Putting Fabulous Back Into The Main Bathroom

Yesterday, I did a post about returning all the trim bits to the half-bathroom on the first floor. Today, I did the same with the full bathroom on the second floor.


Originally, the second-floor bathroom was the only bathroom on the second floor. It was later turned into a kitchen, and then was gutted by the owner before me, Bob. The only original feature remaining was the tile floor.

In 1894, the room had very high wood wainscoting, which I will absolutely recreate.

Bob had removed all the trim, which had been painted a distinctive russet color. A pinky sorta russet. This color proved easy to find in the basement Aladdin’s cave.

Today, I decided to temporarily reinstall all the pinky bits.


Naked windows. Oh my!


Dressed windows! Squee!!!!!!!! But I was missing a single piece of vertical trim (right). Drat! I ventured back into the basement and did find a trim board but it was white rather than the pinky russet color. Still, maybe it would do?


Amazingly, the white board fit! Perfectly!


A close look though revealed a single bit of pinky russet!


The naked door. Looking into the sewing room.


The door, now properly dressed and ready to be introduced into polite society.


Until today, I was unsure how much 1894 trim remained.

Now I know that it all does! Whoee!!!!!!!!

I still need to:

  • Recreate the lost TALL wainscoting.
  • Repair the 1894 floor and replace lost tiles.
  • Find an early 1890s marble 34-inch-wide vanity. These are out there and sorta kinda affordable (relatively speaking)
  • Install a 1926 toilet as several are in the house. No 1894 toilets remain in the house, and restored ones go for around six grand. I am soooooooo never going to pay six grand for something to pee into.

Finding a period-correct tub is also $$$$$$$ so I am uncertain what to do. But I am pondering.

Oh, and putting back bits is weirdly, deeply satisfying. I really…


… enjoyed the last two days





  1. Kerri on December 10, 2017 at 10:14 am

    Very cool! It’s nice to see pictures and hear about your plans for rooms we don’t get to see very often. In the original blueprints, the toilet was in a separate, but connected room. I assume the separation is not there anymore because of the kitchen renovation, but will you be recreating that too? Also, you were talking about what to do about a bath tub. Wouldn’t it have been a claw foot tub or had bath tub design changed by the 1890s? Oh, and I can barely see the tile floor, but it looks nice!

    • Sandra Lee on December 18, 2017 at 6:57 pm

      Isn’t the tile lovely Kerri?

  2. Sandra Lee on December 18, 2017 at 6:56 pm

    What about a 1920’s tub if a 1920’s toilet— aren’t those bathtubs already in the house from the 20’s? I thought one was stamped 1927-28?

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