A BATHROOM MAKEOVER WITH RUST-OLEUM

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.
A BATHROOM MAKEOVER WITH RUSTOLEUMBefore 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 Our only full bathroom in the house currently is pretty small and was a bit of an outdated mess, if I’m being honest.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. I scanned wonderful remodeling designs at PHXHomeRemodeling.com.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. Find out more at SuperiorShower.net if you need to nail the crowning jewel of your bathroom. 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!

A BATHROOM MAKEOVER WITH RUST-OLEUM

A BATHROOM MAKEOVER WITH RUST-OLEUM

A BATHROOM MAKEOVER WITH RUST-OLEUM

A BATHROOM MAKEOVER WITH RUST-OLEUM

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6 thoughts on “A BATHROOM MAKEOVER WITH RUST-OLEUM

  1. Love this renovation! My bathroom almost looks exactly like yours did except i have blue color tiles all around. It’s awful! I am about to do that same thing with the rustoleum kit. Excited but nervous i am going to mess something up! Before i get supplies and get started can you help me answer a few questions? First where is your vanity from bc i love it! How did you prep before using the kit? What products etc.? And i noticed you had tile on the very bottom of your bathroom where you replaced it with trim. How did you take the tile off without ruining anything or did you just cover the bottom tile with your trim?

    • Thank you!! I followed the prepping directions included within the kit to a T. I used all of the suggested products and followed each step provided. The prep truly is the most important part in order to get the best end result! Prepping is always a pain, but it’s important. Follow the kit’s directions and you should be good to go!

      The vanity is from Home Depot! Here’s the link to this exact one! We’ve been so happy with it!
      https://www.homedepot.com/p/Glacier-Bay-Woodbrook-31-in-W-x-19-in-D-Bath-Vanity-in-White-Washed-Oak-with-Cultured-Marble-Vanity-Top-in-White-with-White-Sink-WB30P2-WO/302473177

      As far as the trim, our tile originally stopped a few inches from the ground, so we didn’t have to remove any time to attach the baseboard. We simply nailed the trim right into the plaster along the bottom of the wall.If your tile goes all the way to the ground, try attaching your baseboard with a product like Liquid Nails. This should do the trick without having to worry about removing tile.

      Hope that helps!! I’d love to see how your project turns out! We are SO HAPPY with how this project transformed out bathroom! Follow me on instagram @thespiffycompany and share you results!!

      -Maggie

  2. Hello I was wondering how this has held up? Do the grout lines still get yucky or does the tile stay clean?

    I have autoimmune issues and can’t be aroind toxic chemcials so we would pribably have to stay away from our house for several days. Did the snell and fumers linger or get worse wirh the first few showers wirh moisture?

    Your makever looks great!

    • Hi Amber! It has been over 8 months since we completed this project and it has held up beautifully! We have had no issues with chipping and none of the nasty grout issues have popped through! The grout issues were my fear all along and I’m happy to say that we’ve seen no issues so far! Fingers crossed that it stays that way!

      The fumes are definitely intense. I would absolutely recommend staying out of the house while the product cures. I don’t typically have major issues with fumes affecting me, but these ones did get to me after a while. The good part is, once the paint was fully cured and dry, and the house was properly aired out over our couple of days away, we had ZERO issues with fumes popping back up again. There were no lingering fumes once the product was completely dried and we started using the bathroom again.

      Hope that helps!!

      -Maggie

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