This guest bathroom has gone through 3 makeovers! Each one was better than the last but I still never truly loved any of them. First it was the floor, so we changed that. Then it was the walls, so we painted and added bead board which we salvaged from the sunroom makeover. Most recently and what set off the latest makeover was the vanity. The one thing though that I love most about this bathroom is the original early 1900's toilet! Just take a look at this beauty....
Anyway, after the last makeover, I loved it all except the vanity. It was nice enough but just didn't fit with the vintage look I was going for. Plus, it wasn't even wood but press board, yuk! I really wanted an antique pedestal sink but I thought since our plumbing comes through the floor that we wouldn't be able to have one. As I was scrolling through offerup one day as I often do, I came across this antique pedestal sink for $30. I instantly fell in love and decided to do some googling to see if I could somehow get this sink to work with our plumbing situation. I also got hubby's opinion and from what I read it could be done. Turns out the main reason people don't install them with floor plumbing is because it doesn't look pretty with bulky plumbing. Makes sense, but I had a plan! After getting hubby on board we went and picked it up during a snow storm, hahaha! It was in rough shape and after inspection we realized the original Taps and drain were not usable. After a visit to a local retailer that specializes in antique plumbing we found new taps and a drain. Now, I must warn you it ain't cheap! Yes, the sink was a steal but the plumbing bits were a pretty penny. If you want to go the antique route with a sink just keep in mind it is an investment of a few hundred dollars but I think it is totally worth it if it's the look you are going for. They don't make beauties like this anymore! And anytime you can save and reuse something that would otherwise end up in a landfill I call that a win!
Isn't she pretty with her little sink skirt? A perfect and easy solution to hiding bulky and ugly plumbing. I also added a cute vintage shelf with vintage finds and antique French soaps. The little embroidered towel I found while antiquing with my Mom in Cape Town during a visit back home. The little table was a craigslist find that I painted with Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in the color ironstone. The antique mirror was another offerup find. A little paint and it's now a favorite!
This is always my favorite time of year in my garden as my flowers burst with new blooms! These beautiful earth angel roses are blooming like crazy this year already and they have the most heavenly scent! I love bringing them into the house as I believe a room isn't complete without a pretty bunch of flowers. I found the brass soap holder on eBay. I think it adds such charm, even if it's really meant for a claw foot tub;). I hope you enjoyed the little tour of my vintage bathroom and are inspired to preserve America's history and reuse something old in your home.
A South African native now living in the Pacific Northwest. You'll often find her decorating, playing with flowers or tackling a house project with her husband. She has a passion for French Country style and is slowly transforming her 1920's cottage with her husband one project at a time. If she's not in the house you'll find her outside puttering around in the garden.