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Steal This Look: A Vintage Bath in England with a DIY Faucet


Steal This Look: A Vintage Bath in England with a DIY Faucet

September 20, 2016

We’ve been following London theater designer Niki Turner from her chapel conversion in Bath to her French baroque house in Stroud, Gloucestershire, admiring her style and inventive solutions in each. The upstairs bath in the Stroud house is deceptively simple, cast in matte white with retrofitted fixtures and custom faucets. Re-create the look with a few of Niki’s genius tweaks and our list of similar accessories.

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Above: Both the freestanding bath and sink (mounted on a pair of vintage brackets) catch water from two custom copper pipe faucets designed by Niki herself.

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Above: The downstairs bath has the same washbasin as upstairs, but rather than wall-mounted, it’s set on the console.

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Above: A detail of the patinated copper pipes and vintage accents.


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Above: Farrow & Ball’s All White is $99 for a gallon of Estate Emulsion.

Faucet & Fixtures

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Above: Niki designed custom faucets for all the bathrooms in the house using copper plumbing pipe and brass. Source copper pipe fittings from Home Depot, such as this 1/2 Inch by 10 Foot Copper Type L Pipe for $13.78. To achieve the industrial look, pair copper with brass valves, like these sourced from Home Depot. For guidance, see the DIY of a similar style faucet on Vintage Revivals. For more inspiration, see our post Trend Alert: 10 DIY Faucets Made from Plumbing Parts.

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Above: The White Square Ceramic Sink from Kraus is designed to be mounted on a console, but taking a tip from Niki, install it on the wall instead with a pair of vintage enameled wrought iron brackets. The sink basin is $109.95 at YBath.

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Above: Duravit’s 1930 Series Two-Piece Toilet Set in a traditional floor-mounted style for $772.06. For a look closer to what Niki installed, the 1930 Series Wall Mounted Toilet is $855.85 at Quality Bath.

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Above: The bathtub was reclaimed from an old rectory in Bath. The Cheviot Sandringham Cast Iron Freestanding Soaking Tub with Rolled Rim is a close second; $3,585 at Quality Bath. An alternate option is the Randolph Morris 66-Inch Cast Iron Pedestal Tub for $1,214 at Vintage Tub & Bath.


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Above: The Ceramic Ceiling Light from Thomas Hoof has a solid brass shade holder; €172 ($192).

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Above: Also from Thomas Hoof, the Ceiling-Mounted Porcelain Light is used on the wall above the mirror; €29 ($32).


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Above: West Elm’s Frameless Round Wall Mirror is an easy alternate for the vintage one in Niki’s bath; $199.

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Above: The Compagnie De Provence Cotton Flower Hand Soap is $25 at Gracious Home.

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Above: Keep rolls of toilet paper stored neatly in a basket like the one under Niki’s sink. The Nkuku Braided Hemp Basket is $102 for the large at Amara.

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Above: A Remodelista favorite, the Porcelain Toilet Roll Holder by Thomas Hoof is made in Germany (note that it’s designed for EU-sized toilet paper rolls) for €28 ($31).

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Above: The wall-mounted Ceramic Brush Holder suits toilet brushes (the width of the holder is about four inches); €92 ($103).

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Above: A Soap Basket with Sponge Holder hangs over the edge of the bath; $53.95 in brushed nickel (shown) at Signature Hardware.

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Above: Niki created a curtain shade using Ikea’s Dignitet Curtain Wire; $14.99.

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Above: A pair of hand or tea towels, clipped to the curtain wire, makes an instant shade for a short bathroom window. Here, West Elm’s Stripe Hammam Hand Towel Set is currently on sale for $9.99.

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Above: A Wire Egg Basket from Trademark Innovations is $15.99 at Walmart.

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Above: The Round Jute Rug from Pottery Barn is a 6 feet in diameter but could be tucked under a clawfoot tub for an alternate bathmat option; $161.

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Finally, get more ideas on how to evaluate and choose your bathroom sink and faucet in our Remodeling 101 Guide: Bathroom Sinks & Faucets.

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