Hey everyone, I’ve got a guest blogger today! I’ve got Sara from Go Gingham. Sara’s an old neighbor from the hood and a past feature here on TCB. Sara lives in an beautiful older home like I used to and she is sharing her recent bathroom make over / how to do a bathroom makeover. There is always a room to be made over in an older home. Lucky us! Be sure to click over to see her before and afters.
When I’m doing a DIY project, I am always trying to find the sweet spot of keeping waste to a minimum, keeping the cost down, and reusing as much as possible.
Keeping that “reduce, reuse, recycle” in mind during a DIY construction can be especially challenging. We had been meaning to re-do our bathroom for years and had previously painted every surface (including the floor) in the bathroom when we had a newborn and a 2-year old. Painting was all we could really accomplish during nap-times and thought the bathroom project would be next on our 100-year old house to-do list. Fast forward 13-years and the project is finally finishing up.
reduce, reuse, recycle
1. Reuse –By not replacing your fixtures with new ones, you’re saving not only money but also space in a land-fill. Consider buying used fixtures as an alternative to new.
2. Shop local – This allowed us to have a personal connection with store employees and we were able to do a trade to get items we needed. Big box retailers don’t have that option.
3. Do the work yourself – Get a book from your local library on home improvement and read up or find a how to video that will show and explain what’s involved.
4. Borrow tools – Not everyone needs to own the same tools. Check with neighbors or friends rather than buying a new one yourself. Another option is a tool lending library, which many communities are starting.
5. Do not disturb – Walls, ceilings, and old flooring which in old houses like ours, are known to contain lead dust and other contaminants. Consider patching and painting or laying new flooring on top of old rather than releasing these particles into your home. Fixing and repairing rather than ripping out generate less project waste.
We kept the basic layout and fixtures of our bathroom but replaced our sink with a new one. Our “new” sink was leftover from an estate sale. With a little elbow grease and new plumbing fittings, it’s working as well as a new one, has more character, and makes for a good story. We also replaced the flooring but didn’t remove the old. Instead, we installed new sub-flooring and laid Marmoleum tiles over that.
With the project starting to wrap up, our efforts turned to getting rid of the waste while keeping our commitment to once-a-month garbage collection. Our goal was to not generate any additional waste from our household due to the project. There are ways to avoid the dreaded construction dumpster by not automatically putting everything into the trash and considering these alternatives:
Do it Yourself Bathroom
Keeping waste to a minimum
2. Find local shops that accept and resell fixtures – an antique store or vintage shop may accept your items, give you a store credit or perhaps even pay you cash.
3. Wood recycling companies, scrap metal, and architectural salvage are other establishments not to overlook.
Do the research where you live and make the extra effort to donate your old fixtures or unwanted items that can be re-used. Above all, don’t forget that reduce, reuse, recycle can be applied not only to your life but to your DIY projects as well.
Want to read all about the bathroom DIY project?
Bathroom Project Part 1
Bathroom Project Part 2
Bathroom Project Part 3
Bathroom Project Part 4
Bathroom Project Part 5
Finding Inspiration for a Bathroom Re-Do
All the sources for the project can be found here
Thank you Sara!