Building a Bathroom from Scratch

I’ve never personally taken on a complete DIY overhaul before. Like starting with a dark, cold basement and turning it into a recreation room, extra bedroom, playroom and bathroom. But my old neighbors did and I’m just amazed.

I’m not going to take you step-by-step through the construction process, but I will show you how I helped them liven up their new lower level bathroom!

bathroom on a budgetFirst off this isn’t some $10,000 bathroom overhaul. This is a realistic space with a realistic budget. They framed out the space, hung the drywall themselves, taped & mudded, installed the fixtures… EVERYTHING.

basement bathroom makeoverNow I did contribute a little bit (goodness, I feel bad even saying that though!). I knew they wanted an accent wall so I helped them with a large stencil from Royal Design Studio. They picked out the Large Marrakesh Trellis with this beautiful blue green color.

royal design studio stencil bathroom

bathroom stencil projectWhat I love most about the one accent wall is that it reflects in the vanity mirror from HomeGoods. You get the full effect of a stenciled bathroom with half the work, ha!

bathroom on a budgetThe plumbing fixtures they picked out are from Moen with the faucets being from the Darcy Collection. LOVE these babies. Luckily with the double sink vanity they purchased from Lowe’s they really get to show them off.

bathroom moen sink fixturesTheir countertops and the shower are from the Onyx Collection. I love this corner shower too. Quite surprised at how spacious it actually is on the inside! And see that amazing showerhead?

bathroom corner showerYeah, I definitely need one of these in our bathroom. This one is from the Caldwell series. It’s basically a standard spray showerhead with a handheld as well. Best of both worlds.

bathroom moen shower fixturesMy friends still have a couple updates to make, like hanging the doors to the play room and guest bedroom, but overall this bathroom is done!

bathroom on a budgetBut now I know who to call when I’m ready to start building out my basement, right?
And sorry for the dark photos, no windows in the bathroom!

basement bathroom makeover

bathroom makeover on a budget

Stenciled Stools

Last week I was trying to find some additional seating for my daughter’s bedroom to sit in front of the stage, but everything in stores seemed to be like $50… each. Yeah, not gonna happen.

stenciled blue and pink stoolsThen I spotted these little stools for $13 from Ross Dress for Less totally out of the blue. Nothing a little coat of paint can’t fix to match her bedroom color scheme.

before stenciled stoolsI decided to use paint I had on hand: Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White and CC Caldwell’s paint in Memphis Blue.

chalk paint stenciled stoolsI wanted to kick them up a notch so I decided to stencil the tops. The stencil seen below is actually scrapbook paper from Michael’s. I scooped up this sheet about a year ago and finally put it to good use.

stenciled stool tutorialI just laid the scrapbook paper on top of the stool, held it in place with my fingers, and used a trim roller to add the paint.

stenciled stools with scrapbook paperOnce it was dry I added some pink stripes around the edge with a small brush. I didn’t try to be perfect, just let the paint flow….

painted stenciled stoolsMostly because I knew I would distress the entire stool with my sanding block. Since these stools will be in my kid’s room, I know they’re going to get banged up in no time. Why not help start the process.

distressed stenciled stoolsAnd the stools are complete! Great to place on her stage while she’s strumming her guitar or acting out a play, or just extra seating for her audience.

stenciled chalk paint stools


chalk paint stenciled stool

stenciled blue and pink stoolsAnd in case you missed it,
check out my daughter’s bedroom makeover or stage tutorial!

bedroom stage kids bedroom

chalk paint stenciled stool tutorial