St. Louis Shelly has a gorgeous gray bathroom in her 1956 house. The drain of her sink has rusted out, and she needs an all-new sink. Good news: The sink appears to be a Kohler Tahoe with hudee ring, and this model is still available today in a light gray. Bad news: It will take 42 days to get the sink via special order. I referred Shelly to this post — and asked to see more photos so that we could all ogle the gray bathroom – a color I haven’t featured yet. Oh my goodness, this is so beautiful – the vanity…THE FLOOR…the shower door…THE GRAY! The only thing you could need: Some wallpaper (of course!) or some print for your walls to bring in color.  Once either of those are in place, you can spec your towels.

Shelly writes:


This bathroom is probably my favorite part of my house right now. It originally had stick on vinyl tile which I removed to reveal the beautiful gray mosaic in near perfect condition. Problem is I bought a new faucet for the sink and when the old one was removed we found that the drain had corroded to the point of no return. I quickly ordered the Kohler Tahoe in grey to fit the current cutout and sink. Now they say it will take 42 days to get the order. My pink bathroom has no vanity, toilet or usable shower. So… we are reduced to brushing teeth and washing hands in the kitchen sink. I could try and hurry up the pink bath but it’s at least 2 weeks away from use. Do you think we should wait for the grey sink? [Pam: yes, but call deabath and see if they might have a vintage one in stock, you never know.] Do you know of another grey sink that would fit. [Pam: Crane makes a square sink with hudee ring, you can also check there, but I think they have even fewer colors than Kohler.] New vanity not an option, I love this one….The befores: Vinyl stick-on tile. Jackpot! But a nasty job getting that adhesive off. And oh my, the odors… there are open seams in this stuff and liquids seep onto the adhesive, quite disgusting. After with paint splatters and such still to be removed…

St. Louis Shelly

  1. Heidi says:

    I have this same bathroom with only two differences. I have a small pink tile border on the shower and the sink is not grey but it will be replaced. I have those membrane show doors with the fish design. I was so excited when I saw this photo. I thought to myself, who else could love this but me. I never feel alone on this site

  2. Jennifer Williams says:

    Wow! Do the shower doors have turtles on the bottom? That’s what my husband remembers from his childhood bathroom.

  3. Martha says:

    I’m not usually a fan of gray, but what I like about the all gray going on here is that you can accessorize it with just about any color.

  4. Last August when I was house hunting, most of the houses in Edina, MN I looked at were mid century. Because I love mid century and I’m a kitchen and bathroom designer, I took pictures of all of them. I have blue, pink and gray, pink and maroon, beige and brown with STARBURST tiles – my very favorite. I wanted to buy that house just for the tile. All of the bathrooms were in their original condition – vanities, toilets, etc. It was soooo much fun.

  5. Alice says:

    We have a grey 1951 bathroom with the built in tissue box and cup holder similar to Shelly’s. Sadly, the glass is gone on the cup holder. Where can I get a replacement?

    I am inspired to pull up a corner of the “new in 2002” linoleum to see if the 1950s tile remains on the floor.

  6. Amy says:

    I have the same sink in my Master to match my original 1956 American (color now silver) toilet.

    But, I need some HELP! I need to install new shower pan and have lost about a foot of the gray tile around the shower base. I want to replace this with the same tile or one really great match…any help appreciated and unfortunately, time is of the essence….

  7. pam kueber says:

    Hi Genjenn, thanks for calling this to my attention. Some of my galleries went wacky with an upgrade recently. You don’t want to know what a hassle this is sometimes. I have no idea when I will be able to get around to sorting this tech problem out….

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