Retro Renovation http://retrorenovation.com Remodeling, decor and home improvement for mid century and vintage homes Sat, 01 Aug 2015 13:32:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.3 99 ideas to decorate a pink bathroom: Complete slide show http://retrorenovation.com/2015/07/31/99-ideas-decorate-pink-bathroom/ http://retrorenovation.com/2015/07/31/99-ideas-decorate-pink-bathroom/#comments Fri, 31 Jul 2015 08:30:08 +0000 http://retrorenovation.com/?p=123380 About a month ago, I got another *brilliant* idea — ummm, one that meant an *epic* amount of eye-crossing work for Katiedoodle, of course! Yes, super thanks to SuperKate for doing a massive amount of research — then an equally massive amount of clipping and pasting — to create our 99 ideas to decorate a pink bathroom.  […]

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99-ideas-pink-bathroom-FB-graphic (1)About a month ago, I got another *brilliant* idea — ummm, one that meant an *epic* amount of eye-crossing work for Katiedoodle, of course! Yes, super thanks to SuperKate for doing a massive amount of research — then an equally massive amount of clipping and pasting — to create our 99 ideas to decorate a pink bathroom. 

Thanks also to the readers who contributed mood boards! We actually have one more to mock up — we’ll hit #100!

Why did we do this project? We are constantly getting questions about how to decorate pink bathrooms — which I believe were the most popular colorway for American bathrooms throughout the 1950s and into the early 1960s.

In addition: The basic techniques we used to make all these design boards apply to decorating a vintage bathroom with virtually any color tile on the wall. In a nut: Find a patterned shower curtain or wallpaper with that color tile; the pattern will include a variety of other coordinating colors — bring those colors into the rest of the room. Edit carefully; keep the palette within a relatively narrow range, and you likely will have success.

One of our other key learnings from this marathon: Pulling this impressive number of pink bathroom decor ideas together shows just how versatile they really are — hey, pink is a neutral color!

To see our complete series of stories with product links for all 99 ideas to decorate a pink bathroom, click here

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Ideas to decorate a pink bathroom — using classic kitsch designs http://retrorenovation.com/2015/07/30/pink-bathroom-kitsch-design/ http://retrorenovation.com/2015/07/30/pink-bathroom-kitsch-design/#comments Thu, 30 Jul 2015 08:30:39 +0000 http://retrorenovation.com/?p=123508 For our last story counting up to 99 ideas to decorate a pink bathroom, we looked for classic kitschy wall decor to use as our design inspiration. How’s about a bathroom designed around: Miller Studios chalkware fish, mermaids, poodles and swans… Sexton black cats… Turner flamingos… Cleminson wall pockets… Turner prints… and album art. Plus, we give you five easy […]

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vintage pink bathroom ideasFor our last story counting up to 99 ideas to decorate a pink bathroom, we looked for classic kitschy wall decor to use as our design inspiration. How’s about a bathroom designed around: Miller Studios chalkware fish, mermaids, poodles and swans… Sexton black cats… Turner flamingos… Cleminson wall pockets… Turner prints… and album art. Plus, we give you five easy tips to decorate your bathroom with these kitschy collectibles. Let the fun begin! 

Tips for using kitschy vintage collectibles to create a theme bathroom:

  • Keep the collection small — Vintage bathrooms, especially those with wall tile that covers most of the bottom half of the room, likely don’t have tons of wall space to begin with. Keeping the collection small with space around it allows the objects to stand out and feel special without feeling cluttered. Less collection also means less cleaning and dusting in these humid, sticky spaces.
  • Choose pieces that coordinate with your tile color — Try to pick pieces that have the same color as some of your bathroom wall tile — trim, wall or both. Alternately, you can choose colors that are complementary — like pink (red) and green — or analogous colors, meaning they are neighbors on the color wheel: think green, blue green, blue. Keeping the color wheel in mind will help your choices make sense with the decor.
  • Pick a theme — You might love every kitschy piece of wall art from poodles to flamingos, but that doesn’t mean they all need to coexist in one small bathroom. Choosing just one theme for your space may help it feel more like an intentionally decorated space and less like a flea market.
  • Choose pieces that are the right scale — You may have an amazing set of large wall plaques that coordinate well with your bathroom. But if, the only wall space to display them is only slightly larger than the plaques themselves, the room could feel claustrophobic. (The “white space” around art matters importantly, too.) The same thing is true if you have a large wall with only one or two small chalkware pieces hung on it (which could make them them look dinky… forlorn.) Hmmmm… How about, try to be like Goldilocks — and aim for the middle ground.
  • Group collections in odd numbers — You’ve heard this one before, and it is true: Collections grouped in odd numbers are more visually appealing. Pam read something that explained it this way: Our brain naturally seeks to group things in pairs; if there is a “third” (e.g. wheel) (or fifth, etc.), our brain notices the oddness — and sees it as ‘interest’ as ‘dynamism.’ Aim for hanging a school of three-to-five whatnots, and it may look much more pleasing than two or four would.

