acreage renovation: a new basement bathroom

Have I mentioned yet that we had a flood in our basement? I’ve discussed it quite a bit on Instagram, however I don’t think that I have on my blog.

Just to summarize, I came home one morning with the kids to a basement that was under a few inches of water. The driver of the company that delivers our water had neglected to shut it off when the alarms went off. Inevitably, our rec/playroom, Remy’s room, and Geoff’s bathroom were damaged. Luckily, our insurance company covered the costs.

Above is what the bathroom looked like post-flood. The only blessing in disguise about the entire situation is that we had yet to renovate the basement. That is, except for Remy’s room. We hadn’t planned on renovating it for a few more years. In fact, we were in the middle of tearing out our entryway and laundry room when it all happened! However, because the insurance company wanted to move quickly on getting it restored, we were left with no other option but to abandon our upstairs renos and instead, focus on the basement. Up first, my husband’s bathroom.

Fire & Flood Saskatoon began by ripping most of it out. This included the flooring, baseboards, vanity, and toilet. We were told that they would give us new flooring and baseboards, but because the vanity and toilet weren’t damaged, they would reinstall them. They would also touch up the ugly red paint. It turns out that neither the vanity or toilet worked before the flood, so there was no way we were letting put them back in over brand new flooring. We also wanted to choose a new wall colour if we now had to renovate this bathroom. (Obviously red is dated and makes a small room appear even smaller.) In the end, we told them to go ahead with the flooring and trim, but that we would do the rest ourselves. That is what ended up happening.

For the flooring, we wanted unity in all of the rooms in the basement. So rather than replacing the old laminate with more laminate (which wraps in damp places) or carpet (gross in a bathroom), we ended up choosing a luxury vinyl glue down floor from Flooring Superstores. That case, in the event of another flood rather than throwing out the subfloor and flooring, you simply remove it, let it dry, and lay it down again! What we went with is also anti-bacterial, which is a great option for both a bathroom and Remy’s room given that she has asthma. The cleaner it is, the better it is!

Next, we chose a much larger width of baseboard. We wanted it to be as plain as possible in order to look more modern than what we had. After purchasing them from Windsor Plywood, they painted them white and had them installed!

Finally, they were done! It was now our time to buy everything and begin putting the bathroom back together. My husband bought his vanity when it went on sale at Home Depot. He was initially going to go with light grey, but after I mentioned how it might just blend in with our light grey floor, he went with a darker one.

Geoff bought a toilet from Lowe’s and after bringing it home and unboxing it, realized that it was cracked. So he went back and exchanged it for another. After installing it, I told him that it looked too little for his bathroom. I asked him if he wanted to buy a bigger toilet. I think he was annoyed, but he went ahead and purchased a new one from Home Depot and replaced the previous toilet with it. Afterwards he said that it did look much better. I agreed!

I did give him free range to pick out all of his plumbing fixtures. He bought everything for his sink and shower in matte black and from Amazon.

Geoff also took it upon himself to split the one light above his vanity into two separate fixtures. I personally thought that he was just creating more work for himself. However, he had seen pictures of lights on either side of a large mirror and was set on recreating that for himself. So after a bit of electrical work, he did just that. He bought his two industrial lights off of Amazon again.

Finally, aside from his towel bars, toilet paper holder, and door handle, everything else was purchased around Saskatoon. This included the mirror, towels, shower curtain and rod, bath mat, and accessories. They all came either from JYSK or HomeSense.

Last but certainly not least, we decided to cover all of the walls in shiplap panelling. I had seen it at Lowe’s months prior and was really wanting to purchase it for our home. Rather than buying the more expensive and traditional shiplap, the panelling is much more cost and time efficient. It also only needed one coat, as opposed to four coats where we had to cover the red! We truly love it and have already put it in our basement rec room and kitchen, but more on that later.

Until then, here is our basement bathroom on a budget.

