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Transforming our old bathroom space into a Mediterranean small bathroom-laundry on a budget doesn’t mean sacrificing style or functionality. Imagine stepping into a serene, Mediterranean-inspired space, where every inch is optimized for both relaxation and efficiency. In this makeover, I’ll show you how we are redoing our shower with micro cement. We’ll also be integrating the stackable and compact washer-dryer, and adding more storage. Get ready to get inspiration on how you can achieve a beautiful and practical space without breaking the bank.

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A look at the before of this Mediterranean small bathroom-laundry space makeover

We barely touched this space since we moved in, knowing that we will be renovating it. The only thing I changed was to add a little accent wall with faux terrazzo, change the vanity for a slightly bigger one to avoir water spilling and add a mirror and shelves.

There isn’t much that I like about this space. And, because it was a combination of both laundry and bathroom, I had to find a way to optimize it, in. addition to including storage.

When we did my office makeover, we closed a portion of the closet to use it eventually for this space.

Kicking off the demo

Well, it was good to see the old shower go away :). We pretty much removed everything, from the shower, the faucets and the vanity. We also removed the walls by the toilet that hid the extra storage space we are going to take from the office.

When the shower base and walls were removed, there was a portion of the floor that had no tiles. We also had to remove the bottom of wall tiles because the base was hard to remove. It was installed underneath them!! The drywall that was behind the washer-dryer was taken down since we always felt that the space was not properly insulated. And, sure enough, some parts did not have any insulation and others not thick enough.

Designing our small Mediterranean bathroom-laundry space

The space is quite small. So, I had to be able to maximize it as much as possible in order to fit in everything that I wanted. Of course, I had to make some sacrifices and work both with the possibilities and limitations the space offered. So, after many iterations, I came up with a design that met our needs.

Here are the decisions I’m making to optimize the space:

  • Shorten and widen the shower into a rectangular shape
  • Stack the washer-dryer next to the shower in order to gain extra space for a cabinet and counter
  • Use the storage from the office to open up the space between the toilet and shower, and include a small open storage with shelves
  • Because I am stacking the machines, it frees up space to have a bigger sink and vanity, but I opted to go for a wall-mounted option to keep things airy

Here’s the moodboard I started with. I am using several materials left over from other projects. Some of them are the wallpaper from my son’s room, the waterproof flooring from the basement and cabinets from the kitchen. Green, gold matte black as well as curves and arches are on the menu!

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Building the structure

To start with, curves and arches are on the menu. Because we are changing the shower dimensions, I took this opportunity to have one of the shower wall with a curved side at the top.

My husband started by fixing the exterior wall that needed proper insulation. Then, he moved onto building the structure of the shower. Since the floor was no longer levelled due to the lack of tiles underneath the shower and inside the storage space, he used self-levelling cement to level the floors. He then built the shower walls, floor space and niche.

He then moved onto doing the storage space. Since we are taking some space from the adjacent office, I was able to add an arch to the storage. I opted to go for an open storage with shelves since I will have another small closed storage. Changing the dimensions of the shower, stacking the machines and having that extra space makes the space feel more airy and spacious. Before that, the toilet was stuck next to a huge wall and was so close to the shower. It feels so much better this way!

He then filled all the grout gaps with joint compound to make the walls as straight as possible for the next step (you can also do that with the micro cement). He lightly sanded the tiles to be covered with a 220 grit sandpaper for a better adherence of the micro cement. And, he moved onto drywalling and mudding, as well as applying a coat of primer everywhere.

Applying micro cement

Using MicroConcrete in our small Mediterranean inspired bathroom-laundry makeover was exactly what I needed to give an organic feel to the space while having a highly efficient material to work with.

I worked with Finitec’s MicroConcrete for the first time, and I can say that it won’t be the last! So, let’s dive into the steps.

First, this material gives texture but it can also be used pretty much everywhere, including a shower. I did not want to remove the old tiles and redo everything. Micro cement makes it easy to cover up existing materials and it is also more budget friendly.

After filling the grout (which you can also do with the cement if you wish), we slightly sanded the tiles for a better adherence. Then, we wiped all the surface for the dust and previous work. Applying the micro cement was easy, and Finitec has a lot of good video instructions you can follow. The other cool point about it is that you can give is different textures depending on how you apply the product. The more you press onto the spatula, the finer and smoother your surface will be, otherwise, it will be more textured. And, I played around with this throughout the bathroom.

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My intention is to cover the entire shower walls inside and out, the one adjacent to the shower and the storage walls. I was also going the DIY the vanity with micro cement – more on that later.

Steps to apply micro cement

  • Using a concrete mixer, mix the MicroConcrete powder with water until you have a smooth mixture.
  • Apply a layer of MicroConcrete on the entire surface with a flexible trowel and or spatula at a 45 degree angle, in circular or half moon movements. I used both since I was applying in small corners and large surfaces.
  • Work with your trowel to give the surface the desired texture.
  • Allow to completely dry for about 4-5 hours. The color of the MicroConcrete will change a bit as it dries.
  • Use a metal trowel to remove extra concrete or rough spots, if any.
  • Sand the surface with an 80 grit sandpaper if you have a rough surface. Then clean it properly to remove any dust with a dry cloth or brush.
  • Re-apply a 2nd or 3rd coat as needed. We applied 2 coats on all walls and 3 inside the shower. Repeat the same process as above. After the last coat, sand with 120 grit to smooth it as needed.
  • When you’re satisfied with the result, it is time to seal.
  • Wait for 12 hours between the last coat and sealer. Apply 1-2 coats on decorative surfaces and 4 coats of wet sealer allowing each coat to properly dry (about 2-3 hours between each). We used a paint brush for the sealer, but you van also use a foam roller.
  • Wait for 7 days before using the shower.

