'm still undecided if I want to hang the towel bar).

The antique stool was inherited from my husband's family. I recovered it with a Waverly rose fabric I was able to purchase on ebay.

No more bathroom rugs; just a beautiful wool 8' runner I found at T.J. Maxx. It really makes the room. The colors and design are perfect for the space. (So now I really only have to heat the floor when it's really cold :).

We hired a tile installer, and used a plumber and electrician.

We still plan to add white crown moulding to finish it off.

Thanks for looking at our master bathroom. We love it.
I'd love to see your room makeovers.
Thank you for all of your lovely comments. I read them all. 

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Susan September 23, 2011 at 6:03 PM  

I love this beautiful bathroom make over. The cabinet with the sinks is absolutely gorgeous!

Jacqueline September 23, 2011 at 6:22 PM  

What a pretty bathroom! I do have to say you pink tile is not as bad as having a pink giant tub. I take yours over mine any-day. lol .

Jessica @ Nuchey's Mommy September 24, 2011 at 8:00 AM  

OMG we had the SAME nasty pink tub surround with steps, pink ceramic tile & pink cast iron tub! HELLO ugly:) This post reminds me of our reno we did over the summer getting rid of it!!! I wanted to jump out a window.....this looks great! Absolutely LOVE the finished project :)

All Things Beautiful September 24, 2011 at 12:23 PM  

Oh my. We have that same pink. We have gotten rid of it in one of the bathrooms, but still have the tile surround in the other bathroom. And did I mention my kitchen counters are pink tile too. Ya and I have a lot of counter space. We used to have pink and blue wallpaper to match. Thank goodness we are making improvements. Slowly but surely.

Living Lakeside September 24, 2011 at 5:04 PM  

I love the wall sconces and chandelier! And the vanity too of course! Great job!


LuciRae September 26, 2011 at 3:25 PM  

I have to laugh, that Mauve is the exact color of the trim on my house right now... I am counting down the days until we get to fix it. The house was built in 88 so need I say more!

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