Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The Bathroom Makeover: Part Two

With a gameplan in place and 10% off coupon for Home Depot, it was time to get to work!

And where do you think I began?

Yes! With the mirror of doom that looks like it belongs in a kids' hair salon.

Since I couldn't take out the whole mirror, nor remove the cemented-on tiles, the only choice was to paint over them. I first thought of the obvious white or black, but that didn't seem right. Then I started to think of textured mirror frames in a more general sense, and began envisioning metallics.

Gold paint would probably be too bold, but maybe bronze... 

Off I went to the Home Depot paint department, unsure of exactly what I was attempting to purchase. I came across a collection of Martha Stewart decorative accent paint in small jars and called over a store employee for her advice. After I gave her my entire life story as a preamble to the question, "Will this paint work on plastic tiles?" she redirected my focus to spray paint. Of course. Spray paint. It's so simple...

She walked me over to the locked cage wall of spray paint, and then to the Rust-Oleum products in every metallic shade imaginable. I went for the darkest brown/bronze option, chestnut.

Once home, Devin and I prepped the mirror.

Then,  I got to work. The very first spray across the tiles and I knew I'd made the right choice. By the end of the first coat, I was completely elated, and high as a kite from the fumes, which actually probably had a lot to do with the elation.

After an hour, I applied the second coat, which also went smoothly and without incident. Eagerly, I ripped off all the paper to admire the results.  Here's a sneak preview.

A rich color with just a hint of sparkle. And, yes, it does sort of look like Fiber One 80 calorie chocolate cereal.

But that's okay. I still pretty much want to spray paint my entire life now.

If you're wondering what happened to the bonus tiles...

Devin chipped them off using a hammer and chisel while I was at work one day. I'm really sorry I missed it.

Stay tuned for the big reveal of the complete Bathroom Makeover! Which, at the rate I'm posting, will hit the blog late February.

1 comment:

  1. "... After I gave her my entire life story as a preamble to the question, "Will this paint work on plastic tiles?"..
    I KNEW you were a natural fit for this family!
    The mirror looks WONDERFUL! What a change in the overall look of the room...can't wait to see the big reveal!
    Given your understandable exuberance at the look here, I think the writing's on the wall for the red brick fireplace in the mod-lodge.....