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bathroom: after

bathroom-after-8Everyone, welcome to our new bathroom!

bathroom-after-6A few days ago I showed you the before pictures. It was a white disaster. We decided to go with grey for the walls. Always a creature of habit, this is the exact colour that we used in our first condo that we owned together, as well as in our next home. But it’s been a few years since then. When we went to the paint store, it was the first colour that I gravitated to, and Geoffrey agreed that it would look best. It’s called Fine Silver by CIL.

bathroom-after-7If you recall, I was originally going to choose one wall to hang wallpaper on. However, after searching through a few stores, I couldn’t find any wallpaper that I loved as much as what I hung in our back porch or what I saw on Pinterest. Still wanting a feature wall, I was contemplating painting one black. In being such a dark and drastic colour, I decided to paint all of the walls grey first, and if I felt that something was still lacking, to do it then. In the end, I’m glad that I decided to wait.

bathroom-after-3We purchased a new toilet for our bathroom. I also bought a white shelf to hang above the toilet, as well as a picture for the shelf. I reused an old tin as a plant pot and found a purpose for our IKEA spice rack that I gotten a few years ago but had never used. We put it above the sink and it now holds the hand soap and a succulent.

bathroom-after-2I love the way that the bathroom turned out. I think that it has a somewhat modern yet peaceful feel to it. I’m shying away from rustic elements with our new home given that it’s so old, and am going for more of an updated look but with modern and antique elements. I hope that it shows.

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bathroom: before

bathroom-before-2Remember this post? In it, I had written about how we were going to renovate our one and only bathroom. Today I will show you the before photos.

bathroom-before-1Everything in our bathroom was either white or a variation of white. This included the walls, baseboards, flooring, bathtub, sink, registers, and more. It was too much. It felt sterile and dated.

bathroom-before-5bathroom-before-6Additionally, the technique that they used on the baseboards made them look dirty. No matter how hard we scrubbed them, they never looked clean. It annoyed me to no end.

bathroom-before-3I really wanted to replace the linoleum flooring, and I even inquired about doing so over the Christmas break. However, given that we would have to remove absolutely everything in our bathroom, it would’ve turned into too big of a job. This is something that will have to wait until we have a second bathroom in the house, since we will be without a toilet while they replace the floor.

bathroom-before-4I’m so pleased with the way that our bathroom turned out. I’ll reveal those photos to you in a few days. I knew that this bathroom was ugly, but I didn’t realize just how ugly it was until we made it over.

Until then, stay tuned!

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santa baby, bring me some renovation materials tonight

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Every year for Christmas, Geoffrey and I buy one another practical gifts. We’ve decided to try to renovate our bathroom over the holidays this year, and as such, I’ve been gathering inspirational photos from online.

Here are some of the bathrooms that I like most:

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This won’t be a major transformation, as we’re not putting in much-needed new flooring. What we will focus on is replacing the toilet, hanging up wallpaper, scraping the popcorn ceiling, painting, and changing out the hardware. I can’t wait!

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cross medicine cabinet : diy

Medicine Cabinet DIY 6-1When we were designing The Little Barn, we always knew that one of the most important rooms would be the mudroom. The reason for its significance was the fact that it had to serve various roles, from an office space, to a boot room, to a greenhouse, to a laundry room, to a dog room. While we ended up removing two of those five functions, the three most important (laundry, boots, and dogs) stayed. Because this mudroom would serve as a bedroom, dining room, kitchen, laundry room, porch, and apothecary for our own animals, I wanted to make sure that it was well-equipped with everything that they could ever need and I could ever want for them. 

IMG_0134Holly has quite a few medical issues, all of which I have chronicled over the last year. This results in her having a number of medications. Rather than keeping her medicine with ours, I wanted to make her a whimsical storage unit. It was also my way of putting a positive spin on her medical issues. Plus, it looks damn delightful in their mudroom.

Medicine Cabinet DIY 1This is what you’ll need to make your own hand-painted Cross Medicine Cabinet:

Glass cabinet
Glass paint
Brushes
Q-tip
Painter’s tape
Measuring tape

Steps:

Medicine Cabinet DIY 21. Lay the medicine cabinet flat on the ground. Using the measuring and painter’s tape, measure and mark off a symmetrical cross that will be located in the centre of the cabinet.

Medicine Cabinet DIY 32. Take the base paint colour and brush. Fill in the cross. 

Medicine Cabinet DIY 43. Once the base coat is dry, take the border colour and outline the cross. I did mine using a freehand method, but you can also use the painter’s tape for cleaner lines.

Medicine Cabinet DIY 54. Once that coat is dry, it is ready to be installed and used!

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