Wednesday, July 24, 2019

The Antique Bathroom: Storybook Cottage

It all started with this.  For some reason, these cute polka dot dalmatians made me smile - and so, this fabric created the inspiration for the antique bathroom design.

But there was so much we had to do, before hanging a cute window treatment (like strip wallpaper , because every wall was papered!!).

The bathroom was tight, but efficient.  And as I started thinking through different options - I couldn't figure out how to improve on the design, given the sloped ceiling and placement of the door and window.  So instead of rearranging everything, we decided to give it a facelift - from the ground up!

We started with the tub.  It's a really nice antique clawfoot tub, but needed to be reglazed.

This is a big job for the professionals.  It requires everything to be masked off, full ventilation for the room and lots of safety equipment for the crew.

The results were great and after I painted the exterior black, I was pretty pleased with the result!

For the floor, I used a Carrera marble with black dots for accent.  I loved how they tied to the dots on the dalmatians!!

And once I finished making the roman shade - we added it to the window.

I wanted to tie the background color of the fabric below the chair rail and used this deep gold.

And we eliminated the original wall hung sink (with separate faucets for hot and cold!) for one that provided a bit of storage and the ability to run warm water :-)  Interestingly, it was surprisingly hard to find a small vanity that had a bit of style!!

For fixtures,  Oil Rubbed Bronze gave a nice antique flair to the room.
And we are pretty pleased with the result.  It feels updated, but still has a certain vintage charm! 

Fabric - Home Remedies
Light Fixtures - Kichler 
Sink Faucet - Restoration Hardware
Vanity - Wayfair Vanity
Tub Refinishing - Miracle Method

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