HOUSE: Newburgh

Getting closer…

There’s still more to do (electric, plaster patching, wallpaper, medicine cabinet, window film, etc.), but we have something that really looks like a bathroom now!

Doesn’t the radiator look great? I’m so glad we kept it and had it refinished instead of going with underfloor radiant heat.

We still need the escutcheons for the sink handles, and a properly fitted drainpipe (the holes in our sink is are weird sizes, unsurprisingly).

I don’t love the new toilet (Toto Eco-Drake), but it is very efficient.

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  • Reply kristy July 20, 2008 at 11:19 pm

    lovely! the bath and sink and fabulous. but i think the tiles are my most favourite. excellent – you should be so happy!

  • Reply Adam July 20, 2008 at 11:24 pm

    It’s looking amazing!! So clean and beautiful and fitting with your house! I’m so jealous, I can’t wait to redo mine. I haven’t found a way to make my old toilet efficient, but I bought a new seat and I don’t want to get rid of my old one.

  • Reply Adam July 20, 2008 at 11:25 pm

    My old toilet I meant, not the old seat!

  • Reply Julie July 20, 2008 at 11:29 pm

    Oh my! It’s looking fabulous, Anna! Good thinking keeping the radiator! I’ve never seen one like it.

  • Reply Leah July 21, 2008 at 12:23 am

    It looks beautiful!

  • Reply Jess July 21, 2008 at 1:00 am

    Beautiful room, it looks very tranquil.

  • Reply Kathryn S July 21, 2008 at 4:11 am

    Wow! It’s really beautiful. I love that you restored so many of the old items. It really looks great.

  • Reply lottie July 21, 2008 at 4:33 am

    how great it’s looking!
    so nearly there as well. congrats.

  • Reply April in CT July 21, 2008 at 6:35 am

    I love, love, love that sink! Is that a little bench from Ikea I spy? I have several of those and they’re so handy for so many things.

  • Reply mandoo July 21, 2008 at 6:40 am

    I love the little IKEA bench too! The bathroom looks great, I especially love the time and attention you’ve put into every detail, it truly shows!

  • Reply Kathy July 21, 2008 at 7:09 am

    This looks amazing! Great job to both you guys!

  • Reply read me... July 21, 2008 at 7:26 am

    Anna, it looks fabulous. I hope you’re happy with it despite the escutcheon shenanigans and the efficient loo. I’m really excited for you, and can’t wait to see the completed room. Great idea to keep the rad, it’s beautiful, and your floor tiles are stunning!

  • Reply Janelle July 21, 2008 at 9:08 am

    So absolutely amazing.

  • Reply martha July 21, 2008 at 9:24 am

    it’s fantastic.
    the floor is just beautiful.

  • Reply Vicki July 21, 2008 at 9:41 am

    I’ve been meaning to ask…Do you plan to use this as your main bathroom? We have only one bathroom, in which we have a ball-foot tub. I’d love to take down the shower curtain and get a handshower. But I’m worried about how practical it will be for daily bathing (especially in the winter).

    Also how do you clean under and behind your tub?!

  • Reply Jaimie July 21, 2008 at 9:52 am

    Really unusual radiator! We ended up replacing the radiators in our house because the old ones just took up so much room. But this one has the benefit of old-fashioned charm plus it’s wall-hung and discreet – best of both worlds!

  • Reply maya July 21, 2008 at 9:53 am

    its looks fantastic!

  • Reply mrslimestone July 21, 2008 at 10:01 am

    It looks amazing. ALl of your hard work is showing.

  • Reply amanda July 21, 2008 at 10:27 am

    it looks brilliant! must be so lovely to have your bathroom back ๐Ÿ™‚

    PS: hi! just discovered your blog a couple of weeks ago and enjoying your archives. your design aesthetic is an inspiration ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Fee verte July 21, 2008 at 10:53 am

    It looks already so relaxing!

  • Reply Rebee July 21, 2008 at 11:03 am

    Beautiful! I love the light colors. I can’t wait to see what you do next!

