I never want to jump into a project that I’m afraid will break the bank, and I take it as a personal challenge to try to spend as little money as possible updating rooms around our home. So while I was standing in the main bathroom in our home a couple weeks ago, helping my daughters brush their teeth and get ready for bed, I had a thought. Would it make a big enough difference to scratch the itch I have to redo the bathroom?
I would use a stencil and chalk paint to give the sad, faux stone laminate tile flooring a facelift. And I could spray paint all the fixtures an oil-rubbed bronze color so they’d look nicer and match the rest of the house. After two coats of my gray chalk paint (which I usually just pour on the floors straight from the can and roll over with my roller brush to evenly coat the floors), I was ready to stencil!
I grabbed my stencil and another small roller brush along with my white paint. Start in the middle tiles of your floor, and jump around, allowing the paint to dry before overlapping the stencil with it in order to prevent smudges! It helps when you just use a light coat of paint as stated above (this prevents bleeding too).
Once you’re finished with all the tiles, go back and use a small paintbrush to touch up any areas that need a little TLC. Allow the paint to dry for 12-24 hours, then begin sealing your floors with a poly coat! Depending on how much water you think will come into contact with your floor, you’ll want to apply quite a few coats of poly.
Head here for the whole board and batten process along with all our tips and tricks if you’re trying it for the first time! It was the perfect color to keep the room light and bright while adding that warmth it desperately needed.
I found this oil-rubbed bronze spray paint and knew it could do the trick. To get them done in one coat, secure the fixtures to cardboard so they stand up and you can get all angles with ease!
I went back for a second coat to get into all the nooks and crannies and allowed it to dry for 8-12 hours. We wanted to keep this room feeling kind of feminine because it is our girls’ bathroom, but we also wanted to add in some more neutral and masculine touches because it is the main bathroom in the house.
We already had a white bathmat and shower curtain that would work, so we just switched some things around in other rooms. And I just couldn’t help myself when I found these adorable farmhouse-inspired stools from Wayfair! And, because details, I also found a super cute farmhouse trash pail which I couldn’t resist.
I told you it’s amazing what a little paint, some DIY projects, and some elbow grease can do!