Continuing the tour of the refreshed and somewhat renovated c. 1916 bungalow, (or there abouts,) our young couple has purchased, the bathroom is the room to see today.

This room started in pretty good condition:

1 1 1 bathroom before

The walls, however, were a shocking yellow. I think the previous homeowner was trying to coordinate with the floor tile, but instead the result was quite harsh.

Although the mechanics of the room was fairly solid, our young couple really didn’t care for some things in the bathroom.

First, as what so frequently happens in older homes over the years, the bathrooms and kitchens during the ‘updating process’ lose their original trim and character. Which is exactly what happened to this room, it had, at some time in the past, been updated, and in that process, the original trim was removed and replaced with ranch molding.

Another thing our couple just wasn’t sure about, was the floor tile. Although it was in excellent condition, it just seemed to scream a little too loud.

After considering ripping out the tile, but given the budget, and encouragement from others to keep it because it had an ‘Anthropologie’ look to it, the new homeowners instead decided to add back in some of the missing character and see if then the tiles would feel more at home in the new setting.

And here are the results of their hard work and creativity:

1 2 1 bathroom vanity area after

First thing, after removing the old trim and floor tiles that had been installed on the sink backsplash, they installed beadboard about 5’ high on the lower section of the walls, and super cute trim, which they caulked and painted the same white color all the trim upstairs is painted.

This was the first carpenter type woodworking project they’ve attempted on their own, and did a wonderful job!

By carefully considering placement of trim and edges, they’ve succeeded in adding back character true to the period of their bungalow home.

1 3 1 collage

Notice in the before pic, the sheetrocked corner by the bathtub, and how ‘modern’ it looks. But what an amazing difference a little wood can make. After they installed the beadboard, one of the details they added was encasing that stub wall with wood. (all the downstairs doorways are originally encased with wood, so little details like this really make a difference when attempting to bring some historical character to a room)

1 4 1 vanity

By blending whites of several shades in this room and by painting the upper walls a muted tan/taupe, it doesn’t pull even more yellow out of the floor tile, but subdues it.

This vanity area was created after they found the perfect sized vanity from and a stool from Ikea.  Fitting perfectly in the spot right over the exposed radiator heater and now this little cubby area has a purpose. (I think she got that vintage print hanging over the vanity at Goodwill, isn’t it a perfect accent?)

1 5 1 roman shade with cafe

The vanity area has tons of natural light that pours into the bathroom from this window. For privacy, the bottom café curtain was sewn and mounted on a tension rod.

Along with the café curtain, is a roman shade. The stripes in the fabric she selected at Joann Fabrics for this roman shade coordinate with the floor tile, yet this fabric doesn’t make the tile color brighter, it just makes it look like a plan.

I helped make the window treatments in their house, so I’ll give another post on a little more detail on how to make the roman shade.

1 6 1 roman shade tie down

We coordinated the café curtain with the shade by adding just a little bit of the striped fabric to the rod pocket top of the café. Cute, huh?

1 7 1 mirror

This wonderful, antique mirror in the natural wood tones is a gorgeous warm accent to the room, and hangs over the pedestal sink once again.

You can see in its reflection the shower curtain. I love the texture and color of the taupe waffle weave curtain she chose.

1 8 1 shelf

The shelf and the items displayed on it are a perfect mix of the colors and textures in this room. The vase with the ceramic flower is just enough of a nod to the floor tile pattern to make it look like it was the plan from the start.

1 9 1 tile floor after

The result? Well the tile is still there, and I’d say now instead of it being a loud booming voice in the room, it is now sweet background music to the room.

I love the finished results of this room.



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0 Thoughts on “Someone Else’s House: Bungalow Bathroom, Almost Anthropologie Style?

  1. Donnamae on February 12, 2013 at 7:41 am said:

    This room is gorgeous…what a fabulous job they did! Now the floor makes sense….like it was all designed to be this way from the very beginning. 😉

  2. I love this makeover! And the floors work perfectly now and I love the vanity. Bravo!


  3. What a beautiful makeover – and you’re right – the floor fits perfectly now – vintage and lovely!
    Visiting from the Charm of Home

  4. It turned out perfect! Thanx for sharing at THT.

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  6. It looks so good! I think trying to match a wild floor tile is never a good idea. With the rest of the room in neutrals, now it’s the star. I actually think it looks beautiful. And very anthro. All of the new finishes look lovely. A nice inspiration as I am collecting ideas for my own bathroom.

  7. This is such a beautiful transformation from modern to vintage. I love the wall color above the beadboard. Are you able to share the name and manufacturer of the paint?

    • Hi Laurel, thank you for your comments and questions… Yes, the paint is Hirshfield’s (they are a local paint franchise in the Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN area) the color on the wall in the bathroom is called: ‘Tobacco Road’. It is a really beautiful color… not too gold and not too gray.

  8. You are so right, now the tile looks fabulous and fits right in. Great transformation.

  9. Marty@A Stroll Thru Life on February 20, 2013 at 11:15 am said:

    Love it, great transformation. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

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