Dungeon Basement Bathroom Makeover For $216

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When we bought this flip house, the basement bathroom was this scary, dirty room. It has not been used in years and was so dark and dingy, the kids and I didn’t want to have any part of it. We started working on the rest of the house until I could get my mind wrapped around this space.

The entire bathroom was painted black. The accordion door didn’t work. There was a weird bookshelf built into the entry and the shower was a cave. 

Once it was time to work on this bathroom, Matt and I started talking about what paint alone can do to the space. If we could clean it up and paint the room, it will be a space people will not be scared to use. 

So, Matt volunteered to clean the bathroom and tackle all of the cobwebs from years of not being used.

After the cleaning and the cobwebs, I removed all the tiles off the floor. Then, it was time for paint. We tried the (aff)  Wagner Control Pro 130 Power Tank Paint Sprayer in this bathroom and can’t sing its praises enough. Matt said that it will be the sprayer he will reach for when we have a larger project like this. 

We chose the color “Fog” by Dutch Boy Paints which we lightened by 50% for the bathroom. I wanted a light and bright color, but didn’t want white. We rolled a sealant inside all of the shower before the paint. We used exterior paint in the shower. 

Even though the shower was painted and looked a lot better, I still wanted to find a way to make the floor of the shower warmer and more inviting. We found that solution when we were shopping at Menards Home Improvement one day. Find the details on that project  HERE. 

We added a new shower head, shower curtain, rod and rings to complete the shower. We also hung two hooks on a scrap piece of wood on the outside of the shower. 

We have a stash of products that we can use on projects in our garage. When we were doing the bathroom, I went through that stash and was able to come up with hooks, a toilet paper holder, a towel rod, a mirror and a shelf that we could use in the basement bathroom. I spray painted them all black to match the color scheme in the makeover. 

I loved the vintage sink and medicine cabinet that were in the bathroom when we bought it. I just had to clean those up and Matt had to replace a piece of the pipe on the sink. We added a new toilet and I bought some new towels to dress up the bathroom when we show it. 

The rug was a great addition. I had it in our laundry room at our house. 

This bathroom has come a long way from when we bought the house. If you want to see where the entire $216 was spent and more links to items we used, head to my blog post here: https://mycreativedays.porch.com/basement-bathroom-makeover-for-216-in-flip-house/

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Lindsay Eidahl

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  • Leslie Weaver Huntsman
    on Jun 24, 2019

    Awesome job! Don’t you just love the feeling of satisfaction and pride? Especially such a drastic change! Love that you kept the glass and added the teak wood flooring. Definitely took the space from then to now. To take it up one more step, if wanting a dressier look add grey towels. The lighter shade out of the shower curtain. So classy! Oh and a simple green plant on the back of the toilet for your pop of color, in your favorite color small pot. I purchased a green 8-12” grass type, small potted plant at Kirkland’s a little while back. I wish I could give it to you, it would be perfect! But 5 Stars to you guys!

    I do have a question, did you have to do any prep to your floors before painting? I’m wanting to tackle a screened in porch area which is just regular ugly concrete now.

    Thank you!


    • Lindsay Eidahl
      on Jun 24, 2019

      Thank you! Just wash them really well. Use concrete paint and you should be good to go!

  • Michelle
    on Sep 1, 2019

    I would still try to hide that pipe. When it was black you could not see it. Couldn't you still put up some wood with a door to make it look like a cabinet for storage?

  • Deb
    on Jan 8, 2020

    I had a shower door installed about 2 years ago. Mildew has gotten under the silicone caulk that was used. Is there a product that I can use to avoid this problem?

    • Joyce T
      on Jan 15, 2020

      Fabulous job. What a major difference. Nothing scarey about this room now.

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