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Modern Traditional Bathroom Makeover Plan : ORC Week 1

Basement bathroom tile and color pop | www.thechelseaproject.com

Hello Friends,

Did you know that a full bathroom renovation with is now underway? Yes! And this post has all of the fun before photos, renovation inspiration and plan of action.

Modern Traditional Bathroom Makeover

Until this summer, my finished basement was stuck in the green and gold era of the early 2000’s. Admittedly, it was a shameful embarrassment and a sad blight on the family name, but renovations take time and I was plenty busy with upgrades on the main floor.

And then this happened.

The air conditioner went completely haywire and soaked the basement floor.

Welcome to My Nightmare

Basement floor soaked from the AC | www.thechelseaproject.com

It took a professional mitigation team with all of their big fans and dehumidifiers a week to dry out the mess. And at the end, furniture was piled in the safe areas accompanied by piles of ruined carpet and bare basement floors in the other. ***sigh***

Thankfully, getting bids from contractors took weeks and weeks. And although that slow, slow process was super frustrating, it was such a blessing in the end. The delay gave me time to come up with a design plan that I really, really wanted and not just a quick fix to an outdated and water-soaked space. And at the top of the list was a commitment to do the repairs in phases so that the entire space was actually upgraded, not just cosmetically recovered.

Phase One : Full Bathroom Renovation

First up is the small, but amazingly functional full bath.

Basement bath BEFORE from the door | www.thechelseaproject.com

Looking left from the door is a cabinet, a shower and a big, big closet. 

Bathroom BEFORE looking left from the door | www.thechelseaproject.com

And to the right from the door is the pedestal sink and toilet.

Bathroom BEFORE looking right from the door | www.thechelseaproject.com


To get the creative juices going, I followed my Googling fingers straight to Pinterest. Don’t ya just love, love, love this black and white bath by Jenni over at I Spy DIY ??

Color and tile inpiration from www.ISpyDIY.com | www.thechelseaproject.com

Photo credit : I Spy DIY

Or how about this fresh and airy black and white space with a pop of teal?  #swoon  I am still looking for the owner of this photo so if anyone knows, please let me know and I’ll add a link and show credit.

Bathroom inspiration for color | Looking for owner of this photo | www.thechelseaproject.com

Photo credit: Unknown

And last, but absolutely not least, is this fabulous vanity by BrePurposed. To see the entire bathroom, please click the link below the photo.

Bathroom vanity and sink inspiration from BrePurposed | www.thechelseaproject.com

Photo credit:  BrePurposed

Plan of Action

In this challenge, I’ll share how these three photos inspired…. not a copy-cat, but a unique bathroom design for my basement bath. And plan to specifically cover:

  • How to make small spaces look and feel larger.

  • How to interview contractors/subcontractors.

  • What I learned about drop ceilings and ceiling tiles.

  • What I learned about buying good tile and shower fixtures.

  • How to use inspiration photos to create your own unique space.

  • How to refinish and water”proof” furniture to use as a bathroom vanity.

Unlike previous renovations, contractors are needed since the bath requires gutting it to the studs, reconfiguring the shower, and a drain repair dug two-feet down through the concrete and into the clay dirt. But rest assured, the design plan and surface finishes are all DIY. 

I do hope you will join me on this journey and ask any questions you may have along the way.

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Bathroom makeover | Modern traditional with a funky, fun vibe | #oneroomchallenge #orc #betterhomesandgardens #bhg | www.thechelseaproject.com

To view additional posts in this challenge:

Week 1 – You are Here

Week 2 – How to Stain and Protect a Wood Vanity

Week 3 – Barn Doors : Tips, Tricks and Options

To view previous ORC Challenges, please click the links below:

Dining Room Reveal

Great Room Reveal

Living Room Reveal

And don’t forget to stop by and say hello to our gracious hosts, Calling It Home , One Room Challenge and Better Homes and Gardens. You can also visit over 200 bloggers by clicking Designer Challenge and/or clicking Blogger Challenge. #oneroomchallenge #ORC #betterhomesandgardens #bhgorc #homelovenetwork

Thanks so much for stopping by!


  • Reply Debrashoppeno5 October 2, 2018 at 7:20 pm

    What a fun Challenge this will be. I am sure you were upset but what a blessing it turned into.

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 2, 2018 at 7:30 pm

      Hi Deb and thanks so much for stopping by. Yes! Now that the bath project is underway, we are so happy that the entire basement will soon be refreshed.

