We finally finished our historic townhome renovation! (If you follow us on Instagram, you probably knew that already, but stick with us ok?) One of our favorite makeovers in the house was the bathroom. Not only was it small and awkward (the whole thing is only 6x6), but it was also the only one in the house. A few of its many quirks included oversized sconces that prevented the door from fully opening, a toilet that almost touched the tub, and a tub that took up half the room. Also, it felt old. Not the cute, vintagey kind of old, but the grimey kind of old.
We didn’t intend to fully gut the bathroom because we wanted to keep costs down, but quickly discovered we would need to when we found some nasty water damage on the floor under the tub.
So, we started from scratch and took everything out, including the rotten subfloor. We opted to keep the original mini-clawfoot tub, but moved it to the back wall and added in-wall plumbing. We repainted the outside of the tub in Farrow & Ball Downpipe, and revived the feet with brass spray paint. We tiled all of the bathroom walls with floor to ceiling subway tile and dark grout. We replaced the old cracked pedestal sink with a new one, and swapped the two oversized sconces with one overhead pendant to save space. For the floor, we opted for an updated take on the old black & white tiles with a patterned tile from Home Depot.
We purchased our fixtures from Amazon (hint: ordering the trim kit and valve separately saved us lots of moola!) We found the round mirror at Target and the pendant at Restoration Hardware Outlet for $30. The turkish towels are also from Amazon.
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- Love, love, love this!! What a great job:) One question (from someone with a small bathroom too) where is your storage? I noticed you lost your medicine cabinet (love the mirror) and I see the beautiful stand by the sink, but is there some storage we can't see? Going to check out your site asap:)
- Did you originally paint the outside of the tub black? If yes, what did you do to get the paint to stick and what kind of paint did you use - really love it
- Where did you get the subway tile? The only subway tile I find are off white. Your reno is great!
- Where do you store your 'bathroom' items, such as t p, toothbrushes, etc? In renovating my 1940 bathroom, I had to install a vanity for storage. Would've loved a ped sink.
- Beautiful! Did you put anything under the feet of the tub to disperse the weight so the tile does not crack? Or is the floor tile made for focused pressure points like that? I am moving my claw foot and am considering tiling underneath it and putting in a floor drain since water always gets on the floor with these tubs! Looks really great. Thanks.
- Where did you get the shower curtain. Looks really long. Love the redo. Fantastic job on the subway tile.
- I love the floor tile. Was it special order? I never see anything that nice in a big box home improvement store.
- What size of spacers did you use and what color grout for your bathroom floor tile?