  • Reply heather July 21, 2008 at 11:09 am

    that radiator is incredible! i love how the empty space makes a subway tile pattern. it’s all looking wonderful – congratulations!

  • Reply susan July 21, 2008 at 11:21 am

    wow. wow wow wow. it is absolutely amazing what you have done with such a tiny space. it is gorgeous. are you going to have a shower curtain on one of those oval track thingies?

  • Reply Katja July 21, 2008 at 11:24 am

    It looks amazing! And that radiator really is beautiful.

  • Reply carlyn July 21, 2008 at 11:29 am

    So impressive. I can’t wait to see it with all of the finishing touches in place. You really have a gift, Anna!

  • Reply kay* July 21, 2008 at 11:56 am

    this looks so fab. i’m already certain that the final pic will be saved to my inspiration file. love it.

  • Reply tara. July 21, 2008 at 11:57 am

    wow, it’s gorgeous. good job!

  • Reply megan July 21, 2008 at 12:23 pm

    it looks fantastic!

  • Reply Anna at D16 July 21, 2008 at 12:53 pm

    It’s Monday, and the electrical work is now DONE! The plaster fairy will be back to finish up this week, and then we can wallpaper. Yay!

    To answer some of the questions…

    April: Yes, the little stool is from IKEA! It’s the BJURON acacia wood plant stand. You can’t beat $6.99!

    Vicki: We have a second bathroom downstairs (still needing renovation) with a full shower/tub, but we will use both of them. I grew up without a shower. You get used to it! Having the hand spray will be great. As for cleaning, there’s quite a bit of clearance under the tub. It’s no problem to vacuum under there or use a Swiffer-type mop.

    Susan: There won’t be a shower enclosure, since I wanted to keep the bathroom as open and airy as possible. There’s a handshower on the tub faucet, though, which will make rinsing off easier.

  • Reply verhext July 21, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    It’s so sweet and wee. I can’t wait to see that wallpaper up!

  • Reply stacy July 21, 2008 at 4:18 pm

    super cute. I love the bath tub.

  • Reply Gabreial July 21, 2008 at 6:49 pm

    I love that tub and the corner sink is so neat. Great blog too!

  • Reply woodley park-zoo July 21, 2008 at 9:07 pm

    Favourite. Bathroom. EVER. Swoooony sigh.

  • Reply woodley park-zoo July 21, 2008 at 9:08 pm

    (and yea, that’s weird right? It’s a BATHROOM, but oh oh oh!)

  • Reply TBers July 21, 2008 at 9:50 pm

    I love the tiles and actually a lot of your tastes!
    One thing i noticed though… that is a tight space to get to the basin!

  • Reply Darian July 22, 2008 at 8:47 am

    I absolutely love your tub! The claw feet are amazing. Living in an apartment sucks when I see people get to design their homes. Yours is beautiful.

  • Reply far out brussel sprout July 22, 2008 at 8:10 pm

    I can’t wait to see it with the wallpaper up.

    That radiator is amazing.

    Top job!

  • Reply slawek July 23, 2008 at 7:50 am

    mi tez sie bardzo podoba super!! chcialbym miec taka lazienke i wogole taki dom. pomijam fakt ze w europie ikea to obciach i passe,ale mi sie bardzo podoba ija lubie.mam tez w swoim domu. any way piekna lazienka. fabulous!!

  • Reply decor8 Holly July 23, 2008 at 9:29 am

    I love it. Gorgeous tile, cute corner sink, charming tub. Great work, really… Awesome.

  • Reply maya July 23, 2008 at 11:00 am

    so, have you taken a bath yet?
    its so Zen!!!

  • Reply Anna at D16 July 23, 2008 at 12:00 pm

    TBers: Yes, the space is tight, but it’s what we have! We didn’t want to start taking down walls or anything. As long as there’s room to get to the sink to use it, that’s fine. I don’t need tons of space in the bathroom! It wouldn’t pass code as a new construction, but my plumber was able to get it to pass inspection because it we didn’t change the position of anything, we just replaced the (old, bad) plumbing.

    i suwannee: Those lamps are very cute! I’m a fan of Lara Cameron’s textiles (especially that raindrop print!), so these are fun to see, thank you. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Maya: Would you believe I haven’t had time to take a bath yet?! TRAGIC!

