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80’s Peach Bathroom to White for Just the Cost of Paint

By 01/18/2016January 14th, 202438 Comments

My lovely client Sharon consulted with me this past May and here is the beautiful result:

Her sitting area off the kitchen painted BM Wickham Gray


The pickled 80’s oak cabinets.


Her gorgeous kitchen after with the stunning chandelier. Sharon used White Delicatus granite for her countertops and Annie Sloan mix of Old White 25% & Pure White 75% for her cabinets.


This was her typical 80’s bathroom not a stitch of classic white or cream anywhere.


But after the bathtub and tile was professionally sprayed white, immediately transforming the bathroom into a thing of joy and beauty to behold for a fraction of the cost of new.

Sharon said: “Everything looks great — Everywhere I look makes me happy because the changes have made such a difference.”

Just some inspiration for your Monday morning!

I am starting some renovation projects this year that I will tell you about very soon! It will be fun to follow along!

Arianne Bellizaire (above) a highly sought after decorator, stylist and trend spotter attended my course in Houston in November, and here is a post she wrote about the training.
Below is a photo of her work:
Register here. if you’d like to transform the way you see colour!
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  • Bonnie says:

    So disappointed that none of the “after” photos showed up. Is it just me?

  • Mary Kay says:

    I’m curious about Annie Sloan chalk paint. How well does it stand up to wear and tear on kitchen cabinets?

    • Teri says:

      I have used chalk paint on my kitchen cabinets and also in my bathrooms. Once it has cured (about 30 days), it is pretty indestructible. I had an accident putting some scissors back in a drawer. I missed and stabbed the cabinet frame. I was expecting to have to repair it, but it didn’t even leave a mark.

      If you can’t afford to have your cabinets professionally painted, I would recommend the chalk paint. There is no prep work other than a good cleaning.

      I have used both Annie Sloan and Cece Caldwell chalk paints. The CCC was used in my kitchen, but the AS would work just as well. On slippery surfaces, I find the CCC to adhere just a little better.

  • Stacey says:

    I am curious about painting tile, how is that done?

  • Victoria says:

    what type of paint did you use for painting tile and the tub? I have heard of painting tile and to be honest I have always been skeptical of recomending that to clients but it is an amazing transformation.

    • It needs to be a 2-part epoxy, with proper prep done before it’s sprayed on. Don’t even bother with anything else, it won’t stick. Even epoxy will wear eventually – but if you can’t afford to change everything, it could be an option. Know that this material has terrible fumes and you’ll need to get everyone out of the house during the process. Also make sure the contractor properly vents the house.

  • Lucy Haines says:

    Maria, As usual a good article! Loved how your client used the Annie Sloan paint to refinish her kitchen cabinets. What a difference from her original kitchen. I also liked the addition of the chandelier. What paint did you use to spray the tiles in the bathroom? I have always been afraid it would eventually chip off. Sure made an improvement however.

    I especially loved reading Adrianne Bellizaire’s post about her philosophy of life and how your color class changed her life! It shows that we are never too old to learn.

  • Bridget says:

    The kitchen update is beautiful. Can you tell us more about the chandelier? (Where to buy and cost)

  • Kathryn bates says:

    Professional to paint tub and tile, very happy with results. Was not too costly.

  • M Cudworth says:

    Hello Maria, I couldn’t open up any of the “after” photos on this weeks blog. I tried to open them from my email subscription on my laptop, iPad. I also tried to open the “after” pics on the Facebook site with no success. I am not sure if this is just me having this tech problem, or has anyone else had this issue ?

  • Mary-Illinois says:

    Maria, do you ever get tired of hearing what a great job you do? Ha!
    Another amazing change from the right paint color.
    I want to check out more of Arianne’s work. Her room that you’ve shown is beautiful.

  • Roz Kavander says:

    After years of renovating and specing for clients all I can say about spraying tile is DON’T DO IT. Even if a professional does it with paint that is specifically for that job. I understand that it is expensive to retile but in the long run you will end up redoing the bathroom properly. I have done it for clients when absolutely necessary because there were no other choices BUT it was temporary, they grew to hate it because the grout was also painted, it looked like cheap panelling from the 60’s. And it does start to wear no matter how long it is guaranteed. I have repainted old claw tubs but with the same result no matter how miraculous or great the finish was ….it never lasts. If the client is wanting to move…. again the real work needs to be done because prospective home owners notice these things and wonder what else you are hiding.

    As for the kitchen cabinets, my daughter just redid hers with chalk paint and they are beautiful. They turned out really well. With 4 kids they also seem to wear well. I think painting cabinets is always a great alternative to a new kitchen.
    The colours make a huge difference and I love the light in the kitchen.

