Basement Bathroom

One of the earliest projects in the new house was a quick remodel of the basement bathroom. All the bathrooms had green Formica countertops, metal sinks and plastic crystal handled faucets. they were functional but builder quality and low end materials.
I was able to find good quality inexpensive materials for replacements. I saved the fancier shower head from the master and installed it here too.

eBay light
eBay light
Craigslist sink only
Craigslist sink only
Craigslist modern faucet
Craigslist modern faucet
Free granite counter top
Free granite counter top

I installed the new light from eBay and removed the mirror. The mirror had damaged edges and underneath was an inexplicable hole in the drywall that I patched and painted.

Mirror removed revealed hole
Mirror removed revealed hole

The old shower curtain was left by the owners but it was dated too.

Old shower curtain
Old shower curtain

The free granite was cut to size on site and the owner discarded the rest. Then I brought it home to cut out the sink hole. I cut it to line up the sink with the existing drain.

Cutting sink hole
Cutting sink hole

I didn’t have to polish the edge because we used a polished corner of the original counter. I already had some glass tile that was free and it matched nicely for a backsplash.

Matching glass tile for backsplash
Matching glass tile for backsplash

The granite was glued onto the cabinet with liquid nails and I used tile glue for the backsplash. I had some beige grout left from a former project that finished off the counter.

Fitting counter and backsplash
Fitting counter and backsplash

When it came time to fit the sink I had to grind a bit of the opening down because the sink rocked slightly. I closed the door and ran the fan to minimize the dust. Then the sink was siliconed in, the new faucet installed and the drain reconnected.

With new faucet
With new faucet

I found some clearance accessories at Big Lots. A $4 polyester shower curtain, a new bath mat, soap dispenser and decorations, and I added some amazing matching towels from my late mother. She would have been so happy they matched. I also changed out the old towel bars with a newer style from the Restore.

Finished with accessories
Finished with accessories
New shower curtain, towel rack and matching inherited towels
New shower curtain, towel rack and matching inherited towels

This small bathroom remodel cost less than $80 but it was a big improvement.

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