Reuse, recycle and restore in bathroom design
"Natural hues like pale greens, ivories, and anything warm and neutral are big, and so is texture," says Debbie Travis, well-known designer and TV personality. "Concrete accessories like toothbrush holders and waste bins are popular, although for countertops, stone is better than concrete (I've seen too many disasters!). Weathered wood in grey tones is also big, as are stone finishes, whether real or faux."
As homeowners move towards sustainable design in bathrooms, the trend for reusable, recycled and restored, furniture comes to the fore.
RIGHT: Matching chests of drawers are repurposed into bathroom vanities with the addition of quarts vanity tops.
GOOD TO KNOW
When recycling furniture for a bathroom vanity, be sure to provide adequate protection from moisture. Apply three coats of any Woodoc interior sealer, according to the manufacturer's recommended instructions
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ABOVE: Repurposed ceiling beams frame this gorgeous white bathroom, while an vintage fireplace becomes a bathroom display shelf.
LEFT: While antique chandeliers are hard to come by and often extremely pricey, Eurolux offers the Catania range of light fittings, finished in antique brown to perfectly complement your bathroom. The Eurolux Catania range includes 4- or 6-fitting chandelier and 2-fitting sconces.
If you are lucky enough to get your hands on a vintage chandelier that needs only minor restoration, the Rust-Oleum Universal range of spray paints includes: antique oiled bronze, aged copper, pure gold, satin nickel, dark steel and titanium silver.
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For the handyman or crafty DIY-er, reclaimed timber is perfect for making your own bathroom furniture. Scaffolding planks that have been planed and sanded are perfect for making bathroom cabinets, mirror frames and shelving. If you don't want to go to the trouble of staining, sealing or varnish, protect with a regular application of antique wax.