  • Reply Benita July 23, 2008 at 12:41 pm

    Wow, Anna, it looks great. The radiator is to die for and so are the sink and tub!!!

  • Reply Will July 23, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    Looks great, I love the tub. I can’t wait to see it with the wall paper. Great job!

  • Reply Emma July 23, 2008 at 3:19 pm

    Hi! I thought I’d let you know what you have done with your bathroom is fantastic, it looks amazing. I have a house around the same era as yours and our sink and tub is just like yours. I’d love to be able to restore the floor to the original tiles like you have. They look incredibly good! Take care! Emma

  • Reply Anna at D16 July 23, 2008 at 4:26 pm

    Emma: Thank you! But sadly the tiles are not original (the originals are long gone, and had been replaced with cheap vinyl). They are brand new, as are the wooden walls and the toilet. The sink, bathtub, and wall/door moldings are the only things that are original to the bathroom.

  • Reply Caroline July 23, 2008 at 5:31 pm

    Those marble floor tiles are positively swoonworthy! Please tell me you bought them online so I can use them in my own bathroom reno?? ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply maya July 23, 2008 at 5:59 pm

    splurge a little – take a bath! ๐Ÿ™‚

    (just wondering if you actually got my email the other week?)

  • Reply Emma July 23, 2008 at 7:43 pm

    Sorry, I phrased that wrong! I meant to say replaced with what is considered similar to what would have been the original flooring on that era. Either way, absolutely gorgeous. My bathroom floor currently is also a cheap vinyl, which I can’t wait for us to get rid of. And the original fixtures you do have in your bathroom are priceless, love the radiator!

  • Reply Anna at D16 July 23, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    Caroline: No, I didn’t buy them online, I had Fuda Tile in Ramsey, NJ, order them for me. I have also seen them at Porcelanosa. Try Googling “marble hexagon tiles”, there are a few places that do sell them online. You need to specify white carrera marble in order to get the color variations like I have in my bathroom. Statuary marble will give you a more uniform look.

    Maya: Yes, I did get your email, I’m just so busy! I’ll be in touch soon. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply decor8 Holly July 23, 2008 at 10:35 pm

    Anna I just thought of something. You are doing a b/w floral wallpaper right? Have you considered… And it is NONE of my business as this is your home… But what about painting only the legs/feet of the tub in lacquered black. I think it would look amazing against that floor and would totally pick up on the black in the wallpaper. Sort of trying the top of the room with the bottom, you know?


  • Reply decor8 Holly July 23, 2008 at 10:35 pm

    tie not try, sorry. i should try to edit more often.

  • Reply maya July 23, 2008 at 11:33 pm


  • Reply sulu-design July 24, 2008 at 9:20 am

    It all looks wonderful, but it’s the radiator that’s knocking my socks off. It was the first thing I saw in the top photo. It’s really stunning – so glad you kept it.

  • Reply sterin July 24, 2008 at 4:49 pm

    AMAZING remodel… love, love, love the hex tiles. Are they marble? May I ask where they came from?

  • Reply Anna at D16 July 24, 2008 at 8:06 pm

    sterin: Yes, they’re marble! Please see me comment above to Caroline for more information on where to find them.

  • Reply Carrie July 24, 2008 at 10:29 pm

    What an amazing transformation! You have such fabulous style. I read back through your previous posts (especially re: the bathroom), and I’m really impressed with what you guys have done with your house. I can’t recall exactly how I came to your site, but it’s just lovely. I started blogging my own homeownership adventures in April, so I’m happy to have come across someone doing the same thing. Congrats on all the progress you’ve made so far!

  • Reply jcp July 25, 2008 at 4:19 pm

    The necessary placement of the toilet part way in front of the window is certainly unfortunate, but I understand you have to work with what you have. Was wondering if a corner toilet would have looked any less awkward and if they even make such animals anymore. Love your original sink, bathtub (like mine :-)!) and your awesome tile. Thanks for blogging and letting us be voyeurs to your luscious remodel.

