Re­bekah Higgs’

Host of DIY Mom bath­room

The Coast - Homes Halifax - - Renos -


The green bath­room was a pretty big eye­sore, it prob­a­bly deterred a lot of peo­ple from buy­ing the house—a lot of peo­ple looked at it and it was on the mar­ket for a re­ally long time. It had this cus­tom green square tub, which was re­ally bizarre, a shower and this thick tile all over the walls. Ini­tially I thought, let’s gut the whole bath­room, but when I de­cided to put on an ex­ten­sion I had enough space to do a mas­ter en­suite and shifted my money from ren­o­vat­ing the green bath­room to the ex­ten­sion. I asked sev­eral tile peo­ple if it was pos­si­ble to chip away—there was a pat­tern on the top of the tile—and they were all like no, that’s im­pos­si­ble. I thought, “there’s got to be a way to do this.” It was very time con­sum­ing, but in the end that ended up sav­ing me a lot of money. I was able to get the pat­tern off that I wanted to and sal­vaged enough solid green tiles that I could re­place any­thing that I chipped. I ripped out linoleum floor­ing and put down a two-by-two porce­lain tile that has a mar­ble look. The di­men­sional jux­ta­po­si­tion of the big tile and the small tiles sim­pli­fies the space so that you can play with the green and make it work. I kind of like the colour green and I think it’s com­ing back in a big way.


I was able to save a lit­tle bit of the vin­tage flair, those re­ally good qual­ity wall tiles, you don’t get that qual­ity from 70 years ago anymore, and the ra­di­a­tor grates. I just put bead board on top of the old wall­pa­per, and I found that modern shiplap look would give it a kind of bo­hemian style. The fi­nal dec­o­rat­ing of the bath­room— find­ing those fun green tow­els from H&M Home and hang­ing bas­kets from In­de­pen­dent Mer­can­tile and weav­ings that Mimi [Audel­lynn] made for me—gave it that bo­hemian vibe and made it that fun space. When I walk in there, it’s just a bright bath­room, it makes me smile.


It’s such an up­lift­ing colour! Even in the win­ter when you walk into the room you feel like you have a lit­tle bit of spring in your life. Plus, the shape of the tub, it’s such a great space. My daugh­ter plays in it for such a long time, and the chan­de­lier gives it a lit­tle bit of glam­our. It is just a nice happy bright space and has that south-fac­ing sun all day long.


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