Bradbury Atomic Age wallpaper makes these two 1950s pink bathrooms even more luscious

“Moving to this house has given me a personality transplant — I am so much more happy and pleasant to all!” – Br

Pink-and-white-vintage-bathroom-1950spink bathroomsReader Brty says that reading Retro Renovation inspired her family to buy their 1956 house — with not just one, but two lovely pink bathrooms. The moment she first laid eyes on them, Brty says she loved the two pink bathrooms, although the men in the house took a little more convincing. Once the family was fully on board, Brty wasted no time and began spiffing up her two lovely bathrooms up for their next half century of service. And yum! We adore seeing some of our favorite wallpapers — vintage style wallpaper from Bradbury & Bradbury Art Wallpaper’s Atomic Age collection — in these spaces. These wallpapers — with their lovely graphics, colors and metallic sizzle — really make these bathrooms sing.  Oh, and Brty remodeled her worn kitchen, to. Read on for the details on both her bathroom and kitchen updates.


Brty writes:

Hi Pam and Kate,

LOVE YOUR BLOG!! Look at it all the time!!  And Looking at the blog inspired us to buy our 1956 house with not one, but two mint (almost) condition pink bathrooms!! :) Another thing that is cool about it, is in the family room it has a quartz fireplace — at least I think it’s quartz or marble. The only thing that is close to what we have is what Holyoke Cindy has too — I’ve tried to research if that was a thing in the 50s, but haven’t come up with anything besides that photo on your site.

retro-pink-and-grey-bathroom-with-bradbury-wallpaperI love my house, and we have been able to really do what we want with my husband and son’s input. I have convinced them both that we are not TOUCHING the pink bathrooms; and they have come around.  My son has his Home-Depotified bathroom downstairs in the teenager zone, so he’s happy enough with that.  Moving to this house has given me a personality transplant — I am so much more happy and pleasant to all! [Pam interjects: HECK, I’m so much more happy RIGHT NOW just looking at these bathrooms! We understand!]

vintage-pink-tub-and-tile-floorIgeegee wallpaper bradbury & bradbury‘ve attached a few photos of the bathrooms.

Fyi– only needed to do a few things to fix them up inspired by your site: Bradbury&Bradbury wallpaper, replacement Crane faucet knobs from Deabath, and “satellite” pulls from Rejuvenation.

The master bathroom is the pink and gray one with all Crane fixtures, the half is American Standard with pink tile and green sink. Irreplaceable linen pattern Formica in the master and a hudee ring!

Pink-and-white-vintage-bathroom-1950sgoogie wallpaper Bradbury & BradburyOne day I will focus on finding a matching green vintage toilet for the half-bath, but the current Home Depot model is new, so I hate to just toss something perfectly usable. There is a matching full pink tub in the master as well, and shower is all pink tile inside.



Kitchen before remodel.

On another note, I also have been meaning to write to you because I have lurked on the blog for a long time, and really used it to put together my spanky new kitchen renovation. My style is not kitschy or DYI (although I admire those who are!), but more modern inspired — we have a fair amount of mid-century furniture — authentic and re-issues.  And the vintage kitchen here was so sad– really chopped up and painted over, with holes in the walls and icky Pergo floor. Just not restoreable at all. So, I dumped the whole thing — including the soffits, sorry! and redid with Ikea cabinets, Marmoleum floors, and backsplash tile from Modwalls (I think I originally found them from Atomic Ranch, but I see they advertise with you now too).

ikea-modern-kitchen-remodelmodern-ikea-kitchen-remodelAlmost all the research and inspiration came from specific stories from your site. The last photo is one view of the finished kitchen, with groovy Jonathan Adler pendant — I love his stuff.  So you and your blog were invaluable to me and I wanted to tell you that I thank you very much!!

Take care, and thanks so much for writing,


Brty, the amount of jealousy that I have for your two gorgeous pink bathrooms is unreal — I’m so glad that your son and husband have agreed that the pink is here to stay. I’m also loving the Bradbury & Bradbury wallpaper that you chose — it helps balance the old and new wonderfully. Your remodeled kitchen is also very nicely done — especially your use of bold color in the orange Jonathan Adler pendant light. Congrats on a job well done, and thanks for sharing with all of us in the Retro Renovation community.

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  1. lynda says

    Wonderful job! Amazing that those old baths were built well enough to “live” over 50 years. Kitchen is just right too. What fun for you and your family.

  2. MikeD says

    Great bathrooms and nice work on the kitchen!

    Just a wee bit jealous as I did not have near the originality in our two pink bathrooms to preserve

    We too did a new modern kitchen with a twist or retro, they can really work well in mid century homes.

    What floor is that in the kitchen?

