Ensuite Mini-Makeover

As some of you may have gathered by now, I pretty much love all things blue.  However, in this case it does not extend to blue wall tiles in our Master ensuite.  

Having just moved into our newly purchased house and with a renovation list my arm long, this was one of the first things that had to go.  While a full renovation of this ensuite is on the list, it’s a long way down in terms of priority.  

If you have followed my Facebook page, you will know that I promised to share this little mini-makeover some time ago.  Well, lets just say there was blood, there was sweat, and yes most definitely tears when it came to this mini-makeover.


Painting the wall tiles was first on the list.  I chose a nice plain white for a fresh look.  You will need to make sure the room is well ventilated as tile paint has fairly strong fumes.

Bunning’s have some great tile painting tutorials here. 

The directions on my tile paint said that you should use a long haired roller to apply the paint, however even after cleaning and de-furring (is that even a word?), the first few rolls of the paint included roller hair so I switched to a plain foam roller.

**ATTENTION: Read this for no tears results**

Tile paint does not like silicon.  It was the first piece of advice I was given by the lovely lady at Masters.  I thought – yep, that won’t happen to me…...it so happened to me and this is what brought on the tears.  I thought I knew better and that, hey it looks like it’s covering the silicon around the shower nicely so why not keep going.  It dried and I thought all was well until I ripped off the edging tape to find it peeled off in the areas it had covered the silicon.  Thinking I could just cover this area with white silicon to match the paint, I chopped the end of the silicon tube leaving a nice big application area.  I will preface this with saying that the silicon part was the only thing I did not research how to do, prior to starting.  What could go wrong?  I’ve seen all those TV ads with “no more gaps” etc. – It looked easy, right?  WRONG and here’s the proof – yes I give you permission to laugh, because I finally can now too.

Yep – it was pretty bad.  So how did I fix this?  Well I had to remove all the new silicon and then scrape out every single piece of the old silicon around the shower that would come in contact with the tile paint.  Both of these took some effort.  So, words to the wise – remove all silicon BEFORE tile painting, and then learn how to apply silicon before you attempt it.

Next I painted the vanity bench top with Rustoleum Countertop paint, as per here.

It comes in a range of colours, which you can see, on display at Masters.  I chose black, but was warned about some of the other colours in the range, for example the reds that they are not quite true to the colour on the packaging.

This went on nicely and has a smooth finish.  However I will add that this is what I would call a “temporary” solution to updating your bench, unless you are happy to touch up regularly as the paint is prone to chipping and scratching.  

Finally I took off the cupboard doors and painted white, and added new handles.  On this occasion I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint – colour pure white, as that is what I had on hand.  The handles I purchased from Bunning’s.

Overall it has given the bathroom a fresh new feel.  And best of all, I said goodbye to those blue tiles.

Finished Ensuite bathroom sink above and shower below

Bathroom Fern Crawford & Co

A fern or some greenery is always good for injecting some colour

A mirrored tray for your cotton buds and cue tips is a great way to display and keep tidy your bathroom accessories.


I hope you enjoyed my mini-make-over, even if it was a long time coming.

Helen x


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