Looking to remodel my bathroom with a 1930's feel. Can anybody give me
any ideas what style of fixtures may have been in a 1930's bathroom? Looking
for a sink - pedestal or wall mount? Any websites which may help?
Its popular now 30s style, faucut handles with 4 nob, pedistal sinks .
HD and others have nice faucets. Maybe sinks to. Toilets , well ask
around , they vary. Most bath magazines will have an example. Shop, you
will find plenty. For mirror light combos high quality bath or light
My Grandparents lived in a 1929 vintage semiattached two story brick home in
St Albans, Queens, NY. until my grandfather's death.
Things I remember about the main bath was mint green tile at least 6 feet
high all around. Matching color pedestal sink, The tub drain control was
outside the tub on a tall chrome stalk, A separate built in shower with
three shower heads, one up top, two in the middle (front and back). Never
saw a shower like this anywhere else, not the shower head install but the
actual quality of workmanship of the overall shower.
The living and dining room had highly finished oak floors with dark inlays
about 2 feet in from the edges. Think the staircase and banisters were
chestnut. A faux real brick fireplace in the living room with narrow stained
glass windows on either side. What would be considered today a French door
between the living room and the unheated entrance alcove and coat closet,
steam heat, marble kitchen work surface, mint green Chambers gas stove
probably from the 1940's, a tight breakfast nook. Drop down ironing board
built into one of the kitchen cabinets next to the kitchen / dining room
doorway which had a spring loaded oak push door like found between kitchens
and dining areas of restaurants. Player piano in the basement.
They rented the house first with an option to buy it using the money paid as
rent as the down payment. It was considered a middleclass area.
1938 house. Pedestal sink. Black & white tile to about 4' up. NO
access to shower plumbing (inside all that tile). I'd skip that
feature if I were you. Shower/tub has separate tub and shower faucets,
'though I don't know how "original" they are. Advantages: pretty good
sized for a modest house; black & white (very popular for the period)
is versatile. Dis: no electric outlets; "concealed" plumbing; no
built-in storage; needs painting. :-)
Just got done this spring remodeling an older bathroom (1872 Victorian).:
Black and white ceramic floor tile (1 foot square webbing of octogonal white
tiles intermixed with black small black squares at the corners) - Home Depot.
Victorian style 1.6g stool - Lowes.
Victorian style pedestal sink - Menards.
White wainscoting up to about 4 foot level - Menards (4 by 8 foot panels).
3 1/2" fancy baseboard and 1" wainscoting cap - Home Depot.
Victorian style shower and lav fixtures (Delta)
Hope this helps - be prepared to spend a bunch, but dyi and you can save some
Another 1930's house with a pedestal sink! I had thought they were installed
mainly in the 'teens and 20's. I was leaning towards a wall mount, but now
I'm going to rethink that. The wife wants a pedestal so it may work out. I
found a refinished 1925 pedestal at a salvage yard today. May go back and
Thanks for the info.
Find some women's magazines from the 1930s...they usually include lots
of pictures of the "latest trends" in design. There are also books
published specifically on the subject.
My mother's old house was built around 1932. The bathroom had 4x6
subway tile on the walls, about 5 feet up. Built-in medicine cabinet,
pedestal sink (which she replaced with a vanity when I was very
young). The tub is a built-in that sits in a bit of an alcove. The
floor has 1" hexagonal white tiles.
My 1923 house originally had plain plaster walls that were scored to
look like tile (how high up the wall this ran I don't know).
Originally had a pedestal sink, built-in medicine cabinet, one light
in the ceiling, pedestal tub with exposed plumbing, 1" hexagonal white
tiles on the floor, and toilet. When I redid the bathroom last year
(to remove previous owners' remodling), I put in a new pedestal sink
(Kohler "Memoirs" line), built a new built-in medicine cabinet (old
one long gone), put two reproduction lights on each side of the
medicine cabinet, put a chair rail up (about chest high) around the
whole room, and painted the area above the rail a different color than
below it. Got the idea from Rejuvenation's website
(www.rejuvenation.com). Check out their "Room Settings"...my bathroom
now looks a LOT like their first setting.
I got the rejuvenation catalog, and am going to get a medicine cabinet from
them I think. Lots of other great stuff in there also. I feel like a kid in
a candy store. So hard to decide, cause I like everything in there. I'll
have to check out the "room settings" too.
Thanks a lot.
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