I live in a 100 year old Sears kit home (Dutch colonial). I've partially renovated the upstairs bathroom (trying to be respectful of the period). Could use a little assistance with decor/painting/tiling choices!
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For your convenience, the following copy is also included in the photo gallery. Any advice/comments on any part of this would be welcome.
1.Tub Area (left)
Viewing from outside, in the hallway, looking through the door.
We will install a glass wall on the right side of the tub. Here's the one I bought: http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41qBkj0qQIL.jpg
The shower head will be on the window end of the tub, and we'll rig up some sort of glass wall back there to protect the windows/shelf behind.
We need to tile 6 feet or so up the side wall. The rest of the bathroom uses white subway tiles. I can use 1. a color other than white, or 2. try to kinda match the existing white, badly. Opinions?
Ignore the blue tape on the floor!
2.Left Near Corner
If we use a non-white tile color on the wall to the right, we can either tile, to the left, in that same color, or make a contrast by keeping this part white. Any opinions? Either way, tile needs to extend up a ways.
We may need to add in a curtain or some other way to keep shower water from splashing onto molding and door. Ideas?
Question: do I try to cram a towel rack into the 21" of that back wall (between molding and corner)? It's a 68" shot from the shower head...will towels get soaked? Towels hanging to the right would certainly get soaked. I could put a shower rack on the glass side wall enclosing the tub, but that's a little cheesy, no?
One problem with putting a towel rack here: if I do, then I can't install marble corner shelves for holding soap and shampoo. And there's nowhere else for that stuff to go.
Hate that green chiffon! Should I replace it with anything...or tear it out and just leave the chunky Venetian blinds (I'm afraid it might look like something's missing, given the style/period).
Note: you can get a slightly better vibe of this in the next photo.
What do we think about the green paint, generally?
Everything on this side of the bathroom will remain the same (unless we repaint), aside from getting rid of the hideous green chiffon thing...and adding a toilet seat...once I find a decent wood one that doesn't slow-close.
We've started re-installing the old white subway tiles under that shelf beneath the window.
I shouldn't have bought that extended-size toilet, argh. It positions the occupant's knees way too close to the tub. You can't really get a sense of it from the photo, but it kinda looks like Paul Bunyon's toilet. Also, it's a different white than the sink (OTOH, it's the same white as the tub, but I'd rather it matched the sink...anyone have any idea what color the sink is? Toilet's cotton white).
5.Right Side (Fixtures)
Need to clean up those floor tiles! Bartenders Friend can't get rid of the rust stains. Suggestions?
The soap dish over the sink leaks drabs of soapy water down the wall, which has accumulated lots of soap scum all the way to the floor. I can't scrub hard or steam-clean, because the tile's just barely hanging on to crumbly concrete (old construction!). Any other tips for cleaning?
A plumber said he'd "braid" the lines going to the fixtures so they're not so sloppy looking.
6.Right Side (Wall)
Notice the ridge in the top row of tile. We'll extend that ridge line on the tub side, as well, but we'll also tile further up that wall, in order to accommodate showering. The tile on this side stays as-is (non-great, but fit for an old house).