When we set out to create a guest bathroom I envisioned a tiny space with a vintage mirror, old school vintage blue tile and white subway tile. Our basement bathroom reveal and the best tile of 2018 is even better.
Everything I had envisioned for this bathroom, minus the white subway tile pretty much got thrown to the curb. The first thing I learned is that I have no vision. But then again, this basement bathroom reveal and the best tile of 2018 turned out to be pretty darn awesome.
As always, all photos are by the talented Becky Kimball. Make sure you’re following her on instagram. We adore her!!
I know nothing about construction and every time I looked at the bathroom space I seriously thought it was a little bathroom. 🙂 It’s not. It just felt narrow to me with just boards up and I was struggling to really see the space.
Once the walls were up and we were looking at tile I realized that this was a chance for me to make the space feel bigger and brighter based on my choices.
The original builder of the home made a mistake and dug too deep for the foundation so the basement sports 10 foot ceilings which makes the space feel more like a home than a dark, low basement and I really wanted to capitalize on that.
We discovered a place called Modern Tile here in Utah that’s the only tile shop we use now.
I have FOMO when making big purchases, this means I look, and look, and look, afraid that I’ll find a better deal, better fitting product or better quality. It’s good because when I finally tell you all about something you know that it’s truly my favorite and you don’t have to do the research, but it’s exhausting for me. 🙂
So, Modern Tile is the best. We learned that although cement tile is popular right now, it’s also the first to wear out, crack, chip and have other issues and no one wants to replace tile. We went with this beautiful, classic black and white and although we originally planned on white grout we switched to a dark grey which matches better but mostly will be easier for me to keep clean.
And that matters to me, you know that it does.
Modern Tile had the best up to date selection and best help as well. Now the question is, what are we going to use for our master bathroom? Ugh, always another project.
The vanity is Cade’s creation, he cut the drawers and then added small boards so that the drawers are still useable but also fit around the pipes for the sink. It was a local vintage find so I can’t link up to it, but you should for sure consider just using an old dresser, it was cheaper and looks more unique.
We sealed the entire thing with a water based Poly Urethane so the water won’t ruin the wood. We did 3 coats.
The pain color is our true favorite, Sherwin-Williams Simply White Match. We’ve learned way too much about quality with paint as well, so this is from the Emerald Collection and everyone who visits loves it.
We left the walls flat and did an un-tinted white for all of the trim work. It is just enough different that it adds another dimension to the room without being noticeable. The trim work is,
I remember visiting a home as a teenager and the guest bathroom had toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo etc all stacked up for guests and I thought that was such a nice touch in case anyone forgot something so we’ve done the same.
Our vanity also has blow dryer, razors etc, just in case.
I’ll link up to everything else, but the most important part is truly just that this bathroom is simple, but inviting and it didn’t break the bank at all!
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