Our 1954 Home: Master Bathroom

Late last year Patrick and I started on several house projects, most of which involved painting. We painted the newly built wall (which you got to see in our Christmas decor post), we painted the former guest room (you can check out that reveal here), we painted the hall bathroom (a room that still needs some work), and we painted our bathroom which sparked a whole revamp of the space.

Myself, standing in the bathroom in a pink and white robe, brushing my hair. Text on the right reads "Our 1954 Home Master Bathroom"

When we first saw this house, we loved that it has so many original elements, including original tile in the master bathroom. When we moved in we wanted to redo some of the floors (read more about that journey here), and while at the time I had no idea what I wanted to do with the bathroom, I knew the mausoleum chic faux grey marble floors had to go. So we went with a blue that matched some of the existing tile, and that’s how the room sat for a few years. Why? I was committed to installing a shower, so I didn’t feel like I could go all in with making this a fun space until that was done. But since the pandemic, I’ve felt less of a need for a shower in here, and it was time for something new.

I spend a lot of time in the bathroom. Between getting ready in the morning and lounging in the tub in the evening, it’s a place I need to wake up and then relax in, so for me the answer was pink! Additionally, our house was built in 1954, when pink was in in full force.

View of the bathtub, which sits in the corner. Hanging above one part is a print featuring vintage Las Vegas signs, above another portion is a large white and gold mirrored shadowbox with various vintage bottles and compacts on it, surrounding the shadow box are a variety of gold starbursts made of metal. To the right of the tub is a gold towel bar with an orange and pink towel hanging on it.

Pink walls meet a yellow and blue tile countertop that has several bits and bobbles on it. On the back of the door is a trio of gold starburst hooks, on one hangs a pink glitter hanger holding a pink slip.

Close-up of a framed table placard from the Pink Pussycat, featuring the image of a cat rubbing up against a leg with fishnet stockings on it, text reads "Harry Shiller presents the Pink Pussycat Burlesk you'll purr!! when you see 'a stagefull of the most exciting girls in the world' 2 Drink Minimum" To the right is a small ceramic figure of a grey cat, and next to it is a perfume bottle.

Growing up I wasn’t actually a huge pink fan. I liked it, but I wasn’t the little girl who had to have everything in Barbie princess pink. But lately I’ve discovered how much I love pink, like really love pink. And I’m not talking about clothes. I find pink to be96y8 a relaxing but invigorating color. I’m soothed by it, but it also gets me excited and happy, exactly what I need in the bathroom. Thankfully blue and pink are one of the best combos, and over the years I’ve really embraced gold, and ended up, on complete accident, purchasing three vintage gold shelf units that have matching edges! They hold a delightful mix of practical and decorative items, allowing me to fully embrace the desire I’ve had for years to buy vintage perfume bottles, make-up, etc.

Now before you get all “Oh my goodness! I can’t believe Patrick let you paint your shared bathroom pink!” on me, let me say, Patrick likes the color. But let’s also dive into the history of pink and femininity. Prior to World War II, pink was a color for everyone. In fact an 1918 catalogue said blue was a “delicate and dainty tone” and should be worn by girls. And who could forget Gatsby’s iconic pink suit? All of that changed in the 1950s. Vibrant colors were everywhere. Pink, turquoise, chartreuse, butter yellow, all were popular, but pink rose (forgive the pun, but I couldn’t help myself) to the top and began to become associated with femininity, all thanks to one woman, First Lady Mamie Eisenhower.

Pink was Mamie’s favorite color. She wore a pink gown with matching gloves to President Dwight “Ike” Eisenhower’s inauguration, and had portions of the personal quarters of the White House done in pink, so much so it garnered the nickname of the “Pink Palace.” Mamie was very into traditional gender roles, a quote of hers that sums up this is “Ike runs the country. I turn the pork chops!” So between her public love of pink and being very feminine, she single handily made pink a “girl” color for the first time, while also inspiring the home trend to lean more into pink, especially in the kitchen and bathroom. In fact between 1946 and 1966, five million of the 20 million homes built featured a pink bathroom. Paint companies took Mamie’s influence with pink and ran with it, with names like “Mamie Pink” and “First Lady Pink.” Pink had taken American women by storm. Jayne Mansfield’s iconic pink bathroom with heart-shaped tub (which I would love to have) and Funny Face’s “Think Pink” number only reinforced the idea. So next time you think pink has always been a feminine color, realize it’s only been that way since the 1950s, just like the “Under God” portion of the Pledge of Allegiance, thanks to Eisenhower, in an attempt to distinguish ourselves from the “godless Commies.” I honestly think needs to be taken out, because, ya know, religious freedom. But I digress…Back to the bathroom.

