My Mama's Spectacular Bathroom Remodel

Last year, my handy Mama and her handy husband, Obbie, built a bathroom from scratch on what was once their canning porch. Their old farm house, which I featured on Houzz.com last summer (HERE), is located in Eastern Oregon. It was in dire need of a new bathroom. They did such a fantastic job, that I want to share it with you here!






My favorite thing about this bathroom is the origin of the vintage turn-of-the-century cast iron sink they installed. My mother spotted it on the side of a river near their home. She could only see a piece of it sticking up out of the ground with her binoculars. She and her husband waded across the river, carried it back across to their truck and hauled it back to the house for cleaning. After having it resurfaced by a professional in Portland, OR, it was ready for their bathroom!







The 100 year-old claw foot soaking tub was found at an antique / consignment store in Central California and transported to their farm house. My mom refinished and painted it herself.




My Mama found the awesome green vintage bath fixtures below at a salvage place in Portland, OR. They were the color inspiration for the whole bathroom.









And just when it couldn't get any better - they built an open, door-less walk in shower. It's handicap accessible, built with my son, Charlie, in mind. I love love love love love it!






The door to the bathroom opens into the laundry and mud room. Because there wasn't much space for a swinging door, they did a barn door style installation. The door was picked up at a garage sale and Obbie added the privacy glass. Isn't it brilliant?




And here are my sons trying out the soaking tub while their grandma looks on.





Leaded Glass

I'm a sucker for leaded glass.  I first fell in love with leaded glass because of a Craftsman home my Mom rented on 16th Street in Paso Robles, CA.  Craftsman homes are famous for their decorative windows.  I always see salvaged leaded glass windows at consignment and antique stores.  I should stop passing them by and start bringing them home.  I'm not sure where I'd put it, but my house is calling out for a little leaded glass filigree.

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I also love to see leaded glass used indoors for cabinets, cupboards and interior doors.

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Check out this sweet little window below.  I love when smaller windows are tucked away near the ceiling.  It acts like a piece of art hung high on the wall but also allows for good natural light, without the peeping tom aspect.

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Windows

Sometimes I look at my dark living room with the tiny window shoved against the edge of the fireplace and I think, "Let's just knock out the whole wall and replace it with a wide and tall bank of windows.  And while we're at it, lets change that little back door into a set a French doors, eh?  Yes - that'll do.

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