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Welcome to Leah and Nick in Oakland
, veterans of three bathroom remodels, all of which were done in the last two years! We're posting the first one today: check back tomorrow and Monday for others.
Leah says: The biggest project was the (only) bathroom in our house in Oakland. The house was built in 1941, but the bathroom had been redone in 1962 and the results were not pretty.
For the remodel, we aimed to return the bathroom to a classic, period style -- something not unlike the bathroom may have looked when the house was built, but with warm, updated colors and a clean, simple sensibility. [before pics and a slideshow after the jump]
We gutted the entire space and started from scratch.
We had the original tub reglazed; put in white subway tile with a glass mosaic border in the shower; added new, reproduction art-deco-style nickel fixtures; laid a caramel-colored Marmoleum floor; installed a salvaged, circa-1941 sink-and-toilet suite we found at Ohmega Salvage; used a reproduction recessed, wood-trimmed medicine cabinet and porcelain sconces from Rejuvenation Hardware as well as an original porcelain over-cabinet light I found on eBay; painted the walls a rich camel with crisp white trim; and finally brought in a freestanding, glass-doored cabinet from Restoration Hardware for towel and toiletry storage.
We were really pleased with the results, and bummed that we only got to enjoy our new (old) bathroom for a couple of months before we wound up moving to a bigger house a few blocks away and selling this house, our first.