Project by: Grace
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
We live in a nearly 100 year old home, and when the bathroom, in its original 1919 state, came through our living room ceiling shortly after we moved in, the project we thought we would do "in a few years" became our first priority. This bathroom needed to double as the kids bathroom for our four small children, and the occasional guest. I wanted to stay true to the era of our home, but give it a modern twist.
The graphic black and white hex tile is really the star of the space, and I liked how it was a contemporary version of the original hex tile. White subway brick with a pinstripe texture was placed on the wall behind the sink, and across the room in the shower. A custom salvaged wood vanity was outfitted with a large double faucet sink, and I had the cast iron bottom painted to resemble verdigris. When I discovered a pair of antique street lamps in a local salvage store, I knew they would make an interesting set of sconces for the vanity. Because this is primarily a kids space, I added whimsy through art prints I found on Etsy, and a large wall mural I had printed from a photo I took of the kids while on vacation. I really like all of my spaces, even kitchens and bathrooms, to feel warm and inviting, to have a personality.
Before we began construction, this room was only about 40 square feet, but by changing some original built-ins that were not working, taking out a tiny closet, and closing in a hallway, we doubled the space in size. We did manage to save the original cast iron tub, and I appreciate its markings from years of use. It has a sort of history that I love. I found a pair of old doors that were nine feet tall at the same salvage store I purchased the sconces from. The doors were sanded, the peep holes were taken out (because in a bathroom, that would be, well...weird), and we painted them Farrow & Ball's Drawing Room Blue. The left door goes to a small closet, and the right opens to the bathroom. Adding the floor to ceiling cabinetry behind the bathtub brought in some great storage that did not exist before.
After I formulated the design plan, we started demolition and then began construction. From start to finish, the bathroom took a little over six months to complete. We had to completely gut it because of plumbing issues, and because of the restructuring we did, product delays, and the fact that construction in an old house hardly ever goes as planned, it took longer than originally estimated. But I feel we have created a space that is classic with an edge, functions great for our family, and is pretty and interesting to look at. We are thrilled with how it turned out, and after quite some time sharing one bathroom as a family of six, we are happy the kids have their own space.
Thanks, Grace! Check out Grace's blog for more photos.
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