Mid Century Modern Bathroom

In our rental remodel that we just finished and put on the market, I knew I wanted to design something different and unique in the bathrooms. And Sarah at Smitten Studio gave me the perfect inspiration.  She did a mid century modern vanity using a piece of furniture.  I knew right away her idea was the perfect solution to use in the bathrooms.   In case you haven’t seen the bathroom progress before, you can click on this post.  Here is a reminder of it’s before state which was a mess {eyes beware it’s kinda gross}

Hall bath before

It had a small vanity on a long wall, the plumbing was sub-par and the overall function was lacking. And here is the tub/shower area across from the vanity

hall bathtub before

shower before

Yeah, not very functional when you don’t even have a shower head lol. We gutted the whole bathroom, did some major plumbing repairs and started with a clean slate.  I had mentioned before that I fell in love with Smitten Studio’s bathroom, but I didn’t want to copy it exactly.  That’s just weird.  I think the design I did has the feel of her design, but with my spin on it.  It all started with this Mid Century Modern cabinet I bought on Craig’s list for the vanity

Mid century cabinet

and this design board

Mid Century modern fixtures and tile1 , 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

For the countertops, I bought a remnant piece of carrera marble from a local marble fabricator. Remnants are the perfect size for a bathroom, and is a lot cheaper than buying a whole slab.

And this is how it looks all finished

Mid-century Modern bathroom

I wasn’t comfortable with the stability of floating the vanity like Sarah did, so I kept the legs.  I think they look pretty sitting on the tile

Mid-century Modern bathroom

I went with a straight edge detail on the marble, it goes so well with the mid-century modern look. I would of loved to tile the entire wall behind the vanity, but it wasn’t in the budget.  So instead I did a simple solid backsplash from the marble remnant

Mid-century Modern bathroom-2-2


Mid-century Modern bathroom

Using a piece of furniture for a vanity can be tricky in order to get the plumbing inside the cabinet. We cut holes in the back of the cabinet for the pipes and added a plywood top for the marble counter.  We also screwed the vanity to the wall studs for extra stability and strength.  Here is a picture during construction so you can see how the pipes and plywood top were done

Mid-century Modern bathroom

I still can’t get over how perfect that Craig’s list mirror is for this bathroom.  I got so lucky on that one

Mid-century Modern bathroom mirror

Aren’t those lights cool?  I had no idea they had the amber color on the outside bulb, that upped the cool factor for me!  The shower/tub area is clean and modern looking with just a touch of pizzaz {even with the poor quality picture}

Kohler soaking tub

That soaker tub is deep and it fits in a standard opening.  A win win.

Mid-century Modern bathroom vanity-21

The octagon carrera marble insert along the faucet wall is just enough to relate to the vanity top

Pfister tub faucet

There were only two places I could choose to hang towels, behind the door, or next to the toilet {yuck}  So I chose behind the door

Mid-century Modern bathroom vanity-14

I hung 4 of these wall hooks from CB2. They fit perfectly with the mid century modern bathroom design. And they are beefy enough to easily hold a towel

Mid-century Modern bathroom vanity

Let’s take a look at the before and after side by side to get a better appreciation of the new design

before and after Mid-century modern bathroomWhat a difference right?  I actually like this after picture better.  It translate the feel of the bathroom better

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The second bathroom in the master I also used a mid-century cabinet for the vanity, I think that is going to be my go to from now on instead of a store bought variety.  I’ll be posting that finished bathroom on my next post.


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  1. It’s LOVELY !!!!

  2. Very Kooool !

  3. Love your bathroom. Have a question about keeping the grout clean. I have similar tile on my bathroom and kitchen floor with the light grout. It looked great but now it looks dirty and I haven’t found a product to refresh it yet. Any ideas? Thx

    • Sorry that I can’t help you with what to do to refresh your tile. It helps when you first grout your tile to seal it. But other than that, I don’t have a solution.

  4. My husband and I just purchased a 1956 ranch which needs a complete bathroom and kitchen renovation. I found myself here on my journey for inspiration. Your bathroom came out beautiful. Would you mind sharing the brand and model of your soaker tub? We both LOVE it!

    • Thank you Sandy and congratulations on your new purchase! The tub is a Mirabelle MIREDS6032L Edenton 60″ X 32″ Three-Wall Alcove Soaking Tub. It really is a nice tub, you’ll love it.

