After finishing the shower tile job, we decided that the green paint color we originally chose did not jive with our newly added tile. This was actually okay with us since the green was a bit too "lime". To tone down the paint and allow us to add accent pieces, we chose a light tan color. It turned out great and is much better than the green. Here are a couple of before and after photos.
We still have some small things to complete to consider the bathroom remodel completely done. One of these small tasks will be shopping for new towels, rugs, and a new shower curtain. But for now, we are enjoying having a bathroom that is updated and nice :)
After our first fail on refinishing the floor, we decided to try a lighter color stain. So, we chose a light beige color and started painting a small sample of the stain. Aaron decided to paint a larger than small sample area though… And the stain did not stick to the small specks of wax and glaze that were left on the floor. It actually looked like the stain was making the wax come up once it started drying.
This meant that we could definitely not paint the stain on top of the floor in its current state. It also meant that we had to remove the stain we just applied :( A trip to Home Depot resulted in us purchasing paint stripper, some wire brushes, a mop, and gloves. According to the instructions, all you have to do is apply the stripper, wait a few hours, and wipe off. That is a big load of crap! In no way does it easily wipe up. It is a big gooey nasty mess! We scrubbed the floor with wire brushes for about 4 hours until all of the stain was removed and we were both cursing the "not so small" test area. By the time we finished, it was late and all the restaurants were closed, so we had a nice can of beans for dinner. Just wonderful….
Since the stain was not going to stick to the floor with the remnants of wax in the grout, we assumed that paint would also not stick. Guess what that means for us? Oh just joyous wonderful days of being on our hands and knees scrubbing the floor with wire brushes until all the wax is gone. Pure marital bliss….
The paint stripper is not cheap either. This floor job has just become my least favorite house remodel project. We have about half of the floor stripped at this point. After stripping the wax, we will apply another acid wash to clean the tile, then prime the tile, and then finally be able to paint the floor.
To any of you that are considering doing this to your floor, I think a grenade would be an easier solution...
Theresa and Aaron
We have purchased a home in paradise! This blog will document our many house projects during the remodel.