BATHROOM ‘BEFORES’

1950s Briggs bathroom ad.

1950s Briggs bathroom ad.

Our house will have three bathrooms. The bathrooms on the main level are both small…really small. The main bath is 6.5′ wide x 9.8′ long so there’s just enough room for a small shower, sink and toilet and the other bathroom on the main floor is just a teeny tiny powder room in the mud room entrance area. It may be tiny but I know this one will come in very handy being in the mudroom. The third bathroom will be a full bath created in the new basement.

There isn’t much to show you of the main bathroom. I’m not sure what the original bathroom looked like fifty years ago but it was recently renovated. When the home was vacant again and they thought the house would be demolished they took out the newer bathroom fixtures to use elsewhere so that is why it is in this condition. It may be small, but it will still be stylish when it’s done.

The main bath 'before'.

The main bath ‘before’.

Here is the before photo of the ‘powder room’ or the bathroom off of the mudroom…powder room sounds so fancy.

Bathroom 'before'.

Bathroom ‘before’.

For the powder room I was thinking I’d like to find some vintage or vintage looking wallpaper.  Something that’s fun but not too busy for this tiny room as I don’t want to make it look smaller than it is. I’m hoping to keep the white tiles that go halfway up the wall and I think a vintage sink and toilet like the ones below (preferably in the aqua) would look so perfect in here. For inspiration I scanned some photos from a vintage 1950 Kohler Co. catalogue. I love that fixtures came in so many pretty colours. This particular line came in white, Cerulean Blue (above), Spruce Green, Peach Blow and Tuscan – a pastel yellow. The surfaces were made of vitreous china and enameled iron. I guess the only disadvantage of coloured fixtures is that you had to be really committed to loving that colour for a really long time.

Bathroom in blue from a 1950 Kohler Co. catalogue.

Bathroom in blue from a 1950 Kohler Co. catalogue.

Kohler bath in Tuscan yellow, 1950.

Kohler bath in Tuscan yellow, 1950.

1950 Kohler bathroom ad

1950 Kohler bathroom ad

Kohler bathroom, 1950.

Kohler bathroom, 1950 with pretty pink tiles.

Crane was a Canadian company that carried colourful fixtures as well. This ad showed them in Shell Pink, Sky Blue and Pale Jade. Both Crane and Kohler are still in the bathroom business today but I don’t think you can buy their fixtures in these colours any more…how sad.

Crane colourful bathroom fixture ad.

Crane colourful bathroom fixture ad.

1959 Crane ad.

1959 Crane ad.

Colourful bathroom fixtures were popular from the 1950s through the 1970s but eventually faded away for the most part. I’ll never forgot the mauve fixtures my parents had in our bathroom though and their home was built in the early seventies.

And to add a bit of chrome to the bathroom I’d love to get recessed toilet paper holders and soap dishes. There must be a company that still makes something like these. This fine line was made by Hall-Mack, the ‘makers of America’s most distinctive equipment for bathrooms…’ That sounds perfect for my fancy ‘powder room’.

1952 Hall-Mack bathroom accessories.

1952 Hall-Mack bathroom accessories.

Or the luxurious ‘relaxation unit’ that holds toilet paper, cigarettes, matches and an ash tray as well as a mirror backed book shelf – wow!

1952 Hall-Mack relaxation unit bathroom accessory.

1952 Hall-Mack relaxation unit bathroom accessory.

I’ll add any bathroom updates or plans and I will definitely add photos of any vintage fixtures or wallpaper that might end up going in one of the bathrooms.

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