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Thursday, January 26, 2012

American Bath: Classic Craftsman

Restoring a 1912 Craftsman bungalow to it's original beauty takes an artist and a craftsman -which describes Long Beach, California homeowners Audrey and Paul Smith perfectly. 

Recently, the couple collaborated to renovate their upstairs bathroom to restore its charm, and perhaps as importantly, its function.

The original 6-foot, cast iron, claw-foot tub was completely refinished and Audrey's research found, Sunrise Specialty, a company that was able to provide new fixtures to fit the vintage bath.



The entire room was demo'd down to the studs and Paul put his tremendous talents to work doing the plumbing, window restoration, electrical work, wood moldings, fixture installation, painting and new cabinetry for the project.

Audrey found the perfect period reproduction light fixtures, switches and hardware at Rejuvenation in Los Angeles.
 
Although the artist admits she is thrilled with the additional storage and the new, pedestal sink, she says the best part is the way her new space works: "the toilet stays flushed when you flush it!" 
You can't argue with that.

8 comments :

  1. Thanks Bonnie for thoughtfully documenting our latest home retoration "adventure".

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  2. You guys did a great job, Audrey! It turned out beautifully!

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  3. I absolutely love this style. Classic and timeless. They did a great job on all the little details too!

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