|From Nancy’s yellow 50s bathrooms|
Maryland Nancy has completed the retro renovation of her 50s bathroom – and it’s spectacular. Nancy gutted two small, worn bathrooms to create one larger guest bath. She was intent on maintaining the mid mod feel – and incorporated original yellow fixtures. I recall at one point, she emailed me that she had finally chosen her tile colors – and was so happy that the blog gave her confidence to embrace color. This bathroom is a testament to take some chances! Nancy, you have a beautiful eye, way to go!
Pam- Thought I would send you some pictures of our new bathroom (we combined 2 half baths). We are very pleased & everyone that has seen it thinks it looks just like our other bathrooms. We can’t have a better compliment! Still looking for that perfect chenille rug & scales. The lighting of the camera doesn’t allow true color but I hope you can tell what it looks like. So pleased w/ the tile selection & the different patterned floor. Please notice the great lights over the sink & in shower area- one of your ebay finds! Great & I love them! I like the Vera hand towel & monogrammed towel ( actually from the previous owner’s- haven’t gotten it copied yet).
All of the worry & concern over details are not apparent but I guess made for a good final results… I tried to use everything that I possibly could that was original. The yellow sink & toilet were in one of the original baths. The tile is Moonbeam & Crisp Linen (Dal tile) & the floor is the Square Random Biscuit. The before pictures are very hard to tell what is what- not a very large space.
Readers, notice how Nancy used the two tile colors to great effect — e.g. Moonbeam behind the sink and as a trim color, Crisp Lemon elsewhere. The brick / rug / woodbeam are a perfect color complement to the yellow. And, I love the bird prints – terrific graphic punch!
I asked Nancy about the great little tiled shelf next to the sink:
That was kind of funny (looking back). I told my young painter (who had never done this large a project & was doing everything) that the boomerang shape was very big back then. Thought we could maybe do that. When I came home he had taken the ironing board & cut out a top. He had tiled it & everything! It looked like I could go straight from the washing machine to the counter top & get my ironing done. I labored over whether to tell him how much it was bothering me. I got up the nerve & he was relieved because he hated it too. The previous bath has that dressing area (w/ the great Formica top) & this bath needed to have someplace for guests to put their things when showering… I had thought it would be much larger- then we ran in to the brick wall (literally) which housed the incinerator in a closet on the other side. So, that is the story of the little counter. I wanted to use both of the tiles we had used on the walls.
Thanks so much for all of your help with this project!