Thursday, September 11, 2008

Guest Post - Modern Victorian Master Bathroom

Contributed by Mindy Wagner, a Do-It-Yourselfer from Our Fixer Upper

A bad 70's remuddle left much of our Victorian home in dire straits. Our master bathroom was cramped and dark. It had poor task lighting and only two electrical outlets. A moldy shower area and hideous shag carpeting did not help. Because there was little worth saving, we gutted the room right down to the studs and then built it back up using affordable materials.

First, we bumped the back wall out about 4' so it did not feel crowded. This meant we lost a little closet space but it was well worth the trade. To give the room historic charm and make it feel like part of the original house we added 3' high beadboard. We also built complex trim for the baseboards, windows and chair rail using standard lumber yard offerings. 3.5" tall crown molding finished the look and gave the room a sophisticated feel.

The green wall paint (Sweet Annie from American Traditions, found at Lowes) looks crisp and clean against the clean ivory trim. We were happy to say goodbye to the shag carpet, replacing it with Octagon and dot tiles and two green throw rugs to keep our feet cozy. We chose a charcoal gray grout for easier cleaning and less worries about staining. A $25 thrift store dresser was repainted using old-fashioned milk paint; a hole was cut in the top using a jigsaw to run the sink plumbing. After painting, the dresser was given two coats of Cabot spar varnish to protect it from water damage. The vessel sink and American Standard wall mount faucet give the room a modern touch.

To complete the Victorian theme, we had a clawfoot tub refinished by a local company and installed a chrome shower enclosure and tub filler from Vintage Tub and Bath.

Check out the complete after pictures of the finished bathroom!

Visit Our Fixer Upper for more details on the master bathroom project.

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