Some of us like nothing better than a sleek, minimalist, industrial-looking boutique hotel-style bathroom. Others prefer something with a bit more personality and heart. I redecorated ours because the original owners had fitted horrid shiny 1980s tiles from floor to ceiling, in grubby peach and grey. Urgh.
We didn’t want to replace the tiles because it’d cost a fortune as well as being unnecessarily wasteful. So out came a tin of good quality water-based eggshell paint in matt white, cost £30. I painted the tiles with three coats and managed to cover the peach and grey perfectly.
I’ve mentioned water based eggshell before. It’s brilliant stuff: easy to clean, goes on like a dream and unlike ordinary emulsion, it sticks fast to shiny surfaces.
Next I collected together a bunch of pretty, unusual and funky things to stick on the walls. Old mirrors, exotic sea shells, decorative tiles, sun symbols, mosaic squares and so on. They were all things I’d had hanging around the house for ages, that I loved but never really know what do do with, so it cost next to nothing.
I pick up extra bits and bobs every now and again in charity shops, boot sales and junk shops, to add to the effect.
It’s too much of a challenge, and far too destructive, to screw fixings into tiles or into the grout in between. So I’ve used good quality sticky fixers instead, which are remarkably sticky! The cheap ones don’t work, so go for the tough stuff that real builders and decorators use.
If you sell up or want to change things in future you can peel your decor off the walls, using special Sticky Stuff Remover to get rid of the residue. Then simply re-paint the tiles.
Here are some photos of our bathroom walls.