April 4, 2017Mike and Sara Rehab a 60s Retro Ranch : Installing A Vintage New Old Stock Miami Carey Turnette!
By Sara In AZ
What is a “Turnette” you ask!? Why it’s the ever popular chrome rotating toothbrush holder!
I managed to come across one being auctioned on eBay a long while back and I was quite intrigued by it since it was NOS! I was thrilled when I won the auction and could not wait to get my hands on it!!!
Here you can see it came from a hardware store in, what I believe to be, Holyoke Massachusetts.
Here is a close-up of the label on the box.
The box is opening…………………
And huzzah! Here is the sweet little Turnette! No instructions came with it – just the mounting screws.
So, where to install the Turnette?! The crazy thing about our house is that we literally have NO medicine cabinets or anything of the like…it’s kinda weird! There is one drawer in the hall bath and 2 drawers in the master and that is it (besides the main cabinet base, of course). On our original blueprints we can clearly see where they were going to install the built-in small rectangular cabinets in the hall bath and the master and that was never done…I wish I knew why!!! At any rate, we are trying now to rectify the storage situation in the bathrooms so we thought why not install this Turnette in the hall bath!
Since the hall bath has mirrors on all 3 sides of the vanity and the original tile meets the the mirror all around the vanity as well we really didn’t have a lot of options as to where to put the Turnette. We were not going to remove any of the mirrors and since our tile is mud set we were not going to be cutting into that either…that left us with just small areas of drywall to consider. We have 2 sinks in the hall bath and we decided that the left hand side felt most natural to install the Turnette in. So we made our marks and got to cutting out the drywall!
Eeks! It felt SO wrong to be cutting out that drywall!!!
Drywall is now cut out and Mike has braced the surrounding area with wood so we can use the mounting screws it came with.
And just like that the Turnette is installed!
It actually feels like it has always been there, I love it!
I somehow even managed to find the perfect size poodle cup to fit the cup holder!
I am SUPER thrilled to finally have this installed!
Come back next Tuesday to see what color I decided to paint the hall bathroom…it’ll probably shock you!