Ugly Bathroom Or Kitchen Tile? Get A Quick, Appealing and
Effective Fix With Velcro!
Renovate on a budget with affordable, beautiful decorative
With housing prices on the recession roller coaster, many
American families have decided to put off selling and keep the home
fires burning in their existing house until the market sees better
days. If this is your situation, you may be feeling a little bit of
a letdown that escape from the things you like least about your
current house isn't going to happen anytime soon. Realtors know
that kitchens and bathrooms make a or break a home's appeal and
value, and if you're dissatisfied with something in your house,
chances are it's one of these two most functional rooms. We all
like good news, and our family has a good tip for you today that
can make an exceptional, yet affordable, improvement in your home's
appearance and charm.
Does Your Kitchen or Bathroom Tile Look Like this?
Cracks, chips, discolorations, rust or mildew stains and loose
or missing tiles can make you feel glum every time you walk into
your bathroom or kitchen. If you've gotten to the point where you
feel ashamed of having guests see these rooms and you can hardly
stand to look at the mess yourself, yet you're not ready to tear
out backsplashes or shower stalls, it's time for you to get stuck
Step 1 - Elbow Grease Time
Get the area as clean as you possibly can. There are special
cleaners for rust stains and apple cider vinegar + a good scrubber
works wonders on mildew. Get the grout as spotless as possible and
you'll begin to see an immediate improvement in the room.
Step 2 - What Era Is Your Bathroom or Kitchen Tile?
Take a good long look at the color of your existing tile, and
the color of the walls in the room. Bathrooms can be especially
challenging. Try to determine which era your bathroom comes
- 1960s - You may have that shell pink or startling aqua going
on, giving the bathroom a dated, but fairly bright, appearance. You
may be seeing heavy cracking and lots of loose tiles all this time
- 1970s - 70's tiles in natural, rusts and olives can be a little
easier to work with as modern home decor styles have been taking a
nod from earth tones. Still if the tiles are 30 years old, chances
are, they've seen better days.
- 1980s - If you've got those heavy maroons and cobalt blues
going on, chances are you've got an 80's bathroom. It may have been
in style then, but it looks dark and depressing to us now.
- 1990s - Your fairly new home may be as uninviting and
sterile-look as a hospital hallway. Modern housing often has all
the charm of a big white box, and your bathroom or kitchen can be
seen as your blank slate, ready for personalization!
Once you've taken note of the colors in either your bathroom or
kitchen, you'll know whether you need to brighten a dark room,
bring color to an unimaginative room or have fun with an
Step 3 - Create The Desired Effect With The Right Companion
Now comes the fun part! Choose the tiles that will create the
effect you desire. Supposing you've got one of those 60's bright
color schemes going on. Why not play with it, choosing tiles that
will bring a beachfront or cabana feeling to the room.
If you've got 70's naturals or 80's darks going on in the
bathroom or kitchen, turn the colors into an asset while
brightening and freshening them with an interesting companion
pattern. The vegetable tile shown at left will bring a little
relief to a monotone color scheme with it's creamy background, and
will add tremendous interest with its unusual motif.
If you've got the blank slate of the 90's, your options are
almost limitless with the right decorative tiles. You can go for
elegance with food and wine tiles, shine a spotlight
on your favorite wildlife or pets or create a nautical design with ships and lighthouses bringing new life to the
Identify the worst tiles in the wall or backsplash, measure them
and purchase replacement tiles that you'll be using to cover up
these unsightly spaces.
Step 4 - Apply Your New Tiles And See The Magic Makeover
Place velcro adhesive tape or tabs on the tiles you are going to
cover up, and on the backs of the replacement tiles you've
purchased. Then, simply stick the beautiful new tiles over the ugly
old ones and step back for a look at your transformed room!
In our before and after example, we've changed an uninspiring
grey shower wall into a scenic, moonlit work of art. The 3-D effect
of the replacement tiles on the shower wall or backsplash provides
added textural interest. You may choose to pick a single ceramic
tile design to replace all of the problem tiles, or, you can mix
and match. It's up to you. One of the benefits of using velcro to
improve the kitchen or bathroom is that it's doesn't require a
major commitment on your part. If you'd like to create new look a
few years down the road, all you have to do is change the
Necessity isn't just the mother of invention - it's actually
an opportunity for fun!
Sure, we all dream of those easy-livin' times when we can make
big investments in major home improvements, hire an interior
decorator and see our wishes realized without a hitch. Or, maybe
your idea of perfection is a brand new home with no improvements
needed. The future holds all kinds of pleasant possibilities for
everyone, but learning to live in the now and live within your
budget can have its own rewards. There can be real satisfaction in
learning to make the very most with what you can afford to do, and
you'll find that a creative mind possesses riches no money can
If there are spaces in your home that aren't making you happy,
study them like a puzzle, determine your maximum budget for
improvement and find solutions that are as affordable as this
Velcro + Tile bright idea. Put up your tiles, study the new effect
they've created and accessorize when sales and bargains come up. A
new shower curtain in a well-matched color, a set of matching
bathroom accessories or a beautiful new fruit bowl on the kitchen
counter can bring the breath of fresh air into a stale situation.
Take pleasure in solving home decor deficiencies with creative
In addition to decorative ceramic tiles being a great home
improvement choice for bathrooms and kitchens, they can work
wonders for fireplaces or for decorating hallways, dining rooms or
children's bedrooms. The tiles we carry can be used as works of
art, and we have hundreds to choose from!
We hope you've enjoyed this home improvement tip from our family
at Cape Cod Treasure Chest. And, remember, if you don't see a tile
you're looking for, all you've got to do is contact us and ask.
Chances are, we can find a tile in any style you need.
Have you redone a space in your home with tiles purchased from
Cape Cod Treasure Chest? Send us photos of your project, share your pride in your creative home improvements
with us. We're really interested.