When we moved into our house I knew I wanted to change the bathrooms right away. There was nothing wrong with them, but I really wanted something that reflected our personality more than the simple grays and silvers.
The first bath I updated was our powder room (see the post HERE) and I couldn’t wait top give the Master bath a little facelift. My dream plan is to replace the tile on the floor and bath, and also replace the doors, but since I would need to wait awhile for a total redo, I decided to make a few cosmetic changes for the time being.
Since I would not be replacing the tile or shower door just yet, I opted to paint the tile white to brighten everything up. And the shower frame, I painted black for contrast. (SEE BELOW for instructions and for products I used for these two projects)
I really wanted something fun for the walls, so I chose a geometric print in a soft neutral by Livette’s Wallpaper. It reads more pink in photos, but leans more toward a soft beige with subtle pink undertones. I loved the fact that this was a peel and stick paper, which seemed like it would be easier to install. For tips, you can take a look at their website, and to see how I installed it, visit my DIY Bath instagram stories.
I fell in LOVE with these gorgeous oversized rectangular mirrors with a brass finish from Rejuvenation. They really anchored the entire room!
And these light fixtures from Illuminate Vintage stopped me in my tracks!
I am really proud of the way it turned out without having to demo anything at all. Have you tried updating your bathroom DIY? It is hard work, but so rewarding. Plus I had the one of the highlights of my life: this bath and my home featured in Good Housekeeping Magazine! I hope you will go grab a copy!
HOW TO PAINT SHOWER TILE
- SCRUB SCRUB SCRUB AND SCRUB AGAIN. This is one of the most important things you will do in the process. Spend as much time and effort as possible removing every bit of soap scum, products and oil from the surface of the tiles so that the paint will adhere.
- SAND. Sand the surface of the tile with 60, then 120 grit sandpaper.
- ALCOHOL. Wipe the surface with rubbing alcohol using a small sponge.
- TAPE. Tape off the edges. and use a drop cloth or paper/plastic floor covering.
- VENTILATION!!! I used Tough as Tile and let me tell you. OPEN ALLLLL the windows and use a fan. Then double mask.
- ROLL Using a roller, VERY QUICKLY WORK your way across the surface you are covering. If you have awkward areas, you may want to have a brush ready. This stuff dries quickly so you need to work fast. Repeat the process. You will need 2-3 coats. I used 2 cans.
- DRY. Let it dry for a few days before use. Clean up any drops with Citristrip, a non toxic varnish stripper. This stuff is the only thing that worked to remove any spills and drops.
HOW TO PAINT YOUR SHOWER FRAME
- TAPE up the surrounding areas (or you can completely remove the frame and doors- I did this so I could spray paint outside.)
- WASH the frame thoroughly with CLR (I used soft scrub with bleach)
- Sand with the highest grit sandpaper you can find.
- Use at least 91% rubbing alcohol to wipe down with a small sponge.
- COAT with one thin layer of Rustoleum Auto Primer. let dry for 4 hours.
- SPRAY 2 thin coats of Rustoleum Spray Paint in Matte Black. Let dry 4 hours between coats.
- SPRAY with 1-2 thin coats of Rustoleum lacquer. Let dry 4 hours between coats