AND WHAT’S BEHIND DOOR NUMBER ONE…
A basement bathroom was added just off a family rec-room, (toilet, shower and sink). The whole design concept was to make it look like a vintage office, including a typewriter…
Instead of using regular shelving for storage, a “barrister book-case” was used for extra towels, paper products, and even gave space for displaying a collection of vintage cameras.
The top of the book-case houses a faux leather wine crate, a beautiful leather-bound liquor bottle, an antique shaving mirror, (including a brass razor and brush). A hand-held telephone, (of today’s technology), and a vintage French poster of shaving products.
An old typewriter was salvaged from a clear-out of the parents’ home, and became the perfect starting-off point for the vintage idea to be conceptualized.
A cedar plank was re-purposed as a display shelf, using vintage-style brackets. A vintage shaving mirror perches on top, with apothecary jars, bath salts and vintage metal sign, advertising peppermint sticks…
The framed picture below the shelf, was made by owner from a page of stickers, and from a collection of old keys, was able to match up some of the real keys to the pictures and stuck them on, giving a 2-D effect.
A horse bridal was also on hand, found in a box of leather belts. So it was hung on the wall, filling the vertical space.
The owners traded an old computer for the shower stall, which had been previously in someone else’s home.
I needed to find a very unique towel rack that would totally compliment the vintage appeal of the rest of the bathroom. So, I started scouring the second-hand shops for that ideal rack. What I got very excited about in one store, was a vintage oak coat rack. As soon as I saw it, I knew that would absolutely PERFECT.
At the same time as finding the coat rack, I also spied this man’s fedora, giving the bathroom that total "private investigator" look! (Is DICK TRACEY available to do some P.I. work for me)? Get out your DECODER RINGS………..
The most beautiful piece in the bathroom, is the antique dresser, re-vamped, to become the vanity, (also had the matching mirror). It took a bit of searching to find a sink small enough to fit the width of the vanity, as it’s rather narrow. The faucets are the second set we tried. The first set was returned because the arc of the faucet was way too shallow to use comfortably. The drawer fronts were taken off the vanity and magnets were attached to both the drawer fronts and the edge of the vanity, to make them removeable for the piping behind.
There is a collection of vintage shaving brushes, another brass razor, a soap stone shaving cream vessel, with lid, and a gorgeous cranberry glass comb sterilizer, with lid.
The pair of Delft-ware wall sconces were a gift from the owner’s brother many years prior to the bathroom build, but were the perfect choice for it.
Beside the toilet, is what appears to be another antique phone. However, it’s actually a hidden cupboard, (and a fantastic cover for the extra rolls of paper).
If you choose to do a specific themed room, you can find accessories in second-hand shops, vintage shops, even auctions or estate sales, and even at garage sales, (someone elses trash is somebody elses treasure). The whole picture of our theme has been with items that compliment each other and the decor, giving it continuity.
The flooring we chose was a laminate, (resembling wide barn boards), which flowed well with the vintage styling. Will also be a good surface for water on the floor, (and dampness in the atmosphere because it is a bathroom).
Sorry, can’t help if you need a private investigator…
Until next time……..Judy
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