Basement Bathrooms Laundry Room

The Basement Tile

It’s in, and it looks fantastic. The bathroom is a different green than the floor, though it’s hard to tell in the photos. There’s no lighting in there yet so it looks a little darker.

Here’s the laundry room. We’re going to get a new back door, so you can just ignore all of that ugliness there.

A closer look at the Octagon & Dot tile:

And here’s a photo from the same angle you’ve been seeing. It’s coming together, yes?

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  • Lindsay @ EileenJosephine
    February 4, 2011 at 9:34 am

    Looks AWESOME. I’m totally jealous. I would love to redo our basement, but it’s a super oldschool hand dug dirt floor and would cost a zillion dollars :(

  • Joy
    February 4, 2011 at 9:35 am

    wonderful! Can’t wait to see the finished product!

  • Amanda @ Our Humble A{Bowe}d
    February 4, 2011 at 9:38 am

    The basement is looking great! I LOVE the tile!!! Hope you can get it all done in time for the little one. I know we cut it really close. I was painting and having contractions…

    • Making it Lovely
      February 4, 2011 at 1:42 pm

      I know! I’m eight days from the due date today…

  • Tanya from
    February 4, 2011 at 9:45 am

    That tile is amazing! It is definitely coming together. You will have the most gorgeous basement. Can’t wait to see more.

  • Jennifer
    February 4, 2011 at 9:47 am

    I really like it!!

  • Katie W
    February 4, 2011 at 9:56 am

    It’s really coming together! I love seeing your choices in reality. A swatch is so different from a painted wall!

    I almost want to buy a house wreck and make it beautiful again. I think you’ve got me dreaming outside of my budget…

  • Erika
    February 4, 2011 at 9:57 am

    Wow! Definitely coming together – I love the tile.

  • amy goodhouse
    February 4, 2011 at 10:01 am

    Oh I love love love it! So satisfying to see a basement space that isn’t fit for the boogeyman.

  • Andrea
    February 4, 2011 at 10:05 am

    I love the photos of how it’s all coming together and seeing an almost unusable space transform into totally functional square footage (is “footage” a word?). A question: what’s the silver box in the third photo? Is it a tankless water heater? If it is, do you like it? Thanks Nicole!

    • Making it Lovely
      February 4, 2011 at 1:43 pm

      Yes, we went with a tankless heater. We had a couple of problems at first, but after replacing a defective part it has been great.

      • Erin
        February 5, 2011 at 8:18 pm

        I’m curious what type of tankless water heater you went with? We just had to replace our furnace and thought about doing a new water heater too. We decided to wait a while on the water heater – we had to move quickly and I didn’t have time to do the research. We got mixed thoughts from installers. How many hot water taps do you have? Does it keep up with your demand? Do you get the “sandwich effect?” What kind of problems have you had? Sorry, tons of questions!
        Love the way the space is coming together!

  • jodi
    February 4, 2011 at 10:21 am

    looking good!!

  • Carole
    February 4, 2011 at 10:29 am

    Love seeing the progress! This is high drama… wondering if this will all get done before the bambino arrives! I hope so! Looks great!

  • Kelly Edwards
    February 4, 2011 at 10:30 am

    Very exciting! Looks great!

  • Jen K
    February 4, 2011 at 10:30 am

    Love the green! It looks so great!

  • Melissa
    February 4, 2011 at 10:35 am

    It is looking great! Can’t wait to see the progression to finished product

  • krista
    February 4, 2011 at 10:39 am

    Nice! The green looks so crisp against the white tiles.

    We have that same on demand hot water heater and love it! It’s so nice not having a huge hot water tank taking up space.

  • Lauren @ chezerbey
    February 4, 2011 at 10:43 am

    Oh wow! I’m totally having finished basement envy right now! It looks so bright and airy and very un-basement like.

  • jbhat
    February 4, 2011 at 10:59 am

    Yes? Yes! It’s wonderful. Very thrilling and inspiring.


  • Kris Mays
    February 4, 2011 at 11:03 am

    Very nice! Can’t wait to see it finished.

