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Apply the Finish Paint: I opted for a traditional application acrylic paint in a semi-gloss finish on the walls and high-gloss on the cabinets. I chose the high-gloss against my design preference because the paint store rep promised the finish would be tougher. I tried both roller sponges and paint brushes and preffered the brush finish to the orange peel effect of the sponge roller. Neither had as nice a finish as the spray paint. If I could have gotten my chosen color scheme for the cabinets in spray paint I would have done all the cabinets with spray paint for the final color.
Thanks so much Erin! We did remove all the tiles and backing drywall. We replaced the drywall with waterproof drywall (which I highly recommend! There’s a few options for waterproofing- You can get a roll of waterproof membrane that is attached with grout (I had troubles installing this- it’s what we used in our basement bath), or you can get a paint (essentially) that dries into a waterproof membrane. If you have to replace drywall anyways, we found this to be most cost effective for us! I have never tried tiling over top of existing tile, but my gut says it’s better to rip out what you have and start fresh- you’ll be much happier with the final product!
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Joint compound is the gooey stuff that keeps threaded connections from leaking, and must be used on nearly all threaded connections. Teflon tape can be used to seal plumbing threads, but I find joint compound much more convenient, because there is no need for a delicate and precise wrapping job that has to be done in what is often, due to the nature of plumbing, a dark and cramped area—or, in the case of a showerhead—a bit high up.