Washstand – A classic washstand can elevate a plain sink into something more interesting while adding a sense of space. In this smart powder room, it works perfectly with the vintage-style faucets, checkerboard floor tile and subway wall tile. A hexagonal mirror and armed wall lamps with shades also add a traditional touch.
Cast concrete – Green thumbs can make their gardening projects a little easier with a rustic outdoor cast concrete sink that blends into landscaping. Rough stone like this is best left for outdoor use. The material is extremely porous and hard to clean.
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The original materials in Houzz user jons112’s guest bathroom certainly weren’t his style, but the wood subfloor underneath the outdated tile posed a much greater problem: years of water damage from damaged cast iron plumbing. He hired a contractor to completely gut the small bathroom and give him a blank slate. With a $9,000 budget, he turned the once-dingy yellow and brown tiled space into a classic and bright guest bathroom that still fits the style of his 1923 home.
At 5 by 7 feet, the bathroom had a very small space where the sink could go. jons112 opted for a classic-looking combination of a pedestal sink and medicine cabinet, rather than a standard vanity, to save space. ”Since this is a guest bath, I believe this minimal storage will work,” he says. The bathroom’s water damage meant that jons112 had to put in a new wood subfloor and a new floating concrete floor. The yellow and brown tile was original to the home, but the colors felt out of place with the rest of the home’s look and made the space feel drab.
Black and white – Black and white tiles have long signaled that you’re in a traditional period bathroom. A border of black — on walls, the floor or both — adds a focal point and is elegant, timeless and chic. Also note how the vintage cast-iron radiator is painted to match. The console sink is another stylish traditional touch.