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My bathroom needs to be updated. I have a small bathroom and it has milky brown and white tiles and the tub, toilet and sink are also milky brown. Any ideas on how to update without ripping out all the tiles?

Pamela from Pittsburgh, PA

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April 26, 20070 found this helpful


If the tiles are in good condition you could paint them using special tile primer and tile paint, you could get the paint tinted in a range of colours, I prefer to stick to something neutral in bathrooms and kitchens and add colour with accessories, that way it's an easier job to change the look.

You could add some colour with co-ordinating towels, bathmats and a nice plant-pot etc....

Good luck with your project whatever you decide to do.

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April 26, 20070 found this helpful

thanks i was thinking about painting the tiles and replacing the tub toilet and sink. the bathroom is pretty small so the job shouldnt be that hard , its just getting in there to do it i have 3 boys and a husband

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April 26, 20070 found this helpful

You can brighten a tiled Bathroom, By re-grouting in a whiter shade or off white color grout. This can be done on floor tiles, shower tiles... Give the entire scrubbing with a bleaching scrub. Like Soft Scub with bleach. It will not discolor your colored fixtures, But it will brighten them.

You can then, inexpensively buy a brighter colored shower curtin, with matching rugs, and inexpensive decorative towels. An off white sounds like it would go well with the color you are talking about. Get a vase for the back of the toilet and fill it with coordinating colors. "Brighten is best and cheapest way to remodel a perfectly construct Bathroom".

Good luck with your Spring Project!:)


From Massachusetts

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April 26, 20070 found this helpful

I'm thinking, paint the walls around the tiles a pale but cheery (not too pale) shade of pink, yellow, or turquoise, and leave the tiles alone. Maybe get a cute stencil and coordinating paint to stencil a few of the tiles (stencil with white first, let dry, then use the color to stencil again) to bring the wall color onto the tiles. This way when you change colors you can take a razor blade and just scrape the stencils off the tiles and do it all over again! get towels, curtain, rug, and decorations to coordinate with both the brown and the color you choose for the walls. Maybe a fancy toilet seat, like one of the clear ones that looks like the ocean too...have fun with it!

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April 27, 20070 found this helpful

We bought a house in the early 90's with a brown 70's bathroom suite and pink walls, it was horrid, I couldn't wait to change it. Painting the tiles would be quicker, cheaper and easier than replacing since you didn't want to have to do that. If they're plainish tiles that's not so bad but do they have a pattern that dates the look?

If you're thinking of replacing the tub, toilet and sink you may end up damaging the surrounding tiles anyway and have to replace or patch up...make sure you measure up carefully if you decide to wishes...we've refitted bathrooms in two homes...that brown one I mentioned....and our current home...that turned into a much bigger job than anticipated (tiles ended up falling off the walls), even the walls came off, the only original thing in there is the ceiling! We moved fixtures to make more room and went white and neutral so we can change the look with coloured accessories.

Good luck, hope you love it when you've finished, I'll try to add a photo of our latest...fingers crossed...

Thank goodness we had a 2nd loo!!!

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April 27, 20070 found this helpful

Have you seen the decals that you can apply to tiles? They have some nice designs like seashells etc. They scrape off if you want them to later. Paint is the cheapest way to brighten and update. You might want to add a mildew deterrant to the paint if it has heavy use. If you want to go the decal route, I would pick a wall paint to go with one of the colors in the decal you chose. Of course new accessories can brighten even the smallest powder room.

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April 27, 20070 found this helpful

thank u everyone for your suggestions . i think i will just paint the tiles and get a bathtub enclosure, a new sink and toilet. i cant wait i'm so excited. i'll surely let you guys know how it went/

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