While renovating our basement we added a brand new 3 piece bath next to the laundry room (more on that later). The reason for this expenditure was simply because adding a shower to the existing 2 piece that was already down there would have been more costly than starting from scratch… lots of technical stuff involving cement blocks, foundations and supporting walls. Since a larger chunk of our reno budget was now going into the new bathroom, we wanted to spend as little as possible sprucing up the old one. We started with concrete floors, an old toilet and vintage sink (both of which we reused) and a whole mess of exposed and ugly pipes. It didn’t make sense to drywall over everything or box them out because again, this bathroom (which is directly off the downstairs walkout and recroom) is only used for the occasional tinkle while watching a movie. We gave the walls a fresh coat of white paint, sprayed all of the pipes matte white, and added inexpensive 2 inch matte black porcelain hex tile (actually from Ciot in Toronto) with frost grout. I styled it using stuff we had lying around the house and a couple inexpensive items from Target and Ikea (all of which, new and old, added up to about $100) and the bathroom is now a tiny black and white beauty. Throw in a little rustic wood and greenery and you’ve got a winning combination that’s just my style all for $285… and what a huge difference it makes. Check out the before and after:
Mmm that plunger really adds the the dreary before photo. It looks so delicious and inviting!