A Bath Restoration and Renovation

Welcome to the 132nd Metamorphosis Monday!

Happy Metamorphosis Monday! For this Met Monday, I’m excited to share another fabulous update for historic Tyson-Stedham home in Adel, Georgia.  Dustin, owner of Van de Fleet Designs and Restoration has been bringing this 1912 Arts and Crafts bungalow back to life over the past few months. (If you’re new to this ongoing restoration, you’ll find links to all the pasts posts following this amazing restoration from start to finish, at the end of this post.) Here’s how this home looked before Dustin began the restoration…it was in rough shape with peeling paint, mis-guided additions, and multiple roof-overs.  Over the years, it had been sadly neglected inside and out.

Dustin and his crew have come a long way with the restoration of this soon to be 100 year-old treasure.  The past few weeks they have been hard at work restoring and renovating what was once an old sewing room in the Tyson-Stedham home.  Prior owners had converted the space into a walk-in closet and in the process, they had boarded up a window and cut a doorway to the back porch.

Bath Renovation in Historic Hom

I’ll let Dustin take you through the restoration process…take it away, Dustin. The sewing room was the heart of the home back in 1912 and it was so important that it earned its own specific room with a full window. This room was where the lady of the house would make clothing, bedding, table cloths, and knit.  Other then the kitchen, this room made the house run. The room was a mess and we had to demolish all of its original plaster as it was in too poor of condition to repair.

Bath Renovation in Historic Hom

After this we took out all the door and window trim in the room, cleaned up the massive mess and prepared for the historic transformation from sewing room to a bathroom.

Bath Renovation in Historic Hom

You can see the doorway previous owners had installed leading out to the back porch.  This area had to be restored.

Bath Renovation in Historic Hom

First, we installed our 1 X 6 walls.  The material we selected was knotty pine so we could replicate the look of a vintage space. We wrapped the walls in rustic pine horizontally once again, to give a very antique rustic feel to the room.  We then moved on to reusing the historic 1912 bead board we had to remove from another portion of the house. Once we installed the original bead board it has to be scraped twice and sanded on numerous occasions.

Bath Renovation in Historic Hom

We put in the ceiling, again using 1×6 knotty pine.

Bath Renovation in Historic Hom

The original sewing room had access to the attic so we opted to rebuild the attic access to keep the room as close to original as possible. Before:

Bath Renovation in Historic Hom


Bath Renovation in Historic Hom

Soon after, it was onward to the vintage octagon tile floor…

Bath Renovation in Historic Hom

…and the vintage subway tile in the shower/tub surround.

vintage subway tile in bath renovation in an historic home

The window was finished in glass block to take a very traditional space and give it a punch of modernism, which is a great design technique. (see window above on left)

We then placed all of the door and window molding back on.

Bath Renovation in Historic Hom

Another trick to designing small spaces is to use your corners; don’t let them just sit as dead space. I used a corner to install the toilet on a 45 degree angle.  This took an other wise dead corner and made it a part of the bathrooms overall flow.  It was the best solution to not making the bathroom look and feel cramped.

Bath Renovation in Historic Hom

For another vintage surprise, we found a 100 year old mirror frame up in the attic.  It will be painted black and used as the frame for the bathroom mirror that will hang above the vintage sink.  Soon the vintage tub will be set into place, re-glazed and the tub will have a rain jet shower head coming down from the ceiling. The space has come together very nicely and in a timely fashion.

Bath Renovation in Historic Hom

Dustin, thanks so much for taking us through this beautiful bath restoration in the historic Tyson-Stedham home.  I love the blue and white color scheme, the subway tile and the wonderful flooring!  It is absolutely stunning!  I can’t wait to see the tub you’ve chosen for this space! Paint Colors for this bath: Valspar, White Gondola and Blue Promise. Love a great bath renovation? Click HERE to view Mary’s beautiful bath renovation. She used American Olean and it looks just like marble. Amazing! Links to other posts in the restoration series of the Tyson-Stedham home: Part I: The Beginning Part II: A New Front Porch and Roof and Celebrating an award for Excellence in Rehabilitation Part III: Front Porch Completion, Preparation for Painting and Demo of Back Porch Part IV: Restoration of the Back Porch and A New “Dress” Part V:  Painting and Continued Porch Restoration Looking forward to your “Before and Afters” this Met Monday! Metamorphosis Monday: If you are participating in Metamorphosis Monday you will need to link up the permalink to your MM post and not your general blog address. To get your permalink, click on your post name, then just copy and paste the address that shows up in the address bar at the top of your blog, into the “url” box for InLinkz. If you’d like to include the MM button in your post, just copy and paste the Met Monday button to your computer or grab the html code from underneath the MM logo under the “Join a Blog Party” header at the top of this blog. In order to link up, you’ll need to include a link in your MM post back to the host blog, Between Naps on the Porch so your regular readers will be able to find the Met Monday party which ensures your friends and fellow bloggers will receive lots of visits, too. Isn’t that what a party is all about? 🙂 PLEASE DO NOT type in all caps…it spreads the links waaaay out. Thanks!

