a ’30s bathroom renovation

This is the first client we have had who learned about our work through Pinterest.  Isn’t it crazy?  Small business owners out there–don’t discount the power of social media.


The problem?

A bathroom that isn’t working for a young family of four.  This room functions as both the kids’ bath and the restroom for guests.  (Most homes built in the ’20s and ’30s in Atlanta are like this.  High on style & character, low on storage and room.)


The tile is original!  Imagine all the different people and families who spent time in this room. Oh, if tile could talk.

The pedestal sink is nice, but offers no storage.  The toilet is on its last leg, too….


Our plan?

white penny round tile flooring–it is such a great transitional choice, IMHO.  It is classic and fitting to the era of the home’s construction, yet mod, too.

Our carpenter built a vanity and painted it BM Sparrow–We love this paint color!  We continued the paint from the vanity to the wall with a faux board-and-batten look.

We needed an industrial-ish light, too.  Our client has great taste and loves found items.

(here are some shots of her home–I mean, “their” home!)



please note–we did not design this, just the bath :)


I know it is a little picture!  We still plan to add bold coral (like in rest of home).  Our plan is to paint the exterior of the tub this color.  Just hasn’t happened yet.  I get impatient.


Hope you’re good today,


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  1. What a lovely bathroom! My master bath is similar in size, and I’ve been considering painting the beadboard wainscoting a dark color to add a little interest. Did you also have the rest of the moulding in the room painted to match (crown, door, etc), or did you leave it? Also wondering if you could share the name of the cream you used on the walls?

    Coral on that tub will be absolutely AMAZING! I hope you share once complete!

  2. The “before” picture looks like my bathroom’s “before” state. I changed things up this past summer but kept the beadboard. Seeing your “after” picture makes me wish I had taken it out and installed board & batten.
    My husband also installed penny tile on the floor. I hope your tile installation turned out better then ours did. My husband is not a tiler.

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