Painted Pink Tile

March 21, 2013

When we first moved in our home, we had high hopes of truly demolishing this pink/peach/whatever color you’d like to call it and brown bathroom. However, other things came up, as you well know, and budgets became tighter. So we kept the brown sticky tile (I’m sure there is a real name for the tile but to me, “sticky tile” works!) Previously, the floor was…pink and brown. Could you guess?

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Somewhere on Pinterest, I saw paint made specifically to be painted on tile (or bathtubs). I quickly followed the link and ordered white for our bathroom and waited for it to come in. Ha. I wish it was that easy. I searched for it, went to Home Depot, went to Lowe’s, looked on the Internet until I realized it had to be ordered and my weekend project was put off even further. I don’t think you understand quite how badly I wanted to paint over that pink tile!

When it finally came in, of course, it wasn’t a good time so we still waited until finally, it was the day. It was time to paint! We had to get a baby-sitter for Kuy Pie because the. smell. was. horrible. Apparently, it is epoxy paint. Warning: You MUST wear a mask. You MUST only paint for five minutes at a time. You MUST open windows! It is so strong! Fortunately, Russ and I had a great system. I’d paint. He’d paint. I’d paint. He’d paint. It was perfect!

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Slowly, but surely, the pink was gone. I really wanted an all white bathroom so once that was dry, we painted the walls white. I pretty much hated it. I really wanted to do a stencil (Martha Stewart from Michael’s) that I had but Russ wasn’t sold. One night, I snuck back there and tried one and he liked it! Whew! I won! I used the same color of our bedroom and a gray we had leftover from another project and it really worked.

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More projects quickly followed. We hung a shelf that I got at a consignment sale for $4! I moved some vases from our guest room to the bathroom. I made a sign. I will post a tutorial soon (and the link where I tweaked a tutorial I learned from!). And my best friend, Brandy, well, her mom found these awesome glass jars at a local thrift store for me for cotton balls!

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The rug came from Home Goods and the shower curtain that I’m in love with came from West Elm. Oh! And the floor tile! We had brown sticky tile covering up the floor and it worked for a while with the whole pink and brown theme we had going but then I found this gray after we found our vanity! Therefore, I must stop here and tell you the story of the tile, the faucet, and the vanity! Oops!

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The tile came from Home Depot, as well. However, it is also an online only purchase.

It was super easy to put down and we actually cut it with scissors. If a tutorial is needed, I’ll be glad to provide one with how we cut around the toilet, etc.

The best story, though, is how we came to replace the sink we had. I absolutely love the end aisles of Lowe’s and Home Depot. There are always clearance items there! Well, we went to Lowe’s to get a couple of things and I knew we needed a faucet and saw the exact one I wanted on display but couldn’t find it with the other faucets. Searching for someone that worked there, I asked the first guy I saw where I could find it. He couldn’t find it either so he said, “Oh yeah, this one is being discontinued. You can have the one off the display vanity.” I can’t even make this up. He took it off. He got a permanent marker. He wrote the price on the box. $15!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh yes, this faucet with the beautiful white handles was $15!! I practically ran across the store to find Russ to tell him! Then, it gets better. We head on over to Home Depot to check out the $40 vanity I’d been eyeing for a while. I couldn’t find it anywhere so I looked at the end of the aisle and oh yes, CLEARANCE! Last one, so it was $25!!!!!!!!!!!! I almost cried I was so excited!

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I have big plans to put bead board wallpaper in the panels but for now, I think it works. Not too shappy for $40 total!

Here’s the unfortunate part, this all happened during basketball season and over Christmas so my dad (our resident handyman) nor Russ had any time to install it. Therefore, I had to pay someone. There goes my great deal but hey, I guess it all evens out, right?

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Source List/Cost Breakdown:

Toilet paper holder: TJ Maxx $7.99

Shower curtain rod: TJ Maxx

Tile: Home Depot Coastal Gray Tile $50

Vanity: Home Depot $25

Tile Paint: Home Depot White Tub and Tile Refinishing around $60 (it took us two quarts)

Rug: HomeGoods $16.99

Shower curtain: West Elm Gray and White Striped Curtain $39

Shelf: consignment sale $4

Sign: tutorial free

Faucet ($15), Mirror ($30), Light ($30): Lowe’s

So here’s the finish product…what do you think?

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