My Friend’s Carpeted Basement Bathroom Gets A Budget Makeover (With A Lot Of Readymade Products And The Transformation Is Insane)


Whoever considered wall-to-wall carpet in a bathroom was a fantastic idea, was effectively, I really do not know what they could maybe have been wondering. This toilet bummed them out additional than any other – a home I actually by no means even observed for the reason that company did not genuinely go downstairs. At the time they decided to renovate and give it a developed-up seem, Priscilla (the designer) took the design and style/architecture of the household (Tudor revival) and created this to be a funds/modern day version that labored nicely in that type. She did an incredible position – I had almost nothing to do with it except the “I like it’ item approvals and styling the pics. Everything was inexpensive and completely ready-made with no important hiccups. But I’ll allow Priscilla acquire it absent.

Hi everyone, Priscilla below! I’ve been a lengthy-time reader of the weblog and was so psyched to get the opportunity to operate on yet another project with Emily. We initially achieved via Rejuvenation (I utilised to function in-retail outlet structure there) and was leaving to go again to school when she was seeking for support on the Portland Challenge. When she reached out at the get started of the pandemic about her very best friend’s basement, it was an quick sure. These days I’m enthusiastic to share with you the toilet remodel and get into all the ins and outs of the style procedure for this area.

THE Task

The house is a 3-tale, 1930s Tudor in SW Portland. The best 2 floors have a ton of allure with a large amount of the initial character intact. The basement, nevertheless, was a different tale. It experienced absent through a fairly rough renovation in the 70s. Think Graceland cabin but with asbestos tile and carpet in the rest room (why was this ever a point?).

Like so several households during the pandemic, the clients have been searching for extra usable room. Though the purpose of the renovation was to make the basement much more purposeful for the full spouse and children, they also needed to carve out a focused home for their teen son. Throughout the preliminary area organizing process, we came up with the strategy of reducing the rest room into the outdated laundry place footprint. By downsizing the bath, it opened up the room to insert in the bed room they essential.

Cavernous and choppy, the unique tub was tucked in a back corner of the basement down a hallway. It felt weirdly inaccessible and disconnected from the relatives area. By reconfiguring the initial layout, it provided privateness for the new bedroom and permitted the toilet to be extra centrally located in the area. Double win!

THE Design and style Course of action

Wall Sconces | Mirror | Faucet | Vanity | Towel Ring

Basements can often be tricky to structure, with a great deal of mechanical programs overhead and top restrictions. This basement was no exception and experienced a great deal of finances-consuming, un-enjoyment jobs that took priority, like waterproofing (we stay in Portland, soon after all), flooring leveling, and duct going. This meant we desired to get inventive with the finishes in each and every room. 

    Cabinet Components | Hand Towel | Vase | Cleaning soap Tray | Match Holder (identical)

With a restricted finances, we desired to find elements that felt high-conclude without having the rate tag. Nodding to historic aspects when incorporating modern day information, our target was to create a lavatory very adequate for visitors, but sturdy for a teen boy. Our color palette for all the basement spaces was possibly blue or inexperienced (constantly and without end blue and inexperienced for me). Participating in off the environmentally friendly mudroom outdoors the bathroom doorway, we preferred to contrast it by pulling in soothing blues and neutrals for the rest room.

We played with a ton of various choices to get the correct equilibrium involving sample, white room, and metal finishes. Underneath are some of the early mood boards and inspiration photos we pulled from. First ideas ranged from a lot more nautical/youthful to basic/clean up to a lot more common. As soon as we landed on doing wooden trim in the mudroom, it helped force us towards entirely tiling out the rest room so the finishes had selection as you moved by means of the basement.

*Disclaimer on rates: We were being coming up with this at the beginning of the pandemic so pricing is, unfortunately, different now.

Solution 1: Graphic, Playful, Nautical

Option 2: Basic, Easy, Clear Traces

Option 3: Classic, Tudor


With no pure light-weight in the space, the plan was to convey in strength with a graphic flooring tile. Some thing to attract your eye down and support distract from the lower ceilings. The pattern and robust strains of the tile helped develop motion which gave the area a far more expansive and open emotion. Utilizing the vertical space on the wall and installing flooring-to-ceiling subway tile also helped to give the illusion of a taller ceiling previously mentioned. The selection of a shiny tile (in its place of a additional matte alternative) was intentional to reflect light-weight and develop as much heat as doable.

 Floor Tile (offered out-very similar) | Wall Tile | Baseboard Tile | Toilet Paper Holder | Tub Towels 

Shower Enclosure | Shower Ground Tile | Control Tile | Shower Plumbing Fixture


Component of our price-preserving tactic was to go with ready-produced fixtures rather of accomplishing the customized route. We picked a deep navy vainness that came with a Carrera marble prime and had significantly-wanted storage…both open up and shut. The consumers wished a glass shower so we discovered this pleasurable enclosure that felt greater conclusion, but a lot less than tailor made glass would be. We debated among matte black or brass on the plumbing. In the close, we determined to go the brass route just to have these further pops of heat. Making an attempt to uncover very low-cost brass plumbing that does not seem low cost can be super hard. We sampled a selection but preferred the glance of the Pfister Contempra collection the very best. I assume the crucial to a excellent, cost-effective brass is to keep away from the tones that have a good deal of inexperienced in them. (They glance the most inexpensive IMO). If you are building a teenager or kid’s bathroom (or sharing with 1), do yourself a favor and install a self-cleaning bathroom. We were joking (but not) that it is the spotlight of the house. It’s Kohler’s self-cleansing model and truly keeps the bowl tremendous tidy and clean smelling. Significantly, life-modifying:)

Bathroom | Bathtub Mat | Landscape Portray (classic)


As a nod to the Tudor model, we picked an arched mirror that we uncovered at Target. Following trying a couple of diverse shapes, when we held this one particular up, it was the apparent winner. You simply cannot go erroneous with a basic arch. The shopper realized she desired double world sconces (they give off this kind of great, even light). We sourced these kinds from Anthropologie and cherished the matte shades and delicate brass end. The decor designed organically. I found this awesome landscape at Artifact (a pleasurable classic store) in Portland. The pop of wooden and calming colors alongside with Emily’s styling magic pulled it all jointly. 

Hooks | Bath Towels | Side Desk (sold out)

I hope you savored all the particulars and powering-the-scenes choices that went into this house. I’d really like to listen to your views in the remarks. Til next time, lovelies…

*Style by Priscilla Frost
**Styled by Emily Henderson
***Photos by Sara Ligorria-Tramp


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