I have just come to the realization that in order to show you my “new” amazing shower, I need to show you the before photos.
I so do want to do this.
It’s gross. It’s embarrassing. When people come over to tour our new home I yell, “Don’t look in that shower!”
Alright. Let’s just get this over with. Ready? Here’s my 90′s disgusting shower…
The worst part is… I cleaned it for the photos. Seriously. I scrubbed it for over an hour since I had to clean it before refinishing. Na-sty!
Our first plan was to rip the whole thing out and put in a new shower. Then we looked at just putting tile over the existing shower. And finally we had a reality check and realized the cost was waaay more than what we wanted to pay on top of everything else we are upgrading in the bathroom.
Then… I saw this at Home Depot:
Hallelujah. For less than $30 a box, this is the solution I am looking for!
The Rust-Oleum Tub & Tile Refinishing Kit can seem intimidating at first, but no worries. It ended up being much easier than I thought it would. The box has not only easy to follow instructions, but a full list of needed supplies as well. The process is basically this: Clean your shower really good, lightly sand the entire area, tape off areas you don’t want to paint, mix the paint, and get to work!
I painted two coats total on the walls, and three coats on the bottom. The bottom of our shower has a little more texture to it, so it took an extra coat of paint. It required two kits to do the whole thing, which is pretty good since the shower is large and tall.
I found it was easiest to paint the corners and hard to reach areas first with a brush, and then roll the rest of the paint on with a very smooth roller. Also, be sure to wear a respirator mask like this. Epoxy paints have VERY strong fumes. (You can check out me in my awesome apocalyptic mask on Instagram HERE.)
Ready to see the after? Oh my gosh, you guys are seriously going to die. Here it is!
I know what you are thinking… I swear it really is the same bathroom. To say I love how it turned out is an understatement.
We have a new faucet pull arriving in the mail any day now, so that will really help the update look more complete. Now all we have left to do is install the new (old) clawfoot bathtub, and place beadboad on the walls.
I am so glad I found the Tub & Tile Paint, because I’m still not sure if I will be able to get the antique clawfoot tub as clean as I would like. (It’s still gathering dust in the garage.) If it doesn’t clean up well, I will definitely be using this again. AND I already have a few more boxes to paint the kids bathtub and shower, so I will be posting before and after shots of that as soon as I am done.
Final reveal coming soon! And be sure to follow me on Instagram to get a sneak peek at the progress.
A very big thank you to Rust-Oleum for sending me the Tub & Tile Refinishing Kit to try out! If you want to learn more about how to use it, or where to find it, visit them online HERE.