  • Reply Susanne October 3, 2018 at 12:29 pm

    I can’t wait to follow along and see how this turns out!! Your designs are always so gorgeous, and hip hip hooray for it not all having to be DIY!!

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 3, 2018 at 1:35 pm

      Thanks Sus! I’ll miss you on this challenge.

  • Reply Kristy Mastrandonas October 3, 2018 at 1:05 pm

    Sorry to hear about your basement mishap, but YAY!, you get to remodel! Love the inspiration photos, and I’m excited to see what you do with your bathroom!

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 3, 2018 at 1:36 pm

      Hi Kristy and thanks! I am thinking that my blessings and curses flowed in the same river…..LOL.

  • Reply Lindi October 3, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    I DO love that black and white bathtub! Lol. That before Room is something else! Can’t wait to see what you do!

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 3, 2018 at 1:38 pm

      Hey Lindi! Yes that tub of yours!! Swoon!! And yes, we’ve avoided this refresh for waaaaaaaay too long. Being kinda forced to do it is ultimately going to be a blessing.

  • Reply Marie B. October 3, 2018 at 2:01 pm

    Yay, another room makeover from Susie! I ALWAYS enjoy your ORC makeovers and your keen eye for design. Can’t wait to watch this room unfold because judging my your inspiration photos, it’s going to be stunning.

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 3, 2018 at 2:54 pm

      Hi Marie and thanks so much! You bless my soul with your sweet words of encouragement.

  • Reply Jen @ Jenron Designs October 3, 2018 at 2:34 pm

    Susie I am so sorry to hear about the basement, but I do love where you plan to go from here. The inspirations are beautiful and I know your space is going to be gorgeous.

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 3, 2018 at 2:55 pm

      Hi Jen! You’re so sweet. Thanks a million for the kind words.

  • Reply Libbie October 3, 2018 at 4:50 pm

    Susie, I’m excited to follow along. Can’t wait to see what you replace that sexy tile with. 😉

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 3, 2018 at 8:19 pm

      LOL….Libbie. Right! That sexy tile has got to go… I have some black 2-inch hex to replace it. Sexy hex. LOL!!!!

  • Reply Tee at Beauteeful Living October 3, 2018 at 6:22 pm

    I’m so excited to follow along this makeover, Susie! I’m sorry to hear about the leak in your basement. Something tells me it will come out beyond fabulous. I love the design scheme you’re after! Can’t wait to learn as I follow along your progress as well :).

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 3, 2018 at 8:22 pm

      Hi Tee! I’m so thrilled we are doing the challenge again! I love the deadlines and timelines…AND getting a room completely finished.Thanks so much for the sweet encouragement.

  • Reply Nicole @ The Inspired Hive October 3, 2018 at 11:04 pm

    I’m loving that tile! Can’t wait to see your finished space!

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 3, 2018 at 11:23 pm

      Thanks Nicole!! The tile crew finished yesterday and I love it, love it, love it!!

  • Reply Joy October 4, 2018 at 12:37 am

    My dear friend! I am so very excited to see your dream come to life. Amazing how unforseen frustrating situations can yield incredible beauty! Cheering you on!

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 4, 2018 at 6:13 am

      Thank you so much, Joy! It was way past time for renovations, but I just couldn’t garner the courage to face the process. I’ve often repeated that, with the leak, my blessings and curses flowed through the same cracked pipe. Looking so forward to having you follow the process and I’ll be cheering you on during your tile challenge.

  • Reply Sarah @ Making Joy and Pretty Things October 4, 2018 at 7:20 am

    The before is interesting haha! You’ve got quite a project on your hands. Loving your inspiration – you got this girl!

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 4, 2018 at 9:20 am

      Hey Sarah and thanks so much! And boy…that’s the truth. What an interesting before!! It was the remnants of my son’s “frog” bathroom. Originally it was really cute, but looks really weird stripped out except for that weird paint. LOL… but it’s really going to look different in the after photos.

  • Reply Emy October 4, 2018 at 7:33 am

    Love your inspiration photos! Your bathroom is going to be gorgeous, Susie!

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 4, 2018 at 9:21 am

      Hi Emy and thanks so much! Not gonna lie, we are thrilled that the room is underway. So happy to see you in the challenge this fall.

  • Reply Nancy October 4, 2018 at 8:47 am

    Love tike!! Can’t wait to see it!!!

