Before & After: A Bathroom Retains its Vintage Charm

Before & After: A Bathroom Retains its Vintage Charm

Nora Taylor
Dec 4, 2015
(Image credit: Submitted by Anna)

Our home was built in 1919. The bathroom had undergone multiple "updates" which included a huge clawfoot tub. When we moved in, the bathroom renovation was not our first priority but after about a week of living in a house with one bathroom with only 10 inches between the toilet and bathtub, it became our priority. Initially, the bathroom had two entrances, the main entrance and a small door leading through to a bedroom and odd closet with stairs to allow for an exterior entrance to the basement below. We chose to add this space to the bathroom to create a walk in shower with bench seat and shelf (to "hide" the allowance for head space for the staircase below). We went with subway and hex tile to keep with the vintage feel of the home and repurposed a $30 cabinet from our local rebuilding store in Portland, Oregon as the vanity. We used a carpenter friend hourly when needed, but did most of the work ourselves.

(Image credit: Submitted by Anna)

Initially, the bathroom had two entrances, the main entrance and a small door leading through to a bedroom and odd closet with stairs to allow for an exterior entrance to the basement below. We chose to add this space to the bathroom to create a walk in shower with bench seat and shelf (to "hide" the allowance for head space for the staircase below). We went with subway and hex tile to keep with the vintage feel of the home and repurposed a $30 cabinet from our local rebuilding store in Portland, Oregon as the vanity. We used a carpenter friend hourly when needed, but did most of the work ourselves.

Thank you, Anna!

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