We’re officially checking off the smallest bathroom in our Two Flat renovation! We salvaged the vintage pink bathroom fixtures and mixed new with old for the sweetest blend.
Our Little Pink Bathroom Is Done!
I’m not sure I could love a vintage pink bathroom more – maybe even more than our own? (It’s safe to say, we have a think for pink.) But this one is extra sweet, because we were able to salvage the vintage bathtub and sink, with only minor repairs. In our 130-year-old Two Flat, we’re honored to preserve a small part of our home’s history in this extra-small footprint. This room has come a long way (baby), so allow me to remind you how she looked on a cold winter’s day, in 2019:
Little Pink Bath | Before
Little Pink Bath | Today!
The views above are taken from the same angle. If you’re confused, it’s because the placement of this bathroom was rotated from right to left! This entire niche is located off of Unit 1’s kitchen, but we nixed the broom closet for a stairway to the den(!), and we moved the location of the small (yet full) bath to the right of the former closet. Here’s a pulled back view, which may help with visualizing placement:
Wide View From Kitchen | Before
Wide View From Kitchen | Today
Saving the Pink
You know by now that we were hellbent on saving the pink sink and bathtub (the toilet – with it’s huge hole in the tank! – not so much). I’m happy to report that Bar Keepers Friend worked it’s magic on the sink, and it looks brand new – certainly not a day over 70-years-old, ha! The bathtub required reglazing, and I’ll share more about that soon! But seriously, while we know that the pink fixtures most likely replaced something else, it would be safe to assume that they were installed after 1950.
We did have to replace the old chrome sink base with this console sink base, but we love it so much more than what was there before! And while I did everything in my power to clean up the chrome hardware, it was too far gone, pocked and gauged and covered in thick rust. It took me a while to admit defeat, but once I did, Scott ordered this widespread faucet, which I’m pretty happy with!
About That Mirror
Let’s chat about this mirror for a second! I love. Love. It. It’s actually the same mirror that was hanging on the back of the old broom closet door, seen in the before photos. It’s perfectly speckled with age spots, and yes, it is a bit foggy with age. Some of you will love this, some of you won’t. I’m in the former camp, planted firmly with two feet.
We had a local glass cutter cut about 12″ off of the bottom, which fit better with the scale of the bathroom. To give it a barely-there floating look, we first adhered a thick sheet of plywood to the wall using a combination of anchors and screws into studs. Then we used this ca-razy strong adhesive to attach the mirror to the plywood!
A Nod to the Traditional
While we considered going more bold with the tile, it just didn’t feel right. We wanted our pink sink and bathtub to be the stars, but we also knew that they’d need to be highlighted with the right tile and metal finishes. In addition, the placement of the tile was just as important! We carried the traditional 3″ x 6″ subway tile up the pitched ceiling of the shower, and we highlighted it with blank pencil, marble skirting and glossy white caps.
Tile pictured: Hampton Niles marble mosaic 12″ x 12″ | Imperial Bianco gloss subway 3″ x 6″ | Black Marquina polished marble skirting | Black Marquina pencil tile | Imperial Bianco Barnes (cap) | charcoal grout
When it came to our metal choice(s), we opted for chrome fixtures throughout. (Honestly, who’s surprised?) We think of polished chrome as forever classic, with its mirror-like shine and ability to play the perfect supporting role. We outfitted our pink tub with the Delta Cassidy shower trim kit, this shower head, and this adorable cross handle.
The only exception to our chrome rule – aside from the brass frame for our artwork – is this polished nickel toilet paper holder! To be honest, that was an accident. I ordered it thinking it was polished chrome, but when it arrived, I didn’t mind the nickel one bit! Polished nickel has a warmer tone, but it was far enough away from all of the chrome finishes to prevent it from being a distraction.
Small + Mighty
Who’s to say that small can’t be mighty? We’re head over heels for this tiny vintage pink bathroom, black toilet lid and all! (Ha!). But really, speaking of that black toilet lid, doesn’t it feel so right for this room? The compact size of this space benefits from the black accents, soft pink and restrained-everything-else.
Do you know what this means? It means that the very first room in our Two Flat is done!
Vintage Pink Bathroom Sources:
Sherwin-Williams Heron Plume SW 6070 (walls) | Hampton Niles marble mosaic 12″ x 12″ | Imperial Bianco gloss subway 3″ x 6″ | Black Marquina polished marble skirting | Black Marquina pencil tile | Imperial Bianco Barnes (cap) | charcoal grout | vintage sink + chrome stand | vintage bathtub | Sarasota toilet + black lid | vintage mirror (similar) | toilet paper holder | Delta Cassidy shower trim kit + head + handle | copper shower curtain | double-arm wall sconce | chrome hooks | artwork + frame | elderflower bar soap