We recently finished renovating two of our mid-century home's bathrooms. Since they are adjacent to one another, my first inclination was to combine them into one large space. However, after living in the house for a few years, I realized how convenient it was to have both, especially since we are a family of 5. Utilizing the original layout and cabinetry design, we were able to preserve most of their mid-century characteristics while updating the decor and making them more current and functional.
In choosing the finishes, I turned to the rest of the house for inspiration. Drawing colors from the redwood, brick, the concrete flooring and the brass fixtures throughout the house, I choose to use soft whites, green tones and some pink hues. I fell in love with the Fireclay tile pattern named Old Cairo a year ago, and immediately knew then that it was the one for this project. After playing around with the color combinations in Fireclay's Color-It application, I settled on two: Tusk and Peabody. Tusk to brighten the space and Peabody to coordinate with the green tones of the concrete floors.
Here's the 'before and after' of Part 1 that features the bathroom that my husband and I use. It features a shower, a long vanity [and now] lots of great light. Take a look:
Tile installer, Jai from Intelligent Tile, lining up the pattern on the walls and shower pan.
Before the makeover, this bathroom had large pink tiles, formica counters, inefficient faucets and terrible lighting. We chose the same cabinet design because we liked its floating effect and deep drawer storage. We replaced the outdated counter with a light colored Silestone speckled with brown tones to give it an earthy feel.
The original mirror was reused and the cabinets were painted white to make the space even brighter. New sconces hung and agate drawer pulls installed. We even re-plated the 1950's chrome Thermador heaters and toilet paper holders in brass to match the new finishes and painted the original towel racks to match the cabinets. Mid-century art and flea market finds accessorize the space balancing the old with the new.
We couldn't be happier with the results! I must add that none of this would have gone as smoothly if it weren't for the expertise of our contractors. They were efficient, organized and precise. If you're interested in contacting them please let me and I will be glad to put you in touch with them. Stay tune for Part 2 which will feature the second bathroom's 'before and after'.