Before & After: A 100 Year Old Bathroom Gets a Makeover

updated Dec 19, 2019
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We recently moved into a charming 1913 American Foursquare home in Joplin, Missouri. Our first major remodel was the upstairs bathroom. It was replete with plumbing issues (missing a sink), sporting stick on floor tile and press board wall “tile.” Our desire was to make things functional and restore it what it may have originally looked like, while adding our own sense of flair.

From start to finish, the project took about a year and cost $2500. Things go a bit slower when you aren’t hiring out the work (but they are also a lot cheaper that way). My husband Nick did it all! He ripped the room down to the studs, re-did the plumbing and electric, re-drywalled, painted an old farmhouse claw foot tub we found on Craigslist, tiled the floor and walls, re-built the Craftsman style door frame and mostly just rocked my socks off with his willingness to teach himself new skills and pull it all off with such finesse!

We chose to keep the walls white and crisp looking, adding a pop of citron yellow in the West Elm shower curtain with red and green highlights in some of the accessories. The rug is an indoor outdoor rug from Pottery Barn. We went with a basic white subway tile for the walls and black hexagon flooring. Both were grouted in Delorean Gray. I scoured local thrift stores, flea markets and antique shops for decorative touches. The medicine cabinet is from Pottery Barn and the gooseneck light above the cabinet is from Barn Light Electric.

We are so happy to be done with this remodel and are enjoying having a hall bathroom again! The claw foot is one of our favorite features. It keeps the water really warm and adds such elegance to the bathroom. We have a preschooler and a baby, so, needless to say, when this project wrapped-up, it was incredibly nice to no longer have to rely on showers and sink baths for the little guys!

See lots more info and images from the makeover on Stephanie’s blog: Mostaza Seed

Thanks, Stephanie!

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