How To Remodel 1955 Pink Bathroom?

How To Remodel 1955 Pink Bathroom?

Regina Yunghans
Jan 24, 2012

Q: I am remodeling/updating a pink bathroom in my 1955 limestone ranch. The house is uniquely mid-century modern and we have tried to update it with modern, mid-century modern fixes. I think we have done a great job so far (if I do say so myself) with the rest of the house, but this bathroom has me perplexed.

We have both a pink and blue bathroom. The blue bathroom is part of the master suite and we are saving it for later. The pink bathroom is the guest bathroom. I would love any tips on how to keep this bathroom pink and authentic looking while updating it to be modern (and not retro). I am not sure what to keep and what to let go of and I can't decide on how to integrate new tile (and therefore a new color) into the shower are.

Here are the things we want to keep:

  • Pink floor tile
  • Pink tub
  • Large mirror
  • Medicine cabinet
  • Butterfly tiles (in some way-- we can try to move them. The blue bathroom has seagull tiles.)

Here are the things that we need to change:

  • Add a shower
  • New tile on the shower area walls
  • New lighting

Here are the things that are up in the air:

  • Do we keep the pink toilet? It works well, but is quite inefficient. The blue one has started to leak and we may need to upgrade it.
  • Do we keep the pink counter top? I am erring on the side of replacing it (we removed white laminate in the kitchen and put in gorgeous black granite -- we could put in black here too). The blue bathroom also has laminate, but its blue. We would eventually be doing the same to the counter top in that bathroom too.
  • Do we keep the pink sink? We would need a new faucet as this one is leaking and the blue one has a broken knob. How would the pink sink look with a different counter top?
  • What tile and in what color should we use in the shower area? How do I integrate the old cream color wall tile and the new tile? I was thinking that a whole new color would be the best way -- vertically running black subway tile? Grey glass tile? Do I remove all of the cream in the shower area and make the whole thing new -- or is there some way to integrate the new into the cream?

Also, I am hoping to do this without breaking the bank. Would $1,500 get me somewhere?
Any advice would be much appreciated.

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