Serving up a Bathroom remodel

Well the bad part about buying a 1978 Ranch,

is it had the original bathroom cabinet and sink. Oh along with those giant mirrors!

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Were people shorter then? No, these must have been built for children! As I’m pretty short and I had to bend over to use it! Plus the fact the faucet was so short even my small hands had a hard time being washed under the running water! Well enough I decided out it goes.

Here it sits awaiting its trip to the recycler, nice photo!

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I had a vision of somewhat 1930’s look. I made a plan, and a list of what was needed in this bathroom remodel.

I wanted a piece of furniture for the vanity. The problem arose in I had a very precise measurement to shove slide it into place. Most bathrooms have one side open so the measurement has a little flexibility to it, so it came out.

This is an attempt to refinish the existing cabinet! Yuck!

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Well now I have the exact measurement of 55 1/2 inches at the most. After several years I still know what that measurement was. That is because Mr. Nostalgia and I spend several weekends driving to watch kids basketball games then hitting different thrift stores.

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Heres one ……..

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Heres another….

They were either too big, too small, too beat up, or too much money. Finally I gave up. On one of our weekend trips I said, “lets just buy stock cabinets and get the bathroom back.” And we did, we got a center cabinet with 2 drawers on top, and 2 smaller cabinets with drawers for each side. Problem solved!

Lots of storage, and new sink Kohler Archer, and nice nickel high arched faucet. Said and done.

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I went to work altering the sink cabinet to make the drawers as pull outs on the bottom and the face plates tip out with storage for rings and dental floss. I primed the center sink cabinet to get it ready to paint.

I had to run to town for something, on my way home I saw a sign “Estate Sale” well my car just automatically followed the signs.

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It was a rather small one located in a warehouse. Humm…they had a buffet….would it be the right size? No of course not. The man asked if I needed help, I explained I needed a buffet but needed a certain size for my project. Well guess what he uncovered in the back? Another one! Oh she was so pretty, and I asked to borrow his tape measure again….BINGO! And it was for sale too!

I took this photo with my phone! I couldn’t believe my luck! I finally found it, my new vanity!

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We got her home and I got busy installing her. I had to keep the sink cabinet as I had altered it (more to come on that piece later) but I returned the 2 side drawer end units. I was on my way, things started moving along.

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 It worked perfect. All the drawers were in the center, and they all slide out to access the plumbing. I had to pull it out from the wall for plumbing, and sink clearance.

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Here it is all ready for tile, love how the drawers pulled out for plumbing access.

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That crooked tile got straightened up after this photo!

I used a honed marble for the top and white subway tile for the backsplash. It’s not grouted yet so it looks a little crooked?

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 If I had to do it over I would have had one solid piece of marble cut for the top, and had it edged with the curve of the piece like the original top had. But it isn’t “perfect” and I know that’s ok, at least it is done.

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Now about the mirror. When we were hitting thrift stores every weekend there for a while. I stumbled across a short somewhat ugly dresser.

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 I fell in love with the mirror attached to it immediately! I was afraid to leave it to get my husband attention, he finally noticed me waving my arms like an air traffic controller and came over. (Maybe he finally was embarrassed enough and had to admit the crazy woman flailing her arms was his wife!) I said I really want this, (I think he thought I lost my mind) I said look at this mirror, it will be perfect for my bathroom! I must have given him the puppy eyes as he went to the counter and got his Senior discount (55!) and he bought it for me. I was so excited, they set about removing the mirror first buy lifting off the side pieces, then unscrewing the wooden brackets from the dresser. The mirror was wrapped in blankets in the backseat of the truck for the ride home, me glowing the whole way…

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Well a burned out light bulb and old light fixture, without the glass is in your face here….

Then there is the business end. The tub-shower was in decent shape so it stayed. I painted the walls. The new Toilet is a Kohler Cimarron.http://www.kohler.com/microsite/cimarron/ It is a comfort height with a regular seat, for you toilet buffs.

The floor around the shower toilet area is a no-glue vinyl and then in front of the vanity a wood laminate was used. The shelf above the toilet for towel storage has it own story. I waited to put anything there, looking again for the “right” piece. Well Mr. Nostalgia happened to rent a new space for his business and cleaned the attic storage space out. Most was all junk to go to the dump, but a couple of things could be salvaged. One being a broke down old spindle shelf! I knew right away this could be perfect fixed and hung on the wall for the towels. He fixed it and made it work. I got it hung and loaded.

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Voila! The accessories came mostly the out of thrifting, and a gift or two here and there. The framed piece above the towel rack came from a local antique mall.

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The other frame from a favorite little antique/junk store. I found the print to go in it. I think the light fixtures are still the same as I haven’t found anything else that will work in the space yet. I did turn it the other way facing up. It would be perfect to have a hanging chandelier in here but this room has ceiling heat so no holes can be made into the ceiling. (Sad face)

Hugs,

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