Friday, October 15, 2010

Move over red bathroom, make mine Pink.

It is another Pink Saturday ...... where is the month of October going? Well since I showed you all my red bathtub, yes my red lipstick bathtub, the other day (Click here to see), I thought it only fitting to showcase my cotton candy bathroom with Beverly at How Sweet the Sound to share for Pink Saturday. Please click here for the party.

As discussed the other day, when my house was built in 1853, there was no indoor plumbing. This bathroom was created from a study off the family room in the early 1940's. The original tiles, woodwork, and wallpaper were pink and remain pink. This room has never been redecorated.

The wallpaper has faded over the past 70 years but otherwise has held up well. The paper is thicker than today's wallpaper and remains durable and washable.

This is the built in vanity. As a little girl, my daughter spent countless hours sitting before this mirror .... playing dress up for herself and her little dolls.


This cabinet goes back 4 feet and made the perfect place for Elizabeth to crawl inside when playing hide and seek. The drawers below are roomy. The bottom drawer always held her bathtub toys and anything else she would sneak inside. I think even now, there may still be a rubber duckie or two hiding in the guest towels.

The wallpaper job was amazing. Strips of tan wallpaper were painstakingly inlaid above the vanity mirror and also above the bathtub.


The floor tiles are also 1940's originals. Notice the inlay of the white tile with the green tiles. These tiles are a special clay composite and remain in fabulous shape, requiring only a damp mop.


The towel bars are in a deeper contrasting cranberry color.

It would be a crime to change out the tiles of either the floor or the walls. So until I find an appropriate Arts and Crafts style wall paper, I am keeping the bathroom as it is. If it has held up for 70 years, I can live with it for a few more years.

Hope that you all have a pleasant Pink Saturday. Please remember that the pink this month is all about being the Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Please show your support.

Got it at Goodwill
Sherrie

14 comments:

from me to thee......... said...

omg !!!! First of all I just found your blog, LOVE IT !!!! And, second, YES, leave that bathroom alone. It is a treasure in true craftsmanship, when things were done right and made to last. Beautiful!!!

Kathy said...

I love it! Very Shabby Chic - before there was that notion! Happy Pink Saturday,
Kathy

Alabaster Rose Designs said...

Hi Sherrie,
Your bathroom is just fabulous!! I love the pink and cranberry colors together!! And I have to say your home is incredible!! What a perfect place to call home!
Have a wonderful weekend.
Sincerely,
Melinda

Annieca107 said...

Wow, Sherrie. 70 year old wallpaper. And the pink tiles! You can see that craftsmanship was important when your house was built. Love it! '
Anne

Candi said...

Wow that bathroom is absolutely awesome! I wouldn't change it either until finding just the right wallpaper. The tiles etc. are beautiful. Happy Pink Saturday and have a Blessed weekend.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I love your Pink bathroom. Awesome tiles! We looked at a house that had a pink bathroom and I fell in love, alas we bought a house with old green tiled bathrooms, love them but they aren't pink!

Jacalyn @ rmebathproducts.com said...

How cool! I just love older houses and designs. They hold up soooooo much better and have more character! Somone just told me the other day they are re-doing their bathroom because the tub, sink, and toilet are pink, apparently from the 60's. Now I ask you, why, oh why, would someone ruin a perfectly nice bathroom, ha!!!!!

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

You bet it would be a crime to remake that bathroom. Don't you dare touch it! I love it! Happy Pink Saturday ~ Lynn

sissie said...

You have a very cool vintage chic bathroom. It would be hard to duplicate such a great look. Love the pink tile and the wallpaper.

Keep it just as it is!

hugs
Sissie

Becky said...

I love all things deco and just adore your bathroom! It is a real treasure. Happy Pink Saturday.

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

What a great old bathroom.... I wish they still tile like that.... It's very much like my daughter's kitchen was when they bought their old house...and the tile was one BIG selling point.

Warm blessings,
Spencer

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

I love your pink bathroom. Something about a bathroom from that vintage really appeals to me. Pretty in pink!

Donnie said...

I'm a day late but wanted to stop by and see your pink lovelies in your pink bathroom. Loved it. Happy Pink Saturday.

very merry vintage style said...

I love that tile! And what wonderful memories you have of the room.