Whether I’m working on a “Design To Sell” property, a renovation, or one of my own homes, I always try to work with as much of the existing finishes as possible. I believe this is important for a few reasons: it prevents waste from going into the landfill, it can save you A LOT of money, and most importantly with older homes it preserves historical details. I’ve saved and worked with the original tile in many bathrooms over the years. Most of you would walk into these bathrooms before they were updated and think, “For sure this all needs to be ripped out”, but I will show you again and again with before and after pictures that you can update a bathroom by changing everything but the tile.
For the duplex project below you can see the lovely pink and green tile was in fantastic shape to begin with. All I did here was put a fresh coat of crisp white paint on the walls, added a molding detail and painted it a neutral gray, updated the lighting, and put in a new shower head. Now how cool does that tile look?
The midcentury modern cutie below had amazing powder blue tile for the tub surround and countertops. All I needed to add was a unique lighting fixture and mirror, new shower system, modern glass shower door, and a fresh coat of paint on the vanity.
The tile in the bathroom below is a classic and actually inspired what we did for tile in the other bathroom and kitchen. As with the other bathrooms I updated the lighting, mirror, and plumbing fixtures but also added a totally new vanity. This is probably my favorite tile saving bathroom! Which do you like most?
As you can see with these bathrooms doing simple updates like getting new lighting, plumbing fixtures, and a good paint job can make old tile feel new again.
Below is a sneak peak at some of the existing tile I’m working with on a new project. I can’t wait to show you the full before and after!