Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll be sharing mood boards for each of the Two Flat’s wet rooms! If you’re counting, that’s 2 bathrooms + 1 kitchen for Unit 1, and 1 bathroom + 1 kitchen for Unit 2. These plans will act as a resource as we move through each of these rooms over the course of the summer. Ready? Ready.
The pink bathroom in Unit 1 stole my heart from the very beginning. I’m pretty sure I audibly gasped when I saw that pink sink, the pink tub, the (broken) pink toilet! Of course, I did my best to play it cool in front of the realtors, because you know, you don’t want to give it all away. Would it be safe to say that the pink bathroom is what sold me on the Two Flat? Well, I’m not going to say it didn’t. (You know I love a vintage bathroom, after all!)
Unit 1 will eventually be a short-term rental that we are hoping to fully design and furnish. Even if we decide to pivot at the last minute and go with longer leases, we think there’s still a market for furnished homes in Chicago and those who will appreciate our scrappiness to salvage the original pink fixtures.
Unit 1 Pink Bathroom | Before
Unit 1 Pink Bathroom | Today
One of the biggest changes you’ve probably noticed from the before photos is the bathroom location. It swapped places with the closet! We salvaged the pink bathtub and sink, but the toilet had a massive hole beyond repair. You all have helped me out tremendously by pointing me towards Retro Renovation, which is how I was able to find out that our sink and tub are both Gerber’s Bahama Pink, a not-too-bubblegum shade with a soft peachy undertone.
We’re keeping things classic and sweet with traditional glossy subway tile and polished chrome fixtures. Below, the pink staples were pulled from a vintage Kohler catalog, since finding Gerber images were near impossible (that color has since been discontinued). And #15 is a placeholder for that mirror you see on the door in the before photos! We had it repaired by a local glass maker, and we’ll be using it in our design.
1. double-arm sconce | 2. chrome + porcelain hooks | 3. Imperial Bianco Barnes (cap) | 4. Black Marquina pencil tile | 5. Imperial Bianco gloss subway 3″ x 6″ | 6. Black Marquina polished marble skirting | 7. Hampton Niles marble mosaic 12″ x 12″ | 8. Bomb-dive artwork | 9. capri copper shower curtain | 10. Delta Cassidy toilet paper holder | 11. Delta Cassidy shower trim kit + handle | 12. Sarasota toilet | 13. Sebou mat | 14. vintage pink sink with chrome base | 15. vintage mirror (similar)
Are you on Team Pink yet?
Want more Two Flat? Here’s an overview of the project, and here’s a post-by-post breakdown of our renovation progress from day one! This Q + A covers a lot of ground (like how we knew she was The One and how we’re financing the project), and you can even watch our video series ‘Dear Two Flat’ on YouTube. Thank you for following along!