My Art Deco inspired bathroom renovation

Posted on Wed, 24 Aug 2022 by KiM

Hey folks. It has been a while since I shared a reno project on the blog, and today I am sharing a bit of a doozie of a reno. I’m taking you back to the beginning of my main bathroom. The photo above is from the real estate listing. Over the 8 years we have lived in this house it never really got any better than that photo aside from me painting the purple out in a pale grey and the chair rail molding in black. This bathroom had a few great features and others that were totally lacking. Great = the stained glass curved window, marble hex tile floor with off white curved trim tile (I think original to the home that was built in 1940) and off white subway tile in the shower with curved black trim tile. The problems with this bathroom were the former owners stuck a cheap, useless pedestal sink in there, so there was ZERO counter space. And there was NO OUTLET!!! We found out there was asbestos so we ended up having to gut the parts of the bathroom we were working with and able to leave the features we weren’t touching. This meant we were easily able to have an electrician put in an outlet, have a separate switch for the fan, and add electrics for a ceiling mounted light (I had one in storage I wanted to use). I wanted to keep all the tile in the shower area and the floor and trim tile because they were beautiful. Turns out this decision cost me a small fortune and would have been much cheaper had I simply replaced the floor tile, because there was a lot of prep work required when re-drywalling to set up for the new tile to be installed flush with the trim/floor tile. Anyway, it is what it is and I am happy to have maintained original features in there.

Here is a shot post-asbestos removal, after adding new insulation and electrical all set up.

This renovation started about a year and a half ago and during many pandemic lockdowns and also with this city having next to nothing in terms of fun options for renovations I did almost all of the purchasing for items in here online, and turns out most of them were from Wayfair (the sink, faucet, all new plumbing hardware in the shower, wall mount light fixture, towel bars). I did want to find a vintage cabinet for the sink, and came across this on Facebook Marketplace for $150:

We sanded it down and gave it a coat of Livos and some new knobs, fit it with a Carrera marble counter and backsplash, refit it inside to fit the plumbing pipes and make use of the top drawer and it worked out really well! You’ll see a bit further below but first a quick note on the tile. I went to a discount tile store and managed to find simple black glossy subway tile and they had plenty to do the walls I wanted tiled. It cost about $200!!! And I decided to add a little bit of colour and found a square tile in green online at Home Depot to add a stripe through the room. That cost $35! I was having a hard time deciding on how the tile should be laid but then saw something online that made me think of this pattern:

My tiler thought it was really creative and though it was a bit of a pain in the ass to prep the drywall for 2 different depths of tiles (try and avoid that – will for sure keep the cost down), I love the end result.
Enough babbling – let me show you my new Art Deco inspired bathroom!

(A couple of other sources: the mirror I have been hoarding a while from Highjinx, the shower curtain is Marimekko from Bed, Bath & Beyond, the little cabinet over the toilet is an antique watch cabinet I found on FB Marketplace, the painting is by Mike Rachlis, the rug is from Turkey via Etsy, the towels from H&M Home and everything else I shopped my house)

scott says:

Bold and Beautiful!

KiM says:

Thank you Scott!

Suzanne Melton says:


I hope your FB Marketplace seller sees it and figures out what she/he COULD have done with the cabinet.

You said, “Turns out this decision cost me a small fortune and would have been much cheaper had I simply…”

Whenever we have to make that kind of decision, we figure we’re going to live in this house for many years and we should make ourselves happy.

The couple times we bought THIS because THAT was more expensive? I still think about how THAT would look better.

KiM says:

Thanks Suzanne! You’re right….but I don’t plan on living here for many years. And maybe the next owners will see the crack running down the floor tile and think it looks terrible. But I will feel better knowing I preserved some history – something this city doesn’t have much of and people too easily get rid of what little there is.

Anke says:

Kim, that is absolutely gorgeous!

KiM says:

Thank you Anke! XO

Anke says:

I especially love how you incorporated that nice shade of pink without the whole room going candy. Very cool!

KiM says:

The pink was supposed to be very pale but the bathroom is so dark it turned out much more pink than I thought. But it’s growing on me 🙂

axie says:

I agree with Anke, perfectly gorgeous! I love Deco! And who knew Marimekko (Asian/Finnish design!) would look so great and go so well with the style- besides you, of course!

And I LOVE that you enhanced the history of the home also, great job, Kim!

KiM says:

Thanks soooo much!!! XOXO

Cathy says:

Your bathroom!! Soooo beautiful! I love it. 🙂 XO

KiM says:

Thank you Cathy! 🙂

Brigitte says:

I love the green tile! It really enhances the green in the stain glass window. The prefecr blend of yesterday and today.

Erika says:

Looks fantastic. Love the colors. Have you thought about painting the entire door black? Or would that be too much.

Kate says:

Your bathroom is beautiful. I love the colour combinations and that it’s not all, ‘off the peg’. The cabinet is amazing. The wood looks so much nicer lighter! Well done.

KiM says:

Thank you Kate! 🙂

Shirley says:

What a fantastic Reno. Beautiful and bold design Kim , well done !!
How in the world did you manage to find a pink sink???
Great work, I love all of it , but especially the black tiles and also that you kept the floor tiles 👍👍

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