The Saga of Jess’ $3k Vintage Toilet (+ Her Bathroom Design Plan!)

There are some things I by no means thought I’d love and because the title suggests, that factor is a classic rest room (and as you and I’ll come to search out out…a VERY costly one). Once I toured my condominium for the primary time this rest room was a PERK. The Grecian fashion sample, the above-average seat peak, the lovable blue stamp on the within of the bowl, what extra may I’ve wished?! This love affair continued for over two years till at some point she wasn’t flushing effectively, the tank wasn’t filling correctly, and now (after some short-term problem-solving) the everlasting have to jiggle the deal with. Look needing to jiggle a flush lever shouldn’t be the tip of the world, however because the constructing’s extremely skilled plumber said, this gal is on her final leg, and getting a brand new one before later is suggested. A brand new rest room? From this century?? DEVASTING NEWS as you’ll be able to think about. However look. I’m an inexpensive girl who doesn’t need her rest room to crack open and flood her normally unflooded condominium. It’s simply exhausting to say goodbye. So to ease my impending toilet melancholy, I received to making a design plan to make over the entire room. My thought was if I really like every thing else on this room possibly I’ll quickly neglect a bit of my coronary heart is lacking.

And don’t fear! I’ll present you the plan and stroll you thru a number of different points that want tending to as a result of with the allure and great thing about a 100-year-old constructing comes actually cool challenges. However first, let’s stroll by what this toilet seemed like the primary time I noticed it…

Love At First Sight (My Preliminary Walkthrough)

The potential is nearly an excessive amount of to deal with. The ground, whereas a bit dingy and cracked, is my favourite. The blue tile border that matched the bathroom sample is hysterical and unimaginable. The AC is a bummer, however it’s the one window in my condominium that may have a window unit. I additionally don’t perceive all these towel bars since there are additionally three different hooks between the 2 doorways. Two folks can dwell on this condominium MAX. However eradicating each and changing possibly one is tremendous simple.

Here’s a close-up of her! She’s not in excellent form, however my god is she cool. I want I may finish right here and this simply be a show-and-tell however now I’ll present you the less-than-cool actuality that my plumber identified to me…

The Present (Gross-Trying) Points…You’ve Been Warned

The true situation is that crack behind the bowl. In line with him, it’s not price making an attempt to repair provided that in a number of years we may have the identical situation come again. The opposite picture is only a pic of the corrosion that’s forming on the tank pipe. That might be changed I suppose, however once more, no actual level.

After the plumber and I broke the information to my landlord (the sweetest and coolest girl on the earth) she requested me to search out one I preferred understanding I really like design and really a lot respect the historical past of this constructing (as she does). I requested what the funds was and she or he mentioned to not fear about it. Harmful phrases to a design-loving gal with tragically costly style. I used to be somewhat nervous since I’d by no means shopped for a bathroom earlier than, however I started my search. Naturally, I began with salvage yards, eBay, Etsy, and many others. Then I noticed it!

Ummm Excuse Me???

WHAT?! That is my precise rest room bowl!! Whereas I wasn’t given a funds, I knew that $3,200 for less than a bowl (aka no tank or pipes) was far an excessive amount of. And I positively wanted a brand new tank too. However man, was it enjoyable seeing what it was promoting for!

I stored looking out and got here throughout this man who restores and sells really stunning classic bathrooms on eBay!

My First “Actual Discover”

I really feel HARD for this one. Positive it was much less ornate however it was from the identical time interval of the house and people curves have been UNDENIBELE. I’m positive you’re curious concerning the value…it was $2,100 however hear me out. This rest room is totally constructed (minus the seat) and has gone by a radical sequence of exams to verify it’s stable and functioning completely. I additionally contacted the vendor and labored out a deal to provide him my bowl and get $500 off the value of the brand new one. “However Jess, that different website mentioned it was price $3,200!” Appropriate. However bear in mind mine is cracked and whereas I didn’t discover it till he pointed it out, the tank is clearly not authentic to the bowl. A bummer however $500 off was useful!

