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Design Trend No. 3

Place of Zen

Close your eyes and take a deep breathe. Feel the weight of the world slowly lift off of your shoulders as you exhale. This trend is about creating a space that gives serenity and calm in our busy day to day life.

Basement Bathroom Makeover

Kate Chipinski

Kate Chipinski

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Hi! My name is Kate Chipinski. I am an eco friendly, DIY home renovator. I think it’s important to reduce waste in home renovations. My motto is; work with what you have, use some creativity to make it beautiful once again. My favorite thing to do when renovating and decorating is to bring natural and vintage elements into a space while still keeping it crisp and modern. I live in Minnesota with my husband Mike, who is my partner in crime when it comes to life and home renovations. We have two beautiful, feisty, and independent daughters who keep us on our toes. Our favorite summer pastime is to spend time outside having bonfires and playing on the lake that we live on.

Design Planning

Design Planning
Design Planning
Design Planning

Room Prep

Room Prep
Room Prep
Room Prep

Final Transformation

Final Transformation
Final Transformation
Final Transformation

Redesign Video

Tutorial

Kate Chipinski Basement Bathroom Step by Step Makeover

Place of Zen

  • Bathroom demolition. Took out glass shower doors, vanity, mirror, lighting, cabinet doors, flooring, and toilet.
  • Scraped popcorn ceiling
  • Skim coated concrete floor with a distressed look. I wanted it to look old and worn, with imperfections.
  • textured walls in areas to match existing wall texture
  • Painted walls (spatial white), ceiling, floors (white), and inside of cabinet (meditative)
  • Spray painted wall heating unit and ceiling light fixtures
  • Installed plumbing pipe fixtures for hanging curtains as shower curtain
  • hemmed existing drapery panels I had to fit the space
  • took apart an existing mid century modern dresser we had in the guest room to modify it to fit the plumbing
  • hung mid century mirrors i had in the dining room from a different mid century modern dresser I had.
  • Installed a different wall light fixture we kept from a different bathroom we renovated last year (I keep everything, don’t let anything go to waste for my eco friendly approach to design)
  • Installed a new ceiling light
  • Mike made a custom wood slat cabinet door that i painted the front and back of and stained the sides for a little natural dimension
  • New sink and faucet were installed ( together under $180 in cost)
  • picture frames we got for our wedding 12 years ago were hung in a grid pattern with artwork given to me by a local artist
  • pulled accessories and towels from other areas of the home
  • wildflowers picked from my front yard for pictures
  • I flipped an area rug around and am using the bottom as the top for this space
  • I like to add a little fun and whimsy to a space without being in your face. Since I love Harry Potter, I added some small white letter stickers above and below one of the light switches that says Lumos and Nox (light and dark) it makes for a fun personal touch

I love how this space turned out. We kept well within budget while staying true to our eco friendly approach. Reduce, reuse, and recycle!! This space has even older pieces than it started with but looks updated and warm, light, and airy. For a basement bathroom with no windows, lightening the space up with these beautiful paint colors made it feel bright and zen like.

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