Bathroom Rehab

Continuing the basement renovation meant rehabbing the second full bathroom – fortunately, all the important elements were there which made it easier to complete.  I knew I wanted to do a board and batten on the walls and use travertine in the shower so after that there wasn’t much to decide on except paint color. Since we had some leftover from our bedroom reno, we went with Benjamin Moore Smoke on the top half of the walls and painted the board and batten the same color White Dove which we used through-out the house on the trim.  Gavin made all the board and batten trim by hand and installed all of the tile in the shower and I just love how it turned out.  We ordered a glass shower door which is in but not installed yet but this way I can share a better picture of the tile work without the door on.

Before pictures:




After pics:





Basement Reno

It’s been awhile since I posted a renovation project but that doesn’t mean we haven’t been busy – in addition to renovating the basement and a second bathroom, we had our second little boy!  Brady’s room is now a big boy room and Mason’s nursery is almost finished.  Additionally we’ve been tackling outside projects like landscaping which I’ll share soon.

The basement renovation has been a game changer in our house – it’s so nice to have a designated toy area for starters!  My husband designed a lay-out that would give us a living room area for us to relax and for kids to play, a laundry room, storage closets and a full bathroom.  We decided to keep the exposed beam ceiling open because we loved the rustic feel and it makes the basement feel more open and airy.  For paint color, we went with Sherwin-Williams Heron Plume because it’s a cool white with a hint of gray to it so it doesn’t overwhelm the small living room space.  For lighting, to keep with the industrial/rustic feel we used antique bronze track lights.  From the attic renovation, Gavin saved original wood planks that we then incorporated into the design.  The hand railing and trim around the inside window cases is all planks of this reclaimed wood.  Additionally, Gavin made shelving units under our television from two planks.  Here’s the before and after pictures of our amazing basement renovation (all the praise really belongs to my husband on this one!):



During (my husband’s little helper is hard at work):








Check out the next post, Bathroom Rehab, to see continued work on our lower level.