Pink 1960 bathroom??

i want to "update" my 1960's pink bathroom. At this point I am not sure what colors to use to redo. The pink tile still is nice, the floor needs replacing and maybe a few other things. What colors??? Since it us a small anthropomorphic.
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  • Rosalie M Rosalie M on May 14, 2013
    Dear Rose, My bathroom is primarily pink as well, from the 60's. The tile was great so I chose to wallpaper the top with a small burgundy printed paper and white trim. The dark to light contrast is quite charming. I use burgundy and pink towels and accessories. Just 1 idea.
  • Designs by BSB Designs by BSB on May 14, 2013
    the bigger question(s) are a) budget b) time u will spend in the home ... it would be sad to update when not all factors are considered. bathrooms are hard to "update".. often at that age paint is the only thing that is worth changing.. otherwise its time to gut :( 53yrs is a good in fact for a bathroom!
  • Sia@South 47th Sia@South 47th on May 15, 2013
    Well, if you can't 'gut' it and you have a decent tub, toilet and sink/vanity. Then yep, paint is the only way to fly. You say the floor needs replacing. What are the issues with it? Do you have any pic's you can post for us, to get a better sense of what's going on? That would be really helpful for us to better understand, therefore better help you.
  • Rose S Rose S on May 15, 2013
    Thanks for the answers, but I'm still hoping for more ideas. Many of the floor tiles in prominent areas are cracked. The room is long, and narrow. Bathtub, sink and linen closet on one side. The other side has a 'bump out with the toilet. It is 11"6" x 6' with a 29" bump out for the toilet at the far end where the window is. Linen closet must go, so then I will have more counter-space with cabinets underneath. Hopefully it will look less crowded. The tub and the rest of the tiles are in great shape. So I am thinking almost white for the sink and counter top, light wood for the cabinet. The floor tile should be ???? color since it needs to be pretty light. I would like to bring this bathroom into 2013 from the mid sixties.My sweet daughter tells me that my taste is in my mouth, so I need all the help that I can get. Thanks to all of you. :-)
  • Sia@South 47th Sia@South 47th on May 15, 2013
    Hi Rose, I would suggest checking your budget first. Once you get into removing the linen closet, your talking about a demo and with older homes, you just never know what is behind those walls. Then you are also talking about removing the sink/vanity and replacing with a more updated one, plus adding counter space to the area that the linen closet was. Let's say that you DIY'd the demo of the linen closet and found nothing unusual, then you DIY'd the demo of the sink/vanity and found no dry rot or anything else. If that were the case then you could certainly get a new sink/vanity and DIY additional counter space to seamlessly blend the 2. The issue of white sink, light wood sink/vanity is no problem if your budget can take it. You'll need a faucet as well, so be sure to add that into the budget. Budget for the countertop will be dependent on what type of material you go with, and remember since it most probably will need to be right up against the sink up matching will be an issue. OR you could have a custom built sink/vanity/countertop all in the same material, the cabinet can be whatever you want it to be with the custom build. That will increase your budget Then you'll need a mirror and lighting that goes with the theme, so budget for that as well. For the floor it sounds like you would like to get rid of the entire thing and start new, which is fine if your subfloor is in good condition, if it isn't then that will add to your budget. The material you choose for the floor will also need to be considered. Tile prices are all over the map, depending on just what that tile is made of. So that will have to be considered in the budget expendeture as well. The issues are not just 'color', for what you want to do the issues are demo, sink/vanity material countertop material, mirror style, fixtures and floor material AND color, all of which must compliment the pink tile that you are keeping. You can also paint over that Pink tile and re-grout to whatever color you wish. If the bathtub is pink, you can paint that as well and you'll definitely need new fixtures for the tub, just like the sink. So the bottom line is just how deep are your pockets for this? And if you will not be DIY'ing then you'll need to add in labor costs as well. Hope that help a wee bit and keep us posted!
  • Kris Lee Kris Lee on May 16, 2013
    Gray is always a great color to pair w/pink, especially if you don't want it to be too overly feminine.
  • Pamela Walker Pamela Walker on May 17, 2013
    If you do gut your bathroom, try to get all your "pink" stuff out as damage free as you can... people will pay a nice $$$ for vintage pink. Post it on craigslist or ebay and recoup some of your rehab money.
  • Rose S Rose S on May 21, 2013
    Thanks to all of you for your suggestions. The problem has been solved, but I truly appreciate your input. :-)
  • Rosalie M Rosalie M on May 24, 2013
    Rose, glad to hear you solved the problem, but will you let us know what you did?
  • Gretchen Gretchen on May 28, 2013
    My Aunt had a similar issue. Being the artist that she is, she kept the outdated tile, added teal picture frames to old 1960's newspaper clips and comics, and hung them all around the bathroom. It turned out really cute!
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