NY Good Questions: How Should I Fix Up My Bathroom?

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Dear AT,

The small (5’ x 4’) bath in my prewar co-op has been the victim of several tragic renovations, resulting in the ugly tile, hideous clashing peach floor, crooked horrible water-wasting “low-flow “ toilet, and strange Rube-Goldbergian plumbing contraption under the sink.

The plan when I moved in was to restore the whole thing to 1929, with white subway tile, hex tile on the floor, and vintage fixtures.

I bought a cheap peg leg sink off Craigslist and then I found out how much just fixing the plumbing would cost.

So now I’m stuck with the wall tile for years to come and have minimal bucks, and I’m not sure how to proceed...

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I still want to put in the sink, change the floor tile, and replace the toilet if possible.

Is there any way I can pull off a vintage look with the beige tile?

Or should I try something more modern, while keeping the sink and current (i.e., old) tub?

Would I be better off with hex tile? Cheap Home Depot octagons?

Should I splurge on marble that won’t clash with the beige?

Thanks! Kathleen

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