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1950s bathroom [and fireplace] updated

That dim ’50s bathroom in pale yellow and brick-red tile?  Not so tired anymore – refreshed with a modern look but keeping close to the midcentury lines of the house that first attracted its owners.

A wall of glass mosaic tiles gives energy to the small room while the simple arrangement of components keeps a sense of order.  Given the new vanity’s storage capacity (plus a new wall-hung cabinet above the toilet) we decided to forego the traditional recessed medicine cabinet.  The shower stall ceiling was raised to full height, and the entire width opened to the room with a frameless glass door from Empire Shower Doors.  We decided to use the mosaic tile again in the shampoo niche.

The opening of the cramped shower makes the room appear larger.  The new glass door, glass 3×6 tile on the walls, 12×12 porcelain tiles on the floor and chrome fixtures mix together to create a soothing feel.

City Cabinetmakers made the flat-front, clean and simple vanity in makore veneer.  The warm cabinetry color picks up the reddish-brown random tiles that appear in the mosaic backsplash.   The sparkly countertop slab that contains bits of mirror glass is ‘quartz reflections‘ from Caesarstone, which is from their recycled product line.  Chrome hardware ties the piece back in to room.

In the living room, here is the fireplace with new stone tile, slab hearth and mantel.

Ann Sacks “luxor grey” limestone tile and “topo azul” slab and a wood mantel painted in a similar grey give the fireplace a subtle presence in the room, toned down from the stark white it was previously.

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1950s bathroom and fireplace progress

Moving along!  The glass tile in the shower is a 3×12 pale green we are orienting vertically.  A shampoo niche is carved in to the wall opposite the showerhead, to be lined with rectangular glass mosaic tile in a blue/green/brown mix.

shower tile

We’re using the same mosaic tile on the entire wall behind the new vanity, around the window, mirror and sconces.

mosaic tile

The floor tile is 12×12 ceramic in a tan/green which blends in to the scheme of the room.  The makore vanity cabinet from City Cabinetmakers picks up the brown in the wall tile.

floor tile

The fireplace has been tiled.  The new hearth stone – a limestone slab from Ann Sacks called Topo Azul – is put in place, and the new simple mantle built – to be painted.   Finish details to follow.

fireplace tiles

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1950s bathroom – and fireplace

We are also tackling the fireplace which the owners want to revamp.  The white painted brick, the brass and glass doors (yikes), and the overall height don’t go with the low-slung mid-century feel of their living room.

fireplace before

We’ve removed the mantle, a few rows of brick, the pinkish stone hearth, and the doors.

fireplace during

The tile we’ve selected is Luxor Grey by Ann Sacks.  It’s a long thin tile that will accentuate the horizontal lines in the room.  I laid it out to get a good mix because the natural stone is slightly varied in color.

luxorgrey

Now back to the bathroom:  We’re down to the studs to install the new window, frosted glass for privacy.  We’re going from horizontal to vertical with the window.  Everything has been removed; the tile, the entire shower, the vanity.

windowstuds

We put insulation in where there was none before.  More to come!

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1950s bathroom that needs help

We’ve all seen one – or maybe even had one: a bathroom that just doesn’t work.  Not plumbing-wise, but esthetically.  Here’s one that clients came to me with that had a list of issues:  a mirror / window confrontation, a tiny sink, low cabinet, claustrophobic shower, and tile of uninspiring color.  Here’s what we were looking at:

vanity1

It’s not certain if the window is original but if it is, you would have a nice view yet no reflection when standing at the sink.  (Unless you mount a mirror as seen above.)  Problem!

vanity2

The phone-booth style shower, with an intimidating dropped-ceiling:shower1shower2bathroom

Overall, the bathroom needed some help.  There used to be a door into another bedroom on the opposite wall which couldn’t be finished with the original tile so it was pretty glaring.  The door from the master bedroom swung out into the room, which wasn’t preferable.  The owners were just not in love with the buttercream and brick-red color scheme anymore… stay tuned –

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