Before and After: $100 Bathroom Makeover Idea

created at: 02/25/2013

Admittedly, the 'before' in this makeover looks better than a lot of 'afters' I've seen. But this budget-friendly makeover idea is one that anyone suffering from the "bad tile blues" might appreciate!       

Some people love decorative tile borders... and that's cool. Some people hate them. Nina Holst was in the latter category. So, like any homeowner itching for a change, she decided to do something about it -- without breaking the bank. Her trick? Leave the offending tiles in place and paint over them with lime paint! The result looks similar to concrete (when left 'natural'), but you can apply any color paint or finish to the surface afterwards. Pretty brilliant, right?

created at: 02/25/2013

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What do you think of this idea? Would you use lime paint in your home?

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Linda on Mar 07, 2013:

At Home Dept and I'm sure Lowe's as well, look in their paint section as they have products that you can buy to repaint your countertops, tile, cabinets,etc. While they aren't cheap it is a lot cheaper to do these products than to buy new.  I am going to try the countertop product on my new house as it would be too expensive to replace them.

Anonymous on Feb 27, 2013:

If you look at her site, it's actually a flat wall with FAKE TILES. Just a heads up. No silver bullet solution yet.

Kate on Feb 26, 2013:

I am curious how she sealed the tiles after the initial etching with Lime Paint. I ask becasue the website states that the resulting surface is porous and allows moisture to pass through-not ideal for a bathroom. Would love to resurface my "dirty-pink" tiled bathroom but the tile is in the shower as well. 

Pat L on Feb 25, 2013:

YOU MADE MY LIFE!  I love this!  I'm using this in my whole house.  This is exactly the industrial chic that I'm looking for!  Long live Curbly!

Betty Baez on Feb 25, 2013:

I love it! I would use it!

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