It’s done! It’s done! It’s done!!! The scary bathroom is no longer so.
Remember the original post about this dark corner of the basement? Let me refresh your memory by showing you the inspiration for this little makeover and you can be the judge of how well I did.
The reason for some of the changes in what I actually got varies… my IKEA didn’t have the floor decking I had planned on using as a shower mat, which turned out to be a great thing because the door would not have closed if I put it there! The hooks and toilet roll holder I was also unable to find, which was too bad because they were WAY cheaper than the one I got! I don’t really know why I didn’t get at least one of the plants… probably because I felt like I could recreate something just as cute with Dollar Store stuff. I am the definition of cheap… Oh and that mirror? It’s actually totally awesome in real life, but SO not meant to live in a washroom where one actually wants to be able to see clearly! It’s smoky throughout. I do want to find a place for it though… Now let’s get on with this show!
WAIT! Can you believe this is happening? I know. Me either. Ok, for realies… here we go!
Here is the sad/scary bathroom before. It actually makes me happy to look at these pictures now because it no longer looks like this! Steps taken during this stage: removal of all hardware (towel rods, shelving and lighting), sweeping up of dead bugs/spider webs on the walls and ceiling. Hey, don’t judge me. This bathroom has been virtually unused since we moved in OVER A YEAR AGO!
Here is what happened next:
A whole lot of priming!!! I went over the flowered tile with this water-based, sticks-to-everything primer twice just to make sure it was covered well. It did an ok job, and dried super fast! Steps taken during this stage: priming using a 2″ brush and roller, two coats of kitchen/bath paint on tiles, door and baseboards.
So as you can see the toilet is gone… it turns out when you want to change flooring, you should remove the toilet? We originally wanted to leave the old vinyl in place and just slap on more flooring on top of it. Didn’t work. My mom and dad were working on this as I painted the kitchen hutch on the deck, so I didn’t actually have
much anything to do with the vinyl tile removal part. They are awesomely handy, though, and total champs for all that they did. Thanks mom and dad!!! Oh and although the original scary bathroom pictures may deceive you (I doubt it, but just in case), the original floors were a lovely shiny, thin, not-really-that-sticky vinyl, which was peeling up in several spots. Steps taken during this stage: removal of old vinyl flooring, removal of old toilet, new laminate flooring installed, and light fixture change (which you can see above only has 1 light bulb).
And this is what we ended up with!! The lighting down there is weird, and the angles of the photos are awkward. I’m sorry. Let’s be clear though – this little bathroom looks way better in person. I promise. Steps taken during this stage: new toilet installed (again, thanks mom and dad), putting up shelving, mirror, decorative items and new shower curtain (which, by the way, dawned on me much too late that it is is an actual SHOWER curtain… there’s a shower on it! I’m a little slow…)
Sounds super easy, right? Well… I wouldn’t go that far, but this was certainly much easier (both physically and financially) than gutting the whole thing and starting over. The entire project was completed over about two and a half days. Not too shabby! Ready for the next part?
Paint & primer: $35 (they were also used for the hutch makeover, so I split the cost in half. Each can was about $35 though)
New flooring: $1.39/sq. ft. – total: $47
New toilet: $30 (because I know a good deal when I see one! Holla!)
Shower Curtain: $10
Miscellaneous decor items: $30
Shelf and light fixture: FREE! (thanks mom!)
TOTAL COST: $169
These are some of my favourite parts. Of course the fact that the dingy, weird, 80’s tile is gone and now covered up has to be like THE BEST PART EVER, but these are the little things that make me smile when I walk past this room now. The blue bowl with stones and branches in the back are from IKEA and that is actually some wonderfully soapy-smelling potpourri. NEVER in my life did I think I would have potpourri in my house. NEVER. And here we are… The candle was an Anthro splurge and the coral was on clearance at Target. See the little while bowl? That was my sad, sad attempt at making something sort of like the beautiful white vase beside it. I hated it at first, but now? It can stay… it’s kind of sweet in its weird and imperfect own little way. And lastly, a closer glimpse of the B-E-A-UTIFUL new floors and the fun shower curtain.
And that’s that… The scary basement washroom transformed for under $200! Sometimes I still can’t believe I painted tile!
Now do tell me – have you ever done anything as crazy as painting an entirely tiled room? Or am I the only one?