Of course, now that you know our “rules,” bend them to your (he)art’s content — throw ’em right out, if ya want!

vintage chalkwareMiller Studios chalkware wall art

There are so many different varieties of vintage chalkware and ceramic kitschy wall decor available that everyone should be able to find a few pieces that appeal to them. To narrow down the pool for my pink bathroom mood boards, I gathered a dozen different sets that I found on Etsy — all of which would easily fit into a vintage bathroom. Note: Miller Studios is the most well-known brand — but there were others. The sellers of the vintage pretties shown above:

  1. Miller Studios chalkware fish and bubble from Etsy seller BroadStVintage
  2. White, black and mint green Miller Studios fish and seashells from Etsy seller AttysVintage
  3. Seahorse and starfish chalkware from Etsy seller HotTrampVintage
  4. Pink Miller Studios fish and bubbles from Etsy seller  VidaVintage9
  5. Pair of midcentury chalkware fish from Etsy seller 33rdStreetRevisited
  6. White chalkware French poodles from Etsy seller OurLeftovers
  7. Blue plaster chalkware wall fish from Etsy seller UrbanAlpaca
  8. Chalkware poodles in pink and blue from Etsy seller CleaninHouse
  9. Lefton mermaid on starfish from Etsy seller MoreThanIDeserve
  10. Vintage Lefton mermaids from Etsy seller ColorMeNew
  11. Black chalkware French poodles by Etsy seller WhimsicalRevival
  12. Miller black white and blue swan chalkware plaques from Etsy seller HeartRetro

From that selection, I chose a few of my favorites and paired them with shower curtains, wallpaper, paint and towels to create three mood boards.

Note, these bathroom design boards all start with pink field tile from B&W… bullnose tile from B&W or a mainstream source like Daltile… and a Bahama Pink toilet from Gerber or a white Kohler Classic Wellworth toilet. For the towels, unless otherwise mentioned, I shopped the large variety of colors available at The Company Store.

green fish mermaid bathroom

Let’s go for a swim: It’s easy to add some kitsch to this pink and green vintage bathroom with some color coordinating vintage chalkware like this shells and fish set from Etsy seller AttysVintage and this pair of Vintage Lefton mermaids from Etsy seller ColorMeNew. The addition of a fun nautical print shower curtain from ModCloth plus mint green and pink towels all set against a pale mint green wall color makes this bathroom feel like an undersea adventure.

vintage pink and blue bathroomSwimming with swans: A dramatic Art Deco swan shower curtain from Cafe Press sets the stage for this swan-themed bathroom. The addition of high contrast, black oval swan chalkware plaques from Etsy seller HeartRetro repeats the theme while a coordinating light green wall color and black and blue towels finish off the look.

vintage pink poodles bathroom

Pretty Parisian poodles: Take a trip to Paris without the long plane ride with this C’est Magnifique Wallpaper from Anthropology, which sets an interesting but not too overpowering backdrop to display your favorite kitschy poodles — this pair of White chalkware French poodles from Etsy seller OurLeftovers and a coordinating pink poodle plaque from Etsy seller CleaninHouseThis Paris themed shower curtain from Macys and pink and white towels top off the look.

Vintage wall plaques like Sexton cats

pink and black vintage bathroomThe cat’s meow: If you’re more of a cat person than a dog person, why not use some vintage Sexton black cat wall plaques like this set from Etsy seller Philmart to decorate your bathroom? Paired with this purrrfectly coordinating sleeping cat bath mat and a black and white cat shower curtain from Society 6 along with a pale pink wall color and black towels, this kitty cat bathroom is sure to have nine lives.

Flamingos — including Turner Flamingo mirrors

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Lilly Pulitzer flamingo: This design was inspired by Diane’s pink bathroom — starting with a super bright Lilly Pulitzer Sister Florals shower curtain from Garnet Hill matched with some vintage flamingo themed goodies: a Turner Flamingo mirror from Etsy seller MilkMarket plus a double flamingo vase from Etsy seller VintageBakelite4U and a vintage porcelain flamingo from Etsy seller WeSeaTree perched atop a vintage rattan and bamboo wall shelf from Etsy seller GlitteringDragonfly. Finish off the room with a limey green wall color and hot pink and turquoise towels and you have a bright and beautiful kitschy flamingo filled vintage bathroom — how fun!

