Published on August 21st, 2011 | by Jules Yap


1950′s Bathroom revamp with Akurum

Materials: Akurum, Numerar, Fullen, Perfekt, Metrik

Description: I wanted to update my 1950′s bath with modern fixtures that would mirror the style in the rest of the house (plus the sink faucet would no longer turn off).


Our kitchen was being remodeled with Ikea components and we scored 20% off our kitchen purchase. I was hoping I could use kitchen components in our bathrooms (see my other hack) to score a great deal on modern cabinetry. When I measured the size of the existing bathroom sink and vanity, lo and behold it was exactly the width of the largest Akurum Top Refrigerator cabinet. Perfect!

I assembled the cabinet per the instructions and attempted to install it. However, I quickly discovered that the cabinet was too deep for the space. So, I cut down about 3″ off the back of the cabinet and then attached it to the wall with L-brackets.

In addition, as much as I love the look of floating wall hung cabinets, which would be easy to do with the Ikea wall cabinet system, I wanted to cover any tile damage under the existing cabinet, so I chose to mount the Ikea wall cabinet as if it was a bottom cabinet. I added Akurum legs to it and covered them with Perfekt plinth (toekick). Luckily, I had this leftover from the kitchen remodel.

As the birch cabinet is slightly darker than the birch doors (with Metrik hardware), I also had to add the Perfekt cover panels to the sides of the cabinet. This was easy, since again I had some leftover from the kitchen remodel.

Lastly, the countertop is an extra piece of Birch Numerar counter leftover from the kitchen. I sanded it down a few times with coarser to finer grit sandpaper, foam brushed on two coats of India ink. Then, I wiped on 6 coats of Waterlox on the upper and lower side, sanding and waiting 24 hours between coats.

The sink, faucet, and drain, like my other bath hack, are from overstock.com and were a steal compared to big box stores.

I also had some nasty rusty holes and marks left behind in the tile backsplash area. I covered these up with a craft piece of curly maple from my local Woodcraft store and mounted it in the backsplash. It will also be Waterloxed and caulked up.

To polish it off, I took down the rusted medicine cabinet and covered up the hole in the wall with the Fullen mirror ($10!).

New lights, toilet and a DIYed roller shade completed the remodel. Because of the sale, and leftovers from the kitchen the sink and vanity cost less than $300. In fact, the cost to refresh the entire bath only cost about $450 (plus my sweat along the way!).

~ Lemurific, Cleveland, OHio

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22 Responses to 1950′s Bathroom revamp with Akurum

  1. Kiki says:

    So cheap looking. Prefer the before. What a sink!! And you tore it out? For ikea? Sad.

  2. Neon says:

    It is so sad you removed the sink – has to be one of the worst before afters I have ever seen!

  3. Anonymous says:

    I know people have already told you this, but the old sink you had would have made it to designer magazines and cost a fortune in good condition. :( Even the vanity would have been restored by someone. It was gorgeous. I am glad you are happy with your new look though. If you do any more renovating make sure you take things apart carefully and sell them. Things aren’t made the way they used to be and few things made now will last as long as stuff made back then. Good luck and have fun making your home your own. :)

  4. Nick Austin says:

    It looks great but I have to say I’d have fixed the taps and kept the sink.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Oh what a pretty bath it WAS! Sorry to say that, but I love the 50s style and for me the old one was 100% perfect – would love to have a bath like that.

  6. Anonymous says:

    The proportions and style of the old sink were harmonious with the rest of the bath. I wouldn’t be surprised if the next owner of the house attempts to reverse this improvement.

  7. luckylass says:

    Actually, I had to replace the entire plumbing in the bathroom. So once the non functioning sink was removed, I changed it out to match what the rest of the house looks like. I like consistency in style so that the design flows throughout the house. And my realtor certainly agrees.

    I get what anonymous is saying, but it is not like I threw it out. It will get a new life in a home that is better suited for it. It was the only non-contempory thing left in my house.

  8. Anonymous says:

    you know it takes about 15 minutes and 5 bucks to replace the washers on a faucet. The vanity looks too big for the space. Paint looks good.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Nice work, but sad to see the beautiful period 50s sink go. Where I live, original period features like that end up adding a lot MORE property value than prefab Ikea stuff.

  10. stacy says:

    *sob* that old sink is To Die For!!! I would love to have it, but I am several thousand miles away. What can I say, I adore 1940′s-1950′s fittings…

  11. frill.friend says:

    sooo sad, can’t make it to Cleveland to get the sink … hope it finds a good home … i’ve been reading a few blogs by people restoring their homes to the “original” 50′s or 60′s style … maybe they are too busy to check out Craig’s List ?

  12. rental mobil says:

    Very nice, thanks for sharing.

  13. luckylass says:

    he he… the tile is actually a gray-purple and it is shockingly in perfect shape, so there was no reason to replace it. But it does look pink in the pictures. Again, thank you all for the kind comments.

    For those of you who might be interested in the original sink and cabinet, feel free to email at j e n i s e s n y d e r at gmail.com. I would love it to have a second life.

  14. mary says:

    i was thinking the same thing about how great the old sink is! how did i miss that on craigslist? LOL.
    i’m nearby so if frill.friend can’t take it, i’d love to use it in my salon. let me know…i’ll check in again here.
    that new sink is pretty great too :) nice job!

  15. Anonymous says:

    Also loved the original sink! Too back you couldn’t use it on top of the new vanity and bought new faucets. I commend you for keeping the pink tile. Pink bathrooms rock!

  16. Robj98168 says:

    Great job- Love the look of the new bathroom!

  17. Anonymous says:

    and you kept the pink tile!! Just love this…

  18. frill.friend says:

    OMG !!!!!!!!!!!
    “One person’s trash is another’s treasure.”
    Your new bath is very nice, but

    the OLD SINK is a TREASURE !!!!!
    Do you still have it ?

    Would you consider selling it ???!!!!!

  19. AprilAries says:

    Fantastic remo!! Thanks for sharing all your how-to’s and sources. I’m getting ready to update my little bathroom and I’m definitely bookmarking this!

  20. luckylass says:

    Fril.friend, and all thanks for your compliments. I agree completely. I love that old sink, but it just didn’t go with the rest of the renovated house. The faucets are leaky, but otherwise it is in perfect condition. I tried to sell it a few times on craigslist, but you know how that goes. I have a garage sale coming up, so I hope to give it a good home soon. If you live nearby, I would be happy sell it to you. It is crazy heavy for shipment.

  21. Anonymous says:

    Looks gorgeous. I guess there is hope for Cleveland, OH after all.

  22. Anonymous says:

    You did an excellent job your b-room looks great!

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