Before & After: Vintage Tile Is Spared in a Modern Bathroom Makeover

published Aug 8, 2016
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(Image credit: Alyssa Valentine)

When Alyssa and her husband moved in to their Echo Park home seven years ago, they were happy to see a lot of the original details from the 1940s bungalow intact, like this blue tile in the bathroom. Though the tile was charming, the rest of the bathroom was dark and gloomy. Alyssa was able to give the space a whole new modern look with a just few small changes—and keep the charming vintage tile!

(Image credit: Jessica Isaac)
(Image credit: Jessica Isaac)
(Image credit: Jessica Isaac)
(Image credit: Jessica Isaac)

When Alyssa first moved in she says she, “painted the bathroom walls a navy blue to try to tone down the cuteness”, which ended up making the space feel small and stuffy. Round 2 involved a fresh coat of white paint and a large mirror above the tub to make the space feel more open and bright.


  • Vanity light – Jonathan Adler
  • Floor tile –
  • Faucet and plumbing fixtures – Ferguson Plumbing
  • Towels & floor mats – Home Goods
  • Blue vase – Home Goods

Thank you Alyssa! See the full house tour → A Modern Mash-Up in a Bright Echo Park Bungalow