 

Album art

vintage pink and grey bathroomThe Beatles: For this themed bathroom, I was inspired by Jill’s 1962 Beatles bathroom. Hers is grey, but why couldn’t we do the same thing with a pink and grey bathroom? All you need is love a small collection of vintage Beatles album covers (Something New, Magical Mystery Tour, and Yesterday and Today from Etsy seller TheVinylFrontier and Revolver from Etsy seller WellPlayedVinyl) displayed in record frames — see our story 23 ways to frame your record album covers — a Beatles shower curtain, a coordinating shade of dusty blue for the wall color and some black towels.

Get creative with retro finds

vintage pink and black bathroomGet creative with retro finds: Your favorite vintage finds might be the perfect decor for your bathroom. This particular design centers around three framed vintage Turner paintings of women for sale from Etsy seller ScottyinCT. I found black lace wallpaper from Burke Decor and matching black towels. Finally, to ensure the room didn’t feel too heavy with all that black, a bright white and black grosgrain shower curtain creates a crisp finish for the space.

vintage pink and blue bathroom

Cutesy country Cleminson: Pam loves the idea of using adorable vintage Cleminson of California wall pockets or wall decor in a vintage bathroom. Here, I’ve put together three adorably illustrated Cleminson pieces — a “God Bless Our Happy Home” wall plate from Etsy seller HipKittyVintage and a set of two portraits from Etsy seller AletaFordBakerDesign. With a light beige wall color, white and blue towels and this Laurel check shower curtain from Country Curtains, this bathroom has a delightfully whimsical retro-country vibe.

Want to help us create kitschy design board ideas for a pink tile bathroom? Here’s how:

  • Use the image for the pink bathroom color combo of your choice from our previous stories for your design board.
  • It’s okay if your board is kinda messy: I will take what you send us and reformat it. We’ll then add the reader design boards to this story, and likely, in a big followup story.
  • Find your kitschy theme decor and add it — be sure to include the hotlink info to your source material
  • Find your wall treatment and add it — be sure to include the hotlink info to your source material
  • Find your shower curtain and add it — be sure to include the hotlink info
  • Find your bath towels and any other decor items and add them — be sure to include the hotlink info
  • Give your design a title (include your own name if you like)
  • Save as a PDF and email to us at retrodesigndilemma@gmail.com. Please put all info in one email.
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Emily transforms an old TV entertainment center into an adorable play kitchen http://retrorenovation.com/2015/07/29/play-kitchen-entertainment-center/ http://retrorenovation.com/2015/07/29/play-kitchen-entertainment-center/#comments Wed, 29 Jul 2015 08:30:04 +0000 http://retrorenovation.com/?p=123671 Remember Emily & Drew’s charming 1940s style kitchen remodel? Well Emily has been at it again, building a second kitchen for their vintage home. This time, though — it was a child’s play kitchen upcycled from an old TV entertainment center — and it is quite possibly the cutest thing ever. Emily mentioned that our first 1940s kitchen […]

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vintage play kitchenRemember Emily & Drew’s charming 1940s style kitchen remodel? Well Emily has been at it again, building a second kitchen for their vintage home. This time, though — it was a child’s play kitchen upcycled from an old TV entertainment center — and it is quite possibly the cutest thing ever.

vintage play kitchenEmily mentioned that our first 1940s kitchen design mood board was among her inspirations. She paid close attention the details, including installing a faux marmoleum countertop with metal edging, real stove burners, oven knobs that turn, a tile backsplash, what-not shelves and even a chrome thermometer for the refrigerator. Emily spent four months on this project from start to finish, and predicts this play kitchen will likely become a family heirloom to be passed down throughout the generations.

vintage play kitchenEmily isn’t the first person to transform an old TV stand/cabinet into a play kitchen. This upcyling DIY trend has been gaining momentum on the internet over the last several years — resulting in many different variations of play kitchens created from cast off furniture. Because the old TV cabinets like the one Emily used are falling out of favor due to newer sleeker flat screened televisions that do not require cabinets to hide their bulk, these cast off cabinets are often found very cheaply or even for free on Craigslist and along the side of the road.  If you have the ability to see potentials in these pieces, a little bit of creativity, some carefully chosen materials and time to put it all together, you too could make an adorable vintage style play kitchen for the weebit (or weebit at heart) in your life.

Congrats on a job well done, Emily, and thanks so much for sharing the results with us.

Read more about this transformation project over on Emily’s blog:

  • You can read more about Emily’s project — and see more photos — over on her blog prairie loon.

Can’t get enough of the play kitchen cuteness? Check out the links below to other adorable DIY play kitchens:

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