• Jill Crowe

How to glaze your bathroom tile and DIY your own bathroom renovation

When we had the inspection for our new house, the current owners were there. While not unheard of, it really isn’t common to come face to face with the sellers before the closing date.

The owners were lovely people, who were eager to show us around the house and point out its quirks and stories. When we were wrapping up, the owner asked me what I was planning on doing first to the house.

Not wanting to insult anyone, I just coyly mentioned that I would probably paint the half bath downstairs a lighter color than its current red.

The owner looked me straight in the eye and said, “It’s BORDEAUX.”

So ladies and gentlemen, I give you the BORDEAUX bathroom makeover.

How we glazed the bathroom tile

Literally after 14 hours of moving our things from the pod and U-Haul into the house, I got a burst of energy and told Mike I wanted to start on Bordeaux.

We started by each tackling a project. I busted out the Rustoleum Tub and Tile glaze, and Mike found a paint roller and a can of paint we had leftover from the old house. The two of us crammed into the small bathroom, delirious from moving and the fumes, and cranked the work out in one night. This wasn’t our first time glazing and renovating a bathroom.

I always recommend glazing tile if it’s still in good condition but just isn’t your favorite color. It makes such an improvement to most bathrooms, is super cost-effective, and I’m generally someone who doesn’t like to create unnecessary wastes in landfills.

What you’ll need:

  1. A 4″ foam roller

  2. Rustoleum Tub and Tile glaze or Here from Walmart if Amazon is sold out.

  3. Paint roller tray

  4. Box fan or other fan

  5. Bathroom cleaning products. I tend to use diluted bleach to clean the tile first.

  6. Rustoleum Tub and Tile Glaze Spray

  7. Painters tape to tape off fixtures or walls

On the box, Rustoleum recommends that you scuff up the tile a bit with sandpaper. I’ve done that before and I’ve also skipped this step, and honestly, I don’t know that it makes much of a difference to scuff it up. I’ve never had any problems with adhesion. Our last bathroom we did, we used it daily (I’m talking toddler baths with toys every day), and only the tub needed minor touch-ups after three years.

After you’ve cleaned your tile, you’ll want to pour the two cans of Rustoleum together and let it activate. I like to let it sit for 15 minutes before applying the product to the tile. Otherwise, it can be pretty runny, and you’ll get streaks on your tile.

So while it’s activating, go ahead and tape off your bathroom fixtures. When you’re done with that, it will be time to start glazing. If you’re more of a visual learner, I have a highlight on my Instagram that shows you what this product looks like going on. Look for “Half Bath.”

Here is one coat on the tile. You can see, it definitely takes two coats to completely cover it

I find that the product takes about an hour to dry before you can apply the second coat. You’ll want to make sure that it’s dry before applying the next coat; otherwise, your roller will pull off that first layer.

After about an hour and a half of painting the tile and walls, the space felt so much brighter already.

Already a major improvement over the red walls and grey tile!

Updating the Bathroom Fixtures

While we knew we’d want a new light fixture, toilet, and faucet, we initially went back and forth about the sink. We worried that a vanity with a cabinet on the bottom could be too big for the space. And there’s some really cool retro-looking sinks on the market right now that have these exposed legs. But is that what we had? Or was it just going to stick out?

When Mike went to install the faucet, we hit a snag with the sink. It wasn’t going to be possible to keep the sink and change the faucet. They both would have to go, so our decision was made for us. A new vanity would be a must.

Installing Peel and Stick Wallpaper

While I didn’t mind the light blue walls, I thought this half bath would be a perfect place to go a bit more bold. Plus, it doesn’t have a shower, so using peel and stick wallpaper wouldn’t be as scary of a prospect.

I’ve used this grasscloth wallpaper before in our last house and loved it. This time, I chose the blue/grey option. I’ll do a separate blog post on how I install this, but I can tell you that it’s pretty simple to do. I’ve used other brands that were more tricky, but this pattern makes it much easier.

Installing Peel and Stick Flooring

The flooring in this bathroom was maroon and grey. While we didn’t mind the classic pattern, the colors weren’t the right look for our new design.

We opted to use peel and stick tile to go right over the existing tile.

I know peel and stick seems like it would be cheap, but let me tell you. These tiles are HEAVY! I have trouble lifting a box of them myself. It’s almost like they’re a thin tile (not flimsy at ALL) that has an adhesive backing.

But here’s the trick to getting peel and stick tile to look like the real thing…

Grout it in!

Yes, you can grout peel and stick tile.

Mike laid the tile and used spacers to leave a grout line between them. We didn’t go too thick with the grout line, but just enough to make it look like the real thing.

At this point, we had already installed a new toilet, but ideally, you want to lay the tile around the toilet hole before you install your toilet. If you already have a toilet you like, buy one of these carpenter outliners to get the exact contour of your toilet. Then, trace that pattern onto your peel and stick tile. It will fit PERFECTLY!

Ready for the big reveal?

What questions do you have about glazing your tile? Leave your comment below!

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