The Original Bathroom

One of the reasons we needed to renovate in the first place was because we only had one full bathroom and it was tiny.

The pink bathroom on a good day.
The pink bathroom on a good day.

We still have that bathroom which will be the guest bathroom if we have overnight visitors.

The new crack is just behind the towel rack end on the left side.
The new crack is just behind the towel rack end on the left side.

Now that we have two other bathrooms to use, my plan it to clean this one up.  It’s original to the house which was built in 1946. And when the new additions were put on the framers were so vehement that 2 of the “classic” pink tiles cracked. I’d love to fix them but not sure it’s possible.  Unfortunately they’re in a conspicuous spot.

Anthropologie wallpaper.
Anthropologie wallpaper.

When I say clean it up I really mean it. I even want to change the wallpaper.

Our tiny original bathroom has pink and white wallpaper above the pink tile.
Our tiny original bathroom has pink and white wallpaper above the pink tile.

The list of chores:

  • Remove everything from the vanity and clean cabinet.

    We've kept a lot of stuff under the sink that can now be distributed to new storage in the master bath and linen closet.
    We’ve kept a lot of stuff under the sink that can now be distributed to new storage in the master bath and linen closet.
  • Paint vanity cabinet.

    The vanity is white now and could stay that color with a new paint job, but a fresh color in the wallpaper might be fun.
    The vanity is white now and could stay that color with a new paint job, but a fresh color in the wallpaper might be fun.
  • Take down mirror.

    The mirror runs from wall to wall and is held by clips and mastic. I'll probably have to break it to get if down.
    The mirror runs from wall to wall above the sink and is held by clips and mastic. I’ll probably have to break it to get it down.
  • Remove wallpaper.
  • Clean lighting fixture well.
  • Clean tiles and replace and worn or dirty caulk.  (We recently regrouted the tub tiles here.)
  • Clean every nook and cranny, crack and crevice until the room gleams.
  • Wash window and screen.  Paint window trim.

    The original bird's eye window at The Glade is in the pink bathroom.
    The original bird’s eye window at The Glade is in the pink bathroom.
  • Paint door trim.
  • Paint door.
  • Paper the wall.
  • Get or make a new shower curtain.

    The current shower curtain is white matelassé.
    The current shower curtain is white matelassé.
  • Hang towels.
  • Invite guests for an overnight.

How’s that for a room that is only about 20 square feet?

What did I forget?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

12 thoughts on “The Original Bathroom”

  1. I just love old pink tile bathrooms! Since this will be a guest bath and you don’t need to store cleaning stuff in it anymore, have you considered getting a white 1940s-style wall mount sink with chrome front legs? It would take up less space and not crowd the toilet. The small room would look more spacious and so vintage-cute!

    1. I was actually considering that. When we bought the place there was an old wall-hung sink and a medicine cabinet with a built-in fluorescent light. I don’t think I can go back. Jo

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