Our Blue & Blush Paradise – Spotlight on the Guest Bath

Photo from the original listing for the house. There is a tiny glimpse of the flooring the last owners updated with. Notice the original tiled vanity with angled lower doors.

Photo from the original listing for the house. Notice the original tiled vanity with angled lower doors as well as the more recently updated flooring. (Which doesn’t match anything!)

With so much going on in the house I needed to just pick one room to share for now. Currently this is our only bathroom but will become the guest bath once the master bath is complete.

I love this bathroom! We were so delighted to see that everything but the toilet and flooring was original. The 60 year old tile, tub and sink are pristine. The wood paneling is different than much of the lighter hued knotty pine you typically see in mid century homes. This paneling has more of a spa/tropical vibe, which is the design direction for the entire bath.

There has been much to do about vintage pink bathrooms (check out Retro Renovation for some pretty magical ones), but I didn’t really know if ours even counted, since I couldn’t decide what to call the shade of our trim tile. Having drawn inspiration from this GarnerStyle blog post I decided the tile color is “blush”. (Although now I’m debating. Is it more pale peach?…)

 

Original blue and blush trim tile.

Original blue and blush trim tile in shower. The blue square tiles have this interesting crackled glaze on them. The underlying color is the same as the tub and sink. (and new toilet! – see below for more details)

I didn't notice the wooden tips on these handles until our second walk through and I LOVE THEM! They go so well with the wood paneling in the bathroom. This also shows you the very minimal work that is needed on our 60 year old tile work.

I didn’t notice the wooden tips on these handles until our second walk through and I LOVE THEM! They go so well with the wood paneling in the bathroom. This also shows you the very minimal work that is needed on our 60 year old tile.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our plan for this bathroom is to leave it mostly original and simply bring recent updates back to the appropriate era. Plans include having the floor tiled, shower grouted and toilet replaced. While most of the bath set is original, the matching blue toilet was missing. We had been hunting around for awhile at Earthwise and Second Use here in Seattle, but had not found the right thing just yet. One day as I was trolling Craigslist I discovered an entire vintage blue bathroom set, being sold for $100+. Because the crackle on our blue tile is a bit misleading, I asked the seller via email if we could leave a deposit for the toilet lid and bring it back to our place to color match it. He agreed. When we arrived, however, he said if we took the toilet that day we could have it for FREE! It was a bit nasty but nothing we couldn’t clean up. And when we brought it home we discovered it was a perfect match for the tub and sink. Here are the before photos for you:

Such a score and a perfect match!

Such a score and a perfect match!

A big challenge was trying to determine the right flooring for the bathroom. I originally had my heart set on Congoleum Alternatives VCT: Multi Desert Vinyl Composite Tile but was told it was not the best choice for our bathroom. In a desperate search I again scoured Retro Renovation and found this delightful mosaic by Merola Tile. Available at Home Depot for about $10/sq ft, this tile has been in production since at least the 70s. And because of the variations of pink I was hopeful that my “blush” color tile would blend in. 2 weeks ago these dreamy things arrived:

A true vintage tile, still produced by Merola tile and sold by Home Depot. http://www.homedepot.com/p/Merola-Tile-University-Pink-11-3-4-in-x-11-3-4-in-x-5-mm-Porcelain-Mosaic-Floor-and-Wall-Tile-9-62-sq-ft-case-FKOUV413/203482895

A true vintage tile, still produced by Merola tile and sold by Home Depot.

And they matched perfectly! We were all set for when Peter, our tile guy, arrived. Our contractor had gone ahead and removed the older flooring as well as the white toilet. The idea was the floor tile was to be set early on Tuesday of last week, we would be without our toilet and bathroom for 24-48 hours (thank goodness for that Honey Bucket) and then our blue toilet would be installed when the tile was set. Unfortunately, I got a phone call from Sully while at work letting me know that we DIDN’T HAVE ENOUGH FLOOR TILE! And did I mention this was web order only? And that they absolutely do not expedite shipping? So, our bathroom floor looks like this until next week:

Not the finished floor I was anticipating for when I came home from work!

Not the finished floor I was anticipating for when I came home from work!

Pretty amusing, since the whole idea was to give us one oasis (get it? that’s our bathroom theme) in the middle of the renovation storm.

But on that note, I would love to share the absolutely stellar accessories we have ready to go when the tile is complete.

Midcentury Paradise!

Midcentury Paradise!

1. Fancy Fish – Sully found this amazing fish on ebay, straight from the 50s. It was described as a gentleman on his way to work but upon arrival we discovered this fish has a fancy hat and a little pink purse.

2. MCM Square Hardware from Rejuvenation – This was pure luck!! Rejuvenation just recently discontinued their mid century modern bath lines. Just a week or so after purchasing our house I went into the store in Seattle and they had just a few pieces left. I snatched up the towel rod (shown above), toilet paper holder and a glass shelf with the same square back plates. A week later and I would not have been able to track down any of it. (Stay tuned for the starburst hardware in our master bath)

3. Flamingo Mirror – Another amazing Sully find! This time on Craigslist. He convinced his lovely sister in Bellingham to pick up this vintage Turner pink flamingo mirror for us. The current medicine cabinet (pretty bland) will be removed and replaced with this gem.

4. Surfin’ Shower Curtain – This is probably a temporary solution but was a great find and instantly added some Maui Vibes to the bathroom. (Not shown: surf board soap dispenser, woody toothbrush holder & tiki cup)

I can’t wait until the flooring is actually installed next week so I can share the finished product!

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