I give you my word that the next time I post about the bathroom remodel, it’ll be the final, official before and after post showing my completely finished bathroom.
It’s almost finished. And if you just let out a little scoffing laugh, or rolled your eyes at that statement, I don’t blame you one bit. That has pretty much been Matt’s reaction for two weeks now every time he asks me, “How much more do you have to do in there?” and I respond with, “There’s not much more now! It’s almost finished!” I’m starting to wonder if his only reason for asking me this question anymore is so that he can laugh at me, make fun of my definition of “almost finished,” and respond with things like, “Okay, so maybe by the summer of 2016?” 😀
But it really is almost finished. I just had quite a bit more trim and tile to install. And then all of the finishing work (wood filling, sanding, caulking, priming, sanding again, and two coats of paint) seemed never ending. But just yesterday, I finally got the final coat of paint on all of the crown moulding, trim, wainscoting, and built-in storage, with the exception of one cabinet door. For some reason, I overlooked the door. I didn’t even get it primed until 11:00 last night, so it still needs two coats of paint. But I’m soooo close!
Anyway, here’s how this little corner of the bathroom looked last time I showed you…
And here’s how it looks now…
I still need to paint that little sliver of wall, paint the cabinet door, stain the countertop, polyurethane the countertop, and install the door and drawer pulls.
But can we just take a moment to and look at my tiling job here? 😀
I am so proud of the way that turned out! Not only was this my first time to ever cut tile on a 45-degree angle for an outside corner, but I was doing so on tiny mosaic tile pieces that had to be cut one at a time, and I was using my cheap tile saw that’s pretty much on its last leg. I had procrastinated on this tile project as long as I could just because I was dreading it so much, but it worked out just fine!
It’s those little details that make me happy. 🙂
Anyway, the built-in area is now all trimmed out and painted as well (except for that door). Here’s how it looked a few days ago…
And I don’t know if you can tell in the picture above, but in the first picture, the tile in the back of the shelves looks kind of dull and darker, and in the second picture, the tile looks much lighter and brighter. That’s because I painted the grout. I originally used alabaster grout on all of the tile in this bathroom, but it just ended up looking dull and dirty. So on all of the accent tile (i.e., tile that isn’t by water), I painted the grout with regular latex paint (semi-gloss, since that’s what I was using on the trim). I just used my regular 2-inch paint brush, painted the entire back, and then used a damp rag to wipe the paint off of the tile. And on the tub surround, I used Grout Renew to brighten the grout. The difference in color isn’t that drastic, but it makes such a big difference in how light and bright the tile appears, especially on that mosaic tile.
Anyway, I don’t recommend ever using latex paint on grout that will be exposed to water (i.e., a shower or tub surround), or that will be walked on. But for an accent tile like this, it works perfectly. Just be very sure that any natural stone tile is sealed before you put paint on it! Although, if it’s grouted, it should be sealed already. You’re supposed to seal natural stone tile before grouting so that the grout doesn’t discolor the tile. And paint will discolor it also if it isn’t sealed.
I used latex paint to paint the grout on the kitchen backsplash in the condo years ago (maybe five years now, on new, unsealed grout that didn’t turn out the color I had wanted), and it held up perfectly. But for areas that will be exposed to water, or for a tiled floor, I suggest using Grout Renew since it’s water-resistant.
So here’s a wider view of this whole side of the bathroom.
My “to do” list is dwindling, and the bathroom really is nearing completion. It won’t be long now. It’ll certainly be done by Thanksgiving 😀