Basement Progress: Bathroom

While writing this post, I realized we’ve never shared true before pictures of our basement bathroom.  So, here is the completely blank slate we started with.

And the Frankenstein-esque vanity before paint.

For the bathtub surround, we cut the large floor tiles in half to create a large subway tile pattern.  The height of our trim treatment hinged upon the height of the tile and the window sill.

We used a sprayer to prime and paint the entire basement at the same time.  Here is what our bathroom (and the rest of the basement) looked like one year ago.  Remember, I was due on April 1.  Can you say, “Down to the wire?” 

Lots of white paint!

Finally, after a year (with breaks) of renovating, we were ready to add color to our walls.  That was a huge relief!  We still haven’t finished everything, but here it is today.

Still to do: build drawers and false front for the vanity, start finish the shower under the stairs, which will also be a steam room, and hang the mirror.

There you have it, folks.  Our basement bathroom in all its unfinished glory! 

How long does it take for you to complete a project?  Are you like us: finish 90% and then move on to something else until you get a bug up your butt to finally finish it?  Or do you keep focused until the entire project is just as you’d like?  I’m afraid to put anything too personal in bathrooms due to the creep factor.  How have you decorated your bathroom?  Any art I should know about?  Share links, too, please.

18 thoughts on “Basement Progress: Bathroom

  1. All reno’s take so much time and effort. Your bathroom rebuild is amazing. For some reason the wall finish (boards, rails, shelf) as well as the white are very appealing to me. It is such a fresh room. Smart to spray paint the entire basement white. Great post.
    – Joy

    1. Thank you Joy! I agree with the fresh feeling. I think green has that effect; feels like a spa. And the white really brightens up our otherwise dark basement. Thanks again for your kind words!


  2. Wow! Can’t believe what a change. Did you have training before taking on a task like this? And will you remodel my basement too? 🙂

    1. Thank you for your encouragement, Monique! I joke that Ben has been training for this his entire life. He grew up in a rural area and had to do a lot of DIY projects with his dad, but no, no formal training. Ben is a natural 😉 Sure, we’ll remodel your basement! Where do you live?!? 😉 In all seriousness, we are willing to do e consultations with our readers. Just shoot us an e mail.


    1. Hi Alison,

      Ben totally rocks. I could come up with designs all day, but if he couldn’t do the work, most of our house wouldn’t be done! Thanks so much for your encouragement!


  3. Amanda,
    You guys did it again! Right out of the ball field! Wow, where is Nate Burkess? He must be lurking! This is fantastic.

    Would you please give us the details on your trim – how far apart are the batten? The width of the boards. How far off the floor? How did you do the Trim pieces on top? I love the one shot you have of your dining room where you draw out the details. You guys have done a fantastic job. Love the top color too!

    1. Hi Donna,

      Thank you! So glad you’re loving it! I haven’t heard from Nate. Maybe someday, though. Nate, if you’re reading this,, give me a call! 🙂 I plan to write up a post about the trim, so stay tuned!

      Thanks again!

    1. Ooooh, Sabrina. Love the map you linked to! And thanks so much for your sweet comments! I’m blushing over here 🙂

  4. Love the not-quite-finished bathroom! Fantastic walls. Did you make the vanity yourself? I find that my husband loves to really finish a project, he cannot rest until its done. However, I jump all over the place working on different projects. I would never complete a thing if it weren’t for him.

    1. Hi Misty! Thank you so much for you fantastically sweet comments about our bathroom! We did make the vanity and I love it. Though, Ben was a little annyed that I insisted it be open, without front supports. It’s bad that Ben and I both get things to a nearly finished state, then the interest dies off until an undetermined amount of time. This has only gotten worse with two kids around, but it’s nice to hear we’re not the only ones! 🙂


  5. Coming for a visit from a link on tatertots and Jello. I love your board and batten walls and will be checking back to see all the details! We just moved into a new home with unfinished basement and just the plumbing pipes already installed for a bathroom down there. I can use all the inspiration I can find 😉
    And to answer the question you asked above, I hop from project to project with reckless abandon and sometimes even redo my entire plan when I go back to one to finish it. Luckily, my husband finds this to be a charming quality about me, but I consider it enabling!

    1. Hi Arcie!

      I’ll share details as we get things done, if/when that happens 😉 If you need any help with your basement, we’re happy to answer questions and give ideas. We’re all ears!


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