No tiles for this bath­room

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Thanks to the cre­ative use

of paint – from floor to ceil­ing – this Bloem­fontein bath­room is as good as new.


Rika and Jo­han spent R15 600 on their new bath­room. This in­cluded de­mol­ish­ing and plumb­ing with the help of a builder, build­ing ma­te­ri­als, all prod­ucts such as paint and sealant, new taps, the mir­ror, cur­tain and glass for the basin. The project would have cost sig­nif­i­cantly more if they’d used tiles in­stead of paint.

The project

Since Rika and Jo­han van Zyl of Bloem­fontein moved into their home four years ago, they’ve tack­led a new project ev­ery year. “This year, the bath­room was our spe­cial project,” says Rika, a law lec­turer at Free State Uni­ver­sity. “It was re­ally an eye­sore – old-fash­ioned or­ange tiles ev­ery­where, no shower and a small sin­gle basin. And we were over the tiles!”

Rika and Jo­han, a pri­mary school teacher, started work­ing on the bath­room bit by bit be­fore the De­cem­ber hol­i­days and then in Jan­uary spent two full weeks com­plet­ing the project.

Rika ex­plains: “I’m will­ing to paint any­thing and I like to try new prod­ucts. I couldn’t think of one good rea­son why a bath­room should have tiles. With the lat­est paints and sealants, a tile-free bath­room is en­tirely pos­si­ble; it’s also much more af­ford­able if you want to change your colour scheme at a later stage.”

Jo­han laid the con­crete floor him­self, af­ter which Rika ap­plied two coats of Impa Paints Bath­room & Kitchen in White.

“Paint­ing the pat­tern wasn’t dif­fi­cult, just time-con­sum­ing. I used a small brush, start­ing in the mid­dle and work­ing out­wards. I thought I would have to wait for the paint to dry be­fore I lifted the sten­cil, but it dried well,” says Rika.

The grey paint (Rika used an enamel paint; try the Du­lux Trade Floor­cote Enamel range for a sim­i­lar ef­fect) smudged a lit­tle in places, but she says this adds to the home­made feel. “I didn’t want it to be per­fect. Af­ter two coats of Uro Seal sealant, the floor was fi­nally fin­ished.

“This project was like ther­apy! I re­ally en­joyed it. Peo­ple warned us that the sealant would re­sult in the white parts of the floor yel­low­ing but we took the chance and, for­tu­nately, this hasn’t hap­pened,” says Rika.

ABOVE Rika took about eight hours to paint this pat­tern on the floor. She found the pat­tern on Pin­ter­est and made the sten­cil her­self. She first printed it on A3 pa­per, then traced the pat­tern onto a piece of thick card­board and cut it out with a craft knife.

Rika’s tips

• Don’t be afraid to try some­thing new like paint and sealant in­stead of tiles.

• Paint is a lot cheaper than tiles and there are all kinds of qual­ity sealants that are wa­ter- and mois­ture-re­sis­tant.

• You might think your hand­i­work isn’t per­fect but you’re the only one who’s go­ing to no­tice.

• Play around with dif­fer­ent styles and ask for ideas and ad­vice from peo­ple who’ve com­pleted sim­i­lar projects.

Other fin­ishes

Walls Impa Paints Bath­room & Kitchen White Shower walls Wa­ter­proof­ing prod­uct: Aquacure White Paint: Nova Gel­coat White

The wash­basin was painted with Co­prox Ma­sonry Wa­ter­proof­ing in the colour Light Grey and sealed with Co­prox Wall & Floor Clear Sealer. Jo­han made the mir­ror frame. Be­fore Wire bas­kets from Mr Price Home; plant pot from Wool­worths

A builder as­sisted with the con­struc­tion of the basin. It con­sists of a con­crete lin­tel in front with an iron frame at the back. A con­crete slab was laid at a slight an­gle and then cov­ered with a piece of glass. The wa­ter flows over the glass into a...


If you like the colour of this door, try Du­lux Sap­phire Springs 1

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