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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Basement Bathroom Before and After


One of the many rooms we completely renovated in our home was the basement bathroom (aka the office).   I've never really shared this space on the blog before, partly because the renovation was completed before I started blogging and partly because the space is small and so darn hard to photograph.  Although, since it was a labor of love I think it deserves its own blog post :)
Our house was built in 1978 and the bathroom definitely showed its age.  It was like stepping into a south western movie gone wrong.  Just look at that fabulous paneling.  I can't even believe this type of paneling existed let alone that someone actually chose it to go into their house.  Every time I walked into the bathroom it was like stepping into a whole new world.

At first, trying desperately to save money and work with what we had, I started painting the paneling red.  That quick fix didn't last long and we soon decided to gut and remodel the entire bathroom and basement.  Completing these spaces was no quick process.   We don't believe in going into debt to do home improvement projects, so we saved and worked on them over the course of a few years.  
One of the first projects I tackled in the bathroom was getting rid of the vinyl floor.  Let me tell you, chipping away old linoleum was no easy task.  I ended up using a mini crowbar and hammer and worked on it over the course of a few weeks.

What I didn't mind doing was tearing out all the paneling from the bathroom and basement.  

Once we got all the paneling removed we were left with studs and a clean slate to work with.   We knew we wanted a bar area in the basement, so we ended up moving the wall on the right down about 4 feet and taking about 2 feet from the laundry room to create a new bathroom.  This plan was all thought of AFTER I laid the new tile, which I later had to chip up to install the travertine tile by the bar.  Live and learn.

Besides laying the tile, my dad did everything in the bathroom from the framing and drywall to installing the new toilet and sink.  I think I may have did a bit of sanding, caulking and painting, but he was the real rockstar.

At first, I played it safe and painted the walls a neutral beige, but later decided to have a little fun in the bathroom.  Enter jalapeƱo by Sherwin Williams.




I picked up the vintage "closed" sign and medicine cabinet from a local vintage market and absolutely love them.  If you are local to Howard County, MD I highly suggest you check them out.  I love the vintage vibe they add to the space.   Just look at that hardware.
 
The frame was filled with inexpensive floral fabric to tie in some of the colors found in the dress art that I purchased from HomeGoods a few years ago. 





This room is such a fun surprise to an 
otherwise neutral house and thankfully, my husband doesn't mind the girly vibe. 



11 comments:

  1. WOW! LOOOOOOVE the colour and that medicine cabinet is so perfect! Totally worth all of that work Katie!

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    1. Thanks so much Kristi! The medicine cabinet was a great find for sure!

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  2. It looks great! So much more clean and modern :)

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    1. Thank you Christine! It's definitely an improvement from the western paneling!

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  3. What a great transformation! I love the bright wall color. That space was a mess!

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    1. Thanks Bre! I'm loving the fun bright color too!

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  4. I have learned NOT to fear color. I just love following your posts. So simple - yet so classy.

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    1. You just made my day, thanks so much Cindy!

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  5. What a transformation! You guys are rockstars. I definitely don't have the guts to rip walls out in my house - you are so much braver than me! And to great result, too. I love the new bright and fun space!

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  7. So cute! I love that red color, it's so gorgeous! I can't believe the before; what were they thinking?! :) Thanks for linking with us at Motivational Monday!! :)

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