    Please make sure to get a good fitting back door with a sweep on it. That old one has enough of a gap to let in mice and rats! Eek!

    Sorry, Pest Control Operator, here. Can’t help but notice those things.

    • Making it Lovely
      February 4, 2011 at 1:44 pm

      The contractor cut that door down because it was hitting the new tile, so that’s a temporary gap. Once the new door is in place we’ll be good again.

      • Kris Mays
        February 4, 2011 at 3:11 pm

        You might want to put a towel down there at night to keep any unwanted guest from infiltrating until then….

  • Kellie
    February 4, 2011 at 11:05 am

    It looks awesome! I love the green :)

  • Katie {Katie Company}
    February 4, 2011 at 11:15 am

    Everything is coming together so nicely! I can’t wait to see the finished project!

    Are those black and whites stripes I spy in the last picture?! You MUST tell me what they are going to be used for.

    Black and white stripes are my BFF’s. We do everything together.

    • Making it Lovely
      February 4, 2011 at 1:45 pm

      Rugs! I’m putting these in the studio and place space.

      • Kris Mays
        February 4, 2011 at 3:12 pm

        I love those IKEA rugs.

  • Kristin
    February 4, 2011 at 11:16 am

    It’s looking great! Maybe if I show the photos to my husband he’ll be inspired to finish our basement.

  • Mandi
    February 4, 2011 at 11:17 am

    It really is coming together, thank you so much for sharing the process with us!

    I use and love this inexpensive rack from Target. I think it’s intended as extended hanging storage (ie, seasonal things out of the way) but I use it to hang-dry stuff I don’t want to go in the dryer, which is nearly everything not jeans, socks, cotton undies, and the like. I do also use a cheap accordion-style wooden drying rack for flat-dry items. I think the dryer is really hard on most clothing and it only takes a second to throw it on a hanger, and let it sit on the rack. I do have ample space for this in my laundry area, though – I’m not sure how yours will be laid out. I like that it’s wheeled and I can move it a bit when I need better access to the backside, or whatever. Oh, and I use the horizontal cross pieces on the ends to dry bras.

  • Camellia
    February 4, 2011 at 11:18 am

    Everything is looking great! Nice choices on paint color and tile.

  • Christine
    February 4, 2011 at 11:19 am

    I seriously can’t believe this is the same place!? It’s definitely coming together. The tile looks FANtastic.

  • kristin
    February 4, 2011 at 11:21 am

    “love it!”

  • raya
    February 4, 2011 at 11:25 am

    Looks great! I just got that rug for my garage/office too : )

  • Allison
    February 4, 2011 at 11:41 am

    Isn’t awesome to see if coming together! WOW! It looks amazing! And I love the tile! So nice!

  • Jana
    February 4, 2011 at 11:51 am

    I am curious what made you decide on gray vs white grout. It looks great! …I had just never considered using gray. My floors are painted chocolate brown so I am wondering if it might clash where the two meat…

    things that make you go hmmmm

    • Jana
      February 4, 2011 at 11:52 am

      i mean *meet*

    • Making it Lovely
      February 4, 2011 at 1:46 pm

      I’ve seen gray in photos and liked the look, plus it seemed better for maintenance. Our bathroom on the main floor (original to the house, 100 years old) has white tile with gray grout too. You can find grout in every color, so you can get a warmer gray or even a chocolate brown if you wanted to.

      • Kris Mays
        February 4, 2011 at 3:13 pm

        Yeah, it’s going to look great. White would not be a good idea on the floor. Love the choices we have in grout these days.

  • Tiffany
    February 4, 2011 at 11:59 am

    Wow. I love it so far which I knew it would great because you have awesome taste. Are the tiles available at stores like Lowes or Home Depot? They are just perfect.

    • Making it Lovely
      February 4, 2011 at 1:47 pm

      Yes, I think they’re at both. They definitely have the at Home Depot, which we only found out about after having paid too much at a local tile shop (boo).

  • Christine B
    February 4, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    Loving the floor! And the green-it is the second most used color in our house after gray. Can’t wait till its all done as I am sure you are too.