    • Brty says

      Mike D,
      The kitchen floor is forbo marmoleum “African desert”.
      There are so many beautiful colors to choose from.

  3. Janet in CT says

    Beautiful job! Love the pink bathrooms, and I have always loved the big landscape mirrors and the way that they tiled around them. Just dreamy!

    • Kelly Wittenauer says

      “Landscape mirrors” – never heard that term before, but wonderful description. Big fan of them myself. They are so much more functional for a family with people of different heights, than those dinky things with the big clunky frames that are in so many newer homes.

  4. Jeanne says

    Love both of those bathrooms! They look like they are in pristine shape. I’m regretting my wallpaper choice in my gray bathroom now and wished I used Googieland. But I did use that Gee Gee in gray in my foyer and love it! Did you have someone install the Marmoleum for you or did you do it yourself?

  5. Robin, NV says

    Brty – are the floors in the grey bathroom original? Love them! Is the tub in the other bathroom green to match the sink?

    Everything looks so beautiful. I’m on the verge of my own remodels and it’s so inspiring to see your work. My kitchen will be a mix of old and new but love yours. Orange floors! Yay!!

    • Katie says

      The floating shelves look like ones that are sold at IKEA. If you’re doing a kitchen remodel on a budget, IKEA is a really good place to find cabinets and hardware that, while not ‘perfectly period’, have a clean, modern look that goes well with mid-century kitchens.

  6. Janice says

    Wow! What a lucky, lucky girl you are to have found such beautiful bathrooms in such fabulous shape! I wish I would have had at least one bathroom like that when I bought my house 5 years ago, but previous owners stripped both of them of all personality. I just can’t stop staring at them with envy!! Your kitchen is beautiful as well!

  7. RangerSmith says

    What a great job you’ve done Brty on the bathrooms and kitchen. Excellent (and somewhat courageous) choice on the kitchen flooring. Is it the the sheets or squares? I had Marmoleum sheets installed and am very happy. Although they don’t recommend applying wax, I did and really like it with the shine. You’re right, they’ve got so many to choose from. Good job!

  8. says

    Marmoleum floor. Hmm. Something new to investigate. Planning a kitchen remodel and don’t want to drag wood into it but now loving the Home Depot tile from ten years ago. Loved this post and this house. Nice job blending mid-century with today. Awesome!

    • says

      Also. I need to know what kind of counter top. Is it Caesarstone? I love it also. This kitchen has given me a lot to think about. We are working on design for kitchen remodel and this really resonates with me. Not overly modern or period or cutesy or Pottery Barn or Home Depot. Perfect. Frankly, I could use a few more pictures. :)

      • Robin, NV says

        Sounds like we’re trying to do the same things in our kitchen. I think I’ve finally come up with the right balance of period and modern – pale yellow countertops and white subway tile on the backsplash to give it a current appeal but still retain the retro-ness. The floors and the soffets are going to be really fun – VCT on the floors in a bright green and wallpaper on the soffets in a retro-inspired yellow and green plaid. I think it will be bright and cheery with loads of appeal even if for those who aren’t into the retro thing.

        • pam kueber says

          Sounds fabulous! Be sure to take lots of before, during and after photos so’s we can feature you on the blog!

          • Robin, NV says

            Will do! My inspiration comes from some of the features already in my house. I figure since the former owner lived in the house for 47 years, he knew what worked and what didn’t. I find oddball remnants of old flooring and countertops here and there (used as drawer and cabinet liners throughout the house) so I’m trying to find close approximations for my remodel.

            My house is kind of like a little archive of decorating choices from the 60s and 70s. I’ll have to go around and take pictures of the linoleum, Formica, and tile samples that are squirreled away in closets and drawers.

            • Zoe says

              Did you do pale yellow Formica counters? Self-edge, or metal trim? I’m still sorting out what to do to refresh my 1940s kitchen — everyone is trying to talk me into Caesarstone, but they don’t make many retro colors. (I’d totally buy a chartreuse or a turquoise — or pale yellow — Caesarstone counter if they made them, but they don’t.)

              • Robin, NV says

                I haven’t done anything yet – still very much in the planning stages. Nevamar has a nice light yellow called California. I’m pretty sure I’ve settled on that one but I’ve also ordered some linen look laminate samples from Pionite. I’ve been going back and forth about metal trim. Not sure if it’s authentic to my 1962 home and my husband doesn’t want the kitchen to look like a diner.

  9. says

    Gorgeous!! I am particularly in love with the grey and pink bathroom. So beautiful and great choice of wallpaper for both baths. The Modtile looks fabulous, too, making the new kitchen fit right in … and your pup is perfectly adorable on that Marmoleum floor. Also love that credenza (?) in the kitchen corner. Thank you for sharing!

