Create a Little Art in Your Bathroom

Donna Schulz
by Donna Schulz
3 Materials
2 Days

We have been doing a lot of DIY renovations to our home. When it came to our Master Bath, I really didn’t want to go to the expense of a huge remodel at this time, but I definitely knew that something had to be done to make the spa tub surround/skirt more appealing. It was really plain & honestly quite ugly.

As I sat on the edge of my bed & peered into the Master Bath, It came to me that the surround appeared to look more like framing than a skirt, so why not add a little art into the frames?

it turned out to be a really simple, unique & Inexpensive fix to the biggest eyesore in our Master Bath area.

Step one ... sand to prep wood for paint & wipe down afterwards

I sanded the wood by hand with a medium grade sandpaper of 120, then Followed up sanding once more with a finer grade sandpaper of 600 to smooth the wood after stripping the varnish from it with the sandpaper.

Once all the sanding was complete, I wiped down all the wood with Isopropyl Alcohol.

Step 2 ... prime & paint the frames

Next I primed & painted the frames around the areas that I planed to display art images in.

Step 3 ... add images

Next I began adding images to our tub surround. I had purchased 2 large wall paintings for this project. One was purchased at a local thrift store, and the other came from a neighborhood garage sale. Each of the 2 paintings were cut in half & sized to fit into side by side frames. This allowed me to only have to purchase 2 paintings instead of 4, and make each set into separate yet complete paintings. Once the paintings were sized, I painted the backs of the paintings with glue & placed them into the frames. After the paintings were glued into place. I glued another very small strip of white wood just on the inside of the frame & on top of the paintings to give each one a more finished look.

Final product ... looks so much better than old Surround
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  • Nancy Robison Nancy Robison on Oct 05, 2020

    Did you seal the paintings in case of splashed water?

  • Lois Ann Jernigan Bowman Lois Ann Jernigan Bowman on Oct 07, 2020

    What covering the opening for access to plumbing? Mine is on the last panel by the faucet..

  • Johanne Palange Johanne Palange on Oct 06, 2021

    Oh how beautiful is this? It is 1000 times nicer to look at than what was there before. I want an ugly tub surround so I can do this too! LOL

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  • Donna Schulz Donna Schulz on Oct 06, 2022

    Your very welcome!!! Can’t wait to see how your project comes out! I bet it will be fabulous.

  • Peabutton's Mom Peabutton's Mom on Oct 12, 2022

    This is fabulous makeover! I love how you were able to use one painting for each pair of frames. I have a walk in shower but I'm definitely keeping this idea for future moves!