5 Tips for a “Green” Bath Remodel

by Carmen Corbin on November 29, 2011

You’ve decided to remodel your bathroom, but want to incorporate some eco-friendly changes without breaking the budget.  We not only have some great tips for going green, but they’ll also save you money compared to an entire bathroom overhaul.

Reuse and Repurpose

Dig down, find your creative genius and start looking at your bathroom in a whole new light.  Maybe you like the style of something, but just don’t like the color.  Or maybe you just need more pizzazz in a fixture or two.  Don’t think demolition – think inspiration.  Home improvement isn’t an exact science.  There’s always room for new ideas, and you’ll send a lot less to the landfill.  Read on to get started:

  1. Paint Your Cabinets:  If you just can’t stand that old, dark wood cabinet, paint it!  A can of low-VOC paint will cost less than a new cabinet, and you can either choose a neutral color like white, tan or mocha; or rev things up by choosing a bright, fun color like yellow, bright blue or lime green. 
  2. Buy Reclaimed Faucets and Fixtures:  Once you’ve painted that cabinet, pay a visit to your local salvage business or flea market and search for vintage or funky faucets and cabinet/drawer pulls.  Can’t find a towel bar to match?  No problem.  It doesn’t have to match, but should at least complement the style.  Donate your old fixtures, or sell them on a yard sale.  
  3. Revitalize Your Mirror:  If your mirror is still in good shape, but you’re bored with it, consider framing it.  If space allows, choose a new frame (or use a salvaged antique), and have your local hardware store or frame shop cut it to fit the mirror.  Or vice versa, have the mirror cut to fit the frame.  If you have double sinks, you can always have the mirror cut into two pieces and place separate mirrors over each sink for a fresh look.   
  4. Refinish Your Tub, Shower and Sink:  Your bathtub might be pretty dull and scratched up, but don’t despair – it might be a good candidate for bathtub refinishing.  Many home improvement contractors specialize in tub refinishing, and they can even change the tub’s color if you like.  Showers and sinks can be refinished, too.  It doesn’t cost as much as you might think, and it can definitely save you money over the cost of buying new.    
  5. Refinish Your Tile or Use Recycled Tile:  Yes, tiles can also be refinished, but if they’re too far gone, you can find many sources of recycled tile for your bathroom project.

For more ideas on how to go green when remodeling a bathroom, call or visit your local home improvement contractor.

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