July 3, 2022


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My Sweeten Story: A Mint Bathtub Leads a Classic Rest room Transform

A Hudson County classic lavatory transform highlights a mint inexperienced palette and better ceilings

“After” pictures by Curious Lens for Sweeten

  • Householders: Householders posted their classic lavatory transform on Sweeten
  • The place: Hudson County, New Jersey
  • Main renovation: Revamping the principle lavatory of their 150-year-old residence, impressed by a bygone period
  • Sweeten common contractor
  • Sweeten’s position: Sweeten matches residential renovation initiatives with vetted common contractors, providing know-how, help, and as much as $50,000 in renovation monetary safety—at no cost.

Written in partnership with the Sweeten house owner

Rest room transform “must-haves”

Our house is a wood-frame row home in Hudson County, New Jersey. It’s 150 years outdated, has three flooring, and 1,000 sq. toes. Once we first visited the home greater than 5 years in the past, I fell in love with the principle lavatory’s classic mint-green bathtub. I knew I wished to protect it. 

White tiled bathroom with black and green accents

Split image of the bathroom before renovations
Split image of the shower and tub before the renovation



Our house is historic, however through the years and thru many renovations, most of its allure had been misplaced. The home’s two loos are “newer”—added in some unspecified time in the future onto the again of the home. The one we wished to replace is on the second flooring, off of the first bed room. It’s our solely full lavatory. We didn’t need to change the ground plan, however had a purpose of modernizing whereas injecting a classic really feel. We deliberate to do that by maintaining the unique tub and including a interval drugs cupboard we’d discovered.

Our second purpose was to make the room hotter. We suspected it wasn’t correctly insulated as a result of it obtained so chilly in winter. We’d lived on this home for 5 lengthy winters, however there was by no means a great time to enhance on it.

White tiled bathroom with green tub and patterned tiling

Stylized shower niche with tile that matched the floor

Staying residence in the course of the transform

We launched into the lavatory renovation final summer season. Our family—two adults and two cats—had been working from residence for the reason that pandemic started in March 2020. My accomplice and I are helpful and we’ve executed many initiatives ourselves, together with tile work, sheetrock, trim, carpentry, and minor plumbing and electrical work. We’ve got a great sense of how issues needs to be executed, however we didn’t have the private bandwidth to finish this undertaking ourselves. Fortunately, the lockdown gave us the pliability to have our solely full lavatory out of fee. We’d not have a bathe in the course of the lavatory renovation, however we had a yard with a hose! We’d prioritize our bathtub and bathe replace, then transfer to the remainder of the lavatory. 

Model sparks inspiration for the classic lavatory transform

In our Sweeten put up, we talked about the mint-green bathtub and our want to work with it. We wished the bathtub to really feel intentional within the area, reasonably than one thing that was left there as a result of it was too heavy or too costly to eliminate. To make the room really feel extra “traditional,” we wished to introduce classic parts, however merge them with a contemporary design. Posting our undertaking on Sweeten made it doable for us to “make the leap.” We have been hesitant about hiring a contractor, however Sweeten gave us confidence, figuring out we wouldn’t be going it alone.

Seafoam green bathtub with art deco floor tiles

Bathroom sink vanity framed by stylized tile patterning

Our Sweeten contractor used inspirational pictures and sketched the design for the inlaid black pencil tile.

Enhancing the lavatory format

As deliberate, we didn’t change the lavatory format, however some demolition discoveries influenced the undertaking. We discovered remnants of authentic pastel pink tiles close to the bathtub—however whereas the colour mixture was traditional within the lavatory’s period, we determined to not go so daring. With the partitions down, we noticed that we not solely wanted further insulation behind the brand new sheetrock however within the ceiling as properly. We additionally seen that the ceiling close to the door had been dropped by a number of toes. Pulling it down and changing it provided a chance to open and visually enlarge the area. This good shock modified the entire feeling of the room.

Choosing lavatory tiles

Discovering fashionable tiles that appeared true to the historic nature of the home, however that will additionally play properly with the bathtub, wasn’t simple. Matching tile to classic mint-green porcelain is unattainable, and coordinating colours—aside from neutrals—are restricted. We’d first chosen a distinct flooring tile, additionally with a inexperienced marble impact, however once we tried to order, it was not out there. We’d already chosen a undertaking begin date so we scrambled to discover a substitute. Thankfully, we discovered this mosaic polished stone tile. It was costlier than our authentic decide, which gave us pause, however we wanted to maneuver ahead. I really like the way it enhances the bathtub.

White tiled bathroom with black accents

Wall-mounted mirror cabinet flanked with lights

Detail of the black and white tile patterning

Our Sweeten contractor used inspirational pictures and sketched the design for the inlaid black pencil tile. He then executed it fantastically and it got here out precisely as we’d hoped. The white wall tile has a classic vibe however is easier, permitting the bathtub and flooring tile to shine.

Design concepts: outdated and new

We selected this self-importance partially as a result of it was bigger than our prior one, and has drawers. Our little outdated home is tight on storage, so it was essential to maximise the self-importance’s potential. I just like the legs—it resembles furnishings and lets the ground tiles present. We’d come throughout the chrome drugs cupboard with lights at an vintage store and saved it till we have been prepared to start out. Its curves are fantastic, as are the inside glass cabinets, that are nonetheless intact. The mirror’s silvering has imperfections, however that provides to the allure.

My favourite features of the classic (however nonetheless fashionable!) lavatory transform are the excessive ceiling and flooring tile. I had been planning the renovation for a number of years, and through that point I had collected most likely 15 completely different floor- and wall-tile mixtures. In the end, I used to be glad we took a couple of years to resolve what we wished and to seek out the precise items. And I nonetheless love the inexperienced tub.

White toilet with art deco floor tiling

White bathroom closet with black door frame

Working with the precise renovation accomplice

From the very starting, our Sweeten contractor responded to the problems and questions we raised and collaborated with us within the design course of. He helped us plan out what supplies we wanted and advised us once we would want them, serving to us to keep away from scrambles and delays. It by no means felt like our enter was creating an issue, or that we have been being ignored.

There was no avoiding the truth that we have been residing in a tiny development zone however our contractor and his crew made it as painless as doable. It was nice to see the effort and time they put into clean-up every day. We’re each extraordinarily proud of the tip outcome.

Thanks for sharing your lavatory transform story with us!

Renovation Supplies

BATHROOM RESOURCES: WJ Mosaic Vitruvius Botanic Inexperienced flooring tile: Creative Tile. Restore ceramic Brilliant White subway wall tile and bullnose: Daltile. Nero ceramic Listelo liner wall trim tile: SomerTile. Santorini Nero Zocalo structural base ceramic chair rail trim tile: Merola Tile. Gown hooks, shelf, and bathroom paper holder: Latitude Assortment. Blair thermostatic bathe and tub set with Spherical Modern bathe head: Rejuvenation. Emma 43” white undermount sink self-importance with black granite prime: Avanity. Blair Cross Deal with faucet: Rejuvenation. Hydronic Omnipanel towel radiator: Runtal. Neorest Cotton White WaterSense twin flush elongated chair peak 2-piece bathroom: Home equipment Connection. 110 CFM ceiling lavatory exhaust fan: Roomside Ornamental. Self-importance mirror/drugs cupboard: classic. 

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