Retro Renovation https://retrorenovation.com Remodeling, decor and home improvement for mid century and vintage homes Wed, 24 Jan 2018 00:45:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.2 13452703 Jamie’s custom-design Daltile mosaic bathroom floor — and Hall-Mack Relaxation Unit and recessed scale, too! https://retrorenovation.com/2018/01/23/daltile-mosaic-floor-hallmack-relaxation-unit/ https://retrorenovation.com/2018/01/23/daltile-mosaic-floor-hallmack-relaxation-unit/#comments Tue, 23 Jan 2018 09:30:26 +0000 https://retrorenovation.com/?p=183508 It’s so great that readers are still able to design their own mosaic tile patterns and colors using Daltile’s Mosaic Pattern Designer. I keep thinking, one day this will just be gone, but it’s still there. I chased after Jamie when I saw her comment in this story on the blog. In her comment, she […]

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It’s so great that readers are still able to design their own mosaic tile patterns and colors using Daltile’s Mosaic Pattern Designer. I keep thinking, one day this will just be gone, but it’s still there. I chased after Jamie when I saw her comment in this story on the blog.

In her comment, she wrote:

Lauren’s bathroom makeover story and “3 ideas for Angela’s aqua bathroom design” were how I learned about Daltile’s pattern designer, and I pretty much copied those almost exactly in 2 of my bathrooms. And yes, the store where I ordered from was like “huh, I didn’t know we could even do this!”, but they were awesome and my floors came out perfect (even if they did try to talk me out of blue tiles because “no one wants blue anymore, think of the resale value!”).

One of the original residents of my home recently stopped by when she was in town for her 50th high school reunion, and it took her a minute to realize that the floors were brand new, not the original floors she remembered from her childhood. And now she’s been texting me pictures of the house from when she was a kid so I can see what it all looked like in the 50s and 60s.

So we connected via email, and I asked Jamie if she could send photos. Howdy hudee, there was some more deliciousness in that bathroom that she had forgotten to mention! 

hall mack recessed bathroom scaleJamie wrote:

I don’t have any vintage photos of the bathroom, sorry.  When we moved in, the floor was shaggy, gross carpet over some badly worn vinyl tile, and there was 80s wallpaper.  The sub-floor was in bad shape, due to the shower having a leaky sliding glass door.  There was a non-functioning low, oblong gray toilet in this bathroom, looked like it was probably from late 60s-early 70s.  We removed it immediately and then it took me almost 2 years to track down a blue replacement to closely match the blue tub.  Finally found it on Craigslist 80 miles away, NOS, sitting in a guy’s basement for 30 years for a half bath project that he never got around to doing.

The floor is newer Daltile, I swiped the pattern & color combo directly from one of your stories.  The joists needed to be reinforced and subfloor entirely replaced due to the leaky shower door/old toilet problems. I think the Pepper White rectangles have since been discontinued. I remember it being an issue when we ordered, but they had just enough left for our square footage.

hall mack relaxation unit

The Hall-Mack built-in scale and “Relaxation Unit” were installed by the previous owners when they did the bathroom renovation sometime in the early 60s – house was built in 1950 and the original footprint of the bathroom was much smaller.  

Our tile installer had the idea of doing the blue cove base border around the scale and it’s the perfect touch.  And the Relaxation Unit is perfect to hold books for potty training the toddler.  We have other Hall-Mack built-ins in several other rooms too.  They must have gone through the catalog and picked stuff to put everywhere.

Frankie the Boston Terrier photobombed me at every angle.

Thank you for sharing, Jamie! The tile, the toilet… the whole bathroom — and all of you — look fabulous! What a happy bathroom and I bet, a happy home! 

P.S. This made me laugh, it’s just SO “things that Retro Renovators say”:

…We removed it immediately and then it took me almost 2 years to track down a blue replacement to closely match the blue tub.  Finally found it on Craigslist 80 miles away, NOS, sitting in a guy’s basement for 30 years for a half bath project that he never got around to doing.

Tee hee.

  • This link should get you to all my stories about Daltile’s Mosaic Design Tool aka Pattern Designer
  • And, this link for recessed Hall-Mack bathroom products — Relaxation Unit, bathroom scale, and more.

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Pink Gracelyn sink with the hard-to-find vanity take center stage in Amy’s bathroom https://retrorenovation.com/2018/01/22/vintage-gracelyn-bathroom-sink-vanity-american-standard/ https://retrorenovation.com/2018/01/22/vintage-gracelyn-bathroom-sink-vanity-american-standard/#comments Mon, 22 Jan 2018 09:30:43 +0000 https://retrorenovation.com/?p=183058 A house with a Naughty Pine err Pecky Cedar Lounge downstairs surely has a pink bathroom upstairs, wouldn’t you think? Yes, Amy of newfound Polkaholic fame also sent photos of her delicious pink and gray bathroom, complete with the highly sought-after American Standard Gracelyn sink with super-hard-to-find original vanity. Amy writes: Hi Pam, got it […]

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A house with a Naughty Pine err Pecky Cedar Lounge downstairs surely has a pink bathroom upstairs, wouldn’t you think? Yes, Amy of newfound Polkaholic fame also sent photos of her delicious pink and gray bathroom, complete with the highly sought-after American Standard Gracelyn sink with super-hard-to-find original vanity.

Amy writes:

Hi Pam, got it together to take pix of the bathroom today – hope you like it! Here’s some info:

I bought a 1916 bungalow in 2011 from the estate of the family who had been living there since 1947 – I was only the 4th owner.

