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Tile Transformation – DIY

02 Oct Tile Transformation – DIY

“If I want to be alone, some place I can write, I can read, I can pray, I can cry, I can do whatever I want – I go to the bathroom.” – Alicia Keys

BEFORE | BROWN BATHROOM. Read here to see how we made "this" beautiful. #tiles #bathroom #makeover | @D.L. Rhein


Oh the tile colors of the ’70’s and ’80’s…not the most appealing of palates, that’s for sure.  What most people don’t realize, is there is an inexpensive way to give yourself a brand new bathroom without always having to rip out the unsightly existing pieces.  In four steps, you can go from this, to this….  

A little girl bathroom becomes a big girl bathroom | @D.L. Rhein


Ok, to be fair, we also removed the mirrored wall and replaced it with Santuzza Moss, a fab flocked wallpaper by Designer’s Guild.  New bathroom accessories from our store streamline the space and create a calming oasis.  One of our favorite products, blown glass water pitchers that double as flower vases from Blenko, an American glass company in business since 1893.  Fresh orange roses are the perfect pop to the shades of green.   This bathroom is the second phase to a tween bedroom we recently remodeled.   To update your counter, tile and floors, here are the steps to achieve a brand new bathroom.

1- Scrub all tile with acid.

2- Let all tile dry completely

3- Apply a high quality primer, we suggest Kilz, in white

4- Apply two coats of Hollandlac Brilliant from Fine Paints of Europe

We did the same process on a kitchen, taking country animal print tiles to a chic high gloss black modern space.   Transform your tile, you’ll be amazed with the results!





  • Linda
    Posted at 22:28h, 02 October

    Many kudos to you, this has the WOW factor all the way. Love it.

  • Corrie
    Posted at 05:22h, 02 November

    I found this blog post on Pinterest in search of a way to rescue my MIL’s bathroom tile to save on budget. My FIL just passed away and she must sell… The tile in her bathroom looks terrible and is an ugly mauve pink… Idk when that was EVER popular… The original owners picked the color… Anyway, we are on an extremely tight budget and her bathroom needs updating. I’m going to be painting it, I’ve seen people do it on home improvement shows before… So my question is the tile is floor and wall tile in the bathroom… Do I need oil based primer? I see you recommend kilz, but you didn’t say oil based or not.

    Thanks for your response in advance! If you have any other recommendations on type of paint to go over the primer to make it last I’d appreciate it.

  • Kristin
    Posted at 16:47h, 02 November

    What kind of acid? We do you buy it? How do you apply it?

    • admin
      Posted at 01:29h, 06 November

      The acid is available at Home Depot. You would need to ask them what type for your specific tile. We have contractors apply it and do the painting for us. Definitely want to consult or hire a professional to do this as it is not a hard process, but needs to be handled carefully.

      • Kim smith
        Posted at 00:43h, 01 January

        Can it be a different paint,besides the Europe one? Thank you

      • Jessica Young
        Posted at 19:00h, 03 January

        Hi Kim, We use the Hollandlac for this process every time because we like the result of that paint the best. You could consult a paint specialist at a hardware store to ask for other options. The Hollanlac is well worth it!