The Standard Sanitary Manufacturing Company capitalized on this and touted their bathroom fixtures as a 'Sanitary' solution for the home (and certainly a nice improvement over a chamber pot!). Started in 1875, they offered a line of toilets, tubs and sinks for the home. I had to laugh when I read the tagline in this ad - 'The modern housewife wants her bathroom to be the cleanest, brightest, healthiest spot in her immaculate home'!
See that tub in the photo? We're lucky enough to have one in our bungalow. When we turned the tub over to paint it, we discovered it was embossed with the name of the company, a model number and date of manufacture. Our tub was made on October 7, 1927, in Pittsburgh, PA (and if you're curious, the company merged with the American Radiator Company in 1929 and ultimately became American Standard, a company we're all familiar with today!).
|Underside of our vintage tub!|
With all this in mind, I wanted to create a bathroom that harkens back to the Sanitary Bathroom design of the early 20th century. That means easy to clean finishes, white tile, and real (or reproduced) vintage fixtures.
Of course the focal point will be our vintage tub. At the ripe old age of 87, it's in great shape. I had a tub expert come in and he recommended I clean it thoroughly and then use rubbing compound to bring the finish back to a glowing shine. I cleaned up the claw and ball feet and finished them with a silver finish. The exterior of the tub will be painted Sassy Green- we need something to jazz up all the white tile I'll be using in the space. And we'll be adding a beautiful new faucet for more vintage charm.
A hallmark of Craftsman design is incorporation of stained glass. I'm going to tile the entire wall, floor to ceiling, behind the tub. And I'll add a mock window above the tub, using this beautiful stained glass tile from Hirsch. It has beautiful Craftsman colors in it - green, amber and putty.
And last, but not least, I have a vintage style medicine cabinet, which will be flanked by two Bistro light fixtures from Restoration Hardware. They can be adjusted to whatever angle you want, with the levers on the side. Such a nice feature!
Now that we have the plan in place, I can't wait to get started pulling it all together!