I like a lot of different styles, and pink and gold made me feel like this was a chance to go for an Old Hollywood Glam meets Rococo vibe, but then I saw this amazing Las Vegas piece by a friend of mine, Hayden Evans, an incredibly talented artist and window designer for Disneyland. With its sparkles, starbursts and pink elements, it inspired a look of Atomic Starburst meets I Dream of Jeannie with a dusting of Old Hollywood Glam.

A colorful print featuring artistic interpretations of vintage Las Vegas signs, such as the iconic "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign, Glitter Gulch, Stardust, Dunes, and The Mint.

A white and gold shadow box hangs on a pink wall. Resting within the shadow box are a variety of vintage bottles and compacts.

A blue bottle features pink flowers and a darker blue label reading "California Perfume Co. 1977" and sits on a shelf inside the shadowbox.

Myself, standing in the bathroom in a pink and white robe, brushing my hair.

As mentioned earlier, for years I avoided putting anything on the walls above the bathtub because I believed we were going to tile the wall and install a shower, but ultimately I decided I didn’t want that, and once the wall was painted pink, I knew I needed something. I had a variety of ideas, but then I found this fantastic white and cold shadow box at Long Beach Antique Mall II, but there still needed a little something extra on the wall, what exactly, I wasn’t sure. Then I stumbled upon these amazing stars at TJ Maxx and knew they were it.

Once everything began to settle in, I remembered a piece I had at my dad’s, a created animation cel, in the style of the opening of I Dream of Jeannie‘s later seasons, even framed and matted in pink. I requested my dad bring it when he came to visit earlier, and it fit perfectly in the space.

The area above the toilet, on the left is a gold shelf with various bottles and framed works of art. To the right is a large framed cel of the animation sequence of the opening of I Dream of Jeannie, featuring Jeannie, in her pink harem girl costume, and her purple bottle.

Two lights rest over two windows that reside over two sinks.

View of the bathtub, which sits in the corner. Hanging above one part is a print featuring vintage Las Vegas signs, above another portion is a large white and gold mirrored shadowbox with various vintage bottles and compacts on it, surrounding the shadow box are a variety of gold starbursts made of metal. To the right of the tub is a gold towel bar with an orange and pink towel hanging on it.

Close-up of the light fixture which is white and has small gold starbursts on it.

A white toilet features a fuzzy pink cover.

A little corner with a gold shelf full of self care goodies, below the first season I Dream of Jeannie bottle, which is black with gold details.

Close-up of a glass that sits on a gold shelf, it reads "Hollywood California" in pink script and features an image of Grauman's Chinese Theater.

Close-up of a gold tone compact which features a map of California on it.

A small glass jar holds green mouthwash tablets, a glass rests next to that featuring a naked cartoon woman, and next to that a small glass jar featuring Holly Hobby on it holds floss picks. To the right is a dish of a woman laying down, which holds a rose quartz roller.

A tub fills with water, a pink bath bomb swirls inside. Outside of the tub, a pink rug resting on blue flooring.

On the right a white and gold vase of a woman's face holds four make-up brushes. On the left is a glass floral fog of a woman, which holds a variety of brushes.

A round gold tone compact featuring Sleeping Beauty Castle and text reading "Disneyland" rests on a shelf inside the shadowbox.

A framed image of a pin-up rising from her bathtub hangs above the toilet. Resting on top of the toilet tank is an ashtray in the shape of and reading "Salton Sea" with dots noting the various towns around the Salton Sea.

Close-up of a pink and orange towel which rests near the counter and starburst drawer pulls visible on the drawer and cabinet.

Close-up of a wood lipstick holder, which contains several lipstick tubes.

Of course the bathroom is always in a state of flux. There is a constant need for new make-up and hair products and I’m always keeping my eye out for fresh vintage treasures to add. I’m especially looking out for a matching shade to the light fixtures. While the same style of shade, the one on the right I thrifted way back in college, and have yet to come across a matching one! Hopefully one day I will!

I hope you enjoyed this peek into our bathroom! Stay tuned for future house projects, and if you want to check out other projects, click here!

New Product Source List and Information (Contains Affiliate Links)
Paint: Sherwin Williams’ “Peach Whisper” via Lowe’s
Drawer & Cabinet Knobs, Towel Bars, Hooks: Arthur by Anthropology
Vegas Print: Hayden Evans, custom frame by American Frame
Hand Towels: Target
Large Towel: Target
Rug & Toilet Seat Cover: Amazon
Gold Starbursts: TJ Maxx

Komar, Marlen. “The Delightful History of the Pink Bathroom.” apartment therapy, 30 July 2019. Accessed 16 March 2023.
Wright, Jennifer. “How Pink Became a Color for Girls.” Racked, 20 March 2015. Accessed 16 March 2023.

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