When we first moved it, we created a pretty impressive list of upgrades we wanted to make to our home. So impressive, you’d wonder why we bought this house in the first place. Good bones and good vibes mean a lot and this house had both. What it didn’t have was curb appeal, charm, or modern anything. Our master bathroom was the worst room of all. A brown toilet and sink, tiled walls, brown painted walls, giant brown linen closet in a tiny bathroom, a complete mess. So over the long weekend, my husband ripped out all of the tile and begun the almost now complete demo of our hideous bathroom. By the holidays we will finally have three of the four (one is actually a half bath) bathrooms updated. Our half bath remodel was fun and I’ve since added art and finally changed the door but I’ve never shown you the basement bathroom from the basement remodel, mainly because the lighting is dim (hey basement) so forgive the lighting. This is what it looked like before.
I wish I would have taken a picture with the sink. It was the world’s smallest cabinet sink and the world’s smallest medicine cabinet. Because remodeling this bathroom wasn’t ever in the plan, at least not until a few years down the road, our budget was almost non-existant so we had to work with what we had and ended up remodeling our bathroom for under $100. Again, pardon the lighting, this is a windowless bathroom after all.
Salvage what you can.
We salvaged the sink and vanity from our upstairs half bath and gave it a fresh coat of paint from left over white from our kitchen. Now we have storage down here and the size fits the space so much better.
Change the floor.
The floor was left over from the basement remodel and so we just carried it through out. However, it is an inexpensive flooring, water resistant wood-look vinyl. And yes, it works for bathrooms and no, doesn’t not look or feel cheap. Now our entire downstairs area is all one floor. The rug was from another part of the house and wasn’t really needed there so here we are. I’ve also found some great deals on smaller rugs and mats at Aldi for $6, believe it or not.
Paint makes a difference.
The bright, powdery blue walls were next on the list of things to go and so we browse the left over paint section at Walmart and found a nice neutral for $15. A regular gallon would have cost $30 which while it isn’t a lot, the difference covered other tiny expenses. Try also painting the trim/moulding/doors white. In our case, we replaced them but that only set us back another $100.
The artwork was left over from my first home. The matching canvases were in my upstairs master in an attempt to make it look better. My husband didn’t care for them until I placed them down here. The Chicago print was a gift from a good friend when we moved out of our first home.
Swap out fixtures.
I bought the mirror in the clearance section at Big Lots for $10, the light at Menards for under $50, the door knob for $16.99, and the towel fixtures were already here. We could have spent more but we kept shrugging and saying, “it is just a basement.” However, for just a basement, we like it so much more than our upstairs bathrooms.
Shop your home.
I put the kids to bed and told my husband that I was off to the store to buy things for the new bathroom. Usually not one to say no, he asked if I couldn’t use stuff I already had. I pouted but obliged. The accessories are a mix of HomeGoods candles that my husband has stock in I am sure, a dollar bin find basket from Target that I bought as holiday decor last year, a vase with faux flowers from the dollar store that were also from our half bath in our first house, ten years ago so over all in accessorizing this bathroom we spent $0. But if I calculated what I had spent originally, I would still be under $20.
We spent under $200 for our basement bath, including the new door. I am trying to be just as savvy in our upstairs bathroom but considering it is a master bath, and we need all new everything, the costs are mounting. We are trying to offset there by buying on sale and doing a lot of the work ourselves. Wish us luck and I can’t wait to share.