Monday, March 19, 2012

mid-century modern bathroom counters

Typical, back-in-the-day, mid-century modern bathroom counter tops were some sort of cool pastel shade  like pink or turquoise. Learn more about pink retro bathrooms at savethepinkbathrooms.



You can also see hundreds of pink bathrooms here. For our remodel, we committed mid-century modern blasphemy and demo’d our retro bathrooms including their pastel counter tops. All the mid-century modern preservationists will probably hate us, but honestly, our bathrooms were nothing special. Cramped tiny bathrooms with soft pastel tile. I admit it, for the first ten years I thought they were cool and retro chic, but eventually both the bathrooms' tiny size and the decaying state of the tile drove me crazy. It was either restore the tile or do over.

mid-century modern bathroom before picture (guest)
Guest bath with pastel yellow tile

mid-century modern bathroom before picture (master)
"Master" bath with light green tile
We opted with expand and do over plus the addition of a third bathroom attached to our son's room. For the new counter tops, we went with traditional white, which was actually pretty common in mid-century modern kitchens. 

mid-century modern kitchen
Picture in the LACMA Modern Exhibit
We chose the durable and modern Ceaserstone rather than the more authentic Formica. Hopefully the preservationists will forgive us. And our counter tops got installed last week! Do you see any similarity between the picture above and the bathrooms below? Scary, isn't it?

Blizzard ceaserstone mid-century modern counter
Alex's bathroom, very clean and tidy bachelor bathroom

Blizzard ceaserstone mid-century modern counter
Alex's counter top with round sink that almost got accidentally installed in master.
Nice catch Rebecca!

Blizzard ceaserstone mid-century modern counter
Master bath, oh what a counter!

Blizzard ceaserstone mid-century modern counter
Cool square big sink

Blizzard ceaserstone mid-century modern counter
Look at the amazing counter; do you see the hidden shampoo niche below?

Blizzard ceaserstone mid-century modern counter
Counter for days! Purposefully skipped the double sinks so popular
 in the McMansions, in favor of a gigantic counter.

Blizzard ceaserstone mid-century shower
Look at the fabrication of this shower threshold. "The tile guy," is amazing.
Should we have preserved the retro flare of the pastel counter tops? Or was 21st century modern in order?

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