Adding Aged Character

See how a mom-and-daughter team transformed this dated bath.

Challenge
Updating a girl's bath. Before, the weary decor included pink wall and floor tile, unsightly wallpaper, and a host of other dated elements.

"I could have worked with the pink tile," admits homeowner Jane Hardin of Little Rock, "but my daughter, Tara, did not like it."

Solution
Both mom and daughter agreed that the new bath should sport a youthful look with clean lines and an aged feel in keeping with the 1920s home. With the help of architect John Allison, the two achieved the results they wanted.

"I kept anything old that I could," Jane says. For example, both the sink and the toilet were original to the bath, and reusing them was a real help to the budget.

Jane removed the bulky cabinetry around the sink to open the space up, and she changed out the pink wall tile with beaded-board paneling. Hexagon-shaped tiles now cover the floor. New light fixtures and a stainless steel storage unit for towels and toiletries finish the look.

Getting A Vintage Look
  • Don't be afraid to consult a builder or architect to help interpret your renovation ideas.
  • "I love seeing old tile floors," Jane says. "I'm even willing to live with a crack or two running through the floor to keep the old tile." If you need to replace tile, search for new vintage-looking ones such as the hexagonal tile used here.
  • Keep original fixtures if at all possible. Doorknobs and light fixtures ensure an aged feel.
  • "Make sure the scale is appropriate," notes John. In a small bath, choose accessories and fixtures that won't overpower.