- Honey mustard/yellow-gold fixtures…every one of them. Please, please, if you are going to build a house I beg you to use only white. Literally… beg.
- Vinyl floor to match the yellow-gold, and in a fun 1982 pattern to boot!
- Tile counter to match the yellow-gold
- Walls painted to match the yellow-gold (ugh…just too, too, much and the palm tree wallpaper border did not make this better).
- 6 ft. long cabinet with one sink (that’s a lot of counter, people…what do you do with all that in a bathroom?) and one of those large plastic pull-up faucets circa 1970s.
- Giant mirror to match the cabinet (no one needs to see that much of themselves…it’s either too depressing or narcissistic, and I didn’t need either)
- Like the rest of the house, nice cabinets, but dark brown. There’s also a huge built-in cabinet behind the door that’s wonderful to have, but also dark brown.
- Brown aluminum frosted window (the bathrooms were the only windows like this in the house, thankfully, and they sweated like the best of the aluminums)
- And last, but not least, let’s not forget to mention the lovely wooden toilet seat and matching towel/TP holders, complete with their gold parts and peeling finish.
We installed beadboard in sheets and topped it with a simple 1×3 and a 1×2 installed on top of the 1×3. We copied the window trim from the rest of the house (inexplicably, the trim was different in the bathrooms).
To hide the tub and as much of the surround as I could, I made the shower curtain extra tall and mounted it close to the ceiling.
I wanted to show you what we did at the bottom of the tub so that the yellow wouldn’t show. We ran the baseboard across the front, attaching it with Liquid Nails and caulking where the tub meets the baseboard to protect it from water.
Here is a shot of the built-in cabinet behind the door. It looks so much better white.
The previous cabinet went all the way to the toilet. This cabinet was in the master bath and had another double door section on it that we cut off. We faced the cut side with beadboard and corner molding and now we have a place for the towels. They were under the window before and your knees would touch them as you sat down. I like the extra space, too. It just makes it nicer.
The sink is “Antiquity” from American Standard and the faucet is by them as well. The mirror is vintage. I hung it there while I was deciding what I wanted and found I liked it, so there it’s stayed.
So, how frugal was our bath redo? I read in a magazine around the time we were doing this about a “budget” bath remodel for $10,000. *cough* Um, no, that’s not exactly my idea of budget.