    • aprilneverends says:

      We’re remodeling everything in the new house, except for the guest/kids bathroom (have to save somewhere!). The tile there is really bugging me so I asked our contractor, very honest and knowledgeable guy:
      -I heard that the tile can be painted, is it so?
      -Yes, it can
      -Do you recommend it?
      -No, I don’t. It doesn’t last
      I was obviously sad, but I decided to listen to him.
      Thank you for your detailed explanation!

      PS Love the kitchen..beautiful result.

  • Nella Griffith says:

    I couldn’t open the “after” pictures either.

  • Judy H. says:

    Hi Maria, Sharon’s home is stunning. My bathroom is crying out for some attention and I just haven’t been able to figure out what to do. I looked at Sharon’s bathroom and I knew immediately what I wanted. I have been playing with the idea of having out cast iron tub professional sprayed. Hers looks so gorgeous, I’m looking into it further for mine. Her bath reminds me of a delicious vanilla ice cream float!

  • Angela Taylor says:

    Lovely transformation, however, I am wondering how the Annie Sloan chalk paint is going to hold up. I have painted some small pieces of furniture with Annie Sloan paint and they are okay but the kitchen gets more use of course. I apply wax over the paint but other than that I am wondering if there is another method that I am not familiar with.

    • Cynthia says:

      There is a clear lacquer type finish that you can brush on over chalk paint. I know this is true of the CeCe Caldwell paints. Chalk paint holds up just fine. I just painted an entire hutch with it and it is in my kitchen. Also, my hair stylist painted her cabinets in her professional salon with Annie Sloan paint. Obviously it gets a lot of mileage. I can’t say enough good about chalk paint. LOVE IT.

  • Phyllis E. says:

    I love to see your client “before” and “afters” like these, Maria. It gives me hope that my home can one day be transformed into a beautiful, happily ever “after”, too, LOL. I’d love to see more!
    (BTW- I had no problem getting the “afters” to show up on my laptop.)
    That “Wickham gray” looks like the perfect color for that lovely sitting room. I wouldn’t have known it was gray at all.
    I am so curious about the kitchen cabinets painted with the Annie Sloan Chalk paint!!! Did Sharon do it herself? Do you know if she sanded or primed the cabinets beforehand? I know that Annie Sloan says you don’t have to do all that before using her paint, but I’d love to know if her chalk paint can truly be put on kitchen cabinets without sanding and priming and still be durable; it would be a wonderful option for those of us who long to paint our cabinets but are afraid of tackling such a huge project as the regular painting route. The sanding alone (and trying to get all the sanding dust off!) is enough to scare me away, but I don’t mind the actual painting part.
    Maria, had you given Sharon a cabinet color recommendation that she tried to match with the Chalk Paint? Just wondering!
    Thanks for the great post.

  • Maria Killam says:

    Well my web guy can’t figure out what the problem is because he can see it on all his devices so here are the links if you can’t see them!

    Sorry about that! Maria

  • Lorraine says:

    OMG these photos are great, can’t believe the kitchen transformation. I absolutely love the livingroom with the aqua blue. I will definitely be consulting with you Maria when I am ready to begin my renovations.

  • Betsy OShea says:

    I have also used Annie Sloan chalk paint w/ wax on small items but I too would wonder how well the wax finish would hold up when scrubbing off grease and food stains off of white cabinets. These type of stains were never noticeable when I had wood cabinets. I believe that while chalk paint may be easier to apply since sanding & priming is not necessary many thin layers of waterborne or oil based paint will hold up longer. The sheen is very different too. It’s a waxy dull shine versus more glossy. I did 2 coats of oil primer and four topcoats of BM Advanced waterborne ( alkyd water mix) semi-gloss paint. For contemporary interiors you might want to use high gloss. So far, so good

    • mrsben says:

      Re sanding prior to painting/finishing; from my experience if a surface does not require repair and if its cleaned properly (i.e.: a solution of TSP mixed with water); priming with Zinsser’s Bullseye 1-2-3 should be sufficient. In summary, I have used the latter on a variety of surfaces ranging from metals, plaster, plastics, ceramics to wood etc. and have never encountered any problem. Also FTR, that includes out door projects that have been exposed to some pretty harsh elements of weather. -Brenda-
      P.S.: I am not a spokesperson for Zinnsers … ☺.

