Redo of Mid-Century Modern Half Bathroom

Cindy Hagemann
by Cindy Hagemann
5 Materials
3 Weeks
Our home was built in the 60's and is mid-century modern. As we update it we are making it, what I like to call it a Mid-Century Modern Cottage. Our half bath was dated, yet unique.
Here is a photo of bathroom before - blue laminate counter top with a unique rounded corner behind the toilet. We wanted to keep the cabinet, mirror, and the mid century medicine cabinet (that I loved).
Sink (before) very dated with "lovely" flowers - no, really very ugly flowers!
Outdated lighting, plain mirror and overhead cabinets (we wanted to keep those).
We built the new counter top from reclaimed wood, added a new sink, new faucet, new glass knobs, new glass tiles to accent the medicine cabinet
New lighting and reclaimed wood to frame out the mirror
We tiled the floor and used reclaimed wood for the baseboards to tie in the counter top and frame around the mirror. Replaced cabinet knobs with glass knobs. This room has a skylight too - so lots of light in here during the day.
We are so happy with the results, it was difficult to find the perfect marriage for mixing the old reclaimed wood with the modern glass tiles and mid-century medicine cabinet behind the sink.
What a difference! Can you see our unusual door in the mirror? It was cut in half to fit the small bathroom - very unique and fun to see the reaction on people's faces when they use it for the first time!
This is another photo of the split bathroom door!
Suggested materials:
  • Reclaimed wood
  • Paint
  • Tile
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  • Eroque022810 Eroque022810 on Sep 03, 2016
    Could you have made a shell of a counter and laid it over the old counter? Or was the other one in bad shape? Just curious because I have to change counters?

  • Nicole Nicole on Sep 05, 2016
    Thanks for leading me to this project as we are about to redo our pink formica bathroom. Can you explain how you created and applied the wood countertop?

  • Nancy Heiden Langlas Nancy Heiden Langlas on Sep 08, 2016
    How did you take the photo without getting a reflection of yourself in the mirrors?

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  • Debi53 Debi53 on Jan 25, 2021

    How smart to keep the good parts of the 'old' while updating. Mid century is my absolute favorite style so I'm a little jealous:) I love what you did. I think you achieved just the right blend of old and new. Love the curved counter--so glad you kept it.

  • Jody Price Jody Price on Jul 24, 2021

    great job!