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What do you mean my mauve tile isn’t Mauvelous?!

Home Stager with Creative Concepts-Home Staging and Contracting, Salem Oregon CCB #180695

We often see tiles that are tattle tales.

You know the type -- the ones that scream - "I was built in 1980 and custom!  People should love me forever"!

Often the culprit can be accent tiles -- strategically placed to bring color into the room.  Now they bossily influence the decorating scheme and to home buyers shout "change me I'm dated"!  

master bath before staging consultation with Creative Concepts

A Salem Oregon home seller had this dilemma.  Their bathroom wouldn't be attractive to home buyers because of the current tile and decorating scheme.  When buyers compare this bathroom to new construction, they would think it needed an expensive face lift.  Instead of being an positive selling point, buyers will think negatively about this room.

How can you change dated tile without spending a lot of money?


Paint the tile!!


These seller didn't have the budget to replace the tile or to hire someone to epoxy the tiles to a contemporary color.  They were unwilling skeptical at first, but once they got started painting the tiles themselves they saw it was well worth the effort.


By using the correct products and techniques the tile now looks fresh and attractive and will be durable too.

Creative Concepts Home Staging and Contracting added some new art and decor ---- now this bathroom really is marvelous!  

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Sally Weatherley
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Margaret - Did you just say "mauvelous"?!!!  Wow, this bathroom transformation really is marvelous!  Love the new and improved painted tile.  It's completely changed the whole look of the room.  Well done for talking the seller into this - they will reap the benefits, for sure.

Mar 12, 2012 12:55 PM
Robyn Heathcock
IRG Real Estate - Frisco, TX

I like this article, I did not know until recently that tile could be painted - its a great alternative to replacing it!!

Mar 12, 2012 12:55 PM
Margaret Oscilia
Creative Concepts-Home Staging and Contracting, Salem Oregon - Salem, OR
Home Stager, Salem Oregon

Oh Karen - I've seen houses like that too!  So often by improving some of the areas and using the correct paint pallete you can make the home sellable -- but some people are just can't see the value.

Thanks Diana -- you're right - even the vanity mirror was "customized" with mauve flowers.  The home owners couldn't believe the transformation when we accessorized the room!

Yes Sally -- I think it is MAUVELOUS!!!  LOL!  These sellers listened well -- I'm betting on a sale within the month!  Thanks for reading!

Thanks Robyn for commenting.  Tile can also be professionally epoxied - similar to bathtub refinishing.  It's an affordable alternative to tearing out tile for your sellers!


Mar 12, 2012 01:10 PM
Karen Rice Madison AL Realtor
Keller Williams Realty Madison - Madison, AL
256-348-1527 Call/Text

It's hard to believe that's the same bathroom.  Congratulations on a great makeover.

Mar 12, 2012 01:31 PM
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

Whew Margaret, what a huge improvement!  We often recommend the painting of dated tile by professionals, but in this case your client did a great job.  It went from 1985 to the look that today's buyers love!  (I've heard however, that you should follow instructions very carefully to get that nice outcome.)

Mar 12, 2012 03:46 PM
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Amazing improvement Margaret.............I've seen this done before and it's a great alternative.

Mar 12, 2012 06:55 PM
Kathy Nielsen
http://atlantahomestaging.net - Marietta, GA
Atlanta Georgia Home Stager

It's beautiful, Margaret. What an incredible transformation. If you have time, I'd love to have insight into what the products were that they used as I'd like to recommend it to my homeowners in and around Atlanta.

In the meantime....

Congratulations. Your home staging is being featured in the group Staging Before and After Pictures.



Mar 12, 2012 09:55 PM
Margaret Oscilia
Creative Concepts-Home Staging and Contracting, Salem Oregon - Salem, OR
Home Stager, Salem Oregon

Thanks for commenting Karen - these sellers understand the importance of making every inch a selling point and did a wonderful job of making sure the bathroom said "wow"!

Thanks Maureen - and you know how hard it was to persuade the sellers that this tile wasn't really stylish.  They thought it was great!  You are so right ONLY use the correct materials and with great care.  They did have to paint each tile individually so it did take several hours.  

