So.... finally the pink bathroom reveals itself. The original plan for this post was to show a quick and easy update on a small bathroom. Fortunately putting the room together took minimal time and effort - which was a blessing as I was about eight months pregnant at the time(and okay, I’ll admit my Mum painted all the hard to reach bits).

Although we managed to get a lick of paint on all the rooms in more or less the first year, this bathroom remained a bit of an eyesore. The tiles, the pine toilet seat, all a rich tapestry. 



I found that although it’s ‘the smallest room’, the possibilities are endless, which makes deciding on one scheme even harder. 

On the other side, the update is much cheaper,  because no matter what paint, wallpaper or tiling you want, there’s only a couple of square metres or so to do. 

I like to think it’s a slightly more extreme version of the kitchen (which it sits next to), as the blush pink is subtle and very liveable, whereas Farrow and Ball’s Nancy’s Blushes (sounds like a Victorian whorehouse, right?) packs a right punch, giving 80’s Miami vibes. 

I looked at tiling, and with a six week lead time on the colour matched metro tiles, and not knowing where to start to find a good tiler (recommendations welcome), I spotted a cheap alternative suggested by someone on a Facebook group I follow; grout pen. 

It comes in black, white and grey, and is only as tricky to use as a paint pen or Tippex pen - if you’ve ever used those. The idea is that you can go over your existing grout, whether it’s just in need of a refresh, or you want to change the look of your tiling altogether. I’ve seen great before-and-after pics of people who have gone over their white-on-white tiling with charcoal coloured grout pen to give it a more modern industrial/Scandi lookb- adding a few hanging plants for good measure.

My grout pen handiwork. Candle - Maison la Bougie

My grout pen handiwork. Candle - Maison la Bougie

Now, if you want to be proper, you can cover awful dated tiles with white tile paint and then go over it with black or grey grout pen - but the colour range is limited. So I used the same F&B emulsion (don’t hate on me, proper decorators!), and went over the grout in the white pen to achieve this look. 

In my defence, the update was supposed to be a semi-permanent facelift so it doesn’t matter much that it isn’t 100% perfect - I will say that the grout pen isn’t completely idiot proof to use, and practice makes perfect. 

But all in all, I’ve completely made over the look of this toilet in about 3 days (longer if you count fitting a new toilet, and the new floor, but those were done at a different time) - it takes me longer to get over a hangover these days.

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