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  1. Thank you so much for hosting! I love this house, I remember the back porch from the previous post. It is gorgeous 🙂

  2. laxsupermom says

    I love this series! I love the way he laid the wood planking horizontally, and the tilework is gorgeous! Can't wait to see it finished. Thanks for sharing this update.

  3. Pam - diy Design Fanatic says

    Wow! What a job! We own a rental very similar to this house in California. I love Craftsman homes! Thanks for hosting MM!

  4. Hi Susan,
    I really enjoy watching the makeover this charming house is getting.

    Thank you for hosting,


  5. Cassie @ Primitive & Proper says

    i absolutely love the style of this house and look forward to all the reveals!

  6. Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions says

    Thanks for hosting, Susan!

  7. Debra @ Common Ground says

    Thanks so much for the party, Susan, love seeing the transition of this great house, xo Debra

  8. Summerland Cottage Studio says

    Hi Susan,

    As always, it is a pleasure to view your world.
    Thank you for hosting and sharing all the beauty and inspiration !

  9. Susan (My Place to Yours) says

    Can't wait to see the antique mirror salvaged from the attic!

  10. How fantastic the house is looking! Love the use of the period finishes to really make it genuine.
    Thanks for having us.

  11. Designs By Pinky says

    Thanks for continuing to host MM, Susan! The bathroom in this wonderful old house is going to be great! Love it so far! XO, Pinky

  12. Vivienne @ the V Spot says

    Thanks for hosting! I love this renovation! I think the angled toilet is smart. 🙂

  13. Okio B Designs says

    Seriously these photos want to make me dig into the walls in my kitchen and bathroom and just gut everything. But I won't. One can dream! I'm Martha Stewart in my dreams – ha! Thanks for hosting!


  14. Thank you Susan and Dustin, for another look at the progress of this lovely house. The bathroom is coming along spendidly.
    Now I am wondering what other treasures are up in the attic!! 🙂

  15. There is nothing like a great reno story. I'm going to check it out. Thanks for the link Susan and thanks for visiting my blog.

  16. Thanka for hosting!

  17. Natasha in Oz says

    Our next project is meant to be the bathroom but after seeing this and having only just gotten over our kitchen renovation I might just leave the bathroom for a few more months!

    Best wishes and thanks for having me,

  18. classic • casual • home says

    I love tasteful renovations like this that are historically appropriate!!!

  19. Thank you for sharing this renovation with us, Susan. It has been interesting to watch the various stages.

  20. Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking says

    Oh what a great transformation!! They really have done so much work on this house.

  21. Hi Susan…Just want you to know I am thoroughly enjoying updates on the house renovation. I think they are doing a great job. Susan

  22. Hello Susan,
    Loved this post…I love seeing something old be reinvented with creativity.

    Happy to be joining your party this week.

    janet xox

  23. Mary @ Redo 101 says

    Fascinated to read how Dustin is bringing the beautiful old house back to its period detail. The bathroom is gorgeous and I can't wait to see more pics when the tub is installed.

    Thanks for hostessing another Met Monday – I'm off to visit other links.


  24. h. m. settoon says

    It's so nice when an old home gets the love and attention that it deserves.

  25. h. m. settoon says

    It's so nice when an old home gets the love and attention that it deserves.

  26. Richard Cottrell says

    What a little hard work can do. Wonderful. Richard at My Old Historic House.

  27. Jane @ Jane's Junk and Treasures says

    I love this house SO much!

    I'm honored that I picked out the same floor tile for my bathroom makeover!

  28. Magali @ The Little White House says

    Thanks for hosting! Some very interesting links.

  29. I've really enjoyed seeing the transformation of this house! Truly amazing. Thanks for sharing and for hosting! Becca

  30. circadee.com says

    I love the tile they chose!

  31. Ivy and Elephants says

    Thanks for the lovely party and keeping us up to date on this gorgeous transformation!


  32. martinealison says

    Un travail de titan… mais il est bon de donner une seconde vie à une maison qui a une âme…
    Gros bisous

  33. bathroom ideas says

    Wonderful transformation, this goes a long way to show how much skill is available out there. Quality interior design is always one way to ensure a comfortable and relaxed stay. Nice work.

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