basement reno – the bathroom

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we recently underwent a renovation in our basement. we added a bathroom, a non-conventional bedroom, office and a family room. before, our basement was a cold, semi-finished spaced that we never used as a family. brian works from home and the poor thing had his office down there. during the winter he had 3 space heaters pointed at him all day. i will share with you all the new spaces we created down there over the weeks. first space is the bathroom.

the bathroom used to be our storage closet. it had a window and pipes from the bathroom above so we thought it would be a perfect spot for a bathroom. i chose to do black slate floors and a white subway tiles with a high contract grout color for the shower. we chose a cool light grey for the wall color throughout the basement and just love the color. i knew i wanted to keep the bathroom simple and clean. i mixed black and chrome metals to give a variety and chose a warm wood vanity for a little character. i couldn’t find any vanity that i liked enough that was in our budget. so i found this vintage dresser on craigslist for $100. i bought the sink for $60 and had my contractor cut down the drawers for plumbing and then the hole for the sink. i bought the knobs for the drawers at tj maxx for $8. all in all the vanity cost less than $300… i love it way more than a pre-fab vanity and it add just enough character to make it feel like my own. the mirror was from overstock and the sconces from home depot. the accessories (baskets, towel rack and hanging bags, and vanity magnify mirror) i bought from ikea. the bath mats i purchased from h&m home. i seriously designed this bathroom on a cheapskate budget. but in my opinion it feels classic, timeless and maybe not expensive… but quality.

i love the way it turned out and can’t wait to share more of the basement.


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