Kitchen done, we turned our attention to the bathroom. Luckily, this was nowhwere near as an extensive job as the kitchen, but there was a lot of work to do nonetheless.
I mentioned in an earlier post that the vanity and medicine cabinet had obviously been replaced, probably sometime in the 80s. Here’s the oak medicine cabinet with light fixture in bad (and dangerous) shape. I really liked the tiled in soap holder and toothbrush holder, but they had badly rusted out, and the avocado green color lacked something to be desired.
Here’s a closer look at the condition of the light fixture:
Right…scary! So, we needed to take this:
and update it.
First to go was the medicine cabinet and vanity. The cabinet came off easily and cleanly (after we shut off the power to the bathroom). Our friend Jason, who’s an electrician, actually came over to help with this one. We knew we wanted something a little more architecturally appropriate, but without a built-in light source. So, we scored a couple of vintage looking sconces from our local big box store and had Jason install them.
The medicine cabinet went in smoothly as did the sconces. There was actually a recessed area behind the old medicine cabinet where a much smaller built-in had obviously gone before. This made it easy to wire for the new light fixtures, and Jason was even able to give us an outlet on the medicine cabinet, connected through the cabinet’s interior. the light fixtures with the milk glass actually closely resemble the ceiling fixture in the bathroom.
Next, the vanity had to go.
After removing the cabinet doors and drawers, it actually came off pretty easily too. It had been glued to the tile wall, but after scrubbing a little of the residue from the tile, everything looked good as new.
In the attic of our house was an old pedestal sink that we’re pretty sure had come from this bathroom some time ago. It’s actually very cool, but for several reasons, we decided not to reinstall it. First, it’s cast iron, and much of the original porcelain finish had come off, leaving the sink bowl pretty rusted. Secondly, the spouts for hot and cold water were separated, meaning there was really no lukewarm option. Finally, it’s actually much shorter than a standard sink made today. For these reasons, we opted to go with an updated version of the pedestal sink.
This guy came in two pieces and was pretty easily installed. Once we bolted it to the wall, all that was left was getting a new faucet, painting, and a few other projects to get the bathroom fully functional and updated. I’ll share those soon.