The steps above are for the wet sealer, the one we used. However, Finitec also has a matte finish sealer. All instructions are available on their website and with their products. The color we opted for is the Pearl.

I love the finish and the color of micro cement. Not only is it easy to apply, versatile, budget friendly, but also a great way to add texture and an organic look with beautiful aesthetics to any space. A little similar to the Venetian plaster but with more texture, these are materials I will be using again for sure. I highly recommend it!

Tiling the shower flooring

I had some beautiful tiles left over from a client project. So, it was just enough to tile the floor and a shelf for the vanity. After installing the waterproofing membrane, we did the shower tile and step as well as the niche. I chose brushed gold shower trims to complement the Pearl MicroConcrete, and the white and green veining of the tiles.

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Adding biophilic touches to our Mediterranean Small bathroom-laundry makeover

I have leftover wallpaper from Wallpaper Direct when I did my son’s room. It has beautiful green leaves of different shades. So I paired it with a green paint from Benjamin Moore, Tate Olive in an eggshell finish. With the Pearl color that mimics the color of beach sand, the green paint that reminds of nature and the leaves on the wallpaper, I was able to bring together several elements of biophilic design to create a soothing and calm space with a Mediterranean vibe.

Given that we are able to maximize this space, I was able to plan for a little closed storage with a counter, shelf and a rod for drying clothes as needed. I wanted the space to feel warm, so I opted for dark wood tones. We took white oak plywood sheets to create the shelves, counter as well as a separation between the washer-dryer and the counter. I used decorative wood trim to cover the edges for a more aesthetic finish.

I stained all of them with a coat of Varathane’s Aged Wood Accelerator and sealed them with a matte water based polycrilic.

For the base of the counter, we used a kitchen cabinet that we removed when we renovated our kitchen. It was just the perfect dimensions that fit in this extra space. I use it to store everything related to laundry, cleaning and anything extra for the bathroom.

DIYing the vanity

After searching for the right vanity for a long time, and not finding what I needed, I decided to DIY it. I wanted something with custom measurements and wall-mounted in addition to being pretty. So, I did a few takes on drawing one up, my husband finalized the drawing with all the measurements and got to work!

In reality, it is pretty simple to make. We used plywood for the frame and cut the shapes I wanted. They he fixed them to the wall. We had previously bought the undercount sink bigger than what we had before. So the vanity followed the sink’s measurements.

Once in place, I applied MicroConcrete by following the same steps as mentioned above. I applied 2 coast on the vanity and 4 coats of the wet sealer. Then, my husband installed the sink on top and the faucet.

Since I wanted a little storage space in the vanity, We used the shower tile to create a shelf that he installed at the bottom of the vanity. Here are the steps we followed:

  • Measure and cut a piece of plywood
  • Cut the tile and stick it to the plywood using tile glue
  • I used edge banding to conceal the edge of the plywood, and painted it with Tate Olive
  • Then we used the brushed gold tile trim to cover the edge of the tile

Voilà! We installed it inside the vanity with corner braces.

The laundry Corner in our Mediterranean small bathroom-laundry makeover

It may not seem like much, but having that extra closed storage, counter and rod is so much more functional. What truly gave us the possibility to do this is the compact but heavy duty washer-dryer from ASKO. I worked with Distinctive Appliances to bring this corner together allowing me a very efficient laundry nook in an otherwise small space. In addition to what they allowed me to add, I love using them and thought I’d share some of the features I love most!

The ASKO washer-Dryer features

ASKO is a brand with a Scandinavian inspired design. The Steel SealTM Washing machine and Tumble dryer are sleek and modern and blend right in our space. They are also energy efficient. Here are some features I love, and if you’re looking to upgrade your laundry appliances, I highly recommend you checking them out.

  • An auto dose system that saves on detergent by selecting the right amount to be used depending on the dirtiness of the clothes.
  • Steam Refresh feature for freshening up clothes such as jackets, wool sweaters and so on that would normally be dry cleaned.
  • A Conditioning programme to ensure the waterproofing agents in thermal waterproof fabrics are protected.
  • The Steam Wrinkle Care that reduces and eliminates creases in shirts and linen.
  • A large number of programs for different types of clothes and fabrics, both in the washer and dryer.
  • Made with more steel than plastic, with high quality to make laundry time easier and more efficient, while respecting the environment.
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Why we opted for vinyl flooring

Well, for many reasons! First, we had leftover luxury vinyl planks from our basement project, and it was just enough to cover this space. Second, the flooring is waterproof, so perfect for a bathroom and laundry space. Third, I wanted something light to open up the space and warm under the feet, so making over our Mediterranean small bathroom-laundry with this flooring was right in so many aspects.

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Additionally, it is so easy and fast to install. It really doesn’t feel cold to walk on like it is with tiles, and the light almond color brings warmth to the space while contrasting with all the other materials and colors. You can learn more about installation and features bu seeing what we did in our basement.

The final touches and accessories

It was time to decorate and bring all the space together. I shopped mostly with some thrifted finds for decor, and fro HomeSense and Amazon for accessories. I’m linking everything below. I also created a new piece of artwork inspired by the Mediterranean seaside.

The space is now a mix of texture, warmth and colors that come together to create a Mediterranean modern inspired bathroom and laundry space that feels good to go into. I’m super happy with how everything turned out, and it’s so good not to have to see the old space again :)

Bringing a space to life is truly about your needs and seeing the potential even in the smallest of spaces. There is something to be done in any space you want to revamp. I sincerely believe that leaning into your true self will guide you to choose every element intentionally and make them work for you!

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