Bathroom Updates: The Big Reveal!

We’re finally finished with our basement bathroom renovation (read all about it here, here, here and here), and we’re eager to show you all our hard work. But, first, let’s take a look at how far the bathroom’s come. Here it is before we started any work on it:


It had that same mosaic grungy tile we tore out of our kitchen:


And the sink had seen better days.


So, we got hard to work by installing a new sink scavenged from Jarrett’s parents, laying a new floor, switching up the medicine cabinet, and creating a shower surround out of galvanized roofing material (which we’ll give you a complete how-to for in a separate post). Here’s the grand reveal:





It’s a really small space, as you can see, and getting some good pictures was especially hard. I actually had to piece together a few pictures to give you a full shot of the shower. Here’s one corner of the shower with the full galvanized shower surround and cedar trim:

We used 1×4 pieces of cedar that we treated with Thompson’s Water Seal to trim out our new shower surround. We picked cedar, of course, because it’s rot-resistant. Hopefully the Water Seal will keep it from graying as well.

We were also able to keep the existing shower head and faucet knobs to keep things as economical as possible. The shower curtain that we had hung in the bathroom originally also fit nicely into the new space.

Down below, we simply coated the shower basin with a fresh coat of epoxy designed as a tub and tile refinisher. You might recall that we actually used the same stuff to turn our avocado green tilework in the upstairs bathroom to white. We had plenty left over from that job, so we used the same can to liven up this shower basin. It takes a few days to cure but is really easy work. It’s completely self-leveling, so any errant brushstrokes were totally hidden by the time it all dried.





We extended the cedar trim and galvanized roofing panels outside the shower for the small spaces adjacent to it to keep some consistency on that side of the room.



We also used cedar in the cutout section beside the medicine cabinet as well as along the ledge under the window to create extra shelving space.



We also painted the ceiling black and replaced the bare overhead lightbulb with this great directional light. It creates a really nice effect in the bathroom (but makes for some pretty harsh shadows in photos – sorry about that!).


And did we mention we did all of this on an extremely tight budget? Here’s the breakdown:

  • paint (Behr and RustOleum): $35
  • cedar trim: $12
  • Water Seal: $7
  • Galvanized Panels: $35
  • Screws: $10
  • Caulk: $16
  • Sink: FREE
  • Light Fixture (IKEA): $10
  • Mirrors (IKEA and Lowe’s): $15
  • Trash Can (IKEA flower pot): $4
  • Flooring (Armstrong Peel & Stick Tiles) $12
  • Shower Curtain (CB2): Already Owned, so FREE
  • Toilet Paper Holder (IKEA): Already Owned, so also FREE
  • Whale Hook (Urban Outfitters): $2

TOTAL: $158!

Not bad, right? Granted, we ended up buying this IKEA sink for $75, which turned out to be a disaster, and we never used it. But, maybe we can pick up a few bucks on that by unloading it on Craigslist? Either way, we’re pretty satisfied!



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13 responses to “Bathroom Updates: The Big Reveal!

  1. Dan

    Wow guys! It looks great– love all the cedar touches and the steel was a great idea!

    I really want to try that epoxy stuff now…

    • Thanks, Dan. Yeah, you should give it a try. One word of caution – I think it works best on small spaces. I wouldn’t do an entire bathtub on my own, but for shower basins, sinks, the occasional tile piece, it’s a lifesaver.

  2. Wow! What a unique bathroom makeover! You guys had some great ideas for that space. Looks great!

  3. This looks great. Where are the soap bottles from? Love them, too.

  4. I love this room! The galvanized panels are so perfect, kudos to you guys for this creative solution. Also, I’ve found that Spar Urethane works better than Thompson’s Water Seal in very wet conditions. Just something to keep in mind for the future. Wonderful remodel!

  5. Beth Ann

    This really looks fantastic. And, the budget is a REAL budget, not just some fake numbers thrown together. Like other readers, I appreciate the galvanize panels in place of shower tile. I wonder: what is the best way to keep it clean?

  6. runyanthree

    I like the soap holder and containers. That was a good idea. 🙂 It ended up really nice…I just wanted to see the rust out of the sink! that’s a real before and after. 🙂

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  8. clara

    Back in the 1970s, my mother bought a bungalow (c. 1927) which had a tin shower. Even the base was tin, and it made some interesting sounds when you stood in it! All it had on it was some metal-compatible paint, and I’m sure no one ever bothered to seal it annually. It was definitely on its last tin feet by the 70s. As you may have guessed, it was the tin bottom that croaked first. So I think your shower has many happy years ahead of it, and it’s true to the bungalow spirit. ^^

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