The very long awaited post about my bathroom remodel is way overdue. We have been so busy with all of our remodels lately that I haven’t had a spare minute to sit down and write the tutorial. Today however I am going to give you all the details on how we transformed our master bathroom to the bathroom of our dreams. Not only do we love how our bathroom turned out, we also did this on a very tight budget and all on our own. I hope this post inspires you to transform your own space. It is all fairly simple: just requires a lot of hard work and lots of patience.
For this post I will explain 2 different tutorials:
- Painted Shower Tiles
- DIY Painted Granite to look like Marble
We also painted and stenciled our bathroom floors. I already have a tutorial on the process and you can read all about it here. The stencil that I used on this floor is from Royal Design Studios. The stencil pattern is called the Anatolia Tile stencil and you can find it here. It looks great on a floor and would look perfect on any wall! What I love best about this stencil is its large size and forgiving pattern! Even though it didn’t match up to the size of each tile, you can barely tell where my grout lines are! It made the stenciling process go 10x faster!
How to Paint Your Shower Tiles
I’ll start with the easier step by step tutorial first: how to paint your shower tiles. This will also work on a bathtub- however we did need to do this, our bath was already white.
- Rustoluem Tub and Tile kit – We needed 3 kits, bit probably could have done it in 3 if we were smarter from the beginning (i’ll get to why down below)
- Foam Rollers – and lots of them (this is why we needed to purchase another kit, the epoxy will slowly disintegrate the foam rollers so after each coat, you need to replace the roller or else little roller bits will end up on your tiles.
- Respirator Mask – if your bathroom is not well ventilated, and even if it is, this is a must. The product is very potent and harmful if inhaled.
- Paint trays
- Paint Brush
- Blue painters tape
- Cleaning Agents – Bleach, mineral spirits, Lime A Way
- Clean your tile very well using bleach, mineral spirits and Lime-A-Way : This is a very important step. If you have a build up of lime or dirt on your tiles, the product will not adhere properly. Use the Lime – A – Way first, then the mineral spirits and last the Bleach. We used a heavy duty scrub brush and our shower has never been cleaner.
- Dry your tiles!
- Tape off with the blue painters tape around where you want to paint. This is to ensure the paint doesn’t get applied where you don’t want it. It is pretty hard to remove if it does.
- Set up your foam rollers
- Put on your mask! Trust me you will thank me later.
- Prepare the epoxy product – the Rustoleum Tub and Tile Kit – as the instructions on the box suggest. Pour into the Paint tray
- Tip: After you have mixed the product: you will need to act fast! The product sets over time and will start to harden so once you mix that product be ready to GO!
- Using your foam roller start applying the product, just roll on like you would be painting onto a wall. You can use a small paint brush to get in the corners or along the edges.
- After you have a full coverage of the one coat let to dry. We waited a few hours.
- Open all windows to let ventilate, or if you do not have a window in bathroom set a fan blowing into the bathroom to let in fresh air.
- Apply the second coat with a new foam roller and new paint brush
- TA-DA! You now have a newly painted shower!
- The product will take 3-4 days to set. Our bathroom smelled pretty bad for a week or two.
- Tape over any vents in you bathroom to prevent the product from smelling up the rest of your house. The fumes are BAD!
- Open all windows
- Sleep in another room for a few days if your bathroom is off your master bedroom while the product sets, the smell is powerful.
- After a few days we slept in our bedroom, but at night we shut the bathroom doors and put pillows and blankets under the door to prevent the fumes from entering the bedroom
- Like I said before – ACT FAST – the product works by setting, It will be really runny at first and then will start to harden.
How to Paint your Granite (or Laminate or really any table surface) to look like Marble
- Kilz Adhesion Primer
- Small Foam Rollers – About 4
- Painters Blue Tape
- Painters cloth, or any type of material to cover your vanities.
- Small paint bowls, I used paper plates instead.
- Paint Tray
- A variety of sponge brushes like these, these and these.
- White base color of your choice – I just used a white trim paint we had in the garage
- Craft Paints in a Variety of shades of grey. I picked some up at walmart. You really can use any type of paint of your choice.
- Craft feathers
- Glaze Coat Epoxy
1.Tape off your counters and protect your vanities or cabinets.
2. Tape off your sinks, use a plastic or a garbage bag to protect the inside of the sink.
3. Using a foam roller, apply the kilz Adhesion Primer with 2 coats. Let Dry.
4. Using a different foam roller, apply the white base color of your choice. Let Dry.
5. Using your artist sponges, sponge on the lightest color. (This is where I used my paper plates to separate all the colors for easy access). I used a very light grey.
- There is really no right or wrong way to do this. It all just depends on how you want your Marble to appear.
- I did a very light sponge all over the entire vanity.
6. Use the same sponge and sponge back over the white paint, this will blend in the grey to make it appear more natural.
7. If you want a “dirtier” marble look you can sponge in some darker grey paint in a few areas. Be creative!
8. Remember to always sponge back over with the white to blende it back in.
9. You can also use different sponges to achieve different looks.
10. To make the marble veins:
- Dip your feather in a black or very dark paint.Drag the feather, waving it back and forth very gently on the table surface. Your veins can go diagonal, and can meet, but veins in natural stone never cross. (don’t make an X). Also, your veins shouldn’t look like waves, they should be generally straight.
11. Blend in the veins with the white sponge. You can blend some veins in more then others so it appears like some veins are deeper into the stone.
12. Be creative and don’t be afraid to add more layers of different shades of grey. If you feel like one spot is too dark just go over with the white paint on the sponge. I let everything dry and wanted to tone it down a bit more so I went back over everything with a very very light coat of white paint.
13. Let the Paint Dry
14. Apply the epoxy. Follow the instructions on the Glaze Coat product.
- We used a paint brush to spread the epoxy over the surface and let it drip over the edges.
- Using the paint brush we lightly covered the edges as the final step, cleaning up all the drips.
- If you have a back piece of granite like we do, we used the paint brush to lightly brush it on. Make sure not to apply it too heavy or it will drip and create drip marks.
Act fast! The product will start to harden after 10-15 minutes.
If you need more instructions or would like to see more on video. Head to my instagram @clareandgracedesigns. You can watch my tutorial if you select DIY on my highlights reel.
I hope these tutorials are clear enough to help you transform your own bathroom. As always, if you have any questions please leave them below of feel free to send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Until next time!