Friday, 17 June 2011

Before and after - bathroom

OK.... so you have seen my kitchen, it was the one thing  in my house that I didn't do on a tight budget, the consequences were though, that I ran out of money for the redo of the bathroom and it was ugly and I mean UGLY!!! 


This is how it looked when I bought the house....nasty....but the dilemma is (yes I know I have a lot of decorating dilemmas) what could I do with it with practically no money??

Do you love the combination of colours, green tiles with the occasional floral tile randomly thrown in, a few pink touches and blue bath. Then there is the unusually shaped custom vanity with the return end at a weird angle... the blind that must have been new in the 70's and the rusty radiator on the wall or the slanting mirror.

So it was time to gird my loins and buy a bigger power tool!! I do own drills, jig saws, sanders etc but now it was time for the big boy .... a circular saw (OK I know a drop saw is bigger but this was big enough to always worry me that I would cut off my fingers!!).

STEP 1 I removed the basin and top of the vanity and rebuilt the side return to square it off and make it into open shelves. I made a new top out of cement board and trimmed it with decorative timber on the edges and tiled the top in white mosaic tiles. Finally I got the plumber to put in a new counter top basin and mixer tap.

STEP 2 I sanded back the peeling ceiling and painted it white and the walls got a couple of coats of a fresh pale green.

STEP 3 Time to tackle the tiles, I used a 3 part system to paint the tiles on the walls, this does not work on the floor tiles which luckily in my case are quite pretty green and white mosaic. The paint is by White Knight.
Clean all the tiles thoroughly with the White Knight tile and laminate cleaner, do not miss this step!

Once dry prime all the tiles, this will allow the paint to stick, I painted it on with a small roller.

Finally once the primer has dried for at least 4 hours, topcoat with either the tile paint for a gloss finish or the laminate paint for a matte finish, this can be applied with a small roller and then brushed off lightly with a good quality brush

STEP 4 I then tackled the bath, this would need something even tougher...again from White Knight Tub n' Tile a two part epoxy paint. Read the directions carefully or the surface may fail.
You must follow the instructions for preparation. Thoroughly clean the bath and then sand all the gloss surfaces and clean again, wash and allow to dry. Mix the two parts together then tip half into a tin, seal and put in fridge. Allow the other half to sit for an hour then paint the first coat. I painted with a brush, it is a self leveling paint and you will find that the brush marks will disappear. Allow to dry. The second coat must be used between 12 and 36 hours after the first coat. Allow 5 days before using it.
STEP 5 I finished the bathroom by replacing all the tapware with simple chrome taps, a mirror from Ikea and a painting I have had for a long time.

So here is the end result.... I am very happy with it....  it has gone well for over 2 years now!!!










I forgot to mention the cute little crystal pendant lights that I added to hang down and help light the room plus the extra details I added to the doors of the vanity to give them a shaker look and new knobs. Hope you like the new look....it wont last forever but it will do for now.

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48 comments:

  1. Wow! GINA! That's is one of the best transformations I have ever seen!!! What a difference you have made while replacing so little, Fantastic! Can you come to my house?!

    I'll be following you!

    Sandra

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  2. This is amazing, did you do all this yourself?? it looks beautiful... i have one ques about the outside of your house.. did you paint the brick?

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  3. The bathroom looks great! You are so clever to be handy with power tools, too :)

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  4. You did an amazing job on the bathroom! It looks beautiful!

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  5. beautiful! your hard work paid off :>

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  6. Thank you all for your lovely comments. Nicole, yes I did paint the outside brick of the house, it was already painted white but I painted it a warmer colour....and I did it all myself....it took a long time!!!

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  7. WOW! What an amazing transformation! I never knew you could paint tile THAT well!!!

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  8. Beautiful transformation! Well done!

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  9. Did you just paint over the tiles with the floral motifs? I've wanted to paint over my bathroom tiles too but like your bathroom I have these floral motif tiles scattered through the walls. The floral motifs are slightly raised (paint) so I'm concerned that they will show up under the white paint.

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  10. Hi Lilian, I gave the floral tiles an extra coat of undercoat to make sure the design was covered up. You will see a textural difference with your tiles that have a raised pattern but that may look quite nice. If the tiles are really ugly.... it can only look better!!!!

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  11. I love what you did with this bath. It is so spa like. I love the big silver framed mirror and the lights! Thanks for linking up at Mod Mix Monday!

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  12. Great bathroom transformation just like your wonderful kitchen. I will be featuring your kitchen post from the Wow us Wednesday party two weeks ago.

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  13. Beautiful transformation! Tottaly love what you did with this bath. Now, it looks so fresh and stunning! Thanks for sharing.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

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  14. WOW! this is awesome! I featured this today at my Delightfully Inspiring Thursday Party. Stop by and grab a button, if you'd like:

    http://delightfulorder.blogspot.com/2011/06/delightfully-inspiring-thursday-party_29.html

    DaNita

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  15. Very lovely bathroom renovation. All that hard work paid off. Funny coincidence, I just posted my bathroom reno on my blog too. And glad that job's done!
    best, nadia

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  16. Wow, I am totally impressed. You are so brave to try all these products, and it did turn out fabulous. I can't think of ever changing it. Gorgeous. Hugs, Marty

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  17. WOW !!! I have wondered what we were going to do about our bathroom tile. Great tiles, but horrible color. Thanks for sharing.

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  18. Hi Gina
    Great job
    So good to find an Australian blog featuring Aus products - I ave wondered about the white knight's longeivity - great to read your post
    any ideas for floor if i don't have ok floor tiles like you do?
    Thanks
    Rae

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  19. Wonderful job - you've created a very serene space. I bet you can't wait to take hot baths!
    xoxo,
    Kim

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  20. What a transformation! Where did you get your sink and what brand is it? I am in the pre-phase of a bathroom reno and have been looking for a sink like yours. Thank you very much and the bathroom looks GREAT!

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  21. you did an amazing job..it doesn't even look like the same bathroom....

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  22. Gina, What a wonderful transformation! Your bathroom is beautiful now and I love the lights and the new sink. Thanks for joining the Open House party.
    xo,
    Sherry

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  23. This is wonderful! I'm a fan of working with what you've got and you did a great job at doing just that. I had a really dingy pink bathroom and thought of doing this but it was in such bad shape we decided to renovate.

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  24. Someone may have asked this already but I didn't take the time to read all of the comments ... how does the tile paint hold up with the moisture and water from showers and general contact? I have been thinking of doing this in my kitchen but I read somewhere you couldn't paint tiles that came in contact with water or constant cleaning ie counters, backsplashes, shower walls...??? Thanks

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    1. Hi Mariah, thanks for your lovely comments. It has now been 4 years since I painted the tiles (using a specialty paint) it is just now starting to look a bit daggy (Aussie expression for a looking like it needs to be re-done!!!) I am actually getting ready to do a full reno on this bathroom, the paing lasted well but I think it is only ever a stop gap until you can afford to do the bathroom properly but it certainly saved me when I ran out of money!!!

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  25. Someone may have asked this already but I didn't take the time to read all of the comments ... how does the tile paint hold up with the moisture and water from showers and general contact? I have been thinking of doing this in my kitchen but I read somewhere you couldn't paint tiles that came in contact with water or constant cleaning ie counters, backsplashes, shower walls...??? Thanks

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  26. Wow! This looks awesome! Did you just paint the tile grout too with the White Knight paint?

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  27. Wow I love this! Did you just paint the tile grout too?

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