  • Jackie Walls says:

    Love the kitchen update! What color did your client paint the kitchen walls? Please let me know. My kitchen is similar and I’m about to repaint. I was considering BM Wicker Natural. Any thoughts? Thank you Maria. I’ve been following you for years and enjoy reading your informative posts.

  • Maria Killam says:

    Note from my client:

    “The cost of spray painting was $1375.

    It included the sinks in 3 baths, two shower stalls and the sunken tub.
    We were told not to use anything abrasive like Comet or even Soft Scrub. Specifically no time limit was given to us.

    This is our short term solution until we do a proper update, which may not be for 10 years when we really retire there — we are only in our late 50’s. It took a week to do the 3 spaces, as there are a couple of coats.(and he was a single guy operation)

    The more expensive service would have sprayed more coats (Between $3000-$5000) So far so good, will know better how it holds up after 3 months of renters, but we used it for a month and no issues what so ever.

  • mrsben says:

    Maria, aesthetically IMO there is no argument that what was done is impressive. That said, as am in the midst of upgrading my own bathrooms vie a Contractor (one down, one now totally demolished and two more (half baths) to go); I will NOT be showing the cost to my husband as he would go into a state of hyperventilation for sure… LOL! Also before signing off, since I am not a user of Facebook I appreciate that you are featuring this type of post on your Blog as one can learn so much through someone elses experience. -Brenda-

  • Linda Florreich says:

    Maria, what a beautiful kitchen renovation! Did painting the 80’s pickled oak cabinets cover the grain? I have 80’s golden oak cabinets that I want to paint but also lose the grain. Several painters have told me that no paint will cover oak grain. Thank you! I haven’t given up on the possibility that I can lose the grain.

    • mrsben says:

      @Linda: “Several painters have told me that no paint will cover oak grain.” IMHO and experience through trial and error they are partially correct as Oak if properly prepared can be ‘covered’ with paint however it should not be confused with ‘will it hide’ the grain which is two separate things. Reason in laymen’s terms and regardless that the following are both considered hard woods: Oak = a coarse texture = a noticeable grain whereas Maple = a fine texture = even grain; with the latter after painting will usually give you an undistinguishable wood underneath, particularly if the Maple is classified as paintable grade. In other words and not to dispute Sharon’s comment below; in the event you wish a smooth non-grain surface (one that if you close your eyes after painting and cannot feel any grain and/or requires a followup finish like waxing) you might wish to consider using ‘an Oak grain filler’ in the initial steps of preparation. i.e.: Search Wunderfil Wood Filler (by Rockler) and be sure to check out its technical document/specs and application instructions. -Brenda-
      P.S.: I am not a spokesperson for the above product and Maria I promise this will be my last IMHO re painting …. ☺.

  • Sharon says:

    Annie Sloan paints covers the grain. I also painted my oak kitchen in my primary home in AS Old Orchre. Annie Sloan recommends that some oak, mahogany, and knotty pine be primed with a shellac or Bins product, to prevent bleeding, however both set of cabinets that I painted already had shellac surfaces which I cleaned with a degreaser then painted. Recommend you go to her website for more information. There are also lots of you tube videos and blogs about painting kitchen cabinets with Annie Sloan paint with detailed how to’s. I took a class on how to use Annie Sloan paint offered by my local distributor, practiced on smaller items then consulted with them again when I was ready to tackle the kitchen.

  • Kristin says:

    A couple of years ago, we did what I like to call the “poor man’s remodel” of our main bathroom. We painted all of the honey oak cabinetry white; I sprayed all of the fixed harrdware an oil-rubbed bronze, and replaced hardware that was removable to oil-rubbed bronze; removed the pink floral wallpaper and painted the upper wall and ceiling a dark blue/grey; removed the glass doors and installed a shower curtain; painted the wainscot white (already existing!); and a couple of other things that are hard to explain in words without pictures. Most of that was labor which we did ourselves. What we could not at the time budget for was replacing the pink (not pink beige. Actual pink) tile in the tub surround. I just keep the curtain closed and hope no one notices. I think we did pretty well considering this was before I found your blog! Anyway, this post gave me inspiration to have the tile painted! I suppose I could replace the tile myself (with white subway tile of course); although we have proven that actual home improvement is not a stength of ours. Thanks for the idea!

  • Liz o says:

    We’re redoing our bathroom: 60″ vanity with rectangle undermount, hex marble tile flooring in muted whites, grays, soft sage, sconces brushed nickel finish, wall paint (SW Sea Salt). The vanity comes pre-painted SW Prius White (cabinet makers personalized color). We chose pure white quartz countertop. The Prius White is not a pure white, it’s more white, gray, green. Is this going to work? Thanks!!

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