  10. Brty says

    Hi everyone and thanks so much for the compliments. I’m out of town so fumbling w my iPhone here… Will try to answer all questions.
    Pink bathroom floors (both) are original, we were so lucky. Only one pink tub, the green bathroom is a powder room.

    For the kitchen the marmoleum is a sheet and no way did we I install it ourselves!! Countertops are caesarstone–good guess, and I’m really liking the look and the maintenance. Those floating shelves are actually called Rakks, I think that’s the company name–google it. The credenza I really love–it’s reclaimed wood piece done by a nice guy named Jamie who has an etsy store called modern arks. Check him out! I thought of trying to find a vintage buffet, but they seemed to living-room-y; this was more eclectic w mod touch that you can see I like! And my pup Dylan does like to supervise.

  11. JKM says

    The bathrooms don’t look like they’ve ever been used! My favorite is the gray one but both are calming and gorgeous. Wow!

  12. Diane in CO says

    Brty, your home is absolutely lovely! I love that vintage; it’s no wonder its ambiance has affected your mood and happiness. Our surroundings do matter! Great house!

  13. Zoe says

    I am holding out for a mid-century modest ranch with original bathroom fixtures (and an un-updated kitchen)!!! There has to be one out there somewhere… right?

    • Mary Elizabeth says

      Well, don’t you give up! After about one year of serious looking, we found a house with both those things. My husband says, though, that we had to tour a lot of toad houses before we found our palace. What’s funny is that the seller’s friends and real estate agent kept telling her, “You have to pull out that pink and gray bathroom and knotty pine kitchen and replace everything, or you’ll never sell this house.” Next thing you know, she had two offers as is!

  14. says

    Oh those pink bathrooms are just *gor-jus*!!! I love them both!!! How fortunate to have both of them be quite pristine! Your kitchen looks wonderful, too. Would love to see photos of your other rooms! :)

  15. says

    Wow, what delightful bathrooms! And it is no wonder, really, that you are so much happier in the house. I think that these homes, built in the optimistic postwar years, were infused with the upbeat spirit of those building them. Congrats on a beautiful home!

  16. Michael says

    Just hopping on the Love Train for these bathrooms! It’s nice to see that quality materials and quality workmanship and timeless design can last 50+ years.

    They’re gleaming and fabulous!

  17. Brenda Reamy says

    Where was this article last week??!! lol I have two original 1959 bathrooms. They both have pink-ish/peach-ish fixtures. One has grey tile and the other has the mint green (the reverse of yours) I have been in a quandary since I moved in last month as to what to do with the hideous wallpaper that was there (one had zebra wallpaper and the other looked like a library with books on shelves! lol). The wallpaper is now gone and I have decided to have them painted. The green tile bath will get a lighter shade of green and the grey tile bath a lighter shade of grey. I know…BORING! But I will pick up the pink color with wall decor, etc.
    ~ Brenda ~

  18. Mary Elizabeth says


    Your gray and pink bathroom reminds me so much of the color scheme in my 1959 ranch bath. However, mine is plastic! The builder-owner was enthralled with then cutting-edge building materials, such as plastic tile and latex paint. But your photos give me an idea of how I am going to redo the bath with ceramic tile. Thanks so much for sharing!

    I have to say that I think your IKEA cabinets fit very well with how the kitchen might have looked in a 1960s renovation, because they are very Swedish modern, which is what everyone aspired to in the ’60s. Also, I like your choice of wall tile in the kitchen. As you redo your home, look at some of their lighting fixtures and shelving units as well.

  19. Linda says

    The colors! Brought me right back to my parents 1954 NJ split level. Pink and green tile. The pink bathtub. I guess owners of the saved pink bathrooms actually live in the 21st century. Most of the “period” bathrooms and kitchens are “up-scaled” to a romanticized sleekness that those who didn’t live through the 50’s imagine its style to be. Kitsch is a necessary element for authenticity. Authentic 50’s bathroom and kitchen decor was oblivious to the concept of design purity.

  20. JanetCinNC says

    Brty, I love your bathrooms. I’m so jealous of the beautiful color schemes; both my 1963 bathrooms are all white. And my red shiba inu, Teddy, says hello to your redheaded black-and-tan shiba who’s looking so cute in your kitchen!

  21. Jill in Nashville TN says

    I would like to enlarge and frame your Pink-Ometer Pink Bathrooms Saved pic. Are there any restrictions to doing that, and if so, let’s talk. I would like to work something out with you. If not, how do I get one that I can enlarge where it doesn’t get fuzzy.

    I am in the processing of “saving a pink bathroom” and want to put up a Pink-Ometer pickture so that potential home buyers don’t ask me “what are you going to do with the pink bathroom” and so they know I purposely didn’t demo it.

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