Save the Blue Bathroom : Part 3

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Here is part 3 of our blue bathroom re-do. Please do read the other parts here:
Part 1 Part 2.

It probably took as long to do the little stuff as the big stuff! If you've been following along, then join us on the home stretch!

The Sink Area

We now had a nice refinished sink top but nothing to put it in...

 

A retro renovation, save the bue bathroom. The sink area.

Here is the old console (and toilet.) Notice the huge space on the left of the console sink....

 

A retro renovation, save the bue bathroom

We decided to slavage the 60-70s era console by filling in the detail, repainting it, and replacing the knobs with atomic style ones. Here is the before shot... read on to see the after!

 

A retro renovation, save the bue bathroom. Countertop

We found a local handyman to custom make the counter top--this allowed us to make the counter bigger than a standard size. We extended the counter to the left wall, creating lots more countertop space! The edge of the top was a chrome-like aluminum inlay.

 

A retro renovation, save the bue bathroom. Retro formica

We also used a custom Formica surface. You can order samples from the Formica website – we ended up choosing “Gray Ellipse”.

http://www.formica.com/en/au/products/decorative-laminates-consumer/details?di=AU_AU_FMCONHPLPF_6614

 

Medicine Cabinet and Lights

The medicine cabinet (which was vintage 1955) needed too much love to save, so we decided to replace it entirely with a larger, inset version.

A retro renovation, save the bue bathroom. Medicine cabinet and lights

We had to cut out several 2x4s and still it just barely fit but looks nice. The larger inset mirror really makes the room seem larger, which was an unexpected benefit.

 

A retro renovation, save the bue bathroom. Medicine cabinet and lights.

For better lighting we replaced the lights with new hanging lights with daylight temperature fluorescent bulbs throw a lot of nice light without getting hot.

 

Ventallation and Heat Lamp

To help prevent the mold/dampness issues from returning we also installed a ceiling vent fan with heat lamp.

A retro renovation, save the bue bathroom. Heat lamp.

 

 

Final photos

Months (and months) later we were finally finished with our blue vintage bathroom re-do!

A retro renovation, save the bue bathroom. Tiled bathtub area

A retro renovation, save the bue bathroom. Sliding glass shower doors.

A retro renovation, save the bue bathroomA retro renovation, save the bue bathroom

 A retro renovation, save the bue bathroom. Barbie K mermaids hang on the wall.

A retro renovation, save the bue bathroom. Blue toilet, starburst hardware and cabinet

A retro renovation, save the bue bathroom.

 

Final Toughts

The project took quite a bit longer than we hoped, but only cost about $1300.

Are we glad we did it? Yes.

Would I have done it again? Not the same way, that's for sure... I learned so much on this project (hate caulking and drywall finishing) that the next one should be a breeze!

Next project, our OTHER bathroom will get tiki-fied!

 

~Andrew

 

This is part 3 of our blue bathroom re-do. Please do read the other parts here:
Part 1 Part 2.

 

Reference

Fomica laminate:

http://www.formica.com/en/au/products/decorative-laminates-consumer/details?di=AU_AU_FMCONHPLPF_6614

 

Decorative mermaids by Barbie K

http://shop.catslikeus.com/collections/barbie-k

 

 

 

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