I am trying to up date and small bathroom on a very small budget.

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The tub and tile are a 70's gold, and I can't afford to replace either one. PLEASE HELP!!!!

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  • Tricia Perakes Tricia Perakes on Jul 11, 2017
    It is pretty inexpensive to have the tiles and tub painted. If they're both in good condition, this may be something to consider. A nice crisp white paint will give you a blank canvas to redecorate the rest of the bathroom with ease.

  • Sandy Sandy on Jul 11, 2017
    when you paint tubs and tile, it makes it harder to clean. You have to be careful as to what cleaning products to use. I would like to see a picture of your bathroom. What if you worked with the color. Maybe get a shower curtain that coordinates with the gold color? If you leave the curtain extended, it will cover up the tile in the tub area. You would only see it when you are in the tub.

  • Molly Anmar Molly Anmar on Jul 11, 2017
    If I were in your shoes, I'd have it done professionally for best results. They can get it done in one day. Look up bathroom reglazing for your area. http://www.renewyourbath.com/

    If that's not an option for price considerations, then Rustoleum makes a DIY product: http://www.homedepot.com/p/Rust-Oleum-Specialty-1-qt-White-Tub-and-Tile-Refinishing-Kit-7860519/202246270 (You'll want to really study the reviews on this product)

    Least expensive of all would be to follow Sandy's suggestion and screen the tub/tile with a pretty new shower curtain.

  • Amy Amy on Jul 11, 2017
    I agree with"work with it". There are ways to update and have a fun, funky bathroom. There are the dark oil bronze sink and tub faucets these days that would look good with gold. Soap dishes, pump bottles, trash can etc also come in the finsih(Walmart). Shower curtain with gold and brown or another mix in a modern print like chevron and I think you would be amazed. Fresh matching towels and even a mirror change if you have the funds. Good luck

  • Sunny C Sunny C on Jul 11, 2017
    Hello Kathey; if I were you, I would embrace the Harvest Gold color.
    I personally would concentrate on redoing my Bathroom.
    You would be so surprised what fresh paint, new fluffy towels, and some inexpensive accessories will do for the area!!!
    I know all about this well, as I redid one of my Brothers Bathrooms, that is a very different color.....It is a dark blue tone. It honestly looked like a cave at first!!! (I called it The Cave....And, I still do.....LOL  )
    Aside from that, I worked hard in there, as I redid the walls. I added texture, and I painted.
    I even made him a Border which I hand painted that has Boats, and a Beach scene. A new shower curtain added interest and took away from the odd dark blue color.
    I also Painted two Pictures, which are hanging on the walls. Towels, and some Boat type items completed the room.
    If at all possible, Please show me some photos and I will be happy to give you some ideas.
    I hope that this will help you!! Take Care!

  • Elaine Elaine on Jul 11, 2017
    Actually, your gold color might not be as bad as you think! I've decorated for a long time now and my advice would be: just ignore the gold, buy (if need be) white fluffy bath towels, hand towels and face cloths. Clear off your bathroom counter(s), remove any knick-knacks sitting on the window ledge assuming you have a window in the bathroom. Make sure you have NO other color in the bathroom ... the goal is to make the bathroom look fresh and "spa-like" which means, spare/sparse, clean, with lots of white. If you have a patterned (or colored) shower curtain, replace it with plain white. I make mine out of Queen sized sheets (bought on sale) and add a transparent dollar-store liner. I also make it very full and hang the pole as high as possible to make the ceiling height appear higher than it is.

    IF you have a good sized counter, display a live green plant - a pot of ivy or a fern, for example (as they need little light) - a live green plant really does add "life" to a room and an element of freshness. However, it depends on the size of your counter OR, perhaps, you can remove what is now on your toilet tank and place a real plant there. Your bathroom will then "yes" still be gold but it will have nothing else but lots of white and look fresh, clean and more pared-down looking. Don't forget gold can go with many colors - especially brown tones that still remain popular even though gray has been a trend for a few years. (Trends do come and go so it's wise not to follow them too much unless it's in small items that can be reused elsewhere such as pillows or a throw.)

  • Fiddledd224 Fiddledd224 on Jul 11, 2017
    I would work with this color! If you can't beat it, join it! First, I would find a shower curtain/window treatment pattern or design that has this gold color in it and then pick a wall paint color that coordinates with all of it. I know it can work!

  • Emily Emily on Jul 12, 2017
    I agree to go with the gold. And as Elaine said keep the other color white (I always wonder why anyone uses any other color towel) This would give you the most attractive looking room. Clean and simple. Own the gold.

  • Kat25231980 Kat25231980 on Jul 12, 2017
    Thanks for all your ideas.