The "Making a 1920s Bathroom Look a Little Vintage Again" Makeover

The "Making a 1920s Bathroom Look a Little Vintage Again" Makeover

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Janel Laban
Oct 8, 2014
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Project by: Molly
Location: Chicago

My husband and I bought our 1920's condo in Chicago because it had a ton of space, and it was essentially a blank canvas. On the one hand, we were excited that it was not super upgraded with a bunch of trendy finishes that were not our style, but on the other, it meant that the place had literally zero historic character because it had been gutted in 2000.

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Since closing on the place in September 2013, our time in the house has been divided between a number of DIY remodeling projects...priority number one being our depressing guest bath done in what we lovingly referred to as "southwestern grandma style." Everything had to go, the generic over-sized home depot vanity, the glass sheet mirror glued to the wall, the almond colored shower tiles, and the mauve and grey ceramic floor tiles...yuck!


We demoed the bathroom down to the studs, and were excited to give it a modern vintage feel.

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Our crowning achievement was designing our own custom floor pattern using hex tile and referring to some historic mosaic designs we found online. To make sure the pattern fit properly, we measured the room and taped out the exact dimensions on our living room floor so we could experiment with the layout outside of the confines of the tight bathroom.


We found a beautiful white marble 12"x 12" tile that we installed up to the shower ceiling to emphasize the height of the space, and painted the top half of the room a dark color to warm up the room's light tile and eastern exposure.

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We found a super bargain porcelain console sink on Overstock for $400...it was lost by the freight company, then broken in transit, then 2 were delivered...an ordeal that awarded us with a $150 merchandise credit but pushed out our completion by several months!

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In the end, the project took us 6 months to complete, but with a $3,500 price tag and the daily pleasure of seeing our beautiful handiwork we are more than satisfied with the result! I am already scheming how to tackle our master bath

Thanks, Molly!

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