Roger - it's probably not an idea I'd recommend in an area that gets lots of wear and tear like an entry floor but for this case it worked perfectly -- thanks for stopping by!

Thanks Kathy for the feature!  The local big box stores have a product by Rustoleum called Tub and Tile refinishing kit.  This is an epoxy product and I have personally used it - I prefer the brush on rather than the aerosal.  It is a time consuming process because of the prep involved.  For large areas, I have a painter who will epoxy an entire tub surround for about $200.  Hope this helps!   

Mar 12, 2012 10:11 PM
Karen Otto
Home Star Staging - Plano, TX
Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes

This is a perfect example of a very cost effective way to update a bathroom! Thank you so much for sharing and providing the info on the products Margaret!

Mar 12, 2012 11:14 PM
Karen Ellis
Refreshing Homes - Home Staging Maryland - Ellicott City, MD
Home Stager - Howard County MD/Central MD

Margaret, Thanks for posting this. I run into this often and will definitely check out the Rustoleum product. Amazing how a little paint can make such a huge difference (and of course your added accessories).

Mar 12, 2012 11:58 PM
Julia Maher
Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes - Fairfield, CT
Connecticut Home Stager

Margaret!!!  Such a mauvelous job your clients did - and love your Staging.  The scale you brought in w/ the art and accessories really elevates this bathroom.

Mar 13, 2012 12:15 AM
Peg Barcelo
Fluff My House! Home Staging Inc. 250.486.6369 - Summerland, BC
The FlufftasticStager from Summerland, BC

Margaret, beautiful transformation! I love how crisp and clean it looks now! Exactly what buyers want to see in a bathroom.

Mar 13, 2012 12:58 AM
Judy Colburn
ProStaged Homes - Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles Glendora, San Dimas Covina, Home Staging

Wow Margaret, it doesn't even look like the same bathroom. Excellent post, tip and result.

Mar 14, 2012 04:35 AM
Chris Twing
Twing Staging & Redesign - Cedar Park, TX

It is so amazing what a difference a little change in color can make. Terrific job! Also thanks for sharing your info on the product. I will definately be remembering that one.

Mar 14, 2012 04:51 AM
Janet Jones
Just Your Style Interiors, LLC - Kihei, HI
Home Staging, Interior Redesign Kihei, Maui, Hawaii

Hi Margaret--What I love about great stagers is their creativity.  Here you have taken the bathroom and given it a current look without a lot of cost and effort.  The sellers ma have had a bit of work to do but they will realize that in their selling price.  The whole room now works and is a great selling feature of the home instead of a costly update for a buyer. 

Mar 14, 2012 06:27 PM
Michelle Drewry
Signature Real Estate Group - Henderson, NV
Realtor - Signature Real Estate Group

Hi Margaret - Buyers will not even know how little was done to make these changes, which otherwise would likely have prevented a sale.  It looks so very up-to-date.  Thanks for sharing about the product - we will also be recommending.

Mar 15, 2012 10:56 PM
Debra Landy
StageTwoSell LLC - Horseheads, NY
PA and NY Home Stager

Love it Margaret.  The accents your brought in are also a winner!


Mar 16, 2012 11:48 AM
Cindy Bryant
Redesign Etc. Home Staging - Houston, TX
"Houston Home Staging Pros"

Looks great, I'm glad to see that a homeowner can do it and it's not only for the professionals to do.  It makes such a difference on looks and costs for a seller.

Mar 16, 2012 02:52 PM
Birgit Anich
Birgit Anich Staging & Interiors, 203.807.4040 - Norwalk, CT
CT Home Stager Fairfield & New Haven County

Amazing! Wonderful! What a difference!

Mar 18, 2012 11:12 AM
Paul Gapski
Berkshire Hathaway / Prudential Ca Realty - El Cajon, CA
619-504-8999,#1 Resource SD Relo

Thank you for sharing your blog; we need Real estate Professionals to share their comments and information regarding their markets and experiences. Thanks again from beautiful Sunny San Diego.

Oct 16, 2012 02:35 AM