Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Master Bathroom: Painted Floor Project

When we moved into our current home there was a long list of things I wanted to change. The disgusting carpet, the yellow-beige walls, and the awful blue tile in the master bathroom were some of my top priorities. We ripped up the carpet as soon as we got in, painted the entire house, and laid hardwood flooring. Then Henry was born, life got really busy, and other than a good cleaning that bathroom was never touched. As a matter of fact, for a long time we didn't even use our master bathroom...like, at all. But earlier this year nesting was kicking in hard, and I had the itch to make some changes. And change it we did!

For dramatics, I am including this gross photo we saw on the realtor's site before purchasing the house. The previous owners really went above and beyond with staging this room...

Below is what it looked like the day my husband agreed to paint the walls and get this project started. Yikes. 

In a dream world I would have been able to gut the entire bathroom, add some storage, and create a large walk in shower, but let's be real. We didn't have the time, money, or quite frankly the energy to tackle all that. However, I couldn't look at that awful blue tile another minute. I had to make some improvements, and I knew I could do it without making major structural changes. I had seen several examples of painted tile online, and after a lot of research and debate, I decided that was the best option for my budget. The issue was that I was seven months pregnant, and I couldn't use the primer or enamel paint due to fumes. Luckily, I was able to sweet-talk my husband into doing that part for me, so we could get started.

I never planned on doing tutorial on this since I am not the best at explaining how I do things. But I do want to share what we used and what worked for us because there is quite a bit of variety when you start looking at other examples to determine which paints to use.

We (by we, I mean my husband) did clean the tile with TSP solution to prep it for painting before priming with Kilz. Some people report sanding their tile before this step, but we chose not to do that. He then applied one coat of Kilz followed by two coats of the Behr Porch and Patio paint.

Then it was my turn. I was very pregnant and dealing with a mysterious swollen foot, but I was determined. I grabbed a foam roller, some paper towels, and this stencil and got to work.

Ladies, this is what video baby monitors are made for.

This is where it took some experimenting to get things right. I had a few different white paints to try, and luckily I had some extra tiles to use for practice. At first I tried latex wall paint since that is what most of the tutorials I read recommended. It was way too runny for use on the tile, and I had a lot of bleeding on the edges of my design. I had read some examples using chalk paint, but that wasn't giving me the crisp lines I wanted either. The acrylic paint I used worked like a dream. It was much thicker and cut back on bleeding. That is key. I would recommend using a decent quality acrylic and not the small craft paints. Those would be runnier and likely lead to bleeding and frustrations.

Once I got that figured out, I followed the advice of many of the videos I had watched. I loaded my foam roller and then off-loaded onto a paper towel to remove excess paint. You definitely want to make sure you don't have too much paint on your roller, or you will have bleeding no matter what type of paint you use. I liked the look the foam roller gave me, and I didn't want my design to be perfectly opaque. I feel like it left more room for error this way, so that is something to consider as you practice. I also used Elmer's spray adhesive and painter's tape to keep my stencil in place. This was very important, especially on the vertical wall tiles. Additionally, cleaning the stencil frequently was important for keeping the edges of the design nice and crisp.

I did order two stencils, and I would definitely recommend this. I had to get really crafty and do more math than I wanted to make sure I didn't cut too much stencil too soon. If you have a lot of corners, angles, or a toilet to work around like I did, it might be worth investing in three.

After getting everything stenciled, I applied three coats of water-based sealer. I honestly didn't want to seal it. I loved the matte finish, and we actually lived on it that way for a while because I was afraid of messing it up with a sealer. But when I scratched it moving my new towel storage, I knew it was a must. I do wish I would have gotten something with less shine, but I bought the supplies months before I was actually able to complete the project. Overall, I am thrilled with how it turned out!

Window Shade | Curtains | Snake Plant | String of Pearls | Macrame: DIY | Bench: Marshall's

 String of Pearls | Cactus | Macrame, Wooden Shelf, Butterfly Art: DIY | Mirror and Frame: Vintage   

Towel Rack: DIY Inspired by this smaller version from H&M

 Artwork: DIY 

One thing I knew I wanted from the start was a lot of greenery. However, there is just one tiny little window, so this room doesn't get a lot of light. When I found Nearly Natural artificial plants, I knew my crazy plant lady dreams had come true. I am obsessed with this faux snake plant, and now I want one for every room! And the string of pearls is perfect because I have always struggled keeping them looking nice. Since these are artificial succulents, I just placed them in an empty flower pot and DONE!

This project should have been accomplished in a week or maybe  a weekend, but it was constantly interrupted with me being sick, pregnant, broken, recovering...you name it. It may have taken months longer than it should have, but I could not be more pleased with how it turned out. The transformation is pretty incredible when you consider that there were no structural changes at all. It really is amazing the difference some paint, a stencil, and a few fake plants can make!

Faux Cactus
Faux Snake Plant
Faux String of Pearls 
Wooden Shade 
Bench: Marshall's
Rugs: TJ Maxx
Towel Rack : DIY
Abstract Artwork : DIY
Macrame: DIY 
Framed Plant Artwork

If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to ask!



  1. Hello - great job! Do you happen to recall the color of your wooden blinds - it is hard to tell the true colors on their website.

    1. Thanks so much! The blinds are the Montego Bark color. I feel they are a bit warmer than what the sample on the website portrays. I ordered samples from the company before deciding because I am terrible at making decisions, but we now have these exact ones in three rooms. I will be ordering more soon!


Master Bathroom: Painted Floor Project

When we moved into our current home there was a long list of things I wanted to change. The disgusting carpet, the yellow-beige walls, and t...