Retro Renovation https://retrorenovation.com Remodeling, decor and home improvement for mid century and vintage homes Tue, 19 Jun 2018 20:31:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 13452703 Lynn’s pink poodle bathroom — including genius use of wallpaper fragments https://retrorenovation.com/2018/06/19/lynns-pink-poodle-bathroom-including-genius-use-of-wallpaper-fragments/ https://retrorenovation.com/2018/06/19/lynns-pink-poodle-bathroom-including-genius-use-of-wallpaper-fragments/#comments Tue, 19 Jun 2018 11:56:36 +0000 https://retrorenovation.com/?p=530566 Lynn wanted a midcentury home, but her destiny was a new build. She still wanted a Mamie pink bathroom — so she made one of her own from scratch — with sassy pink poodles as her muse. And: I think her design idea for making use of precious wallpaper fragments is genius! Lynn writes: Hi […]

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Lynn wanted a midcentury home, but her destiny was a new build. She still wanted a Mamie pink bathroom — so she made one of her own from scratch — with sassy pink poodles as her muse. And: I think her design idea for making use of precious wallpaper fragments is genius!

Lynn writes:

Hi Pam,

I would love to let you show my bathroom. I have been following you for 5 or 6 years. And you inspired me to midcenturyize our new-build home. I got so much help from your blog; I don’t think I could have done it without you!

I wanted a mid century home but we ended up buying a new build that looks like a turn of the century Florida home. I did not want to give up my mid century furniture so we decided it could be an old home in the 60’s that would have been updated over time.

I used your website to find tile, cabinet hardware, lighting, pink toilet and sink, and so many 0ther things. I spent months online looking for sources and ordering things. As a result, I have my pink poodle half bath and a blue Big Chill kitchen. Some rooms are a work in progress. Next I need to get rid of much of the off white paint and add more mid century color.

I forgot about the wall paper panels. I found the vintage poodle paper but there was not enough to do anything with 10-ft. high ceilings, so I put it in panels on each wall. 

Thank you for your interest in my pink bathroom. It is a very happy room!

Thank you, Lynn! This makes me so very happy!

How to get the look: 

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Yes — or no — to the wicker headboard — on the ceiling ? https://retrorenovation.com/2018/06/18/yes-or-no-to-the-wicker-headboard-on-the-ceiling/ https://retrorenovation.com/2018/06/18/yes-or-no-to-the-wicker-headboard-on-the-ceiling/#comments Mon, 18 Jun 2018 13:07:52 +0000 https://retrorenovation.com/?p=526373 “Before”: A vintage wicker headboard, spotted at the Restore. I had an idea for it, for my tiki bar… “After”: Repainted and turned into a canopy for my three Witco ladies. The effect is not final… there will be lots more handing down from my ceilings over time… But what do you think? The idea […]

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“Before”: A vintage wicker headboard, spotted at the Restore. I had an idea for it, for my tiki bar…

“After”: Repainted and turned into a canopy for my three Witco ladies.

The effect is not final… there will be lots more handing down from my ceilings over time… But what do you think?

The idea was to make these lovelies more of a focal point, all the more go given they are sitting in a dead spot behind the sectional. 

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Photo courtesy of Everett Short Photography.

Above: My attention to wicker headboards was reignited a few years ago, when I featured this bedroom designed by Ben Sander. DREAMY!

I repainted my Restore find ($25) up with brown spray paint immediately hit with hammered copper spray paint, and once dry, then some English Chestnut stain. I wanted some color dimension up there.

To hang it, I first tried with the legs. But that looked … even more like a headboard. So I hacksawed off the legs then hit the wicker with some hot glue so it wouldn’t unravel. To hang it, I put cup holder hardware in the ceiling then wired the the thing up there with floral wire; it’s really quite lightweight. I’m thinking I also may stuff some twinkle lights up there.

I know that 1970s Victorian-revival wicker headboards are not tiki. But, I’m all about mashing it all up, especially when Restore finds present themselves.

Finishing all the details in the Mahalo Lounge is goin’ slowwwwwwww. And now it’s summer. Gulp.

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When you buy a 1959 house from the original owner — original building materials still in the basement https://retrorenovation.com/2018/06/13/when-you-buy-a-1959-house-from-the-original-owner-original-building-materials-still-in-the-basement/ https://retrorenovation.com/2018/06/13/when-you-buy-a-1959-house-from-the-original-owner-original-building-materials-still-in-the-basement/#comments Wed, 13 Jun 2018 12:51:02 +0000 https://retrorenovation.com/?p=504235 59 years after the house was built… and you buy it from the original owner… and he was a plumber… and his brother was a tile-setter… and they built the house: Of course there are still boxes of the original bathroom tile down in the basement, you discover after you move in. That’s Carolyn’s story. […]

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59 years after the house was built… and you buy it from the original owner… and he was a plumber… and his brother was a tile-setter… and they built the house: Of course there are still boxes of the original bathroom tile down in the basement, you discover after you move in. That’s Carolyn’s story. I’m having a good time with it.

When Carolyn first contacted me a while back, she was still in the process of buying the house, and was already researching — wanting to know — where she might find spare floor tile in case she needed to swap out the original toilet and was left with a gap. Then, after she moved in, she discovered: The 59-year-old leftovers still in the basement. 

She wrote:

I definitely will order the toilet next week. I’ve been so incredibly lucky that I don’t want to push it too far. Because guess what? I found about 4sq feet of the pink and grey bathroom floor hidden under some dusty boxes. In fact, I now have a handful of replacements for most of the tile in my house (see some random samples attached.) 

Good thing she found those pink floor tiles, because “Keystone Ridgeway Company” — doesn’t sound very common. I see they were based in Gettsyburg, Pa. Hey, I wonder if Mamie used them in her Gettysburg bathrooms!

The blue tiles in the first photo, though: Those might be able to be found. Mosaic Tile Co. was big.

Carolyn’s wall tile is American Olean. Also a major maker, back then, and now. Hoorah for you, Carolyn!

 

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