`Welcome to throw back Thursday! Today I’m going to share our bathroom remodel at our lake house aka Happy Hill. This was the last of three bathrooms we remodeled at the lake. The first two were upstairs and so while we ripped out those, this was our only functional bathroom for months!
Why remodel a vintage 70’s bathroom you ask? Well, here is how it looked in its original state. I doubt that gold tile will ever come back in style but who am I to say? As you can see there was striped carpet on the floor, outdated tile and the toilet used about 30 gallons of water when you flushed. This room was a total gut job. I love to look back at before and after pictures and see how far we’ve come in 6 years!
Here is the door leading into the bathroom in the basement. The door, paneling and trim got replaced as well. The little kitchenette went away too. (I did love the little green refrigerator, but it wasn’t included with the house.)
And below is the gold shower tile. It was in pretty bad shape. Plus we wanted to update the entire room.
We ripped out the toilet, sink, tiles and carpet. My husband stayed at a hotel once that had white subway tile with black accents and he wanted this look for the man cave bathroom. Good call! This bathroom is actually my favorite in the entire house!
We decided to leave the original bathtub. It is heavy cast iron and actually in pretty good shape. My husband installed black 12×12 marble tiles on the floor. Then we added the beveled white subway tiles in the shower and partially on one wall. Thin black accent tiles break up the expanse of white and give it a more masculine look I think. I still need to do something about that little window. I’m thinking maybe some of that cling on film? Meanwhile the guys don’t seem to mind.
I found this old sea captain oil painting on eBay for $12. It was even framed in a rustic dark frame with rope trim. This picture doesn’t do him justice due to my flash but he is quite handsome. I love him.
Although the original sink was cute and functional, I found this little beauty at an antique store and had to have it. And it fits the space better since it is smaller and round. Plus, I love the roping detail on the edges and the leaf shape soap holders. The faucet is original to the sink. I think it is precious and gives the room a little feminine touch.
I found this light fixture on eBay as well. They are actually sea serpents but since I don’t like snakes, I pretend they are fancy gold fish. The glass shades are from Lowe’s and mimic fish scales. The wiring was so old on the outlet, that it is not hardwired but we have other outlets so it’s fine.
The little white recessed shelves on the side of the mirror are original to the house. Originally it was a small oak colored medicine cabinet, but because of the new light fixture the door wouldn’t open so we removed it and painted the shelves white. We replaced the plain square mirror with a vintage etched round one. There is a little toy moose on the shelf that my husband found buried in the yard. We’ve found several little buried treasures during the renovation. I’m so sentimental about this house so of course we keep them!
This bathroom is tiny but totally functional now.. We replaced the old water guzzling toilet with a new, more efficient model that conserves water. This is great not only for our well but for our septic system too. It’s so nice to finally have all of the bathrooms finished! After we finished this bathroom, I was wishing in hindsight I had used subway tiles in the other bathrooms. Oh well. We still have lots of projects to do at Happy Hill, but for now everything works! Next up for Happy Hill is the engagement party!
Thanks for stopping by friends! I appreciate it! xoxo Dell