Let’s tile the bathroom : phase one

It all started with a trip to Goodwill.  Sitting on the shelf were a set of 2 vintage gold bow curtain holders. I placed them in my cart and for some reason I told myself I really didn’t need them. I went home not really thinking about them until that night when I went to bed. As I laid in bed trying to fall asleep I began thinking about those bow hooks and how they would make the perfect towel hooks in the bathroom.

I have been wanting to paint our egg blue walls in the bathroom white for awhile, but just haven’t had the time.  As I tried to fall asleep I told myself if the bow hooks are still there in the morning it is meant to be; to start redecorating/painting the bathroom.

I was the fist one at Goodwill that next day, and sure enough the gold bow hooks were still where I last seen them.

Being raised by a single mom, house projects were done D.I.Y style and usually on a very small budget.  No matter how big or small, we tried it. My mom was never afraid to try something new, or run to the hardware store to buy a new tool to get the project done.   Her determination rubbed off on me.


This past fall my friend Ashley and her dad taught me how to tile.  A day I will never forget.  After we finished her kitchen backsplash I couldn’t wait to get home to find a blank wall of my own.

Our bathroom is the last room in our house to really need some TLC.  Our very old and outdated linoleum and faux marble countertop was really starting to drive me crazy. Now that I had the tile bug in me I was confident I could try tackle the project.


To get things started I first painted all the walls white. The fresh white made my heart skip a beat. It was so freash and clean. Next, I painted our cupboards a pretty mint / aqua color using behr Marquee : Mirador ( M420-3) .

Once all the painting was done the tile shopping began.  Being on a tight budget I started looking at the typical brick and mortal hardware stores. Not really finding what I wanted I ventured to a specialized tile shop.  And there it was, a white and black floral hexagon pattern. It was exactly what I was looking for.  My heart sank when I saw the price. Way over my budget.

I had my heart set on that tile but left empty handed.

As soon as I got home I began to do some research online to see if I could find the same tile at a lower price. Within minutes, I found it $3.00 a sq. ft CHEAPER on Wayfair.

After ordering my tile online, it came right to my doorstep a week later all packaged in bubble wrap.  It can’t get any better then that.


While I was waiting for my tile to be delivered, I got brave and painted our bathroom countertop. It was previously an ugly cream faux marble.


This my friends is miracle paint.

I have painted my fridge and stove and even some tile with this paint. All were also a ugly cream and just needed a little face lift. I was amazed by it’s results.

The difference in this paint vs. regular paint is it’s epoxy hard enamel base.

After I had my counter clean and wiped down I started with the first coat using a foam roller. Once I had the first coat done, I made sure to let it dry over night and then added another layer of paint. Don’t rush this process as you really want to make sure the paint dries inbetween each coat.  Each project is different, but expect to add 3- 5 coats possibly more depending on your surface.

After the painting process was complete, I let everything settle for another day.

Over all it has been holding up really well . The hard enamel creates a really durable surface.  For $10.00 I have a new counter top.


The Wayfair tile arrived this week and I am hoping to get it in stalled this weekend. I couldn’t wait to open the boxes to take a peek. Everything on the Wayfair website described the tile perfectly.
I had to open a box and lay the tile out to get a sneak peek of what it will look like once it’s installed.


I can’t wait to share with you phase two hopefully next week on how I installed the tile and the steps you need to take if you are wanting to start your own bathroom makeover.



  • March 10, 2016 - 6:22 am

    Amy Coose - I love the new tile, and yay for finding a deal! The cabinet color is beautiful, I can’t wait to see it all come together.ReplyCancel

  • March 10, 2016 - 9:35 am

    laurie magpie ethel - Im very impressed with your DIY skill and fun to see this bathroom through the process. It is looking pretty darn great so far…can’t wait for the end result. (I also lie in bed and night and mentally decorate)ReplyCancel

  • March 25, 2016 - 8:47 pm

    Jessica - Do you have to sand anything before using the epoxy paint?ReplyCancel

    • March 30, 2016 - 8:10 pm

      amandarydell@gmail.com - HI Jessica,
      the directions say to slightly sand …
      I did lightly sand.ReplyCancel

  • April 5, 2016 - 6:02 am

    How to tile your bathroom floor / phase two » Be Crafty - […] I mentioned in phase one, the main bathroom is the last room in the house to really need a makeover. I would have laughed at […]ReplyCancel

  • June 22, 2016 - 6:01 am

    Bathroom Remodel Reveal » Be Crafty - […] you missed the in progress posts you can see part one here, and part […]ReplyCancel

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