Upcycle Remodel~Bathroom

We were all gung-ho to build and fill raised beds. My husband built the frames and we were looking into the best places to buy dirt and compost.

Then one day, I was in my office and caught a whiff…of mildew. It was wafting down from my boy’s flat. I called my husband and said, “I’m changing the order of the “honey do” list. I want to move raised beds to number two and put the boy’s bathroom up to number one.” That weekend, he began the demo.

He had a little help.

We wanted to do this on a budget. When we had our kitchen flood last year and pulled up our slate tile floors, they were piled out back until further notice. Devon decided to cut each tile into quarters and reuse the slate tile on the bathroom floor.

The floor became the inspiration for the tile and border (see first photo) that would be installed around the tub.

It’s taken a few days to get it done. A little extra manual labor cutting tile…and two tile blades, but for very little money, our boys’ bathroom looks much better and no longer has organic, toxic nature, climbing it’s walls.

I  like the challenge of decorating with re-purposed materials. What about you? What do you have in your home that you want to repurpose? What will you do? We’d love to hear!

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  1. SO SMART! And I love seeing the finished product!!!

    • Kristin says:

      I’ll show a final reveal when all the fixtures are back in. *taps on desk* Still waiting. (Life with a contractor.)

  2. That is GENIUS. And mind-numbing work. Kudos to the Hubby!

  3. That is so smart. You should enter a green contest somewhere with this. Maybe BHG? They have that “I did it myself” last page.

  4. we had to do the same thing – gut a bathroom where a guy friend had been living on our property. we had no money for it, but after ripping off all the wall paper layers and layers of shower board, the walls were 3/4″ tongue-in-groove! we tiled the shower surround, cleaned the old tub really well with Bar Keeper’s Friend, then left the tongue-in-groove walls and primed and painted them for the rest of the bathroom. they were imperfect and had more space between some than others, but it ended up with a great feel and cost a whole lot less than adding drywall! We also used an old mirror from a neighbor’s leftover yard sale as the vanity, and kept the toilet and as much of the sink/fixtures as we could. An old piece of a fence we had to replace in the backyard became a towel hook rack. Turned out better just because we had to get creative! here’s the after so you can see the paneled walls

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