Okay, so think about me, PUMPED that I discovered a classic rest room that runs like a brand new one and was now at a slight low cost. Whereas $1,600 is quite a bit for a bathroom it’s not probably the most contemplating the market AND I used to be informed to not fear about funds. Nicely, as you’ll be able to think about, that value was greater than my landlord may (or extra doubtless and understandably, wished to) spend on a rest room…particularly in a rental property no matter its historical past.

Okay, The Actual Alternative Choices

After her very variety “it’s a no-go, Bunge” on the classic one, she talked about a few different reasonably priced retailers to take a look at the place the costs have been nearer to $300. Now, I say this with all of the love in my coronary heart… all the time give a funds! Had I identified that doubtless $400/$500 was the max funds, my search would have seemed muuuuuch totally different. Anyway, these are the 2 prime contenders at the moment. Initially, I used to be leaning towards the one on the proper as a result of the small print seemed a bit extra classic and candy. However then after studying a number of evaluations, it was talked about that too many elements have been made out of plastic which doesn’t give me confidence for longevity. So now, that easy however completely nice one on the left is prime billing. I actually love the Kohler one Emily has however it’s too far out of funds, sadly. Any vintage-inspired budget-friendly recommendations (with private expertise) are very welcome! Nothing has been ordered but.

Present Images (Don’t Decide)

Now, earlier than we transfer onto the opposite not-great points, that is what this toilet seems like now. It’s nonetheless very a lot within the “a lot potential” stage.

Oh, There’s Extra…Bathe Plumbing Points (HELP!!)

Ah, the bathe. By way of performance, it’s completely wonderful with zero complaints. Nicely, apart from needing that skinny part of bathe curtain on the far aspect of the bathe plumbing. However as you’ll be able to see fairly clearly, I’m coping with A LOT of corrosion. It’s fairly gross and based on my plumber additionally not likely fixable… I suppose I may have helped to possibly stop a few of it however I used to be by no means informed I wanted to do something and as somebody with none classic plumbing information that wasn’t one thing I knew to do.

Right here’s a really stunning, nearer have a look at the irreversible harm to my pipes. COOL! And if all this wasn’t enjoyable sufficient, I’ve NO IDEA the place to get alternative plumbing as a result of this specific kind and configuration isn’t one thing that’s broadly bought. Is it even bought in any respect? It’s a thriller that if any of you’ve got information I’d be SO so so so so grateful. I do know a few of you’ll say your landlord ought to be dealing with this however I need to assist and truthfully wouldn’t thoughts having a say within the design choices. No, I would not have any management points thanks very a lot:)

My essential fear is that it’s a ticking time bomb for bursting pipes that aren’t simply replaceable. So if one thing begins leaking or worse, it’s not like my landlord can simply order one thing for a next-day supply or pickup. My greatest concern is that if a pipe bursts I may need to briefly transfer out of my condominium and I DO NOT need to have to try this. PLEASE HELP!

This Vainness Wants A Facelift

This subsequent situation is solely beauty so no have to panic. But when I’m going to design this toilet and find it irresistible, I have to do one thing about this self-importance. As you will note on my moodboard, I’ve this self-importance because the dream choice. However with the repairs wanted, I don’t see a world wherein my landlord can pay to switch a superbly wonderful self-importance for one that’s merely prettier. So my present plan is to get it reglazed which I realized from Ajai shouldn’t be too costly after which substitute the plumbing and entrance legs. Not precisely positive how I’m going to be that however I’m positive I can determine it out.

Actuality Bites However At Least It’s Preserving Me Type Of Cool

My love and my nemesis. As I already mentioned, that is the one window that may maintain an AC unit. Once more, the allure of an outdated constructing has prices. I wish to make it clear that I’m not the one liable for this foam/masking tape state of affairs but additionally haven’t been bothered but to repair it. And whereas this AC works pretty effectively, there are newer and WAYYYY prettier choices available on the market that may make this crucial evil much less evil-looking.

At present, this July air conditioner is my best choice. It’s smooth, has a fairly cream shade choice for that entrance panel and it doesn’t make me unhappy after I have a look at it. Does anybody have this? Do you prefer it? Are there some other fairly choices I ought to have a look at? That is turning right into a “Please assist me” submit however I really do want some actual assist for those who can’t inform.