  5. Stephanie,

    I love what you do so much. We have a very similar esthetic. I recently a bathroom and used so many of the same things you did in this bathroom, the same fixtures except a waterfally spout on the faucet but the same family as what you have, same mid century furniture only I could use a vessel sink because of more room. I used a beautiful pale green square tiles in keeping with the 1947 vintage of the house and used the exact same bathtub which I love more than I can say. It has that wonderful horizontal overflow so you can have a nice deep soak. Thank you for your pictures. Your lovely work has given me some great ideas for my next remodel.


    • Naomi, thank you so much for saying that!I always hope to inspire, and you just made my day. Send pictures, I would love to see your vintage house!

  6. I am SO impressed with how you transformed a mid century cabinet into a bathroom vanity not once but twice! It’s exactly what I now plan to do with the bathrooms in my “mid century modest” tract home, both of which are about the same size as the ones you renovated. There isn’t anything out there that you can buy that comes even close! I especially appreciate the photos of the vanity during construction, and the design board. Can you please tell me where you purchased the tub? I live not too far from you (in Orange County). By the way, I recently renovated our living room and kitchen…not exactly DIY but I did get all my ideas via web research, so what are you doing is very valuable. Thank you so much!

    • Thanks Barbara! The soaking tub is Mirabelle 60′ x 32″ acrylic tub. Edmonton I think is the style..They also have the 60′ x 30″ size as well. I purchase all my plumbing fixtures from build.com They have been a great source for all my plumbing needs, and they deliver super fast, and have great customer service. {I have no affiliation with the company, just passing along a great resource for shopping on line that I have had great experience with}

  7. Hi, I love the look of this. I really like the tub as opposed to the drop in type. What did you do for a shower screen or curtain here? I want to put a tub the same in our (potential!) upcoming reno but I’m lost for whether a semi frameless shower bath screen will work or if a curtain will work better. I don’t have a problem with a shower curtain myself but they can cheapen the look.

    • I didn’t put up a shower door on this tub/shower. I anticipated the buyer using a shower curtain. It’s a personal preference, I like a shower curtain because you can change it out to freshen up your bathroom easily.

  8. Hey Stephanie! The bathroom looks gorgeous! Can you share more info about the floor tile? I love it and I can’t seem to find it on the Euro Tile website.

    • Hi Casey, I would contact European Tile Art. They are very helpful and would be more than happy to assist you in the product information. They know every tile detail in all my projects, so they would be more than happy to help. Their web site does not show 1/4 of what they have in their store. I wish they would have a better web site, but it’s not their thing. It is a linen look porcelain tile, which has a little bit of a grain to it which helps with wet areas.

  9. Shanna Akers says

    I love the tub/shower combo. Which brand and style is the faucet/shower?

    • I have a link in the post to the tub/shower combo.

      • That link took me too Amazon and it has the showerhead and valve/handle to turn water on/off and hot/cold, but it didn’t have the spout. I noticed in your post you said you got all your plumbing fixtures from build.com. So did it come from build.com or Amazon? And were you able to get all three piece as a set? We are about to start our bathroom remodel and trying to get some of the materials bought. Thanks so much in advance.

        • Sorry about that! I will have to fix it. I purchase most of my plumbing fixtures from Build.com., including this one. I don’t know why I put amazon. My bad.

  10. Is the bathtub surrounding tile 3*6 or bigger? It is hard to tell from the pic. I love the new bathroom!

  11. Thanks for sharing Stephanie, I’m looking for a nice mid-century bathroom to get an idea on what to do with our bathroom, my wife wanted it to look classy and not boring. I think she’ll consider your ideas.

  12. What is the manufacturer and model on the soaker tub? I’m 2 years late so the link does not work anymore.

  13. Scarlett says

    You did a great reno and using a cabinet is genius. I missed how big is your bathroom? I have our main bathroom to do and I am looking for a great soaking tub. It has to fit in a reg tub space but it can be deep. I am all legs so it need it deep. Can you tell me how it is working for width? It looks narrow. I love CL. If only I could get DH on the same page. He likes to buy new but then won’t because of the price. Men! Great idea about the remnant marble also. Boy I would love your brain!

    • I remodeled this home and sold it. I did not get the opportunity to actually use the tub. It is a Mirabelle soaking tub, and you can look at the dimensions online. I did not find it to be narrow in person tho, if that helps.

  14. Jason McGarr says

    What is the tub model?