I’m so excited to share our most recent (and definitely one of our most impactful!) room makeovers. We recently underwent a quick but crazy bathroom makeover with the help of Rust-Oleum and their Tub & Tile Refinishing Kit.
Before we get into it, let me remind you a little bit about where we started. I really haven’t shared much, if anything, about tiny little bathroom because it wasn’t anything to get too excited about. Our only full bathroom in the house currently is pretty small and was a bit of an outdated mess, if I’m being honest. With all the work we’ve done to this house over the last 4 years (woah, how did that happen so fast!?) this was truly the last space that I was a bit embarrassed of.
On top of the size issue (which, really can’t be changed at the moment) the bathroom boasted some pretty aggressive teal tile, a haphazardly installed linoleum flooring, and an overall drab appearance. For a long time, I convinced myself that I kind of liked the “charm” of the wall tile and that I could just live with it until we could gut the thing.BUT, when Rust-Oleum offered to send me their Tub & Tile Refinishing Kit to try out, I finally had my excuse to say goodbye to the wall tile and try something new. In true “if you give a mouse a cookie” fashion, one thing led to another, and we ended up refreshing the entire space, including a few new coats of paint, new trim & flooring, and a few new functional changes to really help this little bathroom get the job done. In terms of “bang for your buck,” paint is almost always your best option. It never ceases to amaze me what a fresh coat of paint on pretty much anything can do, and Rust-Oleum’s Tub & Tile Refinishing Kit was most certainly no exception. Even though I wasn’t crazy about the original wall treatment, I was a little nervous to paint the bathroom tile. Painting tile in general just doesn’t seem like a good idea and although I hope to gut this bathroom someday, we’re nowhere near that phase of renovation right now. The last thing I wanted was to have to deal with blotchy or peeling bathroom walls, but this product is no joke. This product is a tough 2-part epoxy acrylic formula that withstands moisture and resists corrosion and is meant specifically for painting tile and tub surfaces. While I didn’t paint our tub (the existing white finish is just fine) I did apply the epoxy to all of the blue tile throughout the entire space. I decided to leave the top row of black original tile as it was in order to add a bit of contrast within the space and I’m so happy with how it turned out. It’s really important to follow the instructions to a T. The most important step is the prep. I can’t stress the importance of starting out with a perfectly clean and smooth surface enough. The 2nd most important part of the process is ensuring you have good ventilation within the space. An open window, a fan, and wearing a respirator are crucial steps in combating the fumes. There’s no getting around the fumes with this product, but that’s because it is an epoxy. This is what makes it withstand the elements it will be exposed to. Be prepared for intense fumes and plan accordingly. We spent a night out of the house in order to really let things air out. It may seem extreme, but it proved to be one of the best decisions we made throughout the process. At this point, while the bathroom was dismantled for the paint job, we decided it was the right time to replace the badly installed flooring and gross rubber trim that existed in the space when we bought it. In the miracle of all miracles (seriously, this never happens) we had EXACTLY the right amount of LVT Flooring leftover from when we installed our new kitchen floors last year. We took it as a sign, and installed the leftover tile in the bathroom, following the same steps we did previously, to really put a stamp on this bathroom makeover. As we’ve renovated each space in the house, we’ve added trim to match the original trim and baseboard in the house by ripping standard boards with a router (a really easy and inexpensive way to add a real finished look to your space), so it was a no-brainer that we carry that trim into the bathroom as well. Since I had painted the bathroom tile white, I decided to go with a color on the trim and doors to create a really soft but till noticeable element of contrast. I used Sherwin-Williams’ Aloof Gray on the trim and baseboard and Frosty White on the upper portion of the walls (colors I have used many places throughout the house) to add that little bit of emphasis and I just love how that subtle color turned out. Subtle contrast is the easiest way to help make a small space feel bigger. Lastly, we swapped out the old vanity for one with a bit more storage, adding function that this space desperately needed, and replaced the old mirror with a more slim-lined one above the sink to really bring the space together.
I’m no longer embarrassed of this bathroom, in fact, it’s a spot that I now ENJOY being in. It’s small but mighty and it just feels so much brighter and fresher. I can’t thank Rust-Oleum enough for making this bathroom makeover happen!