Vintage – Embrace the vintage patina of a salvaged sink in your home — this antique soapstone sink is perfect for cleaning up a messy craft room. Depending on how old they are and what they were used for, some vintage sinks don’t actually have holes drilled into them for plumbing fixtures. Take note — this will add to the overall cost.
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materials in Houzz user jons112’s guest bathroom certainly weren’t his style, but the wood subfloor underneath the outdated tile posed a much greater problem: years of water damage from damaged cast iron plumbing.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.
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Shell – Give a coastal style half-bath an elegant upgrade with an oversized shell sink basin. You can find an authentic one if you’re willing to hunt, but be prepared for a hefty price tag. Composite reproductions can save money but won’t look as genuine. Tip: If you do find an authentic shell, the edges can be sharp and dangerous. Ask your contractor or builder to carefully file them down so your sink is safe.
Mop bucket – Skip the online shopping and dive into your cleaning supply closet instead. With a hole drilled into the bottom, a metal mop bucket can make a great sink. Keep the theme going and use the bucket handle or a mop handle as a towel rack in the same room.
Wainscoting – Vintage-style wallpaper paired with tongue-and-groove wainscoting gives this compact bathroom a cozy atmosphere. Also note the toilet with a high tank — a classic historic design. Swap slick modern spotlights for a decorative chandelier, like this brass number, to keep things traditional. Claw-foot tub – A rolled-edge, claw-foot bathtub is a timeless luxury. For an indulgent, traditional look, combine it with wallpaper, plantation shutters and a marble-topped vanity. Painting the sides of the bath a dark color, like this French navy, adds a period detail.