Like the main areas of our basement, we did a lot of it ourselves to save money but sub-contracted out for the heavy stuff. The only demo we did in that room was removing the wallpaper and cabinetry. My dad was still around and wanted to keep busy so I showed him how to remove the wallpaper. To strip the wall paper, you'll need the following...
- Spray Bottle
- "Scoring" tool for wallpaper
Then, we made a 1 : 1 solution to help strip it off:
- Warm water
- Fabric Softener
Scrape the wallpaper with the scoring tool by following its instructions to create punctures, then spritz the solution and let it saturate. Use the sponge to help spread the liquid around and seep through the holes. Wait about 10-15 minutes then rip the wallpaper off. You may need a spatula to get to the stubborn and hard-to-reach areas.
When stripping the paper, we found what appeared to be mold coming through the walls. NOT GOOD. So, the contractor was notified to take care of the issue.
Looking closely at the tile, they have this subtle striated pattern but looks a bit solid with texture from afar. The mosaic wall tile in the shower have glass accents within them while the floor mosaic tile is a dark-ish marble. My husband thought for sure it would look bad...
TIP for you: If you're going to mix materials, make sure there is a common element or color, and everything will tie in together at the end. Also, when choosing your materials, see them in person to touch them and compare the colors because the coloring may be "off" online.
The only thing we took a chance with was the shower door, which, we bought on Amazon. We were relieved (and lucky) it fit perfectly.
Everyone that has come through our home has complimented this bathroom and even some of my kids' friends say it's their fave. LOL
Our basement bathroom was completed about two years ago and we are looking to redo our laundry room next. A design concept has already been done - now we just need to secure the materials and get to work! Stay tuned for that entry!
Where we got our items:
- Decor: Target and TJ Maxx
- Flooring tile, wall tile, faucet, shower head: Home Depot
- Toilet: Costco
- Hardware (Towel bar and cabinetry handles/pulls): Lowes
- Wall Lamps: Lamps Plus
- Shower door: Amazon
- Window Covering: www.westelm.com/
- Cabinetry, Sink, Countertop: www.evergreengranite.com/
~ XOXO, Mari