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


Whoever assumed wall-to-wall carpet in a lavatory was a superior strategy, was perfectly, I do not know what they could perhaps have been imagining. This rest room bummed them out additional than any other – a room I essentially hardly ever even saw due to the fact guests didn’t definitely go downstairs. When they determined to renovate and give it a developed-up glimpse, Priscilla (the designer) took the style/architecture of the household (Tudor revival) and made this to be a spending plan/modern version that labored well in that type. She did an amazing task – I experienced almost absolutely nothing to do with it other than the “I adore it’ product approvals and styling the shots. Almost everything was reasonably priced and completely ready-made with no main hiccups. But I’ll permit Priscilla just take it absent.

Hi everyone, Priscilla in this article! I have been a long-time reader of the weblog and was so enthusiastic to get the prospect to perform on an additional project with Emily. We originally achieved by using Rejuvenation (I utilized to work in-shop design and style there) and was leaving to go back again to college when she was searching for enable on the Portland Venture. When she arrived at out at the start out of the pandemic about her finest friend’s basement, it was an effortless of course. Currently I’m enthusiastic to share with you the lavatory transform and get into all the ins and outs of the design and style approach for this area.

THE Undertaking

The home is a 3-story, 1930s Tudor in SW Portland. The leading 2 flooring have a ton of charm with a whole lot of the original character intact. The basement, however, was a further story. It experienced gone via a pretty rough renovation in the 70s. Assume Graceland cabin but with asbestos tile and carpet in the toilet (why was this ever a issue?).

Like so quite a few families in the course of the pandemic, the customers were seeking for extra usable house. Though the intention of the renovation was to make the basement far more purposeful for the full household, they also required to carve out a committed home for their teen son. Through the preliminary space preparing process, we came up with the plan of reducing the rest room into the outdated laundry space footprint. By downsizing the bath, it opened up the area to incorporate in the bedroom they desired.

Cavernous and choppy, the unique bathtub was tucked in a back again corner of the basement down a hallway. It felt weirdly inaccessible and disconnected from the relatives home. By reconfiguring the primary structure, it delivered privateness for the new bed room and permitted the bathroom to be far more centrally situated in the place. Double earn!

THE Design Method

Wall Sconces | Mirror | Faucet | Vainness | Towel Ring

Basements can often be tough to structure, with a ton of mechanical units overhead and height limits. This basement was no exception and had a whole lot of spending budget-consuming, un-enjoyment responsibilities that took precedence, like waterproofing (we stay in Portland, immediately after all), flooring leveling, and duct relocating. This intended we needed to get innovative with the finishes in each individual area. 

    Cabinet Components | Hand Towel | Vase | Soap Tray | Match Holder (very similar)

With a constrained spending plan, we needed to locate products that felt significant-end without the price tag. Nodding to historic elements though incorporating present-day information, our goal was to make a toilet fairly adequate for guests, but sturdy for a teen boy. Our colour palette for all the basement spaces was possibly blue or green (usually and endlessly blue and inexperienced for me). Actively playing off the environmentally friendly mudroom exterior the bathroom door, we wanted to distinction it by pulling in relaxing blues and neutrals for the bathroom.

We played with a lot of distinct alternatives to get the ideal harmony concerning sample, white place, and steel finishes. Beneath are some of the early mood boards and inspiration photos we pulled from. Preliminary ideas ranged from extra nautical/youthful to easy/clean up to extra traditional. When we landed on doing wooden trim in the mudroom, it aided force us toward thoroughly tiling out the rest room so the finishes had selection as you moved by way of the basement.

*Disclaimer on costs: We were planning this at the beginning of the pandemic so pricing is, regrettably, different now.

Solution 1: Graphic, Playful, Nautical

Possibility 2: Common, Simple, Thoroughly clean Traces

Choice 3: Standard, Tudor


With no pure light in the area, the thought was to carry in power with a graphic flooring tile. A little something to draw your eye down and aid distract from the small ceilings. The sample and sturdy traces of the tile served make movement which gave the place a far more expansive and open sensation. Utilizing the vertical space on the wall and installing flooring-to-ceiling subway tile also assisted to give the illusion of a taller ceiling higher than. The decision of a shiny tile (in its place of a a lot more matte choice) was intentional to reflect light-weight and produce as a great deal heat as possible.

 Ground Tile (offered out-equivalent) | Wall Tile | Baseboard Tile | Bathroom Paper Holder | Tub Towels 

Shower Enclosure | Shower Flooring Tile | Control Tile | Shower Plumbing Fixture


Section of our expense-preserving technique was to go with completely ready-produced fixtures in its place of undertaking the customized route. We picked a deep navy vainness that arrived with a Carrera marble leading and had significantly-wanted storage…both open up and shut. The clients preferred a glass shower so we observed this exciting enclosure that felt larger conclude, but significantly less than custom made glass would be. We debated amongst matte black or brass on the plumbing. In the conclude, we resolved to go the brass route just to have those added pops of heat. Hoping to locate small-value brass plumbing that does not appear low-priced can be super tough. We sampled a selection but appreciated the glance of the Pfister Contempra assortment the very best. I assume the essential to a excellent, reasonably priced brass is to keep away from the tones that have a ton of green in them. (They glance the cheapest IMO). If you are planning a teen or kid’s lavatory (or sharing with one particular), do on your own a favor and install a self-cleaning toilet. We had been joking (but not) that it’s the spotlight of the place. It’s Kohler’s self-cleansing product and definitely retains the bowl super tidy and fresh new smelling. Very seriously, life-modifying:)

Rest room | Tub Mat | Landscape Painting (classic)


As a nod to the Tudor fashion, we picked an arched mirror that we located at Focus on. After seeking a few of distinct styles, when we held this one particular up, it was the very clear winner. You can’t go improper with a vintage arch. The consumer understood she wanted double globe sconces (they give off these types of fantastic, even gentle). We sourced these kinds from Anthropologie and liked the matte shades and subtle brass end. The decor formulated organically. I discovered this wonderful landscape at Artifact (a enjoyable vintage shop) in Portland. The pop of wood and comforting hues along with Emily’s styling magic pulled it all together. 

Hooks | Bathtub Towels | Side Table (sold out)

I hope you liked all the information and behind-the-scenes conclusions that went into this space. I’d appreciate to listen to your thoughts in the opinions. Til subsequent time, lovelies…

*Style and design by Priscilla Frost
**Styled by Emily Henderson
***Pics by Sara Ligorria-Tramp


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