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 4, 2018 at 9:22 am

      Thanks girl. You’ll have to come for coffee on the reveal day.

  • Reply palomaguzman October 4, 2018 at 9:25 am

    can’t wait to see your transformation !

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 4, 2018 at 9:38 am

      Thanks so much Paloma! So good to have you stop by!

  • Reply Nancy October 4, 2018 at 9:27 am

    What a great plan and the inpiration photos look incredible! I can’t wait to see it all come together.


    • Reply theChelseaProject October 4, 2018 at 9:40 am

      Hi Nancy and thanks! Yes, the incredible talent that the bloggers show in their photos…..oh to be able to convert it into my little bathroom. Got my fingers crossed.

  • Reply Jeweled Interiors October 4, 2018 at 10:26 am

    Totally love this Susie! I can’t wait to see it come together!!!

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 4, 2018 at 11:17 am

      Thanks a million, Jewel. Fingers crossed.. 🙂

  • Reply Toni Harvey October 4, 2018 at 1:54 pm

    Woo Hoo, I can’t wait to see your bathroom. I love the hex tiles you chose and the inspirations that you found. It’s going to be amazing!

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 4, 2018 at 2:39 pm

      Hey Toni and thanks a million. I love my hexy tiles, too. LOL….LOL….LOL…

  • Reply Denise October 4, 2018 at 2:57 pm

    Beautiful inspiration!! Can’t wait to see it come together!

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 4, 2018 at 6:52 pm

      Hi Denise and thanks so much! We are looking so forward to having the first room in the basement done.

  • Reply BrightGreenDoor October 5, 2018 at 3:15 pm

    I love those inspiration images! So sorry you had to deal with the floor, but it looks like it’s going to be worth it in the end!

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 5, 2018 at 8:24 pm

      Hi Jess and thanks so much! Right-o! We are making lemonade out of that pile of lemons in the basement. LOL…

  • Reply Jaclyn October 5, 2018 at 4:04 pm

    I love your color and tile choices! What a nightmare with the mini “flood”. It’s always something right?!

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 5, 2018 at 8:28 pm

      Hi Jaclyn and thanks so much! Yea.. what’s not in this post is that the same company that caused the saturated basement also caused water to pour from the attic, through the ceiling and down the stair steps. When they came to fix that AC problem, the man dropped a tank through the ceiling and water and wet insulation flew everywhere in one of the bedrooms. You know this is truth….who could make up this stuff??? LOL… AmIrite?

  • Reply Marcie Millholland October 5, 2018 at 9:33 pm

    Love your inspirations!! Love that black hex tile!! Looking forward to seeing your project overcome the AC disaster!! I’m in ORC mode over here with a pretty ugly “before” situation as well 🙂

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 6, 2018 at 11:42 am

      Hi Marcie and thanks so much. I went all over Atlanta looking for that 2-inch black hex tile….so I’m with you! Love it.

  • Reply Rebecca Plumb October 6, 2018 at 11:28 am

    I love it when life’s mishaps become blessings in disguise. Love your inspo!

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 6, 2018 at 11:43 am

      Hi Rebecca and thanks a million… Yeppers. This disaster is a good disaster.

  • Reply Dannyelle October 10, 2018 at 5:49 pm

    Your inspiration shots are gorgeous, can’t wait to see what you do with the space. Hope it involves that black hex tile.

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 10, 2018 at 7:04 pm

      Thanks so much, Dannyelle. And yes! The black hex is in the building. LOL…

  • Reply Lisa Scibilia October 10, 2018 at 6:54 pm

    Susie! I’m so excited to follow you through this renovation! Your inspiration pictures are gorgeous and I love the direction you’re going!!! Woohoo girly! This is going to be awesome!

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 10, 2018 at 7:07 pm

      Hey Lisa!! This is the first room I’ve stripped to the studs so it’s pretty dog gone exciting to see it coming together. Thanks so much for being such a great little cheerleader!

  • Reply Cristina October 16, 2018 at 11:48 pm

    Susie, I’m so sorry to hear about what happened to your basement, but I’m already excited to see how you give this space a 180 turn! Love your inspiration. It’s gonna be fabulous!

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 17, 2018 at 9:09 am

      Hi Cristina and thanks. I really do think the water was a good thing. The basement was way overdue for an update, but I just dreaded all the work. LOL…

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