Corrugated steel roofing for the bathroom

Guest bathroom in the basement

Back before Christmas we transformed the basement into a space for guests. You can read all about it here. At the same time, I determined to fix up the basement shower room. It was a tiny little neglected space under the stairs and home to a shower, utility sink and some storage. In its neglected state it was looking pretty shabby.

Redecorating a basement shower room

See what I mean? The drywall was damaged, the stencils faded and outdated. We use the space to wash the dogs or rinse paintbrushes or ourselves if we’re really dirty. It became one of those spaces that we no longer see. Until the impending arrival of guests, that is.

updating basement shower room

As a result of some Pinterest inspiration, I got a crazy notion to cover the dilapidated drywall with corrugated steel roofing. What? Yeah, that’s how my husband responded, too. He warmed up to the idea, though, when he realized how relatively easy it would be to do. The worst part of the whole project: sharp edges. Gloves solved that problem.

We purchased five sheets of plain 30-gauge corrugated steel roofing from Lowes. They were approximately $16 each. He measured and cut to fit, then nailed the panels to the wall. Eventually, we will caulk the edges and add wood trim around the bottom.

corrugated steel bathroom wall

The corner was a bit tricky (never mind the dents). He screwed a towel rack through the steel and into the studs. I had some leftover paint from a previous project. I used it to paint the remaining half wall and cupboards.

steel roofing walls

The color scheme is fairly monochromatic but I like it. It’s a bit industrial and ok, rather strange, but it works perfectly in the basement.

basement shower room

With the addition of fluffy white towels, shower curtain and a plush, blue and gray rug this space is now a welcoming place to wash up. Guests can hit the shower whenever they need to (unfortunately they have to walk up a flight of stairs to use the toilet. Oh, well. We’re puttin’ on the ritz as best we can manage!).

P.S. I need to paint the outlet cover. It’s really bugging me now that I see it in this photo!

basement shower room

A tiny space, a tiny investment and a bit of elbow grease and the transformation is complete! The white towels are washed and stored in the cupboard until the next guests arrive and we’ll probably still give the dogs a bath down here when they need it … but first and foremost it’s a unique place ready to welcome visitors.

Now on to the next project!

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  • comment-avatar
    Buckeyemom January 7, 2014 (10:33 am)

    That is VERY cool…. 🙂

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    Lisa January 7, 2014 (10:37 am)

    Great job,,,looks fantastic! 🙂

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    Sal January 7, 2014 (11:08 am)

    Serves the purpose nicely! Innovative! Wouldn’t have thought of that solution.

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    Retta Parker January 7, 2014 (11:44 am)

    Oh, I just love it! You have a real talent for decorating. Very comfortable and inviting. The tin roofing says country style, that’s right up my alley!!

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    Sherri Mosnot January 7, 2014 (7:59 pm)

    Love this idea and I will be sharing it with friends. Looks great!

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    Sarah January 8, 2014 (2:26 am)

    It looks wonderful!!!!