April 18, 2017Mike and Sara Rehab a 60s Retro Ranch : Installing Vintage New Old Stock Moen Boutique Bathroom Faucets
By Sara In AZ
Let’s all get in the time machine and travel back to mid-2014…we had just bought the retro ranch months earlier and as we were rehabbing the house I was starting to ponder what kind of faucets we should install in all of the bathrooms. This was a really hard one to figure out…in that I had absolutely no idea what kind of faucets I wanted.
Not one of the sink faucets in our house was original. All of the faucets were ok….they worked, but also they were poorly made…loose handles, etc. They also didn’t look like they really belonged in a 1960s era bathroom.
I believe that our original sink faucets were the American Standard “Push-Pull” lavatory faucets that you can see in a scan from my my old catalog below.
We still have the original “Push-Pull” shower/bath fixtures in our 2 bathtubs and one shower, that is why I am assuming we had the “Push-Pull” faucets as well.
So this is basically the faucets we were left with in all of the bathrooms…..just your standard everyday big box type faucets.
As I said before, nothing horrible……just not really fitting the “retro” vibe I am trying to achieve.
The vintage American Standard catalog above is from the late 1960s. You can see the top 2 fixtures shown have lucite/acrylic handles. I think the acrylic faucets were just starting to come into vogue at that time…so I kinda had that in the back of my mind in hunting down faucets for the bathrooms. But still, I had no idea what I even wanted………until I came across a seller on Etsy selling a stash of New Old Stock acrylic vintage Moen faucets!!!!!
*Side note – I would have linked to the Etsy shop, but the seller is no longer selling on Etsy…bummer.*
And just like *that* I snapped up 5 for all of our bathroom faucets!
It is a “Boutique” faucet by Moen.
Hmmmm, I think we know who our “plumbing contractor” is going to be….a certain someone who goes by the name of “Mike”.
So, I am sure that y’all are on the edge of your seats wondering what this faucet could possibly look like right?! Well, here goes!
Seriously, it’s perfect for the bathrooms! It has a retro look, it’s acrylic, it’s brand spanking new…what more could I ask for?!
Super love the font they used!
Here is the original tag attached to the faucet.
All of the bits and pieces in the box.
And, finally, all of the original paperwork in the box.
Soooo, I’ve been sitting on these faucets for almost 3 years now….just counting down the days until we can finally install one and it was finally time as we were doing renovations on the hall bath!
So we bought all of the necessary extras we needed to install the faucets and thought we’d be good to go. We then removed the old faucets and everything came to a screeching halt!
We had heard from the sellers son, who removed all of the original tile counters in the kitchen (ugh) that the tiles were on a very thick bed of mortar. For some reason that completely escaped our mind as we were about to deal with installing these faucets. One faucet removal later and we learned that the tile countertops in the bathrooms are mud set tiles on a 2 inch thick bed of mortar. Yes, they really don’t do stuff like they used to do they?!
So, we had to make one more trip to the hardware store in order to buy extra long fittings (bolts and such) for all of the faucets so that we could actually attach these new faucets!
And YAY! The faucets are FINALLY installed!!!
I am seriously in love with them!!!
It really works!
And one last before and after:
It really is the little things that make all the difference!
Coming up next Tuesday….we install the new flooring!