Saturday, March 13, 2010

The Basement Bathroom ... continued.

As happens with most of my projects here, the rebuilding of our basement bathroom has taken a turn away from my original vision. 

Let's step back a minute, and bring you up to date.

This is what we started with:

The only things within this space that are staying are the basketweave floor and the radiator.

This is where we stand as of today:

I love the wood sheathing on the walls ... it has sort of an 'out house' look about it.  That's the air conditioning duct hanging in the corner.  It will be tucked back up into the ceiling, when we get a ceiling again.

While the husband was finishing the demolition of the bathroom itself, he decided to go ahead and remove the walls in the hall and the closet, too. 

You can see the original back wall of the house here in the hall and inside the closet.

We're going to leave the brick exposed in hall, but frame and drywall inside the closet.

Here's the floor inside the closet ... the strip-oak flooring, and the floor joists laid directly on the dirt, are visible through these access panels.  (Not to worry, those electric wires are disconnected already.)

Originally, I wanted to use a sink like this:

I should have bought this sink when I saw it at Caravati's last year, but I didn't.  All I took away from there that day was this photo.  After talking it over with the husband, he wasn't too keen on such a utilitarian look for the bathroom, so two weeks ago we ordered this from Home Depot:

Here is the faucet we chose:

This is the medicine cabinet that I'm refinishing.  It's all stripped of paint now, ready to be painted and reinstalled.

With this light.

I'm still not sure what to do with the walls.  I have two ideas.  I found this paint chip at Home Depot in its new Martha Stewart line.

It's called Toasted Marshmallow, and it matches the floor tile perfectly.  (This photo makes the sample look too gray.  It's actually a lovely pale creamy gold.)  If I go this way, I think it would look wonderful to do a gallery wall full of my collection of antique wall mirrors.  (No photos of the mirrors, sorry.  They're stored in the attic of the detached garage ..and it's raining ... I hope you understand)

I still like this cat print.  Maybe I can work it in somehow.

My other idea is to wallpaper the walls.  I love this paper that I found on eBay.  It comes in red or yellow.

I'm going to order samples to see if either of these colors will work.  With this kind of strong pattern on the walls, I wouldn't need anything else, I think.  (I love doing bold and unexpected things in small spaces.)

I still plan to build a cupboard sort of like this where the bathtub was.  As of now, I'm leaning toward a distressed black finish with red underpainting showing through.

But, I could change my mind. 

(written by Hartwood Roses.  Hartwood Roses blog.)


  1. It's looking great and I love all of your choices, that sink is beautiful!

    Kat :)

  2. I am loving the idea of that wall cabinet in distressed black with red undercoat, and the red wallpaper is gorgeous. I have twice used a bold deep red in a wallpaper pattern and on a wall color, and loved the effect both times.

    Antique mirror collection on a wall, awesome. :-)

    Just spent the morning arguing over wall colors, it's our hardest thing, we never agree on that one thing, weird. *sigh*

  3. Wow!!! That's going to be a gorgeous bathroom! I'm glad you're leaving the exposed brick. It gives it so much charm. I love the wallpaper, too. Could you incorporate the paint and wallpaper with a chair rail or something? Can't wait to see more :)

  4. I think your bathroom is going to look amazing. I wondered if you had seen the farmhouse bathroom Sarah Richardson did recently as it used a floral/bird wallpaper on the upper half of the walls (although not as bright as the ones you are considering). Here is the link: You can also watch the episode on-line.

  5. wow! what a project. love your choices. we renov our bathroom before i had my blog. of course i took just 1 picture of the before. 1 picture. i sure wish i took some more of all sorts of projects we had done around this old house. oh well. shoulda woulda coulda.

    we have that chickenwire/basket flooring as well. i love it.

    good luck to you both!

  6. I was going to suggest half wall paper and half paint with a chair rail but I see some one beat me to it. Of course you know my feeling about wall paper :-)

  7. I personally like the yellow wallpaper the best.The roses are more prominient in that pattern.That's my 2 cents worth.


  8. I saw you at low tide and wanted to pop by and say HI. What a neat blog. Love the sink.


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