April 26, 2012Retro Bathroom Shower Reveal In Mom’s 1950s Time Capsule Condo
By Sara In AZ
Soooooo, last week we saw the sink and vanity area final reveal in all of it’s Holiday Turquoise glory.
Going from this………………………………………
To this………………ahhhhhhhhhhh, yes!
Now, we all get to see the final reveal of the other side of the bathroom – the shower and tub area! You will all remember the zillion other posts I already did on the shower rehab thus far – from installing a vintage Hall Mack soap holder, to cleaning and re-grouting the tile, we cannot forget the time we had to cut off the tub spout, and finally that blast of a time Mike had changing out all of the shower water stem valves. Let’s just say that trying to get the shower and tub area whipped back into shape took far more time than I ever thought it would, sometimes I wondered if it would EVER come to an end………..eek!
Here is where we started off on day one, this is right after Mom got the keys to the condo.
It’s SUCH a disaster isn’t it!?!
It’s so horribly disgusting with all of that mold in the caulk and grout, ughhhhhhhh.
And then there is that little problem of the big gaping hole right in the middle of the shower!
We certainly had our work cut out for us and we knew it would not be easy, but we were determined and we were NOT going to let this go down without a fight!
Here is one last picture from when Mike has started removing the old handles to gain access to the valves.
And Lord Have Mercy, what a difference time and patience and A LOT of cleaning and tons Liquid Wrench will get you!!! Here is Mike installing all of the new American Standard handles and trim pieces.
Just a FYI here y’all , you can sometimes order new handles/trim pieces to match the old ones if the finish on your old handles/trim is worn or corroded. Since we had all of our old handles and trim pieces off anyway, to change out the valves, we took them down to our local specialty plumbing store Central Arizona Supply and asked if we could still order items like this. Right off the bat they knew it was all American Standard handles and trim pieces and lo and behold, YES – we could order new replacements!!!! We were pretty excited since the old trim escutcheons were in horrible shape, but then a dilemma……… I was planning on using the old hot and cold handles, but the more I thought about it I just didn’t think the shiny new chrome trim would look right against the more worn finish of the original handles. So new handles were ordered too, and I have to say the quality is really nice on the new handles. I was worried with ordering new handles, and comparing them against the old ones, that the new ones would seem cheap and flimsy. Totally not the case at all, the new handles have a super nice chrome finish and they are really heavy duty and well made!
And just like magic, the new handles are all installed and are exactly like the vintage handles! YAY!!!!
But, we still have to attach that tub spout and the drain over flow cover. Getting closer though………
And voila, the shower is all pretty and complete once again! Whew!!!!!!
Mom also picked out a new shower head, that she just fell in love with, from Kohler so Mike installed that for her too.
It almost doesn’t seem like the same tub and shower does it!
Mike also installed a new Kohler shower door. I never got a really good picture of the shower door that was in there when Mom bought the place, you can kind of see it in the first shower picture I show above. The door was definitely not original to 1959 and was in pretty sad shape, so Mom asked for a new one and we thought it was a good idea.
One shower door install later and this bathroom renovation is done!!!!!
To say that Mike and I were happy when this bathroom renovation was done is a complete understatement – we were on cloud 9. I’m pretty sure we had smiles from ear to ear for weeks on end!
Come back next Thursday when we install the new knick knack shelves in Mom’s condo!