  • Ashlea Walter
    February 4, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    Fantastic choice. I love the scale of the tile with the bold and yet soothing green paint. Thanks for the inspirational bite!

  • Starlet Starlet
    February 4, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    It looks incredible!! That green combined with the octagon & dot floor is just so fresh!!

  • Anya
    February 4, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    Looking good!
    Just curious, did you get someone else to tile for you guys? What is the average cost for that soft of job (if you don’t mind telling)?

    Thanks :)

    • Making it Lovely
      February 4, 2011 at 1:41 pm

      Normally we would have tiled and grouted ourselves, but in my *ahem* condition, that would have been hard. It was only $400 to do both rooms, so that was well worth it.

    February 4, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    So exciting! LOVE it.
    I just did a laundry room post you may find helpful.
    Mary Ann

  • Becki
    February 4, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    Love the tile pattern! Perfect for a small room. I love your blog and keep checking in for the updates. Best wishes on a safe and healthy delivery in the near future (and welcome to new babe). Becki

  • Cristina
    February 4, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    It’s looking great! I am so excited to see it all completely finished!

  • Lorie
    February 4, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    May I ask why you chose to paint the basement floors as apposed to other flooring options? Are your ceilings quite low, if so does it feel closed in? Just wondering, we are also renovating and older basement.

    • Lena
      February 5, 2011 at 1:13 pm

      I think she said somewhere that it was mainly because of the costs. Painting is simply the cheapest thing to do.

  • nancy @ {COZAMIA}
    February 4, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    Amazing, I haven’t been by in awhile but I remember the spooky before pics, the space is gonna look fantastic!

  • Amanda @ willful/joyful
    February 4, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    It’s turning out so beautifully! I’m amazed that you’re getting so much done (even with help) so close to your due date. I can barely get laundry done and I’m only 7.5 months pregnant. I need that nesting thing to kick in like yesterday!

  • kristen f davis
    February 5, 2011 at 8:39 am

    oh my gosh! crazy how it’s come so far. i can’t wait to see what you do with it!

  • Jasmine YourSweetTreat
    February 5, 2011 at 11:36 am

    I can’t wait to see it done!

  • Sarah @ Cozy.Cottage.Cute.
    February 5, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    That tile is gorgeous. I love it paired with that green!

  • Kristín
    February 5, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    love the greens, I have a very similar colored wall in my living room :)

  • Heather Nolting
    February 5, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    I just love your tile. Great job! Hope the end of your pregnancy is going well. Those last few days/weeks can be uncomfortable, but how exciting to add a little boy to your family. Can’t wait to meet him via your blog. Wishing you much happiness.

  • Candice
    February 5, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    Love the floor tile. Quite practical too, we have mosaic tiles in our bathroom and you never see hair or dirt on the floor (the grout/pattern really helps hide it).

  • elissa, ebb & flow
    February 6, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    i love how it looks with the green. it must be so exciting seeing these pieces start to come together.

  • Sarah Jane
    February 6, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    I LOVE that tile! Just posted a bathroom with similar tile that I’m in love with on my blog. Hoping to see it in a bathroom in my house soon. I love the dark grout…makes a big difference. Looks great!

  • Kimberly Bernhardt
    February 7, 2011 at 8:29 am

    Oh happy tile. I love it! It makes me want to redo our bathroom! Good luck with baby and basement.

  • holly
    February 7, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    everything is gorgeous! Have you considered just painting that back door a glossy slate or black? (and just adding a draft-preventing strip to the bottom…) It looks like a neat old wooden door – but maybe the pictures aren’t doing it justice? :)

  • laurenjanelle
    February 7, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    I would love to do a basement rennovation but my basement gets water sometimes so it’ll have to stay ugly. yours looks great!

  • Sarah K
    February 9, 2011 at 10:04 am

    Great progress. I love the tile! I was worried that the grey grout would look dirty, but as always, you know best and grey grout looks amazing! Can’t wait to see more.

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  • Julia
    April 24, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Hi! The bathroom looks great! Curious what grout you used….
    Name and where I might find=)
    Thank you!