How do I update my bathroom on a budget?


1950's blue toilet, sink and bathtub.Ready to update. Will purchase these and have tub surround in tile effect. Would and is there a peal and stick laminate that would stick to tile for walls with trim added? Then what about painting wallpaper? We are old and do not think we are able to remove tile and wallpaper. If these questions are not recommended what are some suggestions? On a tight budget. Thank you

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  • Mogie Mogie on Nov 20, 2018

    Peel and stick tiles need a flat surface to stick to. Why not paint the tile? This site explains painting ceramic tile in more detail.

  • Never ever paint wallpaper. Period. End of story. Old is just a number - to be proud of. Yes you can remove the wallpaper.

    Removing tile just requires a hammer, chisel and eye protection. You can do this yourself. It makes a mess but what renovation doesn't?

    If you have to, you can paint the tile, just know that it will eventually peel.

  • Kathy,

    I too have an old blue bathroom! You can definitely paint over wallpaper if it isn’t peeling and you don’t mind a little texture showing through. Perhaps you could hire a handyman to install bead board paneling over it as another option.

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Nov 23, 2018

    Agree with Naomie to never paint over wallpaper. Just because it is 'possible' to do this, it doesn't mean that it is the right. The value of your home will not be increased if any of the work in the project is not completed correctly.

    If you are still unconvinced, read through some of the questions posted here on Hometalk from others who are now faced with the huge problem of having to remove painted wallpaper.

  • Kik34409364 Kik34409364 on Nov 23, 2018

    Thank you for these replies. I figured most would be your answers.

    Thanks again.

  • Oliva Oliva on Nov 23, 2018

    Hi, Kathy,

    Your retro bath may have more appeal than you think. Blue is a hugely popular color for bathrooms.

    Look at these two sites, for more information:


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