Shortly after demolition on the only bathroom in our client’s home had begun, she realized that she was having difficulty finding the right finishes and making design decisions. Though nervous that an interior designer would blow the budget and try to take over the project, she found Interiors by The Sewing Room’s website and scheduled her initial consultation with our designer, Liz. At their first meeting, our client knew that Liz was a perfect fit for her project, and hired her on an hourly basis to help select finishes and keep the project moving forward.
The house was built in the 1920s, the bathroom remodeled sometime during the 1950’s. It was in good condition, but the floor to ceiling pink, cream, and black plastic tilework had to go! A rocking toilet set the demolition in motion, and the client wanted to update the stick-on tile flooring and remove a closet jutting into the bathroom from the guest bedroom next door. She also needed more storage, but once she started the renovation, she wasn’t sure how to move forward.
(Check out that retro side lighted medicine cabinet! Super cool, but not practical for this client.)
How We Helped:
The budget on this project was only around $2,000, so we started by prioritizing her wants and needs list. Everything selected came from big box hardware stores to save on cost. Designer Liz has a love for historical remodels, and she took several trips to various stores to help guide the decisions to reflect the home’s original style, the client’s style and her need for more storage.
Liz helped her select a wood floor similar to the existing wood floors running throughout the house under all the carpet.
Also selected were large subway tiles, a faceted subway accent tile (a lot of impact for a low cost) and marble hexagon mosaic tile for the soap niche.
Though the original pedestal sink was more historically accurate, this room needed more storage. The vanity in an espresso finish was just right for this small bathroom, not too traditional, and not too modern in style. It came with standard satin nickel knobs so we replaced those with glass knobs to match other glass knobs in the house and make it feel more original. We were also able to reuse some elements from the old bathroom. The white handled faucet was reused from the pedestal sink. Also reused were the toilet and tub – they just don’t make tubs as deep as they used to, so keeping this was a must.
We suggested she install wainscot to take the design one step further – and at around $50 dollars a package, that’s high style for not a lot of change. Our client enlisted the help of her father to install the wainscot and create new trim to match all the original trim that was not salvageable.
After building a relationship with her client, Liz was able to select some great accessories, antiques and new, to complete the design. She suggested a few pink accessories as a nod to what once was. Liz was able to help this client realize her vision for a timeless bathroom that will still be beautiful in the years to come all while sticking within her budget for materials of around $1,500.
Is your bathroom in need of a little (or a lot) of love? Check out our Interior Design Services page, or contact our designers today for more info on how to get started! Give us a call at (309) 755-0045.