We. Are. Done. What a feeling! It’s been what feels like a very long 8 weeks but we are happy to report that the basement kids’ bathroom is complete! If you want to get all caught up, you can read all about our progress here:
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Before we get into too many details, let’s check out where we started! The bad: The weird and not very functional bathtub “time machine” (as we called it!), the dingy linoleum floors, the popcorn ceiling, the laminate counters and leaky faucets, the toilet that constantly plugged, the poop brown on the walls, the boxed out light fixture. The good? Not much, but the vanity was good quality, custom-built and fit the space well. So we started fresh and tore everything out, except the vanity box.
And just so you don’t have to scroll too far…. here’s the after!
We started by removing everything, including the ceiling. We re-drywalled the ceiling, installed a new “normal” tub, furred out the wall to match the new tub width and made sure everything was waterproof.
We installed a budget-friendly subway tile surround with a little detail to keep it from being too basic. I am usually not a big fan of the tile niche, but this tub had very little “deck space” and I knew that we needed to have something for the kids to keep all their potions for practical purposes. I framed out the niche with this bullnose tile trim and I’m so pleased with how it came out!
For the floor, I chose a (budget-friendly!) black and white ceramic basket weave to tie in with the shower trim detail. To keep the floor from looking too busy, I used a white grout that minimizes the contrast. I chose this grout that is supposed to be very stain-resistant … I will keep you posted on that!
I thought long and hard about the tile choices in this space. I really wanted to make sure that it was classic, still a little fun, and wasn’t too trendy. The simple black and white scheme is easy to live with, and if one wants a change-up, a splash of paint and a new shower curtain will make this space feel totally different!
Speaking of paint… I love colour. I have noticed that how I react to a space with colour versus a neutral one is very different! I love and appreciate a neutral space too, but nothing makes me stop and say WOW like a room that has a very striking and well-executed colour palette. I asked my kids what colour they wanted to see in this space and they both liked the idea of something a little darker, in a red or a purple. We swatched so many colours and I ended up mixing a couple of paint samples to make my own… only to find out it was a very close match to Benjamin Moore’s Mink Violet. I like how this purple has a little depth to it with a hint of red, which keeps it from being too “sweet”. Let me tell you, this is outside my normal colour comfort zone of muted greens and blues but I’m so happy I went for it, it’s so fun and the kids love it. If we ever tire of it, it’s not a big deal to paint! I did decide to go all-in and put the same colour on the trim, vanity, and walls.
I am SO PLEASED with how the vanity turned out! I realized that the existing vanity was still in good condition and functioned very well for the kids so a totally new one was not necessary. Instead, we had two shaker doors made from a local cabinet company and DIY’ed a few other details (new drawer fronts, some “feet” and a side panel) to give this vanity a little pizzaz! And the final detail – drilling little holes in the doors – had me so nervous but that combined with the little feet make this vanity just the cutest little thing.
My daughter once told me that I do too many half-walls in my design (I think she means wainscotting?) So for her bathroom, I decided to bring the beadboard floor to ceiling to break out of the half-wall mould she said I’m in. I’m glad I did, it gives the walls some dimension and with all the tile happening in this space, I think a half wall might have made it look too busy.
To keep the room from being just ‘the purple room’ I brought in some DIY art and DIY’ed a shower curtain to add a bit of contrasting colour. It really helped break up the purple and I love the added detail.
I also brought in a healthy dose of brass in the vintage style light fixture, the DIY aged brass doorknob (a Facebook Marketplace find!) and the hooks and toilet paper holder I found on Etsy. The aged brass looks so good against the purple.
This space doesn’t have a ton of modern elements in it so I brought in a more modern black arched mirror from Umbra. I love the touch of black and a bit of modern feel it brings to this fairly vintage-looking bathroom.
Finally, the fixtures! These were the last-minute addition, I had originally planned to partner with Delta but shipping and production issues during this time are so common and Delta was not able to get them to me on time. I had originally planned on Polished Nickel for the space, but snagged these chrome ones from Amazon and I’m happy with how they turned out, I love the low-arc faucet and I think chrome is such a classic finish, I have no regrets!
Before and After
Now because I remembered to take a variety of before shots for once, let’s do a few very fun before/ afters, shall we?
And that’s that! The kids now have the nicest bathroom in the house. Let’s just hope this encourages them to keep it clean!
Budget Breakdown and Sources:
I haven’t included a cost in my blog posts before but I know I find it so helpful when people do that. I think it’s important to know the cost of an endeavour like this before you dive in! We saved a lot of money using budget-friendly materials with just a few splurges, and DIY- ing almost everything, so I’m happy with where we ended up. I’ve included the cost of the items as well as links (where possible!) if you are looking for a source!
Subway Tile – $224.40
Pencil Tile – $413.10
Bullnose Tile – $156.52
Basketweave Tile – $192.00
Beadboard and Door Trim- 324.59
Faucet – $155.64
Shower Fixtures – $247.06
Mixing Valve for Shower – $46.79
Quartz Countertop (From local company, included sink) – $441.00
Drywall for ceiling – $51.84
MDF shaker doors (From Local Cabinet Company, Unfinished) – $178.50
MDF for DIY vanity components (On hand, leftover material)
Paint (Benjamin Moore Regal Select (walls) and Advance (Cabinets and trim) – $116.80
Mirror (gifted) – $155.00
Light Fixture – $351.80
Toilet – $313.95
Toilet Seat – $118.68
Art (Frame thrifted, free download printed at Staples)
Shower Curtain Fabric – $65.96
Towels (Already Owned)
Drywaller (labour) – $300
Plumber (labour) – $500 (estimated…. we haven’t yet received this bill)
Total $5626.16 (CAD)
We had a rough budget of $5000 for this bathroom so came in a little over that once we added in the labour for the drywaller and plumber, and the last-minute purchase of the fixtures. I think it would have been easy to spend double or triple this budget had we chosen more expensive finishes or hired out more labour, so I’m pretty happy with how we ended up, and I still think the quality and finish in this bathroom is top-notch! The only regret I have about it is that it is for my kids and not for me!!!
I want to thank Linda and all the folks that run the One Room Challenge for organizing and running yet another exciting season. As always there was an amazing lineup of featured designers and guest participants and there were some fantastic makeovers! Check out the link below to be redirected to the One Room Challenge website and see all the satisfying reveals!