There were some great things that happened, design-wise, in the 70s, but this bathroom was not one of them. Molly and Jonathan had a few projects in mind when they purchased their Ditmas Park one-bedroom, but they knew that the "sunburn-colored" stripes in their bathroom needed to be the first thing to go.
The problems with the bathroom went beyond the cosmetic. A riser pipe in the corner got very hot (not so ideal for small hands) and carried noise from the apartments above and below. The built-in magazine rack, original to the bathroom, wasn't seeing a lot of use, the toilet was incredibly loud, and the sink cabinet, a retrofit, was incredibly low — "perhaps designed for oompa-loompas". Molly and Jonathan's vision for the new bathroom was simple: a streamlined space that would feel crisp and modern — and be easy to clean.
The foundation of the new bathroom is the new black hex tile floor, which "attracts a little dust but still looks sexy." White subway tile — in an elongated 2" by 8" format for a slightly different look — surrounds the shower and covers the sink wall.
The new wall-mounted porcelain sink is a beautiful, classic touch, easy to clean under — and installed at the proper height for adult humans. The oversized medicine cabinet above provides plenty of storage, and a wall-mounted pull-out drying rack is a helpful place for drying baby things. Molly and Jonathan's contractor created a new build-out around the riser pipe, to protect from the heat and insulate sounds a bit.
Molly was especially grateful to have the renovation finished before the arrival of their son. Now that it's serving a family of three, the streamlined, modern new bathroom is even more welcome.