Modern Vintage Clawfoot Bathroom Makeover

Wow. Well, about two months ago I set off on a quick renovation of my bathroom to control some humidity issues which were wreaking havoc on our walls and ceiling. Mould was growing on the ceiling and the paint was blistering on the walls. It was gross. Being an old house, we didn’t have any ventilation save for a window which isn’t really the best solution in a climate that has snow on the ground for 5 months out of the year. We decided it was time to install a ventilation fan and bring our bathroom into the 21st century. With the help of Broan, we decided on their new Sensonic Speaker fan which would not only clear the steam out of our bathroom but also provide us with the ability to stream music with it’s built-in bluetooth speakers. 

I should have know from prior experiences but renovating anything quickly in a century old house is nearly impossible. Our first task was getting the fan in which went fairly speedily. However when we opened up the ceiling it became apparent that we still had knob and tube wiring in that room — we’ve never done a full renovation of this home so surprises like this happen as we slowly make our way through the house room-by-room. In the process of remedying that situation we also replastered the ceiling to fix up any hairline cracks and fill in holes. 

Next, I decided that this was our opportunity to update all of our faucets something we have had never done in that room. I picked out brass ones in a style in keeping with the Victorian era of the bathroom. In fact, I quickly realized that when it comes to clawfoot shower enclosures (that’s the oval shower ring bar complete with tub faucet and shower head) that there aren’t many options on the market especially for shorter clawfoot tubs. Installing these faucets became a bit of a nightmare as the old faucets were corroded on and in the end involved getting a plumber involved and the purchase of a new sink. As a single bathroom household, we were without a bathroom for 3 days — thank our lucky stars for kind neighbours!

Leo who we are cat-sitting for the week couldn't hide his curiosity. 

Leo who we are cat-sitting for the week couldn't hide his curiosity. 

The last thing to contemplate was a new paint colour. We have been living with the moody blue-black walls for nine years and while I love them I felt it was time for a change. In those nine years, I have seen so many rooms go over to the dark side. What once felt fresh and daring was starting to feel a little more everyday and dare I say trendy. You might think that for someone who works in the business that picking out a paint colour would be easy but it’s not! I hummed and hawed, conducted polls, asked colleagues, scoured Pinterest and generally despaired over a new colour for weeks. In fact, I was 98% sure of my choice up until the night before I went out to choose paint when I changed my mind. In the end, the hue I picked is Benjamin Moore’s Backwoods (CC-630). I left the tub in Benjamin Moore Raccoon Fur( 2126-20) for a bit of contrast.

There’s still a few more things I need to do in the bathroom before it will be finished. I’m contemplating a brass medicine cabinet if I can find one and I’d like to install a new pendant light and some towel hooks. Finally, it needs some art. On the whole, the new bathroom feels more grown up than our previous one if that makes sense. It’s more colourful and a little more decorated which feels more in keeping with the direction I’d like to take the house in. I sometimes worry that my children will grow up saying that they lived in house with only black walls as we have a few of them so this should ease some of that guilt! Silly but true!

And as for the reason we started this makeover in the first place we now not only have a steam-free bathroom but we can also listen to the sweet sounds of music in the morning. Definitely worth the few hiccups along the way. 


Ed. note: This blog post was sponsored by brand partner Broan. As always, all thought sand opinions are my won. Thank you for supporting my partners!