The Cross House

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




3 Responses to Putting Fabulous Back Into The Main Bathroom

  1. 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!

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