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  1. #1
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    Default From 1980 to 1920...my bathroom remodel

    This was my "lovely" bathroom when I bought my place in 07.

    Everything was painted this ugly flat beige paint.
    This vanity had to be about the ugliest thing I'd ever seen!

    The walls are plaster & had beed scored halfway up to look like subway tile. I thought it was real tile under there (I'd read up enough to be dangerous!) So when the beige paint had begun peeling inside the shower area (yes, the PO painted in there too!) I began scraping it off with my heat gun & s.c.r.a.p.ers. I ended up with this mess!

    Oh, Lordy...I'm in trouble now! All the Kilz in the world coundn't save it...so I called my neighbor/tile guy & he got to work...fully removing the back wall.


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    Default Re: From 1980 to 1920...my bathroom remodel

    I decided to do it right & do it once. This was going to become the bathroom I always wanted.

    Next step was green board & new plumbing...and finally, my subway tile.

    I wanted something different, so I went with a charcoal grout

    The original escutcheon had been painted a dozen times. Now it's a simple white with "Standard" stamped onto it! I still need to get nicer handles. These came with the new guts & I hate them.

    Anywho...the rest of the damaged walls came down including under the window so I could add some beefy insulation!



    While all this was going on, I was working on the really FUN part...finding all my vintage fixtures! I kept only the tub & toilet...

    Next...Ebay & Craigslist finds...
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    Default Re: From 1980 to 1920...my bathroom remodel

    Ceiling fixture...Ebay $120

    Sconces...about $80


    All these are nickel plated brass. Towel bar $50

    Shelf for over the toilet $75


    Chrome tp holder $30

    My awesome new radiator about $500 (my old one had issues upon reinstallation. Snapped feed valve & a leaky joint. had to replace)

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    My Craigslist sink! Only $50!!!!

    New/Old med cabinet $70

    Last, but not least, my black hex floor tile! 40 sq ft approx $400

    Original shelf & trim from under the windows. Sanded down & 3 coats of Amber Shellac...

    Threshold trim piece. Sanded baby-bottom smooth & 3 coats of shellac

    Shower curtain...dollar store! $10


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    Default Re: From 1980 to 1920...my bathroom remodel

    Antique shop storage table...$15

    The toilet is IN! Woo Hoo!


    I'm still working on reglazing my windows, but it is all getting there!

    This project took just over a year to complete. I had shoulder surgery about 4 months into it & everything had to be put on hold until I got back to work & could replenish the bank acct!

    Hope you all like it as much as I do. This was truly a labor of love & I think this design is much more age-appropriate to my house!
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    Default Re: From 1980 to 1920...my bathroom remodel

    Very neat work. The overall look is very nice.

    One item of note; greenboard isn't waterproof, and according to the TCNA is no longer an acceptable substrate for wet areas without an applied surface waterproofing membrane. Keep an eye on that tub surround for puffing tiles and grout falling out.

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    Default Re: From 1980 to 1920...my bathroom remodel

    Thanks. I do still have a few things to finish up in there, but for the most part...everything works & nothing leaks.

    I may have been wrong on the names of materiels that the tile guy used. I do know that what he put up is waterproof. We went shopping & he chose what I needed & I paid the bill!
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    Default Re: From 1980 to 1920...my bathroom remodel

    Very nice! I love that toilet. Do you know what make/model it is? I'd love to find one for my remodel!

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    Default Re: From 1980 to 1920...my bathroom remodel

    looks awesome.....the sink and toilet look great, love them. great job of showing how to make a great retro bathroom on a budget. well done.

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    Default Re: From 1980 to 1920...my bathroom remodel

    Very nicely done the '80s were a dark age for interior design haha It looks 100% better now

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