Should We Keep the Ozzie & Harriet Bathroom Tiles?

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We've been called in to stage a vacant home that has had very little updating since the 1950's.  While that brings some bonuses (like the hardwood floors in good condition under the ratty carpeting), we're wavering in what to suggest for this bathroom.  There is a tremendous amount to do both inside & out and of course budget is a great concern.  Vintage charm is evidently pretty popular in this particular neighborhood so we want to consider that too, (i.e. great original crystal doorknobs).

Our options are to suggest that the homeowner replace the tile, sink, etc.  Or, we have a company that re-glazes tiles and bathtubs and we could go white...or do we play up the vintage and go with the mint green tiles (brown & white towels?) and maybe make a cute skirt around the sink?  Of course we'll paint the pepto bismo walls!    Our first gut reaction was to go with the vintage, but I thought I'd put it out in the A/R universe for some other opinions.



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Susan Macaulay
Clarity Over Clutter - Winnipeg, MB

Quite the combo of tiles.  From the photos the fixtures look to be in good condition.

My first thought would be to remove the tile around the basin and tub and replace the counter top.  I would also put the basin in the new countertop and reroute the plumbing.    Also remove tile as a baseboard.  Replace flooring.  Keep the existing tub.  This would update the whole bathroom and create more floor space.

Remember updated bathrooms and kitchens are well received.

If that is out of the budget.  Remove the tile around the basin and tub and replace the countertop.  Also remove tile baseboard and replace flooring.

Look foward to the results.

Aug 06, 2009 07:20 AM #1


It is tough to know exactly what would work in this house without being there; however if it was me and the current bathroom works with rest of house, I would be inclined to go with similar scheme you are considering.

I think this bathroom has character, with exception of pink walls. Paint walls a softer colour that works with mint green tiles & find chintz material that works with accent tiles and counter top.  I am a fan of old whenever it works.

If the water pressure is ok as is in sink and shower and faucets, sink & tub seem to be in good condition, find a really charming chintz material with the pale green in it to put around the sink as a skirt, and maybe as shower curtain?  Or a plain colour from the chintz for the shower curtain.

Glue a moulding frame around the mirror (similar style to mouldings used); change knobs on current drawers and cupboards to crystal to match doorknobs.

If the counter is in good shape, I wouldn't change it.

I think working with what you have could result in a charming and unique bathroom.

Let us know what you decide to do.


Aug 06, 2009 06:35 PM #2
Durham, NC

If the target buyer here is young, then I say leave the tile as is, paint the walls, shutters, cabinets, and trim a soft white.  Paint the pipes under the sink black.  Use black towels.  Go with black/white and green to match the tile trim.  Hip Retro.

Aug 07, 2009 11:16 AM #3
Sheridan Corrie
Upstage, LLC - West Linn, OR

If you haven't already decided, here's my suggetions.  Keep the vintage, but replace the medicine cabinet and the sink with a period reproduction or pedestal sink.  Make it fresh.  I would also replace the bathtub faucet and mixer to match the new sink fixtures if you can get them out of the wall with little damage.  Should be simple and make enough of an impact, with the painted walls of course!

Aug 10, 2009 10:07 AM #4
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