  • Reply Anna at D16 July 25, 2008 at 8:21 pm

    jcp: They do indeed make corner toilets, but frankly I think that would have made the space look incredibly awkward, particularly since there’s already a corner sink a few feet away. The house is very old, and it was built prior to indoor plumbing, so yes, I do need to work with what I have! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Tonia July 28, 2008 at 5:49 pm

    I stumbled across your blog while looking for marble hexagon tiles online. I lust after your bathroom floor. We are planning a low budget update of our powder room and I really, really wanted those tiles. Alas, I think it is going to be a budget buster so I’m thinking we may have to go with the more affordable white hexagon tiles. Our house is a typical suburban colonial of newer construction but I love old homes.

    Anyway before I knew it, I had read most of your blog. The house is beautiful and I wish I had your eye for design. I look forward to keeping up on your progress.

  • Reply Niki July 31, 2008 at 10:40 am

    Good Things Come in Small Packages!

    Lovely! Seriously can’t wait to see the wallpaper!

  • Reply hilary September 3, 2008 at 6:08 pm

    I love the marble hexagon tile which I’m actually planning on putting in my laundry room. Is yours honed or polished marble? I’m leaning towards polished, which it looks like yours is.

  • Reply Anna at D16 September 3, 2008 at 6:39 pm

    Hilary, yes, my tiles are polished marble. I prefer the look of honed, but I was able to get a much better price on polished. I figure it’ll look honed when it’s all scratched up in a few years, anyway. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Reply sarah September 4, 2008 at 8:59 pm

    looks awesome! i have a similarly awkward bathroom, but we’re giving up and moving a wall a tiny bit. what paint color did you end up using?

  • Reply Anna at D16 September 4, 2008 at 10:48 pm

    Sarah, I used Benjamin Moore Moonlight white on the walls and Simply White on the trim throughout my house.

  • Reply hilary November 5, 2008 at 10:48 pm

    Anna, would you mind sharing what color grout you used for the marble floor? Is it white or a light grey? I like the way the tiles stand out, rather than the grout lines.

  • Reply Valerie December 4, 2008 at 5:37 pm

    Love what you’ve done, I know you’ve had several questions about the floor, I’ve contacted Ruda and they didn’t remember what size hex it was? one or two inch, polished?

  • Reply Anna at D16 December 5, 2008 at 11:03 am

    Valerie, they come from Fuda Tile (not Ruda!) in Paramus, NJ. They are 1″ polished white Carrera marble hexagons.

  • Reply Anne December 22, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    How did you paint your wainscot (bead board)? Everyone keeps pushing me toward the MDF board but I’m concerned that it will not have that vintage look. How many coats? what type of finish (semi-gloss?)Thanx!

  • Reply Anna at D16 December 22, 2008 at 10:41 pm

    Anne, the wainscoting is actually just inexpensive tongue & groove pine plank flooring ($1/sf from Lumber Liquidators). I painted it the same way I’ve done all of the woodwork in my house — one coat of Zinsser Bulls Eye 123 primer, two coats of Benjamin Moore Simply White (satin finish). The only extra step I took was to use a shallac-based spray sealer (Zinsser BIN Primer-Sealer spray) on the knots in the wood to keep them from bleeding through.

    I’m not sure why anyone would be trying to push you toward the MDF stuff! I really don’t like the look of it, personally, and it’s an environmental terror.

    We only used the flooring in the bathroom because we needed the extra thickness to match the top part of the walls, but we used the 3/8″ tongue & groove beadboard planks in our panty. It looks great, it’s cheap, and it was really easy to work with. The only caveat I would add is that it should be primed on both sides prior to hanging if you’re planning to use it in a bathroom. You’ll also want to caulk any gaps before you paint.

    Say no to MDF! Go with wood! And don’t use the big sheets, use the t&g planks. It will look eons better.

  • Reply ModernGearTV Tamara May 10, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    Oh wow! I am on here right now because I am so torn about our new bathroom – and I need to buy all the tiles tomorrow! I LOVE the floor. Gorgeous. I am considering this now, thank you for this post!

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