A $350 Bathroom Redo Brings Vintage Charm Back to a 200-Year-Old Home

Grey vanity in bathroom before renovation.
Gray vanity in bathroom before renovation.
Vintage dresser
Wooden vanity with vessel sink on top
Vintage dresser turned vanity in bathroom after renovation.

A surefire way to add some charm into your home is to scout out antique pieces — even for an unexpected spot like the bathroom. When Suzy Frigo decided to update her family bathroom in her 200-year-old colonial home, she wanted to honor the house’s history by bringing some “antique soul” back into the room, which she shares with her husband and their five children.

“Our home has almost two centuries of charming character. But a main bathroom remodel from the previous decade stripped away the home’s history,” she says. “While clean and functional, the bathroom lacked personality and aesthetic.”

Suzy says the previous bathroom featured a “monotonous gray-blue-white color scheme” that felt too modern against the rest of the home. To bring some life and charm back into the space, she knew that she wanted to incorporate some vintage pieces to honor the 1830s colonial home.