I fell in love with the house immediately – it’s a funny mix of original 1916 details (mostly original moulding, windows, doors, and door hardware) mixed with 50s updates – some glass block windows, atomic light fixtures, a knotty pine basement with wet bar, and this amazing time capsule bathroom with American Standard Venetian Pink toilet, “Gracelyn Cabinet-Lavatory,” Contour Bathtub, and Heritage faucets.

1962 American Standard Gracelyn sink with original vanity. From the MBJ Collection/Building Techology Heritage Library.

The cabinet is missing the rows on thin trim on the front, but is in otherwise remarkably great shape.

The tile walls and floor are also original – I had to retile the two walls near the tub this year since they were crumbling, but was able to match the tile almost identically.

The bathroom also has the original chrome medicine cabinet with adjustable side mirrors and an amazing light fixture with 180 individual glass prisms (no fun to clean!). 

The homeowner even saved the extra prisms for the light in a little box in the basement.

I tried to keep the bathroom as true to the original as possible. When I first moved in it had metallic floral wallpaper on the walls and ceiling with a ceiling fan (never saw a ceiling fan in bathroom before!) – it was a little claustrophobic, so I removed the wallpaper, painted the walls dark grey to match one of the shades in the floor tile, and replaced the ceiling fan with a light fixture that picked up the chrome accents.

I know most of the other people who looked at this house probably wanted to rip out this bathroom right away, but it was one of the things I loved most about this quirky house.

Amy, photo courtesy Christopher Andrew of StopTime

Thank you for sharing your bathroom, Amy — it’s scrumptious and soooooo nice to know another one like this was saved.
 
Perhaps it may get me to finally get my Gracelyn into my bathroom. It’s been sitting in the garage nigh-on 10 years sans vanity. I got as far as getting Shaun go come take a look and write up a bid make me one. I even hoarded some vintage legs before World of Tile went out of business. So now, project is back on my radar. But ack, now, and don’t tell anyone: Today I’m heading out to pick up a vintage Kitchenaid dishwasher to swap with our new one that never worked very well. Two hours out, hoist it into the back of the Escape, two hours back including a short stop at Donut Dip, and then, calling the plumber and finding a steel cutter. It never ends.

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Such great stuff! Shopping at the Berkshires Habitat ReStore in Pittsfield — 45 photos https://retrorenovation.com/2018/01/19/great-stuff-shopping-berkshires-habitat-restore-pittsfield-45-photos/ https://retrorenovation.com/2018/01/19/great-stuff-shopping-berkshires-habitat-restore-pittsfield-45-photos/#comments Fri, 19 Jan 2018 19:01:56 +0000 https://retrorenovation.com/?p=183789 Proving yet again that I have an awesome ReStore Habitat for Humanity store in the next town over, Pittsfield, Mass., I went to prowl around and found it chock ablock with interesting stuff. Come shopping with me! 45 photos! Above: Beautiful detail from a big wood wall unit, notice the gilded inside back! The whole […]

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Proving yet again that I have an awesome ReStore Habitat for Humanity store in the next town over, Pittsfield, Mass., I went to prowl around and found it chock ablock with interesting stuff. Come shopping with me! 45 photos! Above: Beautiful detail from a big wood wall unit, notice the gilded inside back!

The whole unit. Remember the time I turned the top portion of one of these(ish) into a tiki bar — just $10 ?

Above: Jens Risom desk. A bit chippy. Already sold.

Above: A real hunka hunka industrial sewing machine from the longtime, now defunct Waverly fabric outlet in Adams. I had three sets of basement pinch pleats made there in the mid-00’s. Hey, maybe this was the machine that sewed them!

Nice wall to wall carpeting, bigggg pieces.

I already have two wagon wheel lights.

Longggggg coffee table. Like, 10′ long!

I love these old step-back cupboards!

The styling — 60s Provincial, I guess — of this pair of side tables is not my cup o’ tea, but I took a photo anyway to say: The basic design idea is soooo functional.

Long shot.

Now you see it…

Now you don’t!

Hmm.

One of my favorite spottings of the day — they reminded me of those Dutch lights I featured the other day. These are all Lightolier, and lighting was half off that day. So: $2.50 each. 

Colonial hobnail lighting, me likey.

Oooooh, even more! That red toleware shade!

Buhahahaah, this is one of those swag lights from the 70s (I think) that took a WHOLE big lampshade.

Above: This is the only thing I bought. Nautical. For the Mahalo Lounge. I’ll probably just put an electric candle in it and position it somewhere for mood lighting. Oh. Guess what? My wallpaperer finally came up for air. She’s going to finish my ceiling — maybe next week! Woot! The project may get done after all!

Goodness, these are everywhere in old houses in Pittsfield. They are so sweet, and generally suit the architecture perfectly. There were four or six of these sconces. I don’t want to think about what replaced them. 

I love mill finish aluminum.

The graphics!

Real copper finials on these andirons, do ya think?

Howdy hudee.

Old (I’m pretty sure) wire shelf. I was really tempted. But I stopped. Do. Not. Need. More. Stuff. To. Hold. My. Stuff.

Hunka hunka bathroom sink.

Blue lowboy.

Windows!

And more windows!

And more windows. Again. Wow. Combo storms and screens on the outside, make sure they were in there insulated and tight. And they would probably have lasted another 70 years. 

Vintage exercise machine.

Lots and lots of beds.

Even green painted ones!

Bittersweet orange laminate. So gorgeous.

Orange painted steel or cast iron somethings. 

From the black forest. This photo is out of order. How did it get here?

This was $100, that’s a good price for an Anderson window, I think.

Space heaters scare me because I’m always reading about how one just caused a house fire.

But the graphics are rockin’.

Oil can.

These musta come from the house with the windows and the sconces, don’t you think? 

Time to pay up! Yes, even the cash register was for sale!

Cheap fun!

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