April 19, 2012Holiday Turquoise Retro Bathroom Reveal in Mom’s 1950s Time Capsule Condo!!!
By Sara In AZ
Month and months and months have gone by on our little renovation project and it’s FINALLY time to see the bathroom in all it’s renovated retro glory!
We will see all the final pictures of the vanity and sink area this Thursday and then next Thursday we will show the final reveal of the shower/tub area!
We’ll start off with the hinges first. Remember these paint encrusted, rusty hinges that Mike had to work 3 hours to remove??? Uggghhhhhhh……………………………
We definitely knew we needed some new hinges, so we took an old hinge down to Home Depot and tried to match it up as closely as possible to a new hinge. We wanted to use all of the old screw holes on the doors and the vanity base and not have to re-drill ALL new screw holes for the new hinges– that is why we wanted a really close match. We found these Chrome Liberty Hinges at Home Depot and we thought they matched as closely as anything possibly could!
Here is Mike installing the pretty new hinges.
And voila, new shiny chrome hinges! YAY! (This picture was taken with a flash, so this is the more true color of the cabinets)
Ahhhhhhh, SO much better! (The picture below was taken with the flash off, so cabinets appear more green) One word of warning when installing a new hinge – if you are changing hinges at all, even if it is pretty much the exact same size and everything, you will still need to fuss around with how the doors hang and close. Especially if the doors meet in the middle, as many of them did in Mom’s bathroom.
I also wanted to show y’all a close up of the original boomerang handles in Mom’s bathroom. They are made by Ajax. I have never heard of that manufacturer before, but I sure do like their boomerang handles!
Here is a close up of the original American Standard label that is still attached to the underside of the sink! Neat!
Ok, ok – I know y’all are getting antsy to see pictures of the cabinets! So here we go!
Here is what we started off with on day one. It’s white. It’s pretty blah, and the cabinets definitely needed some work!
And here we are today! Clean tile and grout, new vanity/sink vent, new faucet, new hinges. Oh, and a new floor too!
Here is the old bathroom light and mirror.
And here is the new light bar, and the new NuTone medicine cabinet. Also, your eyes do not deceive you – that IS a Mermaid towel ring!!!
I just had to get Mom this vintage Hall Mack Mermaid Towel Ring when I came across one on eBay last summer. I knew it would be a great go-along to those fish tiles in the shower and Mom loves old ceramic fish and mermaids, so it could not have been more perfect!
Ok, back to the cabinets! Here are the storage cabinets to the right.
And here they are now, all turquoise-d out!
Wow, it sure does look a lot different now doesn’t it!
Yay for turquoise!
And the bathroom is finally all put back together!
See y’all back here next Thursday when I show the final reveal of the shower!