Bathroom reno: Stage 3- A Painted Throne

Yes, I am finally updating again about the bathroom! The good news is we are able to use the master bathroom again. The bad news is that it still isn’t completely done and probably won’t be for a little while. But we have made a lot of progress and I have quite a lot of updating to do!

That being said, let’s talk about the best seat in the house.

My advertising courses in college solidified in my head to never show pictures of toilets. Well, today, I’m blowing that out of the water! I feel like such a rebel.

Here’s a pic of our bathroom when we first bought the house.


Of course, I immediately changed out the toilet seat, but it was still an ecru toilet…which blended right in with the walls, the shower, the countertop, the sink, the floor…but let’s not revisit the past, right? Moving on.

So, when we were gearing up for our bathroom reno, we knew something had to be done about the toilet to truly polish off the look of the bathroom. It seems like the only logical solution would be to replace the toilet.  But then I got thinking….see, I’m a little bit of a paint-a-holic, or paint crazy, if you will. I have a reputation of painting…well, everything. And, frankly, a new toilet didn’t fit in our budget for the bathroom makeover. But surely I’m not crazy enough to paint a toilet, right?

Yep, we painted it. I did some research via my bff Google and found a bunch of this, this, and this. Kinda scary, and not exactly what I was going for. All in all, I wasn’t finding anything out there on painting your entire toilet a different color. Am I really the only person out there crazy enough to do this? Apparently so! Anyway, in all my research, I came across this:


Rustoleum Tub and Tile Refreshing Kit. Not exactly made for toilets, but it’s an epoxy glaze intended for use on porcelain, cast iron, etc. For the price of $30, I decided it was worth a shot. Best case scenario: I get a brand-new looking toilet with the same great functionality for $30. Worst case: I lose $30, several hours of time, and the opportunity cost of $30 that would have been spent on a new toilet. Oh yeah, and it would be hard to find someone else that would want to use a perfectly functional, but very strange-looking toilet, so there would most likely be waste involved as well. We decided to go for it.



I’ll be honest, the process was not as easy as it sounded. The fumes were HORRIBLE- much worse than I’ve ever experienced with any other refinishing product and it was difficult to get the glaze to go on smoothly. 5 hours and 3 coats later, we decided that we were done and we would wait to see how it turned out ( hoping the glaze would smooth out and look more even). It takes 3 days to fully cure, so we turned on the bathroom vent, closed the door to the master bedroom, and parked it in one of the guest rooms for a couple of nights. 3 days later,when we went to check on it, we still weren’t sure. In fact, I was pretty certain that it was a failure and we would be buying a new toilet. But we chugged on with the bathroom makeover and decided to make the final call when we were ready to re-install the toilet.

*Insert a lot bathroom reno progress here (to be posted shortly)*

I was so surprised and shocked when we put the toilet back in place and it looked good! The toilet seat didn’t fare so well with the re-glazing (there were parts not fully covered and obvious brush strokes all over), but a quick change to a new white one did the trick. There are still a few brush strokes on the tank, but, due to the way the light hits the toilet, you can’t see them unless you really, really try. Here’s the finished product.



Would I recommend this for everyone? Not a chance. But I am super pleased with how it turned out and I would totally do it again.

Has anyone else ever painted anything that seemed un-paintable? I know I can’t be the only one out there….even though Google suggests that I am. Help me out here!