Bathroom Reno-Reno

As you may have read on my About page, we’ve been in our home on our little cul-de-sac for close to 14 years now.  Over that time, we’ve reno’d pretty much every room in the house.  Not long after we moved in, we decided to add a shower stall to our basement bathroom.  I had to dig though the ‘actual’ photo archives, cuz pretty much no one had a digital camera back then.  So here is what our bathroom looked like back in 2000:

 

Yup - this is a picture of a picture.  Our bathroom circa 2000.
Yup – this is a picture of a picture. Our bathroom circa 2000.

It was an usually large bathroom for a basement and it actually seemed weird that it didn’t have a shower, since there was clearly lots of room for one.  It’s hard to tell in this really bad photo, but the floor was a very-yellowing vinyl that was curling up at the edges.  So when we installed the shower, we put in some new ceramic tiles too.  I wish I had pictures of the actual reno, but we basically hammered up the concrete floor, moved the plumbing for the toilet and added plumbing for the shower.  This is where it comes in handy to have a father who knows how to do all this stuff and a hubby willing to actually do it.

 

The toilet (purple seat-cover and all!) was  moved to install the shower.  Everything else... untouched.  Circa 2001
The toilet (purple seat-cover and all!) was moved to install the shower. Everything else… untouched. Circa 2001

So besides adding the shower and a new tile floor, we left everything else untouched, including the wanna-be-marble ’80s counter, sink and faucet and even the paint colour (the previous home-owners left all the paint, so we just used it to touch up the walls).

Fast forward to this past March and hubby and I were actually chatting about how the basement bathroom was the only room we haven’t renovated in the house.  (I guess in his world, adding a shower stall and moving a toilet 14 years prior no longer counts as ‘renovated’).  In all fairness, it was still feeling pretty ’80’s, right down to the cabinet handles placed in the middle of the cabinet doors.  So, the reno began.  Again, I wish I had taken some true ‘before’ pictures, but hubby had a day off work and didn’t hesitate with the demo, so when I came home from work this is the best ‘before’ I could get:

The floor tiles and cabinet doors are already gone.
The floor tiles and cabinet doors are already gone.

 

Almond sink, faux-marble-swirl counter tops and leaky faucet.
Almond sink, faux-marble-swirl counter tops and leaky faucet – oh my!

We basically decided to do just a good update, no moving plumbing this time.  So we started with the floors.  Beautiful, porcelain tiles that mimic the look of light, wide-plank hardwood.

With the toilet removed, the flooring is underway.
With the toilet removed, the flooring is underway.

 

 

The tiles are grouted.  It's amazing what just re-doing a floor can do for a room.
The tiles are grouted. It’s amazing what just re-doing a floor can do for a room.
Love-love-love the look of these tiles.
Love-love-love the look of these tiles.

Next we re-built the cabinet. The old one was just looking really tired and yellow.  Since this bathroom is the basement, and doesn’t get tons of use, we opted to keep things fairly budget-friendly and just went with laminate countertops.  Though I do like that this one ‘looks’ like a stone-finished counter.  We added a nice glass mosaic back-splash to add a little flair.  The tiles are in varying shades of grey with blue undertones, that would work nicely with the cabinet doors we selected, which were a darky grey with a hint of blue.

Old vanity and countertop is gone.  We kept one section and just re-painted it.
Old vanity and countertop is gone. We kept one section and just re-painted it.
New cabinet and countertop, things are starting to look good!
New cabinet and countertop, things are starting to look good!

 

Close-up of the backsplash.
Close-up of the backsplash.

We chose a modern square sink and some chunky chrome faucets.

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We painted the walls a light grey (silver streak) and the trim and baseboards a nice, crisp white.  Even though I wanted to put up a new mirror, we opted to re-mounted the original mirror since it was a good size and really, there was nothing wrong with it.

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It’s so nice to see it looking so modern, I don’t miss my 80’s bathroom at all.  I added in a few splashes of colour and viola – we’re done:

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We’re pretty happy with the final product and it’s nice to have a bathroom from this millennium!

Ann 

 

 

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