Sep 18, 2017

Another Makeover ... Bathroom this time!

Oh yea, looks like I've been bitten by the DIY bug big time! Here is another makeover I did to the apartment. My tiny guest bathroom :)

This is the AFTER

 ... now brace yourselves for the BEFORE ;)

We dubbed it the "Blue Bathroom" when we moved in 12 years ago. Took me 12 years to figure out what to do with it. My main obstacle was the blue tiles. I didn't like it at all, but couldn't afford to hack it all down and retile the bathroom, so we just left it as is. And then I got to know that you can actually paint on tiles. So I did some research and found (to my disappointment) that we didn't carry specialize tile paint here. But I was so into it already, I had to find an alternative. And I did find one.

This is a 2 part epoxy paint for exterior surfaces. You get 4 liters of paint and 1 liter of hardener in the package. Mix the 2 together, and you get a durable, highly scratch resistant paint. And this was the savior! I love how the paint covered the tiles and it feels really good to the touch. Besides the wall, I also repainted the floor and even added stencil to it. This was an impromptu decision as I actually wanted to retile the floor when I had some extra cash. I gathered, retiling just the floor won't cost me a lot. But I needed a temporary fix to the blue tiles on the floor too while waiting. But after I did the stenciling, I fell totally in love with it!! I'm hoping now that it will last for a long time!

A Moroccan tile design I found on the net, and made my own stencils
In love with it!
After the walls and the floors, I DIY-ed a simply vanity out of pine wood and added galvanized pipes for the legs for an industrial touch.

I also decided on a stainless steel salad bowl for the sink.

I'm not going to lie, I did face some problems with the sink and the plumbing. Because the salad bowl had a relatively wide and flat base, after I installed it, I realised that the water would not drain properly. Also, the drain was a lip higher than the base of the bowl, as such I had pools of water in the bowl. After some thought, I decided my best solution was to raise the level of the base. So I got out some of my old Ice Resin and added it to the base. And since I was adding resin anyways, perhaps a few gears won't hurt ;)

And so, by the end of it all, I have solved my water drainage problem and added a Steampunk touch to my sink! Best outcome ever! And oh ... check out my homemade faucet which I was thrilled that it turned out so well :)

Here are some photos of other features that I have added.

A light fixture also made of galvanized pipes
Dressed up the builder's grade door with moldings
A crude shelf out of pieces of RM5 kitchen utensil racks

A quote, image transferred to pieces of burned pine
and a towel rack made from extra pipes

I am utterly delighted with the new look of our bathroom! No more blue tiles!!
Love the way it turned out
Black shower curtains for drama
The Vanity
Vanity with the tungsten light on
A pano of my tiny bathroom
My favourite photo
Let me leave you with 2 videos I made on the full process of the makeover :) Hope you'll enjoy it!!




  1. Wow! I am constantly amazed by your creativity! <3

  2. That is utterly amazing!! You gave me ideas for my own bath!!! Love love love the stenciled floor!! Great Job Winnie!! Hope all is well with you! :)

  3. Incredible makeover Luthien!!
    You should be doing your own renovation show! I love your style!
    Jackie ")

  4. You are absolutely AMAZING! I bow to you and your use of power tools. Hugs.

  5. Wow, you did an amazing job!!! You are so talented!!! Thanks for sharing:)

  6. I love all of your work especially your handmade books...I just stumbled upon you and am wondering if and where you sell your books?

    1. hi Tracy :)
      Thank you for your kind comment!
      I do have a shop
      alternatively you can also contact me on if you want to discuss on custom work :)

  7. This is great work. Just one thing; how are the paints doing now? Did the color stayed even after you wash/scrub your bathroom a few times? I've been thinking to paint the tiles in my shower and bathroom but worrying about the color coming off later.

    1. Hi :) thanks for the question.
      Surprisingly the floor is still doing great. A bit of wear on the grouting but otherwise still looks good. The wall is perfect, still looking like when I first painted it. I must say the PU paint for the wall is very good. I think if you wanted to paint your bathroom, the shower area might not be a good idea as it is constantly wet. But the rest of the bathroom where it's just used for walking, or standing, where it doesn't get wet constantly could work with painting.

  8. Thanks Luthien, for the info. In this case I think I will paint my laundry area. My bathrooms are, unfortunately, constantly wet because there's no partition between the shower area and the rest.

  9. my pleasure Ainee :) Have fun with the makeover :)

  10. Wow - I am super impressed! Will you come and do mine?

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  13. Thats a very interesting first name -
    you sure you're not related to
    Martin Luther?

    1. hahaha!! Quite unlikely, but would be rather cool wouldn't it


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