Before & After: A Truly Amazing Tile Turnaround

published Jul 8, 2016
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It’s kind of hard to believe that this is the same bathroom and even harder to believe that this was a DIY project without any major renovating. Lauren’s paint game is truly next level.

From Lauren: I am so excited to share this DIY labor of love. We moved into our house in upstate New York seven months ago. After spending all our money on the bones, we had pocket change left for changes and renovations. Luckily, I was happy with almost everything, except the first floor bath. It was a really sad space with beautiful pieces, but terrible tile choices.

Knowing a gut job wasn’t in the budget, I explored my options before even moving into the house. I decided to give the Rust-oleum Tub and Tile refinishing kit a try. I painted all the tile, including the floor (though Rust-oleum does not recommend this product for floors), and added an extra step to create the pattern. After that, I swapped out the mirror and sconces and gave the room a modern, airy updated with white tiles and warm grey walls (Home Decorators Collection by Behr in Cotton Grey).

The vintage rugs are eBay finds, as well as the new light which previously hung above our bed-side table. Since the pedestal sink, while pretty, didn’t provide storage or counter space, I hacked a bar cart from Target into a changing table which is ideal since I’m no longer trudging upstairs for every diaper change. This whole makeover cost well under $1000, $865 to be exact, including the towels and accessories.

Here’s how it broke down:

  • Paint and supplies : $140 (Rust-Oleum generously sent three tub and tile kits, I needed four total)
  • Rugs: $200
  • Mirrors : $150
  • Accessories: $120
  • Changing table: $145
  • Sconces (I had the chandelier): $110

Painting this large of a space was tedious. It took about three weekends to complete the transformation, but I am thrilled with how it turned out. I am especially happy that I took the time to paint the pattern on the floor. It really added a lot of life to the space. I have chronicled the step-by-step in a tutorial on my blog.


  • Wall paint: Home Decorators Collection by Behr in Cotton Grey
  • White tile paint: Rust-Oleum Tub and Tile Refinishing Kit
  • Black tile paint: Bathtub Refinishing Referral Network
  • Round mirror – IKEA
  • Long mirror: IKEA
  • Chandelier: Vintage from eBay (similar here)
  • Sconces: IndLights via Etsy
  • Changing Table: Target(actually a bar cart)
  • Plant stand: IKEA
  • Rugs: Vintage via eBay
  • Wall vases : CB2
  • Frame for DIY art: Amazon
  • Shower curtain: West Elm
  • Bath towel: Ballard Design
  • Hand towel: Wayfair
  • Tray for products: CB2

Thank you, Lauren! You can see more of this project on Undeclared Panache.