March 28, 2023


Anything but ordinary

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

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

Whoever believed wall-to-wall carpet in a rest room was a excellent concept, was nicely, I don’t know what they could probably have been wondering. This toilet bummed them out far more than any other – a home I essentially under no circumstances even saw for the reason that company didn’t genuinely go downstairs. When they resolved to renovate and give it a grown-up appear, Priscilla (the designer) took the fashion/architecture of the house (Tudor revival) and designed this to be a spending plan/modern-day variation that worked perfectly in that style. She did an unbelievable occupation – I had pretty much almost nothing to do with it except the “I enjoy it’ solution approvals and styling the photographs. Every little thing was economical and ready-built with no important hiccups. But I’ll enable Priscilla choose it away.

Hi everybody, Priscilla in this article! I have been a prolonged-time reader of the blog site and was so psyched to get the opportunity to do the job on a further challenge with Emily. We originally achieved by means of Rejuvenation (I used to get the job done in-store style there) and was leaving to go back again to school when she was seeking for enable on the Portland Venture. When she arrived at out at the get started of the pandemic about her ideal friend’s basement, it was an simple sure. Today I’m excited to share with you the lavatory rework and get into all the ins and outs of the design process for this place.


The residence is a 3-story, 1930s Tudor in SW Portland. The major 2 flooring have a ton of charm with a whole lot of the initial character intact. The basement, nevertheless, was yet another tale. It experienced absent through a rather tough renovation in the 70s. Imagine Graceland cabin but with asbestos tile and carpet in the bathroom (why was this at any time a issue?).

Like so quite a few people through the pandemic, the clients have been wanting for extra usable house. Whilst the aim of the renovation was to make the basement far more purposeful for the whole household, they also wished to carve out a focused place for their teen son. All through the original house arranging method, we came up with the thought of minimizing the lavatory into the outdated laundry space footprint. By downsizing the bath, it opened up the room to add in the bedroom they desired.

Cavernous and choppy, the original bath was tucked in a again corner of the basement down a hallway. It felt weirdly inaccessible and disconnected from the loved ones room. By reconfiguring the authentic structure, it provided privacy for the new bedroom and allowed the toilet to be a lot more centrally situated in the house. Double earn!

THE Layout Approach

Wall Sconces | Mirror | Faucet | Vanity | Towel Ring

Basements can generally be tough to style, with a good deal of mechanical devices overhead and height limits. This basement was no exception and experienced a whole lot of spending budget-consuming, un-enjoyment duties that took priority, like waterproofing (we are living in Portland, following all), flooring leveling, and duct going. This meant we essential to get inventive with the finishes in every room. 

    Cupboard Hardware | Hand Towel | Vase | Soap Tray | Match Holder (related)

With a restricted finances, we preferred to discover materials that felt large-stop with no the selling price tag. Nodding to historic features though incorporating contemporary particulars, our target was to make a rest room fairly ample for guests, but resilient for a teen boy. Our colour palette for all the basement spaces was possibly blue or inexperienced (usually and eternally blue and inexperienced for me). Participating in off the green mudroom outdoors the rest room door, we wished to distinction it by pulling in relaxing blues and neutrals for the toilet.

We performed with a ton of different possibilities to get the ideal balance concerning pattern, white house, and metallic finishes. Below are some of the early temper boards and inspiration photos we pulled from. Original thoughts ranged from extra nautical/youthful to basic/clean to much more traditional. As soon as we landed on carrying out wooden trim in the mudroom, it served thrust us towards fully tiling out the bathroom so the finishes had selection as you moved through the basement.

*Disclaimer on prices: We were designing this at the beginning of the pandemic so pricing is, unfortunately, distinct now.

Solution 1: Graphic, Playful, Nautical

Possibility 2: Traditional, Simple, Thoroughly clean Strains

Alternative 3: Standard, Tudor


With no normal light in the space, the notion was to convey in vitality with a graphic floor tile. A thing to attract your eye down and enable distract from the small ceilings. The pattern and potent strains of the tile helped make motion which gave the room a extra expansive and open up feeling. Utilizing the vertical space on the wall and putting in ground-to-ceiling subway tile also assisted to give the illusion of a taller ceiling over. The alternative of a shiny tile (instead of a a lot more matte solution) was intentional to reflect gentle and develop as much heat as achievable.

 Floor Tile (sold out-very similar) | Wall Tile | Baseboard Tile | Bathroom Paper Holder | Tub Towels 

Shower Enclosure | Shower Ground Tile | Suppress Tile | Shower Plumbing Fixture


Portion of our price tag-preserving tactic was to go with all set-built fixtures as a substitute of carrying out the customized route. We picked a deep navy vanity that arrived with a Carrera marble leading and experienced significantly-necessary storage…both open up and closed. The customers desired a glass shower so we discovered this enjoyable enclosure that felt larger finish, but fewer than tailor made glass would be. We debated among matte black or brass on the plumbing. In the close, we determined to go the brass route just to have all those excess pops of heat. Striving to discover very low-value brass plumbing that does not appear cheap can be super hard. We sampled a variety but liked the appear of the Pfister Contempra selection the greatest. I consider the vital to a fantastic, very affordable brass is to stay absent from the tones that have a great deal of inexperienced in them. (They look the lowest priced IMO). If you are coming up with a teenager or kid’s bathroom (or sharing with a person), do by yourself a favor and install a self-cleansing rest room. We ended up joking (but not) that it’s the spotlight of the house. It’s Kohler’s self-cleansing design and definitely retains the bowl super tidy and new smelling. Seriously, existence-changing:)

Bathroom | Bath Mat | Landscape Painting (classic)


As a nod to the Tudor model, we picked an arched mirror that we found at Target. Soon after hoping a few of various shapes, when we held this a single up, it was the clear winner. You simply cannot go wrong with a traditional arch. The customer understood she preferred double world sconces (they give off these terrific, even gentle). We sourced these kinds from Anthropologie and beloved the matte shades and delicate brass finish. The decor designed organically. I identified this remarkable landscape at Artifact (a pleasurable classic store) in Portland. The pop of wooden and calming shades together with Emily’s styling magic pulled it all collectively. 

Hooks | Tub Towels | Aspect Desk (offered out)

I hope you loved all the specifics and guiding-the-scenes selections that went into this house. I’d love to listen to your thoughts in the remarks. Til upcoming time, lovelies…

*Design and style by Priscilla Frost
**Styled by Emily Henderson
***Photographs by Sara Ligorria-Tramp