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Published on March 12th, 2011 | by Wenona Napolitano


DIY Eco-Friendly Bath Remodeling Part 2

my husband replacing the subfloorThe good news is the bathroom is almost finished.

I think. I hope.

We’re on to mudding and sanding the drywall. Then we can paint. Then replace the sink, vanity and toilet and be done.


I just wish we could have been more eco with the whole project.

We couldn’t save much of anything. The tile on the wall was disgusting and slimy and the walls behind the tile were molded so we had to tear out everything and replace it all. The window went bye bye too.

The good news is that the bathroom will now be much warmer and more energy efficient because we sealed everything, added insulation, and caulked all the cracks and crevices.

The tub didn’t have to be broken to be taken out. Unfortunately the old tub will not work with the new tub surround because the new ones are made for each other, they snap together.

So we now have an extra bathtub (which is currently sitting on my front porch, is that redneck or what?). But I’m not tossing it to the curb. I’m going to reuse or repurpose it somehow. Hmm…I’m thinking it may become a pond or some kind of water feature in my yard. I’ve always wanted a little pond. Now I may get one.

I refinished my vanity with mixed feelings. I sanded, painted and clear coated. It was all good til the clear coat. Now I’m not sure. I think hubby bought me the wrong stuff and it’s not working out. It’s not the brand i normally use and I’m not happy with it at all. I have to lightly sand and steel wool it then I’ll decide if I like it or not.

Either way it’s going in the new bathroom because we’re already over budget so I’m not buying a new vanity now.

I just hope everything comes together once it’s finished. I’ll keep you posted.

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Wenona is married with three crazy kids that range in age from 4 to 18. She is a freelance writer, poet and the author of The Everything Green Wedding Book. She enjoys reading, writing, crafting and gardening. She tries to do all of these as "greenly" as possible. Her writing has appeared in several local and regional publications, Pack O Fun, Today's Creative Home Arts, and Indiana Living Green magazines as well as numerous online sites including,,, eHow, Associated Content, Suite101 and

3 Responses to DIY Eco-Friendly Bath Remodeling Part 2

  1. Ooh, if that window’s not too rotted, you can totally save it! Maybe for window art? Or put it on Freecycle/Craigslist free for an artist that wants to mod it out.

  2. Kathy says:

    If you want a new cabinet down the road. Sign up at….Look for a cabinet that is solid wood then you can sand restain and get new hardware. Your cost being just the stain and the hardware. Usaully peoplke just throw them away so you can can periodically put online you are looking for used wood cabinet. I have found some interesting items that way.

  3.  Home renovation may take a while yet I’m sure you’ll be satisfied with the results. I am very excited to see the results of this renovation. 

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