I was just SO excited about my post last week about the bathroom, I knew I couldn’t possibly fit it all into one single post and keep all your attention….or maybe I was so excited I couldn’t keep my OWN attention…hm, either way! I was excited and now I just wanted to expand on a couple of the individual projects within this little bathroom.
You all saw what we were working with…a BLUE shower.
I will say that I am SUPER thankful that the prior owners had been kind enough to removed the matching sink and toilet. BUT, what the HECK do you do with a blue shower??? I started by looking into the cost of completely replacing it. My favorite store (Home Depot) sells a beautiful white insert, with glass, that would fit wonderfully into the corner, however, at $411.00, that didn’t fit wonderfully into our budget! I’m just going to dive into a little side tangent here – we want to live with our bathrooms “as-is” for now, but eventually have plans to do some reconstructing to create at least one larger, more usable bathroom for us – so, budget is VERY low. SO you might find yourself asking, “Where did the blue shower go???”. I am here to tell you! It’s pretty easy, takes a weekend, costs less that $30.00 plus a few brain cells, some pretty simple tools, a LOT of prep work and some patience.
As I scrolled through Pinterest I came across several blog posts that talked about this magic “Rustoleum Tub and Tile”, I was intrigued and read on. This particular post was my inspiration, if they could cover up that lovely maroon color, surely I could cover my blue! I was sold! I immediately ordered it (found here).
As soon as it came in, I took a little jaunt down to the local hardware store and picked up the remainder of items I needed – 400 grit wet/dry sand paper, a couple of sponge rollers (I already had the handle) and a face mask (this is something I would normally skip, I’m kind of reckless and live on the edge!..but I knew how harmful the chemicals in this stuff would be, so I listened for once, but probably could have used a better one, womp womp..). The directions also called for lime away, I skipped this (and maybe I’ll pay for it in the end) and I’ll explain why. Other things you may need, something to scrape with – I used a razor blade, a kitchen knife and a floor scraper like this, screw driver, paint tray, loud music and a weekend or at least 2 free(ish) days.
I started by disassembling the glass portion. I had NO clue what I was doing, haha! I was so worried everything was going to come crashing down on me at any point! I took out all the screws I possibly could, then I started pulling at different pieces (carefully), and sure enough it came apart. Let me just tell you (and show you, because I’m SO nice!) how disgusting this was…once I got down to the bottom pieces. All the grime and minerals had built up over the last 25 years and clogged the drain holes, the water no longer had a way to escape and just sat, stagnant and moldy. YUCK!
I thought I was going to throw up at least 5 times. Good thing I was already in the bathroom! Once I removed each piece, and drained out the water, I walked them down to our other bathroom and set them in the tub. I knew there would be some intense cleaning involved. I continued on the shower by scraping off all the leftover sealer and silicone, along with the mold, grime, buildup, grossness! Around the outside of the shower stall and all inside. EVERY. SINGLE. BIT. There was a LOT! This took me the most amount of time, other than the waiting periods. I scraped with the scraper, the razor blade and the knife, whatever worked best! I had no concerns about scratching anything up because I knew it was just going to get covered! I also used my razor blade to scrape the walls of the shower (this is why I didn’t worry about using the lime away), there was a TON of built up gunk that came off. Once I felt like I had got it all, I used the sandpaper to rough up the entire shower stall. I was careful to try and get every last bit, knowing this would give the epoxy a good rough surface to adhere to.
Once the sanding was complete, I gave it a good wipe down. I wanted to be sure that there was no dust, dog hair, fuzzies or anything else that could get in the way of a beautiful finish. Lastly for prep work, I taped off the floor so I wouldn’t ruin the (not so terrible) tile.
And then I started with the epoxy! I put my nifty little respirator on, mixed the 2 part epoxy as directed, poured about 1/3 of it into a regular paint tray and began rolling. I was a little concerned with the coverage at first when I could still see the blue, but remembered from the post I had read, that it took a couple coats, so I pressed on! Once all the blue was covered (I was able to use to roller for all the nooks and crannies too), I wrapped up my roller in plastic (to keep it moist so I can use it again) and waited………I hate waiting…I’m impatient…my husband will attest to this. It’s also a good idea to have a window open during all of this. I had the window open which by the way, I chose the COLDEST day of the year to do this, it was -17 outside with wind chills of -31 (I didn’t think it would be important to check the weather report for an indoor project, ooops!
I waited the recommended 3 hours. Went back, poured in another 1/3 of the remainder of the epoxy and started rolling. This was when I was beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel and it started to feel as though this was all for something! The only downside I experienced during this second coat was the roller had basically deteriorated from the epoxy being on it for so long causing the end to fall off, which then left a couple of little pieces behind in the epoxy as I rolled. I removed most, but found a couple after it was too late, oh well! I decided after coat #2 that I definitely wanted to do a 3rd coat, but chose to wait a full day before beginning the last coat. I wanted to be sure I had a good solid surface because I knew it would be the last of the epoxy and wanted to get the best out of it. I didn’t save the roller this time, and decided to start with a fresh one. The next day I put on that last coat…oh man! Was I happy!! It looked just amazing!
In between those coats of epoxy, I spent a lot of time in our other bathroom scrubbing all the glass, metal and rubber pieces. I seriously considered buying all new, but stuck it out. I used a wire and really tough bristle brush to scrub, along with comet and other bathroom cleaners to help cut the mildew. To my surprise, I was finally able to get things looking pretty darn good!
I waited another full day before I attempted reassembly. I wanted to be sure I wasn’t going to scratch or ruin this beautiful thing I had created! Putting everything back together wasn’t terrible, I used all the same hardware and a fresh tube of clear silicone. I won’t dive into all the details, since I kind of just “winged-it”, but if you took it apart, I have faith you’ll be able to figure out how to put it back together!
I was SO impressed with how amazing it all looked once I was finished. It looked like a brand new shower stall!
You too can have a beautiful shower!! According to the Rustoleum Tub and Tile directions, this will work on tile, porcelain and fiber glass. I have not tested the shower to the max yet, it may not hold for years and years, but it sure is an easy solution for now and the immediate future! You can also use it to simply freshen up an already white shower that has dulled and discolored over the years. All around, I would recommend this to anyone willing to take on the project!
Thanks for reading along, and please stay tuned for more on this amazing bathroom transformation!