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Today’s guest post is a fab tutorial on how to paint bathroom tiles! I’ve done this in a kitchen before and it is a brilliant, easy way to transform the look and feel of a room. If you are thinking of giving it a go, check out these 7 steps to make sure you get the best result.

If you’re stuck with bathroom tile a shade of pink that was produced only in the 1970s, you might want to consider painting those tiles, see ABL for more on this. The process takes a bit of work, but it is certainly easier than ripping down the old tiles and installing new ones. You’ll have to follow the steps closely and carefully, but when you’re finished, you’ll love your new bathroom.

There are a couple of things to note before you get started. Because you’ll be using a number of cleaners and chemicals, be sure the area is well ventilated. You’ll also want to invest in a disposable respirator mask, some rubber gloves, and eye protection.

Make sure that the grout between the tiles is in decent condition and not cracked badly or missing entirely. If the grout is in really bad shape, you might consider re-grouting the tile before painting. Also keep in mind that the grout will be the same color as the tile once you’re done painting.

  1. Remove the caulk. Remove all of the caulk from around the edges of the tile you’re going to be painting, including the corners of the tub and shower walls if you’re painting a shower. A regular flathead screwdriver should work fine for this task, but hardware stores carry plastic caulk removal tools if you are worried about scratches.
  2. Clean the entire area. Clean the entire area first with diluted bleach water, then rinse. Then clean with an abrasive cleaner like Comet and rinse. Next, clean with a hard-water remover such as Lime-A-Way and rinse.
  3. Sand. Gently sand down all of the tiles with a 400/600 wet-dry sandpaper to remove any leftover grout or dirt. When complete, wipe down the entire surface with acetone to remove any excess sand. Let dry for an hour.
  4. Tape off the area to be painted. Using blue painter’s tape, carefully tape off the area you want to paint. If it’s just the entire tile surface, a simple box will do. If you want to get more creative, consider making patterns and designs of smaller shapes.
  5. Prime the surface. Using a special primer that’s designed to bond with ceramic tile, prime the tile surface with a high-quality paintbrush for the tight spots and a foam roller for the larger spots. Allow the primer to dry for at least 3 hours.
  6. Mix and paint. For showers and other high-humidity areas, you’ll need a two-part epoxy paint that needs to be mixed together. Wearing your respirator mask, pour the activator into the base. Paint just like you primed, using a high-quality brush to cut in and then a foam roller to avoid lint sticking to the wall. Apply the paint in thin layers. Use a new paint tray for each coat, as the activator in the epoxy may “reactivate” what appears to be dried paint. Allow 24 hours to dry.
  7. Peel off the painter’s tape. Step back and marvel at the transformation!

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I was invited by Country Baskets to enter their Festive Face Off. A what? I hear you cry!

The festive face off is a Christmas craft competition run by Country Baskets. 30 bloggers compete with each other to make a crafty decoration from a basket of craft goodness that we received.

So the last week I have been very busy making all kind of homemade decorations. The house is an absolute bomb sight and I have managed to sustain 2 knife cuts and one hot glue gun wound in a week! But with my game face on here is my entry to the competition ;)

The lucky winner will receive £250 voucher to spend at Country Baskets. Awesome! More mess and injuries here we come! No seriously I would love to win this as I am hoping to get my crafting / Etsy business back up and running in 2014.

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The basket of crafting goodies we received was enormous, there were artificial flowers, ribbon, bark, decorations, buttons, baubles. I was excited for a whole week about what I was going to make out of it! We are going for a Nordic look this Christmas, you know the simple, naive, traditional Christmas with lots of red and wood (you can’t escape it, it is everywhere!) so I wanted to create something that would work alongside this.

We’ve seen the trend for stick Christmas trees all over Pinterest and I thought I would attempt to make a branch garland for on the fireplace.

Here is how I went about it!

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1. I chose the best looking branch I could. This particular one is taken from my mums walnut tree and I love the moss and spiky twigs. It is pretty beautiful on its own!

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2. I made some bell bunting out of little gold bells I found in the charity shop for 50p and some red string. I tripled the thickness of the string so it was nice and sturdy and tied the bells in equal spaces across the length. I then draped this over my branch.

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3. I added the little golden apples to the branch. Remember with Nordic that less is most definitely more!

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4. I made a few simple decorations out of the birch bark. This was literally as easy as pie. I just drew a freehand shape out on the back of the birch and used scissors to cut out the shape. I made a hole with my ‘hole maker’ (is there an official name for these?) and threaded them with some thin gold wire. These were also dotted around the branch.

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5. It was already starting to look quite full. I had loads of other decorations that I had made that I was tempted to add but I didn’t as it immediately spoilt the simplicity which is the look we are going for when we think Nordic!

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6. Lastly I made the word NOEL out of some wonderful maleable wire that was in the kit and sprayed this gold to fit with the colour scheme. I hung this from one of the twigs and my creation was complete.

How simple was that? But I think you will agree it looks lovely, rustic and charming. Let me know what you think of my design?

And please pop over to I’m home honey in the next few days were you will see how to make a few other decorations like these ones!

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Today Daddylish arrived home with 10(!) gorgeous pumpkins that were left over at his work (he works with veggies!). Naturally Littlelish and I will be using a few to make Halloween pumpkin faces but we have such an assortment of sizes that I’ve been looking for inspiration for gorgeous grown up pumpkin decoration and I’ve found some beauties to share with you all…

Pretty painted pumpkins by Alisa Burke

 

Gold drawing pin covered pumpkins by Madigan

Fabric paint decorated pumpkins by A beautiful mess

Painted quote pumpkins by Proper Measure

Ribbon wrapped pumpkins by Good HouseKeeping

Lace pattered pumpkins by Martha Stewart

Lots of great inspiration for pumpkin decorating. Keep you posted on the progress!!