Friday, February 06, 2009

My (Former) Vintage Bathroom

Moving more photos from my website to the blog.  This time my former vintage bathroom from the condo I lived in before purchasing StuccoHouse.  The pink tile is Rookwood.  Surprisingly, the sconces on either side of the sink can be found at any ACE hardware store :-)


VickeryKnits said...

That is so damn cool. I love vintage bathrooms...that sink is to die for!
I'm currently tiling my bathroom now and trying to give it a vintage-y feel. I bought an old 40s sink at a salvage shop in Seattle, the claw foot tub is original and the tile is hex tile like your former. Wish me luck!

StuccoHouse said...

VickeryKnits - Vintage kitchens & bathrooms are my weakness :-) I really loved my old pink bathroom and miss it. I'm trying to bring my current bathroom back. I'd love to tile it in vintage pink, but have settled on a more practical white & block tile scheme....with pink paint above. Good luck with you restoration!

Matt said...

My wife and I just bought a bungalow built in 1923 in St. Paul. I spent the better part of the weekend removing linoleum from the floor in the bathroom with hopes of salvaging the original hex tiles underneath. I have all of the linoleum, backing, and adhesive up, but the tiles still have a dingy look. Any advice on ways to brighten up hexagon tiles?

StuccoHouse said...

Matt - Congrats on the new house! Short of nuclear disaster, I'm not sure there is much that can harm that old hex tile. Here are some suggestions to try individually:

Some of that old glue dissolves in really super hot water.

Comet (Bon Ami, etc) also might work. I get down there with a brush & scrub.

Mineral Spirits works on some gunk. Rinse clean.

Oxyclean works well on old fixtures & floor.

A few times a year, I rinse mine with a strong water/bleach mix.

You probably already know, that the old hex (and fixtures) all had a gray tint to them.

peterj said...

Does anyone know a local source for small quantities of white unglazed 1" hexagonal bathroom floor tile to match the existing bathroom floor in a 1920s bungalow?

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