Whether you are installing a new bathroom or updating your old one, pay tribute to the past with a one-of-a-kind vintage bathroom. By scouring garage sales, flea markets and thrift stores, you can inexpensively transform just about any bathroom into a charming, nostalgic space. Add vintage appeal and give your bathroom a vintage look for less with these ideas.
Vintage Vanity Mirror
A Victorian or Venetian-style mirror is a great choice for a vintage bathroom. It helps you add in old-style finishes and forms to your bathroom.
Bring a bygone spirit to your bathroom with gold-finish or antique-looking faucets. Second-hand stores, salvage yards and specialty retailers are great places to search for vintage or reproduction faucets and other fixtures.
A metal or other retro-style chandelier helps gives any bathroom the feel of a different era. Combining a small crystal chandelier with a clawfoot tub and an antique is a great look for a antique-style bathroom. Although a chandelier looks great hanging right above a clawfoot tub, make sure that you follow building codes in your area before installing any lights in the bathroom. Usually there are rules about how far away a lighting fixture must be from a tub.
Add both function and style to a vintage bathroom with an antique cupboard. Use it to store your toilet paper, towels and toiletries. Find an old-style cupboard at a yard sale or bring new purpose to a cupboard by distressing it.
Pedestal sinks look great in retro bathrooms and they are available in all sizes and shapes. Choose one that has a vintage look.
Light Blue Walls
When it comes to a creating a vintage bathroom, a great place to start is with the walls. Repainting your bathroom walls is an easy, inexpensive weekend job. Choose a timeless light blue for the classic vintage bathroom. Crisp white is a great color for accent pieces and trim.
Distressed Bathroom Vanity
Repurpose an old, beat-up vanity by giving it a distressed look. This technique gives furniture the character and charm of an antique look. Distressing is an easy weekend job for most DIYers.
Scour flea markets and thrift shops to find old styling accessories and hairbrushes for your vintage bathroom. You can display these on vintage trays or on a vintage cupboard.
Clawfoot tubs are ideal for a vintage-style bathrooms. These luxurious baths have been around for hundreds of years and are now starting to make a comeback. These statement tubs provide a strong focal point in a bathroom. Clawfoot tubs are also deeper than regular bathtubs, which makes them perfect for a relaxing escape after a hard day at work.
Salvaged clawfoot tubs can be found for as low as $35. Once you find one, even if it is not in the best shape, have it professionally refinished to look brand new. A professional refinish is economical and can be completed in as little as a day or two. Refinishing a tub is a specialized job that is best left to the pros.
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