Remodeling Your Vintage Bathroom - What Not to Do

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It’s hard to distinguish between a vintage bathroom and the one that’s just old. Vintage one should have a look about it that makes it classic like it’s frozen in time. If you have that kind of bathroom, you should approach remodeling with extra care. The goal is to keep the look and the feel of a vintage bathroom, but to make it fresh and of course – to have all the convenience of our time at your disposal.

Here’s a list of mistakes you shouldn’t make when embarking on this project:

Don’t overspend

This is a good advice for any home maintenance expense, but it’s especially important for restoration. Make detailed plans before you start any work. It’s important to also list labor and material costs because that often gets overlook and it can add up. Sometimes it may seem like saving on professional labor is a good idea, but if fixing the mistakes amateur mad can prove to be more expensive than the work itself. Try coming up with 3 different plans: the least expensive one, plan with the optimal amount done and a dream plan. The real expenses will be somewhere in between.

Don’t use modern materials

Modern materials like chrome tend to be shiny and noticeable, especially if they’re surrounded by old -fashioned decorations and tiles. They might be easier to find, but don’t go for the easier option. Take the time to find the materials appropriate for vintage ambiance. Plumbers used copper, wrought iron, nickel, and oiled bronze in the old days.  Tiles and woodwork were both white and baths were made of porcelain. All of these can be used even today, just remember to add a few modern touches when it comes to heating.

Don’t forget the plumbing

There was a time when indoor plumbing was a scarcity. Even when you’re going for full- scale bathroom renovations you should try to keep the detached tubs in order to retain the authentic look. For instance, claw foot tub has a distinct elegance to it. The same goes for sinks – if you have adequate space try to keep them detached. Pedestal sinks, with a curvy design, are synonymous with Victorian style. Early toilets also had a detached tank, usually hung on the wall and a handle operated by a metal chain. You might run into some blocked toilet issues and for that it is best to call a pro to help you deal with the problem. Avoid taking the task upon yourself as the vintage pipes can be quite a challenge.

Don’t change the vintage finishes

This isn’t just the question of aesthetic (although old fashioned tiles are what everyone notices in a bathroom).  It can also prove to be too much work. Wall tiles usually have several layers of concrete underneath them and possible some wire lath. Problems with any of these would cost quite a lot to repair and you have to get a professional to do it.  The same goes for old mirrors or and vanities. It’s all right if they seem a bit shabby – that’s the whole point. A little repainting is all you need.

Color palette (don’t change it, unless you have to)

Odd color combinations work great in a vintage context. For instance, black white and mint –green would actually be a good idea. Green tiles are a classic and a splash of black on the fixtures would really pop. You can also go with pink and red, again with pink the dominate color and with red details being used to make things interesting. Naturally, when you’re picking the color palette you need to have the lights in mind as well. It’s better to stick to the convenience of modern lighting and that may change the overall look of the tiles.

A vintage bathroom can bring its own charm to your home. Try to preserve as much of the style without losing comfort – the bathroom should serve a purpose first and foremost.

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michelle garcia Thank you for sharing this tutorial. Like this!

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