Friday, March 2, 2012

Painting Ceramic Tiles & Bathroom Makeover

Back in 2010 I had reached my limit with our 1950's pink master bathroom so I had to choose: gut or make-do somehow. If we were going to spend the money to gut-it, then I would want it to be larger but that would mean giving up on the plans for an expanded closet. I also realized that if the pink tiles had been white then I would have just gone ahead with a cosmetic makeover. Since I had success painting the seafoam green accent tiles in our hall bathroom (post here), the decision was made to paint-out the pink.I used two thin coats of Sherwin Williams Prep-Rite Interior/Exterior Bonding Primer and two coats of Benjamin Moore Decorator's White, applied with a sponge brush. I know there are specially formulated paints for ceramic but I didn't want to be exposed to the fumes. Plus, these tiles won't regularly come into contact with water.For years I had kept my eye out for a narrow vanity. That year Ikea came out with the Lillangen, which offers both concealed storage and creative two-sided open storage. This model is 24"w x 16"d x 36" h. I bought the beech version because the wood finish is easier to paint than the white melamine option.
The cabinet is painted Farrow & Ball's Pavillion Gray and the walls and ceiling are Benjamin Moore's Bunny Gray. The floors are 1 x 1 Bianco Carrara honed marble surrounded by a border of 3 x 6 honed subway Bianco Carrara.I don't have it pictured here but we had a Panasonic Whisper ceiling exhaust fan installed. We were so happy with the Toto Aquia Dual Flush we put into our hall bath that we used it again here.
The Ikea sink only had one opening and I wanted to avoid a single lever faucet so I chose Porcher's Reprise faucet in chrome (now discontinued). The handles are labeled hot and cold and have a nice feel to them. Off to the left is a Bombay Saphire gin bottle converted into a soap dispenser. You might notice the faucet is off center by about a 1/2 inch. I forgot to take into consideration the cold water valve when measuring!Lillangen cabinet and sink: $229
Mosaic and subway tiles: $740
Installation of floor, labor cost: $800
Porcher faucet: $270
Toto Aquia dual flush - $392
Paint: $100
Ceiling exhaust fan and installation: $400

Total cost: $2931

2012 - The shower stall is still pink. It doesn't bother me so I have a feeling that when we finally decide to sell our house, I'll have it professionally reglazed. However, this summer I am planning to replace the old glass door with a new, frameless one. (We also had the carpenter remove the drywall overhang so the opening goes straight to the ceiling.)

41 comments:

Carla Aston said...

That's an amazing budget makeover. Love the Ikea vanity and sink. Great job, Michelle!

Teresa at Splendid Sass said...

Michele-
I am bookmarking this page! You have done an amazing job here. What a transformation. I am looking into the Ikea cabinet.
Happy Friday
Teresa
xoxo

ArchitectDesign™ said...

oh great transformation without breaking the bank! Looks great!

Karena said...

Michele I have never painted tile and you have inspired me to do so!! Great makeover!

xoxo
Karena
Art by Karena

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Super transformation. Hugs, Marty

Boxwood Terrace said...

Spectacular, Michele! It looks great. (Having trouble leaving a comment so apologies if this is a duplicate).
Deborah

SRA said...

YOU INSPIRE ME! I have a similar shade of pink and white tile in our hallway bath. This bath is the one my sons use and the color has been a bone of contention with them for years! How wonderful your economical face lift project turned out to be! It's inspired me to do the same with the pink and white tiles that surround the exterior walls of our bath too! Well done and thanks again for sharing and the inspiration! Linneman House, in Cincnnati, Ohio - Salutes you!

sowhatelse said...

I did something similar in a bath years ago and the painted tiles held up very well. I would urge you, though, to go ahead and have the shower reglazed now so that you can enjoy it yourself. Why wait until you're ready to sell. Every time you walk into the bath now it will seem half-finished to you.

Renée Finberg said...

amazing job!!!
congratulations xxx

Ann said...

I love what you did and your determination to do it with a reasonable budget. You may have just inspired me to find that Ikea sink/cabinet. I have a lovely brown faux wood model from the 60's at the moment and have done everything but the sink... and now it's Time!

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Ideezine said...

Perfect fix for tiles. Great makeover!

Emom said...

LOVELY!....I too have a soft place in my heart for IKEA bath sinks...smiles

VictoriaArt said...

Genius! I have gone back and forth between those decisions, we left the 'classic' tiles and this year(after 10 years) we are able to re-do the bathrooms....
Your reno is amazing! Well done!

The Pink Pagoda said...

I've had a company come and paint over ugly tile colors in two of my houses. You're right, it was horribly fumey, but after the first time, we left the door closed and sealed off the bottom of the door. After 3-4 days we opened the door and the fumes had gone. Having the weird tile color gone was GREAT!

Ashley said...

AMAZING! What a fabulous and smart way to work with what you've got. Love the combination of vintage and new in this bathroom!

Nancy said...

Wow, so much better! Never thought painting tile would actually work... Keep us posted as to how it is holding up!
Love your new fresh look, it is phenomenal.
Nancy
Powellbrowerhome.com

Debbie Drury said...

Hi Notting Hill,

We at American Standard noticed you mentioned the Porcher Reprise Faucet which is discotinued. However, our JADO Savina collection offers a very similiar style inspried by the Reprise collection. Feel free to check it out http://www.jadousa.com/products/productDetail.aspx?id=4545

I thought you might be interested. Thanks, Debbie

designchic said...

I'm so excited to see that you painted over the tile. I have a bathroom in old blue tile and I have been dying to paint it...I'm inspired!!

SHERRY HART said...

Boy...what a difference everything made. You were so brave to try painting that tile!!! I am in love with the floors and well really just everything!

Alana said...

The elegant-looking black tiles on both sides of the shower's glass door caught my eye right away. :) Are you the one who came up with this design, Notting Hill? That's one of my favorite movies, by the way.

Alana Geikie

Kathy said...

Doing make-overs’ are pretty exciting! Although you’re bathroom looked good already but by changing a little part makes it even better. For some, white color is a bit boring but the black tile idea added some glints on the background.

Kathy Carbone

Jamie said...

Brilliant renovation. The result was new and as if newly constructed. The ceramic tile (
home repair service st paul) colors blends well with the surroundings.

Patty Bolinger said...

looked very good but will the paint stay on the tile I want to paint my bathroom tile .but not sure yet
Patty

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Jade Starton said...

I actually haven't seen this done so well before in a DIY project! It looks great. I had some friends who moved into an old, old house in Canada and paid someone to re-do their tile in Toronto. If someone can afford professionals it's nice, but you proved that with a bit of hard work and smart planning, one doesn't always need to go the most expensive route to get a nice look.

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Eileen G. said...

I have a very similar shower stall. You mentioned you were planning a frameless shower door. I want that, too. Did you buy one? Who was your supplier? Any problems going that route? Thanks.

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Ed said...

Great bathroom update! I love what you did with those old tiles!

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Emma Cay said...

Thanks for sharing. It looks amazing! I don't know how you managed to make it look that good and that easy. Congrats. I'd love to revamp my ceramic tiles in Calgary.

shorifmiss said...

I took a lot of photos in this town, so I'm going to break them down into two posts.


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maruf hosen said...

looked very good but will the paint stay on the tile I want to paint my bathroom tile .but not sure yet
Patty
subway tile

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