I Need A Customized DIY Make-up Vainness (Les Bunge Has Been Known as)

I took this picture on Friday so it’s very present however removed from how I need it to look. I borrowed this desk from Emily after I was going to fashion a sponsored factor two years in the past. It was for a styled City Outfitters entry vignette that ended up being one thing else. So since Emily was already in Portland, I requested if may use it briefly for my toilet. You really may bear in mind it as her mountain home quarantine desk. What a DIY that was. Anyway, it’s been helpful however it’s clearly too lengthy and too low for what I really need which is a make-up self-importance. And no I don’t assume I need the paint can look🙂 I really need one thing that’s wooden however in a deeper and hotter tone so why not torture my father as soon as once more and have him assist me construct one thing “easy”? The three-D wooden panel beneath is the inspiration so keep tuned!

Simply in case you have been questioning, that towel bar is outta right here and that Tushie bidet has by no means been related to the water line. Whooops. Oh, and I discovered that trash bin on the Rose Bowl and I’ll by no means half with it. It’s one among my without end treasures:)

The Dream Design Plan

And right here is the general plan! I need to wallpaper at the very least the highest half of my partitions with that VERY cool sand-colored wallpaper. Oh, and in case you are questioning what occurred to my closet design, that’s nonetheless within the works as a result of truthfully, this design will dictate that house since they’re A. the very first thing you see while you need within the entrance door and B. you’ll be able to see then on the identical time that means they should speak to one another properly. NO FIGHTING on this home. So sure, the plan for the toilet is to be principally impartial (letting the ground tile shine) and actually play with sample and texture. I really like my black rest room seat so that may go on the brand new rest room, in addition to my classic flush lever. Fingers crossed I can swap it out!

cool thumb dad.

If you’re questioning what’s on the far prime left that may be a new door!! Sure, my dad discovered the perfect-sized glass middle door from an architectural salvage yard, Greenlynx in Santa Rosa, CA, the place a VERY expensive household buddy of ours works. Together with her low cost, it was $50!!! This door will substitute the one which connects my closet to my toilet. Why substitute it? Nicely, I don’t love {that a} rest room (even a cool $3k one) is the very first thing you see while you stroll into my condominium. BUT, I don’t need to lose the one pure gentle that the closet and hallway get by closing the door that’s there. So getting this door means I can shut it and doubtlessly add a light-weight filtering shade or (and ideally) by some means substitute the plain glass with ribbed glass so it has a cool texture. I simply don’t know the way a lot that may value…understanding me in all probability a million {dollars}. It’s a present actually.

Solely Obtainable Gadgets Listed: Brass Vacant Engaged Lock | AC Unit | Wicker Pendant | Wallpaper | Brass Knob | Vainness | Cleaning soap Dispenser | Faucet | Switchplate Cowl | Towels | Ceramic Vessel | Desk Mirror | Stool | Black Rest room Seat | Rest room | Tub Mat

Now again to the design. I actually wished to make use of brass however the bathe pipes are silver that means it could be too imbalanced for every thing to be brass besides the bathe. So, that’s why I selected a refined nickel self-importance, faucet, and switchplate cowl. Most every thing that’s extra “everlasting” goes with the bathe after which the equipment (like my ridiculous $90 French cleaning soap dispenser) could be brass. I feel selecting a warm-toned silver like polished nickel works properly with a heat brass:)

Oh, and see that’s that wooden piece I’m utilizing as my self-importance inpso and I’m excited. For the lights, these are actually there for the vibe I need moderately than precise items I’ll use. First off, a rest room wants good gentle for actions like doing all your make-up. Neither of these lights will present that however man are they sick. As for the checkered towels, I’ve wished these from the second I noticed them. My hand-me-down unhappy, not comfortable darkish grey ones have to go. Oh, and the way enjoyable is that tub mat! It may not be proper however I actually preferred it on the board.

Okay, I feel that’s it for now. I nonetheless have extra design issues to consider like paint? Ah! Perhaps one other submit is coming your method. Till then really any and all recommendation for my bathe is VERY welcome. I really feel fairly misplaced within the classic plumbing sport. Oh, and if we will all pour one out this month in honor of my rest room I’d actually admire it.

Love you, imply it.

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