Thrift Store Finds and the Guest Bathroom, May It Rest in Peace

I stopped by the thrift store today looking for anything home-decor related. Score! I found two wall sconces still in their boxes; the description aged finish just screams bungalow, right? I also found three heavy decorative wood panels (about 10×10 each) to go…um, somewhere.

Other updates: the demolition is about finished. One bedroom still has paneling on the walls that needs to be removed, and the guest bathroom, which we did not intend to touch, is now being touched (i.e., gutted).

We’ll save the guest bathroom’s sconces, which are an integral part of a bungalow bathroom, historically flanking either side of a recessed medicine cabinet. And we’ll replace the subway tile that runs halfway up the walls with similar white- or cream-colored tiles; subway tiles are another item common to the bungalow bathroom—and the bungalow kitchen for that matter.

Third, a pedestal sink will take the place of the (cheap) sink/cabinet currently in there. After the turn of the (twentieth) century, writes Jane Powell in Bungalow Bathrooms, “sinks were simplified to the color white, with plumbing usually exposed, in the name of sanitation.” Thus, the white pedestal sink with its exposed pipes was common to 1920s homes such as ours. Finally, the cast-iron tub in our guest bath will likely go away, exchanged for a shower (this part of the renovation is not historically accurate, but you can’t win ’em all).

So that you can see what we’re shooting for, I’ve included below a few pictures of our guest bath, may it RIP after today, and then some original and updated bungalow designs. For more, see 1912 Bungalow‘s page of historical bathroom photos.

— Kelli