In a vintage-look bathroom, a French door shower partition was created from a salvage door.
Renovated baths can get interesting when the owners are vintage furniture dealers and stylists like Brady and Tiffany Ross, of Frisco, Texas who posted photos of their home on houzz. The shower partition [top] garnered instant buzz due to the appealing look and the budge-wise approach. A salvaged French door, with divided lights, was painted, waterproofed and installed as a fixed partition.
Because details are important when you want to “steal” a look, the owner was generous enough to explain that the shower measures 60-inches long by 30-inches wide — a standard size for a small bath. The door used for the partition is 36-inches wide by 79-inches high (standard size). It was painted and sealed several times to make it as water-resistant as possible. Once in place, the door left an opening of 24-inches — just enough space needed to move in and out of a shower comfortably. And by using a rain shower head in the ceiling water is directed down, instead of on an angle, so it doesn’t flow directly onto the door.
That means the shower is not fully enclosed. However, nothing slides or moves either. Because the door had clear glass, a vinyl curtain was installed inside. The curtain blocks light but helps protect the door. Another option would have been to replace the clear glass with sandblasted panes and cover the inside fully with a sheet of lucite. But the fascinating part about DIY projects are improvised solutions.
The bath also has a gray-painted vanity, converted from a salvaged sewing machine cabinet, and topped with marble. A small drop-in sink and offset faucet work with the overall look.
A shower in a Swedish apartment is also based on a French door shower approach. But instead of a single door, a pair of windows create a see-through wall on one side of the shower. The exposed copper pipes with a rain head are visible from an adjacent room.
(Source: houzz, skonahem)
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I too fell in love with this look, which one also sees done with black metal muntins a fair amount.
I did not want to go the repurposed-door route, given concern over maintenance, possibly safety (a reclaimed door is unlikely to have safety glass), and even building codes (I am not certain if that would be an issue). So I contacted a shower door mfr. to make a custom door with metal muntins.
I priced it for my summer home and decided against it. I was going to do a 3-sided glass shower, but it was prohibitively expensive. Even for just one panel, 48″ x 80″ with 6 lights, the quote was over $7500.
Jane F says
When we did our house I bought a dozen vintage doors from a dealer here and spent a long time stripping. One was planned for our master bath door. So when I finished, our contractor took the door apart and installed new frosted glass panels.
I can understand why a repurposed door wouldn’t work and unless it was a tropical wood it’s not practical. This house was a DIY by the owners. But safety glass could be installed in a wood door, for sure. We see a lot of the steel frame doors with lights and they are no doubt expensive. Allison has done several posts on those.
Did you see this one by chance? https://www.atticmag.com/2010/10/steel-framed-casement-window-shower/
So what did you decide to do for the shower?