Basement Bathroom Renovation

In our house, we have a small half bathroom in the basement.  Since we moved into the house five years ago, we've had plans to re-do this bathroom…let me show you why: sink before

It was definitely a design plan gone astray – black and white with a beige tile floor and marble sink.

mirror before

Black trim can have its place in certain spaces.  This was not one of them!  Let’s just go ahead and move on to the during portion of the project.

The plan was to rip out the vanity and replace it with a pedestal sink, remove and replace the floor, paint, and voila!  Of course, no reno project, even a small one, is ever that simple.

sink duringThe vanity would not come out without removing the chair rails and baseboard.  Once Andrew had all of that removed, he found drywall damage behind the vanity :(.

Andrew worked to replace and patch areas of the drywall and then reattach all of the molding.  He also chiseled up the tile floor and removed the toilet.  It was not an easy process!

side wall during

Once all of the repair work was done, he was able to lay the new floor.  A few years ago, we replaced the old carpet in our basement with laminate flooring, so we continued that into the bathroom.  Next, he painted the walls, reattached all of the molding, and painted that as well.  We returned the toilet and installed the new pedestal sink.  All that was left to do was add a few new accessories.

A reminder of the before:

bathroom sink before

And the after:

sink after

To keep the small space bright and cheerful, we chose Benjamin Moore Forget Me Not (2049-60) for the walls.  We found the pedestal sink at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore for $50, and added a new brushed nickel faucet (from Lowe’s, $35).  I brought in a little navy with a striped hand towel from Target.

side wall after

We kept the same mirror we had in there, but spray painted it to change it from black to peacock blue.  We also were able to reuse the wall sconces and towel ring.  In one of our guest bedrooms we had two framed pictures my sister took on a trip to Greece.  I brought them down to this bathroom and they work perfectly with all of the shades of blue in the room.

back wall after

The basket on the back of the toilet holds extra toilet paper and a scented candle.

sink after

Andrew worked hard to complete this project and it turned out great!  Even though it’s a small space in our home, the renovation has made it feel fresh and clean.  I love the new space and am so glad to be rid of that tile floor and old vanity!

º Do you have any small spaces in your home that need a facelift?

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