That 70’s Bath….



My clients live in a beautiful, sprawling bungalow, circa 1978.  The circa ’78 style brings with it many very cool features – vaulted ceilings, a floor to ceiling stone fireplace, a gorgeous brick wall in the dining room.  Think Brady Bunch main floor and you’re on the right track.

But it also brings circa ’78 bathrooms….not so very cool.  Aside from the baffling belief in the 70’s that carpet was a good idea in bathrooms, there was also a love for a brown, avocado & wood combination that is incredibly depressing.

What is great about this main/family bathroom is the layout.  Those cats in the 70’s got it right with layout – separating the water closet & vanity space is so practical for a large, busy family.

Here’s a couple ‘Before & After’’s  of the Vanity room:


And the Water Closet:

This bathroom was completely gutted; we maintained the existing footprint (meaning we made no changes to plumbing or structure), but some simple but practical modifications were done.   For example, the regular swing door between the vanity & water closet was replaced with a pocket door, creating more space in the water closet.


In designing the new vanity, I proposed a deeper vanity, with 2 doors and 6 drawers instead of all doors.  If you take a look at the countertop in the ‘before & after’ shots, you may notice that there was a need for more practical storage solutions.  A girl after my own heart in her love of beauty products.  Each end door has a 6″deep pull out drawer behind it at the top – perfect for make up & small items.  The 2 top drawers are non-functional to accommodate sinks/plumbing, but the other 4 deep, wide drawers hold a Sephora’s worth of product, and all of it easy to reach and easy to find.

The entire space was updated with a beautiful deep taupe & charcoal porcelain floor tile, and kept light & bright with both the white vanity & the 8”x16” matte white tiles in the tub surround.  A glass mosaic tile was used in the tub niches (soap & shampoo storage), and then repeated beside the niches to create 4 equal squares centered on the back wall.

Caesarstone countertops and brushed nickel fixtures keep the overall scheme simple and classic.  The large, black iron cabinet hardware is a bit unexpected, and combined with the  3″ feet give the vanity more of a furniture feel.

Light doses of bright turquoise in the artwork & accessories add some fun – this is a family space, after all.  Taking the mirror right to the ceiling expands the room.  Mirror mounted sconces are a must for perfect application of all those beauty products.

Now this bathroom is as awesome as the rest of the retro-cool Brady house.  And most importantly, it’s practical and functional.  When planning a renovation, determine your practical needs first, then plan ways to meet those needs in a beautiful and dynamic way.  That’s a well designed space.

Wall Color : BM Silver Fox 2108-50


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  1. Striving for Simple says:

    I love the colour scheme in this bathroom! Do you remember the colour name of the countertops?

  2. love the colors and the cabinet! just gorgeous!

  3. pam sheldon says:

    Great upgrades. You used the same glass mosaics in the tub niches that we recently used in our lower level bathroom reno. Love the fresh, crisp look. Enjoy! Pam

  4. NiCE! I love the tile accents in the shower, lots of bang for your buck! And I LOVE the inspirational art! Clever!

  5. Beautiful transition! I love the new color scheme and the vanity the best. Thank you for sharing. Visiting from Meet Me Monday Linky Party. Peace to you.

  6. I am glad you said ’78, because my first thought was that this was definitely 80s decorating!! lol thank god we’ve moved away from that horrible wallpaper with border look that was going on then…

    What a fabulous job, love the new look!

    • Totally agree Anne! Thank you – and stay tuned, the Ensuite was overhauled as well, and it was REALLY something else ‘before’! xoT.

  7. Hollie @ I'm Busy Procrastinating says:

    Saw this project featured at Remodelaholic. What a light, bright, clean, crisp room. I like the wall color, which is similar to what I have in all the main rooms of my home. I’m also a big fan of the art on the wall in the water closet. Can you tell me more about it?

    • Hi Hollie, thank you so much! The wall color in this bath is Sherwin Williams 7632 Modern Gray. The art in the W/C was just a lucky find at Home Sense (if you’re in the US, same as HomeGoods) – I loved it too, and thought it was perfect in scale & color. I hope you’ll stop by again! xoT.

  8. Hi Tracy-Your after pictures look great! You really gave this bathroom new life. I especially love the matte white tiles 8″x16″ tiles in the shower–would you mind sharing where you bought them?

    • Hi Huang, thank you! The tiles were sourced locally, at Faiola Tile (which unless you are local won’t help) 🙂 xoT

  9. Wow! What a great before-and-after! I love how you transformed the look of this space to a very serene spa-like setting. The dark tile floors are gorgeous, as is the wall color. The touches of aqua are a nice touch (pun intended), and the cabinet hardware is a great masculine touch. I think I love everything about this! LOL Great job Tracy!


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