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Main Bathroom Update

Our Main Bathroom Update was done probably about 18 months ago (I know… WAY overdue post!!). We are SO busy updating our house (and doing life), that sometimes I just don’t get around to blogging about it… and then, when I do get time, I’m so overwhelmed by the HUGE amount of things that I want to share, that I end up not doing it!!

Not today!!! Although this post is 18 months overdue, I am going to show you how much we have changed in this little part of our house!! So without further ado, I give you our main bathroom update!!

Just for funzees… here is the ever popular before photo! Pictured here is the previous owner’s setup!! But this is basically what it looked like until we started changing it!!Main bathroom updateYes, I am cringing as I am looking at this!! It is crazy to think how much this room has changed! Just have a look at the highlights!! We started with the floor… remember how I have mentioned that everything was white? We had this white linoleum (vinyl?) flooring throughout our main floor! (As of now, the only part left of this floor is on the stairs!! – I know, it is a slow process!) We also painted the cabinet white!! (This was around the time that I was painting our kitchen cabinets, which I haven’t showed you yet, because yes, I am that behind, and I have THAT much to share!)Main bathroom update Main bathroom update Main bathroom update Main bathroom update Main bathroom update Main bathroom update Main bathroom updateAlready a great improvement!! 😀 The next part was that horrible tile, wood cabinet above the toilet, wood accessories and wood/mirror vanity!! It all had to go!!

Lucky for me, my husband has a hard time not bashing holes into our walls – which I won’t lie, sometimes speed up our renovating process somewhat!! On this particular day I came home to a hole where there once was tile!!

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Once I completed the drywall and removed all the other uglies from the walls, the next part of this project was paint. Colour scheme was simple – grey and white! My biggest decision was whether I was going to paint the ceiling… As I was going to paint the top half dark grey, I was worried that it might be too dark with a dark ceiling. But I buried the fear (because it is just paint after all…), and I went for it!!

When we moved in, the whole house was white – but all the rooms were shades of white… and all different shades of white… some had a green tinge, others a pink tinge, some – you get the idea… I prefer untinted white! White white!! You can see the difference in the photo below!

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The next step was the border and trim. I used a simple thin border for separating the white from the grey, and “filled in” the trim with peel-and-stick mosaic. I bought a couple of sheets which I cut into strips and just paste into place. We also bought a beautiful grey-on-white rose shower curtain from Ikea (oh how I love that place!) and mounted it onto a new shower curtain rod – the kind that bends outward and make the shower feel huge (similar to this one – although I can’t remember where we bought ours)!!

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As you can see from the photo above – the next step was to update the counter top! Although we would love to upgrade this to a pretty stone-type top, the money just is not there for this type of an upgrade! Our ‘Plan B’ is to finish this with Ardex feather finish product, to give it a concrete look – this however takes a couple of days worth of dedication, which we did not have time for a the time (and have not found the time for this in the meantime…)

Instead, for our main bathroom update, we opted for ‘Plan C’ – spray paint! Yes, it seems unconventional, but for a fraction of the cost, we could temporarily update our countertop!! So we did it!! We used Rustoleum Forged Hammered  in Antique Pewter in silver. Afterwards I sealed it with a Minwax Polycrylic water-based sealer (which is pretty much my go-to sealer for just about anything, because: water based, and no discoloration).

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Although it is not perfect, and not what we prefer, it turned out great. And as it has been 18 months since this upgrade, I can give you some feedback on how it is holding up! It doesn’t look quite as good as above. But we have been using this bathroom a LOT…. leaving soaps, razors toiletry bags etc. on it for long periods of time!! It definitely shows signs of wear… but really, I never expected it to last as long!! It is due for either a “re-spray” or a brand-spanking new countertop!! I vote for the latter…. however, for now, we’ll just leave it as it is!! (Too many other projects on the go!)

We (semi) finished the look of the main bathroom update with some new hardware and a few pretty touches to the wall!! Overall, I am still SUPER happy with my pretty bathroom!! We do have a couple of updates in mind for it though (read countertop, low flush toilet, tub with tile surround etc). For now though, it is a huge improvement (and I’m going to try to get a pretty mirror up there before too long to!)!! And we’re still pretty chuffed with this project!! Just for good measure, I’ll post the before shot again before I share the final look!! 🙂

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You likey?? Because I do!! 😀

Update the Tile around your Fireplace

I am going to show your how to update the tile around your fireplace, or at least, how we updated the tile around our fireplace. 🙂 We are always trying to save money where we can – Why re-tile when we can just paint? And with the powerful internet egging us on, why would we not try this? The worst that can happen is that our mismatched pink tiles won’t look, well, so pink anymore…

So, I jumped onto pinterest and found a few links of brave people who had done this before me (and there are a LOT!). I took the advice and recommendations of many of them and jumped into action.

Here is before shot (Just look at that horrible tile and mismatched colours):

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Yup, the before shot is dirty, but we cleaned it up good before we started our painting! This is such a simple and budget solution!

What you will need:

  1. Cleaning agents (for cleaning the tile)(we used a TSP solution)
  2. Cloths (for cleaning up wet patches)
  3. Kilz premium primer (we bought a small tub and still had plenty left)
  4. Any waterbased paint (we used CIL Premium Eggshell)
  5. Minwax Polycrylic – Satin
  6. Paint brushes
  7. Painters tape (for the places that you need to be extra careful of)

And that is it!!


Clean the tile with your cleaning solutions and be sure that the tile is dry before moving on to the next step.

Paint on your Kilz Premium Primer.

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We started by painting the mortar areas with a bristle brush to make sure to cover the mortar completely.

update the tile around your fireplaceThen we painted the tile surface with a foam roller. We completed two layers of the primer before moving on to the next step. Be sure to let the paint dry completely before moving on with the next layer.

What I liked about the paint/tile, is that the texture of the tile was still visible after the paint application. This is of course a personal preference.

Next your start applying your colour paint in the same way. We used a bristle brush for applying the paint on the flat surface for this round. The photo below is after one layer.

update the tile around your fireplaceAfter applying two layers of colour paint, I proceeded to apply one layer of the polycrylic. I applied this with the foam roller, but did not like how that turned out. The foam roller made a lot of little bubbles which has left my finish not quite how I pictured it. I plan to correct this in the future, but would advise to apply the polycrylic with a bristle brush as well.

How has it been holding up?

Well, it has now been more than a year since we have painted this tile. We have made plenty a fire in this fireplace since then, and although I have not had the time to re-do the polycrylic finish (too many other things to update), I am extremely happy to announce that this update has been worth its weight in gold! There are no signs of paint wanting to peel off the tile, or bubbles and peeling as a result of the heat of the fire!

So my recommendation is this: Update the Tile around your Fireplace!!!! 😀