Continuing my series of portfolio pictures of what was accomplished at the 1920’s duplex, one of the major transformations occurred in the bathroom. Everything was white: original hexagonal tile, white shower, white paint and white sink and white tongue and groove plank wood walls. I struggled initially with the emotional decision as to whether I should retain some of the original elements for historical purposes but I decided it was best for rental value, and considering what was there was in bad shape, to go ahead and modernize the space a bit.
Here’s what was done to transform this room: 1) All fixtures and finishes were removed except the medicine cabinet and tile 2) new travertine tile was installed directly over the old tile 3) new toilet, vanity, lighting and fixtures 4) had a plumber help to replace old galvanized pipes in walls and under foundation for new shower 5) installed new step in shower pan, backboard and tile for shower 6) instead of going back with mini-blinds, I used a frosted window film that I found that gives privacy yet lets the natural light shine in uncluttered.
Details: wall paint color-Mushroom Bisque, oil rubbed bronze fixtures by Danze, Medicine cabinet and shower trims painted Espresso brown, shower tile is a combo of blanco tumbled marble and a glass mosaic I found at Lowe’s
First step: DEMO, my favorite!! This was also the stage where I found out that the tongue and groove planks were not original to the home which made me feel a lot better about not saving them!
Taking a hammer to the shower tile-this revealed the wood interior walls behind
Old tub removed…Craigslist is great for having a heavy cast iron tub removed for FREE-recycle!
Old plumbing revealed…some of the old connections literally crumbled in my hands
Sink removed but original medicine cabinet intact
One of my favorite discoveries-the original wallpaper behind the shower tile! To hang wallpaper in the 1920’s, they first tacked cheese cloth to the wood walls with tiny nails and then glued paper to the cheese cloth. I left it all in place behind the new cement backer board.
- New tile going in
New 18″ travertine laid directly over original tile
New vanity, hardware and toilet and sheetrock walls
New doorless, step in shower
Completed fixtures and freshly restored medicine cabinet