1 Apr 2013

Basement Bathroom Plan

Our half-bath in the basement is my next project.  We did the bones of the bathroom well over 2 years ago, but now that we are spending more and more time in the basement, it's finally time to put something other than a toilet and a sink in the space.

When we moved into this house the bathroom was framed in and most of the drywall was already up.  The space is really small and was so oddly planned that we actually considered taking walls out and starting again, but in an effort to be as economical as possible we decided to just work with what we had.

Here's a quick little floor plan to give you an idea of what I am working with.

bathroom floor plan

The room is 6ft long by 3.5 ft wide.  I wasn't joking when I said it was small!

basement bathroom www.aswellplacetodwell.com

This is the view from the doorway.  The toilet is off centre, which is highly annoying.  Unfortunately the plumbing stack was already in place when we moved in and we didn't have much choice on where to put the toilet unless we wanted to mess around with plumbing.  We could have flipped the toilet 90 degrees but then I figured that tall people would hit their knees on the wall (and considering Mr. Swell is 6'3", by tall people I mean him!).  So, off centre and squished against the wall is how it ended up.

I have to point out how challenging it is to photograph a tiny space with absolutely NO natural light and blaring light bulbs.  Hopefully you can make some sort of sense of the space from these photos.

basement bathroom www.aswellplacetodwell.com

The walls are all painted Benjamin Moore Trout Gray.  It's a nice deep gray, and although I do really love the colour, I can't say that I totally love it in this particular space.  I mostly don't like how it looks when it is right against the white subway tile.  I am tempted to paint the whole space white, but Mr. Swell says he likes the gray, so I will try and work with it for now.

The silhouette art on the walls was a quick project that I did last year, but it's time for it to go.

basement bathroom www.aswellplacetodwell.com

We tiled the whole sink wall with plain white subway tile, and then splurged on 5 super fancy 4" x 16" glass tiles.

We call the sink our airplane sink.  When we were trying to find a sink for this space we were on a mission to find one that was affordable and super, super small.  This one fit the bill.  It's the Foremost International Kole Vanity from The Home Depot, and at $199 it was a steal.  The vanity lights are also from The Home Depot, but I can't find them online any more to share the brand and name.

The mirror is one that I've had for years.  We didn't want to drill through the tile, so we hung it using a small nail through one of the grout lines.  Unfortunately, the grout lines didn't line up with the sink exactly, which makes the mirror a bit off centre from the sink.  It drives me batty.  Like absolutely bonkers.  Since I am still hesitant to drill through the tile, and I do like how the shape looks against the rectangle tiles, I am thinking that I might try spray painting it white so that it just blends in a bit more.  Thoughts?  (The marks that are on it right now are from some paint splashing up when I was washing my paint brush - which I tend to do in this bathroom - they will come off if I try!).

To give you a bit of perspective on how small the space is, when I sit on the toilet I can touch the sink with my toes (not that I try and do that regularly of course...).

basement bathroom www.aswellplacetodwell.com

Here is sort of where I think I am going with this space.

basement bathroom mood board // www.aswellplacetodwell.com
  • There isn't any room for a toilet paper holder beside the toilet (it's too close to the wall), so we need a free standing one.
  • I plan to move a couple of old windows that I have (that used to be up in the kitchen) down and brighten them up with some art.  
  • I'd like a mirror above the toilet.  I think having mirrors on both ends of the space will make it feel much bigger.  I have a plan to use one we already have - now I just have to figure out if I can make it work.
  • We need a towel hook and some sort of shelf to hold soap as the vanity doesn't have enough space.  As much as I love the elephant hook from Anthropologie, I don't think it's going to be in the budget.
  • Since this bathroom is in the basement, it can get really cold so I'd like a nice bright rug that will fill most of the space between the toilet and the sink.
  • Greenery.  Obviously it's going to have to be fake since there isn't any natural light, but I would like to bring in some sort of element of nature.
And yes, I should mention that the budget for this space is less than $50.  Since I plan on shopping for most of the stuff from what we already have I think it's going to be doable, but will definitely make me have to think!  Good thing it's small!

Stay tuned in the coming weeks for the first few projects in this space (wish me luck as I attempt to photograph them...sometimes standing on one leg backed into a corner while standing on the toilet!).

But enough about bathrooms....how was your Easter?  Did the Easter bunny pay a visit to your house? We had fun doing an Easter egg hunt and petting zoo on Saturday, but then Saturday night Fin had a fall and hurt her leg.  Sunday morning it wasn't any better so we decided we'd better go to Emergency.  Thankfully the wait wasn't too long, but after spending most of the morning at the hospital, and ruling out a fracture, we came home and laid pretty low for the rest of the weekend.  Poor girl....at least some Easter treats (and lots of Motrin) helped her through the pain.




16 comments:

  1. love where this is going- that mirror is AWESOME!

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  2. Love the mood board! The aqua on grey looks gorgeous!!

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  3. I love your direction for the room! $50 budget?! Dang girl! Good luck :)

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    1. I know, right? But I have faith that it can be done!

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  4. I love your tiled wall with the glass accents...totally different and a fun feature in the small space! I cannot wait to see the finished space...love the blue in the mood board! Jesse @ Scout & Nimble

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    1. Thanks Jesse! I can't wait for the space to be finished....I get totally antsy with finishing a full room (even if it's the size of a broom closet).

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  5. Ou, I like where you're planning on going with it. I really like the vertical subway tile you already have so that'll be easy to work with. I think BowerPowerblog has a good tutorial for drilling through tile. I know what you mean about little off-centered things driving you batty! Haha. Good luck with the upgrade!

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  6. I love your inspiration! And you can totally do it for $50. I can't wait to see the end result!

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    1. Thank you for the vote of confidence! I really hope i can stick to it!

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  7. I read this in bed last night, on my phone... I wanted to comment, but it just got frustrating... ;) I love THE subway tile and the slash of the coloured tile! It's just awesome. I have a very heavy sign hanging on my wall, it had to be mounted in a stud... they are never where you need them those studs, long story short, I will FB message you what the heck I'm rambling on about, maybe this will allow you to centre that mirror! Can't wait to see the finished bath room!

    Laurie @ VIn'yet Etc.

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    1. Thanks Laurie....I am totally going to check out the hook you messaged me about. Maybe it will be the solution!

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  8. Love the tile too - beautiful! I'm sure whatever you do next will turn out gorgeous!

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  9. My powder room is full of nightmares and spiders! Love the teal accent you have planned.

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  10. I absolutely love the vertical subway tiles! What an interesting way to place them.

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    1. Thank you. I was a little hesitant of laying the tile like that at first, but i do love how it turned out....it really elongates the room. Thanks for the comment!

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